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22 November 2013 – 9 March 2014

Florence is a city with an extraordinarily rich cultural heritage. Over the centuries, philosophers, writers, architects, engineers, painters and sculptors have embellished the city on the Arno with countless masterpieces. Florence is the city of Dante and Boccaccio, of Donatello and Michelangelo, of Amerigo Vespucci and Machiavelli, and the home of the Medici. Florence!, the first comprehensive exhibition devoted to the city to be shown in Germany, takes a closer look at the Tuscan capital and its 'wonderful Florentine spirit' (Jacob Burckhardt) that have fascinated visitors for centuries. Florence! presents a portrait of the city over a period of nearly seven hundred years: from the economic powerhouse of the Middle Ages, to the cradle of the Renaissance and its significance as an intellectual and cosmopolitan centre in the nineteenth century. Paintings, sculptures, textiles and written documents draw a picture of Florence as a dynamic laboratory of art and science. These masterpieces present the built, the painted and the written city. Ever-changing, Florence is a work of art in its own right. In addition to loans from the famous Florentine museums, the selection of exhibits will also include archival material and manuscripts from the libraries and archives of Florence as well as complementary loans from other European museums and collections.

An exhibition of the Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in cooperation with the Soprintendenza Speciale per il Patrimonio Storico, Artistico ed Etnoantropologico e per il Polo Museale della città di Firenze and the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz Max-Planck-Institut.

Villa Romana 1905–2013
The Artists House in Florence

22 November 2013 to 9 March 2014

Complementing the exhibition Florence!, the first comprehensive presentation in Germany of more than 700 years of art and culture in the Tuscan capital, the Art and Exhibition Hall is showcasing the Villa Romana. The exhibition traces the history of the Artist House renowned institution through a selection of works that span the period from its foundation through the post-war years right to the present. The Villa Romana was founded in 1905 by the German artist Max Klinger. To this day, the chief raison d’être of the Villa Romana is the prestigious Villa Romana-Prize. Consisting of a stipend and a ten-months stay in Florence, it is awarded every year to four outstanding artists living in Germany. The presentation of works by past and current winners of the Villa Romana-Prize and of works that respond to the city of Florence and reflect its changing reality and impact.

An exhibition of the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn, in cooperation with the Verein Villa Romana e.V. (Patrons’ Association of Villa Romana)

The Avant-Gardes at War

8 November 2013 – 23 February 2014

The First World War is widely seen as 'the great seminal catastrophe of the twentieth century'. In Europe, Africa, Asia and on the high seas some seventy million soldiers were under arms; seventeen million people lost their lives. The years from 1914 to 1918 were the end of an era and the beginning of a new one.Artists were fighting at the frontline, and the war left its indelible mark on their works. Before the war, the European avant-gardes had maintained close contacts and a fruitful intellectual exchange. The outbreak of the First World War brought much of this creative ferment to a brutally abrupt end. By the time the Great War ended, the course of the key twentieth-century art movements had been set. The exhibition traces the artistic activities of this momentous period through a selection of outstanding paintings, drawings and sculptures by Beckmann, Dix, Kandinsky, Kirchner, Klee, Lehmbruck, Macke, Malevich, Marc, Picasso, Schiele and other artists.

Missing Sons

8 November 2013 to 23 February 2014

Taking its starting point in the First World War, the exhibition Missing Sons forges a link to the present. Photographs mark the cultural and historical turning point that brought death and bereavement to millions of people. All that remains of those who never returned home are names, engraved in long commemorative lists at memorial sites all over the world. How did people deal with loss, remembrance and grief? Missing Sons complements the exhibition 1914 – The Avant-gardes at War and addresses these very questions, not only in view of wars between nations but also with regard to dictatorships, civil war and the terror attack of 11 September 2001.


8 November 2013 to 23 February 2014

Museums are repositories of history and of stories, repositories of individual narratives that unfold as the visitor enters the exhibition. But what kind of impression does an exhibition make when it is experienced through narration rather than through an actual visit? Narration allows images and imagination to converge. Language conjures an imagined space, an exhibition, a curatorial concept –»A Great Exhibition«.
ECHO ROOM is a series of two-year co-operations between the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany and a wide range of international Media Colleges. Students and graduates of the media colleges show their projects in the lower ground floor galleries which are transformed into a temporary experimental laboratory.

