International contemporary art meets the spiritual figure of Luther — this is the starting point for the exhibition Luther and the Avant-garde presented by the Stiftung für Kunst und Kultur (Foundation for Art and Culture), in cooperation with Reformationsjubiläum 2017 e.V.

The exhibition will not focus on Martin Luther as a historic figure but as a visionary and avant-gardist of his era. The historic prison in Wittenberg will serve as a central exhibition venue and is being renovated and opened to the public on the occasion of the exhibition.

The artists have been invited to address the inspiring ideas of the Reformation, which have not lost their currency today. The views of artists on subjects such as attitude, desire for change and responsibility play a central role. The exhibition will include works by i.a. Eija-Liisa Athila, Ólafur Elíasson, Ayşe Erkmen, Isa Genzken, Diango Hernández, Christian Jankowski, Mischa Kuball, Antje Majewski, Sebastian Riemer, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Günther Uecker, Erwin Wurm and Zhang Peili. Additional exhibition sites are the St. Matthäus Kirche in Berlin and the Karlskirche in Kassel, where art takes up residence in church buildings.

Luther and The Avant-Garde CURATORIAL TEAM
Walter Smerling
Spokesman for the curatorial team
Chairman of the Board, Stiftung für Kunst und Kultur e.V. Bonn and

Dimitri Ozerkov
Head of Modern Art
State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

Peter Weibel
Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe

Kay Heymer
Head of Modern Art
Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf

Susanne Kleine
Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn

Dan Xu
Art Historian
Stiftung für Kunst und Kultur e.V., Bonn

The exhibition will be accompanied by a comprehensive catalog with contributions by Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, Markus Gabriel, Kay Heymer, Thomas Kaufmann, Susanne Kleine, Dimitiri Ozerkov, Walter Smerling, Wolfgang Ullrich, Peter Weibel, Xu Dan. dt-engl. Edition, Wienand Verlag, Köln.

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Retrato de Lutero. Diango Hernández, 2017