»Like no artist before him, Rubens created and brought to life worlds that continue to excite us. His art is full of special effects. Forms and colours seem to explode, to burst forth from his paintings. Pop Art. He sees everything with new eyes, the cosmos, mankind, their actions. Rubens quits nature and creates abstract spaces. His theatrical sense of drama recalls the cinema and he peoples this new baroque stage with heroes, deities and animals. This artist has the power to surprise us. With paintings that are capable of anything: they tell both of lovers and of pain and rage, they bring to life monstrous creatures and goddesses of beauty. He is a star. Rubens is coming!«Stefan Weppelmann, Director of the Picture Gallery
KHM Peter Paul Rubens
Peter Paul Rubens (1577 – 1640) was already renowned throughout Europe during his lifetime; today he is rightly celebrated as the greatest painter of the Flemish Baroque. The Kunsthistorisches Museum owns around forty paintings by him and his workshop. They include both exuberantly coloured and multifigured masterpieces. In the autumn of 2017 the Kunsthistorisches Museum is honouring this giant of European art history with a major exhibition. The Museum’s extensive holdings will be augmented by numerous international loans, creating a spectacular ensemble.
The main focus of the exhibition is on the master’s creativity: Rubens had an uncanny ability to utilise, to be inspired by the works of other artists. He continued this dialogue with the paintings of precursors and contemporaries throughout his life, and it impacted his work throughout a career that spanned five decades. The artist continually changed and altered his own compositions, and often these recourses make his work appear modern and dynamic. However, these relationships and connections are not recognizable at first glance: the exhibition therefore invites the visitor to comprehend and experience Rubens‘ surprising perspectives by himself. This is why the show features not only works by Rubens but also classical and Renaissance sculptures as well as paintings by great masters such as Titian or Caravaggio, works that helped Rubens to develop his idiosyncratic and radically novel pictorial formulas.
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