»A Great Exhibition« is the fourth exhibition in the co-operation with the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg (HFBK).

John Bock
Im Modder der Summenmutation

3 October 2013 to 12 January 2014

The film set morphs into a live Making-of, stage lamps into search lights. A silent movie conveys the symbiosis of the analogue 3-D film, complete with scent effects. The tiny eyelash of a film star becomes a sacred relic in an exhibition in which everything mutates. Everything comes together, and everything changes. Im Modder der Summenmutation is a fusion of the key strands of John Bock’s creative practice. At the heart of the exhibition is the set for the artist’s latest film. Later this film will be screened in the exhibition – visitors can thus witness the production of the film and view the finished result. But this ‘Sum Mutation’ also reflects the performances and lectures that John Bock is best known for: Performers re-enact several of his lectures and films in altered form.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication documenting the complete set of John Bock’s lectures and films in a collection of texts.

The Iroquois Longhouse

22 March to 3 November 2013

Accompanying the exhibition On the Trails of the Iroquois, visitors will encounter a recreation of an Iroquois longhouse on the museum's square. Their traditional dwelling also stands as a symbol for the confederacy of the Iroquois nations, who call themselves Haudenosaunee, "People of the Longhouse".
The longhouse in Bonn is surrounded by a garden landscape. Next to a White Pine, the Tree of Peace, under which the proverbial hatchet was buried at the time of the founding of the Iroquois Confederacy, a variety of medicinal plants and herbs of the North American woodlands are grown. A vibrant educational program will highlight the traditional ways of life of the Iroquois.

The Eternal Diva

28 June to 6 October 2013 in Bonn

Few historical figures divide public opinion as much as Cleopatra VII, the last queen of Ancient Egypt (69–30 BC). Her beauty is the stuff of legend. She is said to have been highly educated and alluring, politically astute and cunning, capricious and courageous. Her eventful life and colourful personality inspired numerous writers, painters and composers. Over the past two thousand years every era has produced its own distinctive image of Cleopatra. These constructs reflect not only the then prevalent models of femininity but also the cultural, political and social concerns of their time. This astonishing fact forms the starting point of our interdisciplinary exhibition. It presents the many faces of Cleopatra from antiquity to the pop culture of the present day. A selection of outstanding sculptures, paintings and photographs as well as films and video works invite the viewer on a journey through history and around the world, a journey that also raises poignant questions about our own identity.

Cleopatra. The Oriental Garden
On the roof of the Art and Exhibition Hall

17 May to 6 October 2013

Coinciding with the exhibition Cleopatra. The Eternal Diva, the roof of the Art and Exhibition Hall will be transformed into an Oriental garden inspired by the key elements of Egyptian garden design.
Crisscrossed by lush palm-lined walkways, the garden will be divided into several thematically defined areas showcasing different plants cultivated in ancient Egypt. The garden will feature an oasis as well as horticultural environments designed around the ideas of 'Colour', 'Water', 'Smell' and 'Tribute to Cleopatra'. Pyramid tents will be set up in the different areas of the garden to provide further information on the planting scheme and to give visitors a rich sensory experience of the heady scents and fragrances of the Orient.

On the Trails of the Iroquois

22 March to 4 August 2013 in Bonn

Fearsome warriors and gifted diplomats – the Iroquois, who originally inhabited the present-day state of New York, successfully kept the European colonial armies at bay during the 17th and 18th centuries. At the same time the formation of their influential intertribal confederacy inspired European intellectual history. The status of women in their society gave momentum to the women's movement of the 19th century, in the 20th century their hairstyle became a symbol of Punk culture. But who were and are the Iroquois? With unique loans from the United States, Canada, as well as numerous European museums, the exhibition for the first time undertakes a comprehensive search for the trails of the Iroquois throughout the centuries. Historical paintings and drawings, precious ethnographic objects, and extraordinary examples of Iroquois contemporary art tell their varied history, characterized by war, trade, Christian missions, loss of land, and isolation on reservations. Likewise addressed, however, is their forceful reassertion of cultural identity in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Further venue : Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, 18 October 2013 to 6 January 2014
(without longhouse and garden landscape)

Only here
The Federal Republic of Germany's Contemporary Art Collection
Acquisitions from 2007 to 2011

18 January to 14 April 2013 in Bonn

Show bibliography
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