Monday, September 7, 2015

Artists examine 'The Problem of God' in a massive group show

By Sami Emory
"Man of Sorrows IV - Schmerzensmann IV" (2006) by Berlinde de Bruyckere; Photo © Mirjam Devriend © Kunstsammlung NRW
GERMANY---The Problem of God group show deconstructs the visual vocabulary of Christianity in 120 artworks. The exhibit, which opens September 26 at Kunstsammlung's K21 Ständehaus venue in Düsseldorf, boasts a lineup of some 30 painters, sculptors, photographers, and videographers. Together, this assemblage—which includes work from the formidable Francis Bacon, James Turrell, and Ad Reinhardt—weaves a complex cultural narrative, spanning the last 25 years of art. In this manner, the works are representative of a collective memory bolstered through diverse artistic repurposings of Christian iconography; at times analytical, occasionally comical, and always symbolic. [link]