Peter Paul Rubens and the Northern Baroque

25 July 2020 - 25 October 2020

Diözesanmuseum, Paderborn, DE

The Paderborn Diocesan Museum presents the famous Flemish artist and his pupils in Westphalia
Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) is indisputably one of the most important masters of Flemish Baroque and was already the star of his profession during his lifetime. From his workshop in Antwerp, new pictorial ideas spread throughout Europe – all the way to Paderborn.
Top-class exhibits from international museums and collections will be shown in the Rubens exhibition in Paderborn. They document the spread and success story of art in the southern Netherlands and show that the migration of artists was an important driving force behind the expansion of Baroque art.
Paintings, sculptures, drawings and graphics from Antwerp, London, Paris, Marseilles, Vienna, Frankfurt and Berlin will be on display. Impressive 3D reconstructions, animations and multimedia stations provide in-depth insights into this fascinating era and revive the visual power of lost paintings and Baroque furnishings.
A separate section in the exhibition is devoted to the actuality of Baroque art. It shows current trends in contemporary art, which in various ways take up concepts and perceptions of Baroque art, whose productions are closely linked to theatre and spectacle.
The Belgian artist Hans Op de Beeck is represented with his virtuoso video works, as are Gerhard Richter and Tony Cragg. The contemporary artists broaden the view of the present, thematize time and transience, and point to the cracks and uncertainties of modern existence.