Lovely Creatures

We cordially invite you to a weekend of free admission on
June 19 and 20, 2021

In the encounter with the animal we question ourselves: What makes humans human, what distinguishes us from our fellow creatures? The relationship to the animal is ambivalent, the relationship is determined by contradictions.

Artists approach the subject of animals and us in very different ways.

Animals embody wild nature, but they can also be tamed and pampered. There are farm animals and cuddly toys, they are loved and eaten. In many works of art animals function as political, religious or mythical symbols. They are representatives of human behavior. In art and literature they appear as independent protagonists. We keep exotic and expensive animals as status symbols. Many people see their pets as soul mates.

Animals are part of our everyday life and projection surface at the same time. And then there are the monsters, mythical creatures and hybrids: they are an expression of our fears and hidden sides.

The exhibition Lovely Creatures illuminates the various aspects of the relationship between humans and animals in the art of the 20th and 21st centuries through some 60 artworks of all genres. The works of the Ludwig Collection are contrasted, commented upon, and enriched in juxtaposition with works by contemporary young artists.

Artists: Ai Weiwei, Belkis Ayón Manso, Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Dmitrij Spiridonovic Bisti, Hans Chwalek, Jean Cocteau, Alexander Colville, Walter Dahn, Philip Emde, Terry Fox, Nancy Graves, Ellen Gronemeyer, Antanas Gudaitis, Anna Jermolaewa, Bertram Jesdinsky, Roy Lichtenstein, Elena Georgievna Los, Kim MacConnel, Michel Majerus, Ewald Mataré, Joost Meyer, Sergej Mironenko, Josef Felix Müller, Peter Nagel, Oswald Oberhuber, Mary-Audrey Ramirez, Mel Ramos, Robert Rauschenberg, Rissa, Anri Sala, Kenny Scharf, Volkmar Schulz-Rumpold, Alan Sonfist, Sophia Süßmilch, Gita Teearu, José Toirac, Demjan Michailovič Utenkov, Andy Warhol

Curated by Myriam Kroll and Stefanie Wagner

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