Museum LA8: Technical Paradises. The future portrayed in 19th century caricatures

Museum LA8

24th September 2016 – 5th March 2017
Museum of 19th Century Art and Technology (LA8), Lichtentaler Allee 8

Machines are also amusing, particularly when seen for the very first time. From the start of the 19th century, increasing numbers of people were being confronted by increasing numbers of machines in their daily lives – at first in the early industrial factories and through steamship and rail transport, then in the residential areas and later in the home. When the living environment is fundamentally changed by something new, the first spontaneous reactions prove to be particularly revealing.

Caricatures were the perfect medium to chronicle people’s surprise, the unbelievable admiration, the enthusiasm and the fears of contemporaries with regard to the new arrival of the historically significant ‘industrial machines’. The caricature accompanied the machine’s revolutionary rise as it was the art medium of the day and attracted large audiences. The more popular caricatures became due to wider circulation and their appearance in newspapers, the more this success was attributed to machines and the ever improving printing presses. This did not, however, prevent the caricaturists scorning such industrial progress and question the meaning of the snorting ‘king’s of steam’ and the beastly savagery of the ‘iron horse’, not to mention the machines’ helpfulness to human beings on their way towards a technical paradise. 

Staatliche Kunsthalle: Michael Müller – Skits – 13 Exhibitions in 9 Rooms

Staatliche Kunsthalle

26 November 2016 - 19 February 2017
Staatliche Kunsthalle,
Lichtentaler Allee 8a

After the restoration of its roof, the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden will reopen its upper floors by presenting »SKITS. 13 Exhibitions in 9 Rooms«, a solo exhibition of the Berlin-based artist Michael Müller, from 26 November 2016 to 19 February 2017.

Sixteen tons of fire-dried quartz sand, hundreds of metres of pond foil, several square metres of white and pink carpet, several tracks of translucent red plastic foil, an aquarium with two Mexican albino axolotls and 50 blind albino cave miners. In addition: 600 white tiles, numerous tons of different types of wood, 200 plates of damp clay, art works by Art & Language, Jan Brueghel the younger, Angela de la Cruz, Jochen Dehn, Rolf-Gunter Dienst, Willem de Kooning, Jonathan Lasker and Vlado Martek, in addition to Michael Müller's own drawings, paintings, sculptures, installations and videos: these are some of the materials and works of his exhibition.

Museum Frieder Burda: The candle

Museum Frieder Burda

22 October 2016 – 29 January 2017
Museum Frieder Burda, Lichtentaler Allee, Lichtentaler Allee 8b

At the centre of the exhibition in the Frieder Burda Museum is one of the icons of the Frieder Burda collection: the ‘Candle’ (1982) by Gerhard Richter. Originating from this masterwork the candle theme with its deep roots in art and cultural history is pursued further with the aid of paintings, sculptures and installations. The image of a burning candle is timeless and at the same time charged with emotion; it is obvious as well as being significant and symbolic. The mystifying image of lighting, burning and extinguishing a candle is regarded as a spiritual metaphor for the cycle of life and has had a permanent place in religious contexts for centuries. The candle also reveals an air of sadness, it is also a symbol of Vanitas, stands for the arts and sciences and, last but not least, typifies eroticism and lust. In contemporary art, the candle becomes an artistic object of its own in experimental works.

High-calibre loans from international museums and important private collections from the classical modern period to the present day illuminate one of the most prominent themes in visual art.

Romance & Roulette – The World Spa in the 19th Century

Stadtmuseum Baden-Baden

Permanent exhibition
Baden-Baden City Museum

Fabergé Museum

Fabergé Museum Baden-Baden

The Fabergé Museum is the first of its kind to devote itself to the life’s work of Carl Fabergé. The complete spectrum of his work is represented in this unique collection beginning with the famous imperial Easter eggs for the Tsar’s family through to the exquisite pieces of jewellery and high quality everyday items from the time of the First World War.

Among the many exhibits are the world’s largest collection of luxurious cigarette cases and a wide variety of miniature animals made from precious stones. Works by recognized, contemporary master goldsmiths such as Bolin, Boucheron, Cartier, Ovtschinikov, Sazikov, Chlebnikov, and Falite ensure that all observers will be impressed. In addition to this, the museum has an extensive and ever growing archive which holds a number of valuable treasures in the form of photographs and original personal documents relating to Carl Fabergé and his master craftsmen.

The museum also takes you on a fascinating journey through the ‘golden age’ of craftsmanship towards the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century.

Museum Frieder Burda: Sigmar Polke – Alchemy and Arabesque

Museum Frieder Burda

11 February – 21 May 2017
Museum Frieder Burda, Lichtentaler Allee, Lichtentaler Allee 8b

Ten years after the Sigmar Polke retrospective in Museum Frieder Burda, which was based on the collections of Josef Froehlich, Reiner Speck and Frieder Burda, a new exhibition aims to address the great painter’s oeuvre from the perspective of the “secret grounds” for/of his painting and its elegantly contrasting structures of lines.

The lines are “acquired” in the most diverse ways: with strips of adhesive tape, templates, changing colours or the use of exquisite arabesques by Dürer or Altdorfer. The enlivened foundations of his paintings arise both from the selection of materials (fabrics, foils, grids) and the “magical” chemical processes in which various chemicals, paints, plant juices etc mix, transcending contradictions such as “deliberate” and largely “random” and continuously overlaying each other, whereby it is never established with absolute clarity where the decisive energy is coming from. Hence, the printed fabrics and “Lackbilder”, or “resin pictures”, embrace the linear portrayals and the beautiful lines of his “Schleifenbilder”, or “curlicue pictures”.

Prestige loans from international collections and museums round off the numerous exhibits from the Collection Frieder Burda.