Thomas Behling

"First Morning"

Thomas Behling: "First Morning", 2015, 54 x 45 x 13 cm

"Wo ist Gott? Christliche Ikonografie in der zeitgenössischen Kunst" – "Where is God? Christian Iconography in Contemporary Art"

An exhibition by the Nibelungen-Festspiele Worms 2021 and the Kunstverein Worms

When Martin Luther put his famous Ninety-five Theses into circulation in 1517 and was pilloried for them, he questioned a church practice in the religious community. Artists, too, have always used the image medium for critical questioning. In the Christianized world, the Christian subject was applied to art. The Christian imagery related to stories from the Bible and other saints stories and primarily served to convey these in a society that could not read and write. With the separation of church and state in the course of secularization, the art scene changed and with it the motifs of art. An artist was no longer dependent on an ecclesiastical or aristocratic client - he established himself as an independent painter in the rising educated middle class.

Christianity is deeply anchored in our values ​​and society to this day. But how is Christian imagery currently presented in art? The exhibition shows to what extent Christian motifs are still relevant for contemporary artists. These include positions that, in the art-historical tradition, specifically relate to biblical stories, while other works are critical reflections, changing views and profound contexts. You can see paintings, works on paper, sculptures, photographs and video works.

Participating artists: 
Banksy, Assia Benhassine, BUJA, Thomas Behling, Simon Czapla, Monika-Maria Dotzer, Desirée Eppele, Bruno Feger, Tobias Fröhner, Fabian Gattermann, Thomas Hegewald-Haack, Aljoscha Heims, Ruth Hutter, Maurice Jelinski, Christopher Koch, Sue Mandewirth, Daniel Niemann, Slava Ostap, Rainer Probst, Blek le Rat, Rob Sneyder, Sibylle Springer, Susanna Weber, Andreas Welzenbach, Ben Willikens

Vernissage 25.06.21, 6.30 p.m.
Duration 06/26 - 07/25/2021

Guided tour with Lena Berkler M.A. on Sunday, June 27th at 11 a.m., Language: German (registration at required)

Kunst & Religion - a conversation with Dr. Ulrich Oelschläger, Präsens at the EKHN Synode, on Thursday, July 8th at 7.30 p.m., Language: German (registration at required)

Kunstverein Worms e.V.
Renzstr. 7-9
67547 Worms

free admission