The new chambers in the Bamberger Diözesanmuseum
27/7/2019 – 10/11/2019
The Bamberg Cathedral was founded by Emperor Henry II in the year 1004, heavily damaged by fires in 1181 and 1185 and rebuilt at the beginning of the 13th century as we know it today.
The adjacent Diocesan Museum is home to the Bamberger Domschatz Emperor Henry II and his wife Kunigunde, high-quality goldsmith art, ivory treasures, the papal clemens Clement II, many of the original portal sculptures of the cathedral, sacred vessels, religious folk art and sculptures and paintings the High Middle Ages and the Baroque. In this treasure chamber of world format draw with the exhibition The spark of God! Precious contemporary art and individual pieces of classical modernism, including the model sculpture made by Ernst Barlach for the levitating, the angel of Güstrow, or the head fragment of a ruined Madonna by Wilhelm Lehmbruck.
As curator of the exhibition, the museum was able to win over the Berlin gallerist and exhibition organizer Alexander Ochs, who has curated more than 30 contemporary art exhibitions in churches in Berlin, Hamburg, Bad Doberan / Heiligendamm, as well as in Jerusalem in recent years. Together with Dr. Holger Kempkens, director of the Diözesanmuseum, plays Ochs the cloister and all rooms of the baroque treasure house and intervenes with about one hundred exhibits of contemporary sculpture, painting, photography and video in the existing collection.
The works of art are not subject to a theological or art historical classification, but rather associations and spaces are created on terms such as touch, celebration, time, violence and other topics. The works of art invited to the cathedral treasury are not religious works and were not produced specifically for the exhibition.
The initiators of the exhibition work with loans from numerous collections of contemporary art by international artists. Thus, in addition to an ivory crucifix from the 11th century, handcrafted Polaroids by Nobuyoshi Araki can be found again or Antony Gormley's sculpture tip meets in the garden of the medieval cloister of the 13th-century cathedral sculpture of an almost naked Eve. From individual artists, such as the classic of modernism Meret Oppenheim, a single work will be presented by others, such as the Berlin-based Japanese Leiko Ikemura, sculptural works from different times and contexts.
Ochs:, One experience from many exhibitions in churches and in religious contexts is that contemporary art shows itself differently than in the museum or the gallery. On the one hand, we understand that modernity and contemporaneity do not evolve from an airless, secular space and are based on a history of many thousands of years. In our exhibition, however, we carefully pay attention to the autonomous character of each individual piece of art and, on the other hand, see what kind of feeling it has in us. We are very confident that every fine piece of art carries a spiritual impetus that communicates itself to the audience. We call this the spark of God! And so a school of seeing becomes a school of feeling.