23 February – 29 July 2018

You are Faust

Goethe's Drama in the Arts

The world’s most famous example of German literature has always inspired artists, composers and directors. The exhibition presents some 150 works ranging from Eugène Delacroix through Charles Gounod to Anselm Kiefer, demonstrating that Faust to this day carries an important message for everyone. The theatrical staged exhibition invites the visitor on a journey through the play’s narrative and makes you join Faust on his restless quest for sense and purpose of modern life. More information here.

Exhibition poster
presumably 17 August 2018 – 13 January 2019

Thrill of Deception

From Ancient Illusionistic Art to Virtual Reality

“The world wants to be deceived”, as the old saying goes. In the arts, deceptions can even be a source of delight. Time and again since antiquity, artists have invented new ways of manipulating our perception and confounding us with their craftsmanship. From flawless imitations of materials to the creation of three-dimensionality or – highly topical – virtual worlds, into which we are immersed instead of remaining mere observers. With approximately 100 works from painting, sculpture, photography, video and design, juxtaposed with large-scale media installations, the exhibition traces a wide-ranging path through (art) history and the visual forms of appearance and Illusion.