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Riotous Baroque

Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich

The exhibition confronts pictures from the 17th century with art of the present day. It focuses on the 'riotous' aspect and the proximity to life that is a recurring theme in the literature on the Baroque. it is rather 'manifestations of precarious vitality' - a vitality that is lived, rediscovered or lost, projected and threatened by death.

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Curated by Bice Curiger

With loans from leading museums including the Prado, the Bavarian State Picture Collections in Munich and the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, the Art Collection of the Prince of Liechtenstein, the Städel Museum in Frankfurt am Main and the National Gallery in London, as well as from many private collectors.

‘Riotous Baroque’ does not deal with the illustrative intermingling of motifs, topics or formal analogies, but sets out to explore an approach that, with artistically sensualist intelligence, at once proclaims proximity to life as a conception of vital exuberance and laments its loss; and that links it to questions of what constitutes art itself.

The Baroque is associated with dynamism, sensuality, extravagance and theatricality, with a move away from the quiet solemnity of classical forms; but also with an age of instability and the breakdown of established orders. It has been variously identified as a ‘culture of flows and interfaces’ (Christine Buci-Glucksmann), and the beginning of our modern age (Erwin Panofsky). The exhibition also reminds us that the art of the Baroque has only enjoyed universal recognition since the 1930s and 1940s, thanks – as so often – to art historians who, armed with a certain proximity to the art of their era, dared to look into the past. It was Erwin Panofsky who saw the Baroque as founded in ‘the victory of subjectivism, which aims to express suffering and humour in equal measure.’

Featuring Baroque works by, among others, Pieter Aertsen, Valentin de Boulogne, Jacob Jordaens and from the present by Nathalie Djurberg, Maurizio Cattelan and Oscar Tuazon.


Maurizio Cattelan
Robert Crumb
Nathalie Djurberg
Urs Fischer
Tobias Madison
Paul McCarthy
Boris Mikhailov
Marilyn Minter
Albert Oehlen
Dana Schutz
Cindy Sherman
Juergen Teller
Diana Thater
Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch
Oscar Tuazon
Pieter Aertsen
Dirck Jaspersz van Baburen (attributed)
Antonio Bellucci
Faustino Bocchi
Adriaen Brouwer
Christiaen van Couwenberg
Monsù Desiderio
Barent Pietersz Fabritius
Frans Francken II
Melchior de Hondecoeter
Gerrit van Honthorst
Pieter van Laer called Bamboccio
Giovanni Battista Langetti
Pieter Lastman
Alessandro Magnasco
Abraham Mignon
Bartolomeo Passerotti
Jusepe de Ribera (attributed)
Hyacinthe Rigaud
Carl Ruthart
Cornelis Saftleven
Frans Snyders
Jan Steen
Jacob Isaacsz Swanenburgh
Franz Werner Tamm
Abraham Teniers
David Teniers the Younger
Simon Vouet
Dominicinus van Wijnen
Victor Wolfvoet
Francisco de Zurbarán

The summer workshop, featuring an abundant selection of guided tours, studios and other events, ties in with the exhibition ‘Riotous Baroque.’ Children, young people, adults, schools and other institutions are invited to engage with this opulently sensual topic in a wide variety of different ways.

Press contact:
Kristin Steiner E-Mail Tel. +41 (0)44 253 84 13

Kunsthaus Zürich
Heimplatz 1, CH–8001 Zürich
Open: Sat, Sun, Tues 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Wed, Thurs, Fri 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Closed on Mondays.
Admission including audioguide (E/D/F): CHF 20 / CHF 15 concessions, per head for groups of 20 or more (subject to change). Children and young people up to the age of 16 free of charge.

dal 11/6/2015 al 5/9/2015

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