Romance & Roulette – The World Spa in the 19th Century
Baden-Baden City Museum
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: Rodney Graham
8 July to 26 November 2017
Museum Frieder Burda, Lichtentaler Allee
On show are about 20 monumental photo light boxes by Canadian conceptual artist Rodney Graham (*1949) from 2004 to today.
The photo light boxes have a special place in the multi-facetted oeuvre of this multi-talented artist. Their pictorial language is opulently sensual and deeply humorous; they transmit refreshing and astonishing aspects, whereby Graham repeatedly undermines the surface beauty with his ironic diversity and culture-historical references. Rodney Graham likes to put himself at centre stage as the lead player in his photographs. He refers to literature, music, film or the icons of art history and adopts the various different roles, always with a subtle sense of humour.
The Rodney Graham exhibition is a continuation of a series of shows at Museum Frieder Burda devoted to contemporary photography. Following on from Gregory Crewdson and Andreas Gursky, the Canadian opens the next chapter in this exciting medium. The photographic artists presented in Baden-Baden are characterised especially by their aesthetics and narrative, poetic subject matter, which they concentrate conceptually in their works, emotionally involving the observer in the events being portrayed. The exhibition is being organised in close co-operation with the artist himself.