Peter Paul Rubens, Geronima Spinola Spinola und ihre Enkelin Maria Giovanna Serra, um 1605/06, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

About the exhibition

Peter Paul Rubens is considered the most successful painter of the Baroque period. His paintings are distinguished by sensuous colour and an expressive, highly charged visual language that is instantly recognisable. Even during his lifetime, collectors were prepared to pay top prices for his works. But how did the young artist become a painter who was celebrated throughout Europe?

The exhibition shows how, in the early years of his career, Rubens laid the foundations for his later success. Rubens left Antwerp for Italy in 1600 to study the art of Antiquity and the Renaissance as well as the work of his contemporaries. He steadily expanded his network of influential connections: he became court painter to the Duke of Mantua, portrayed members of the most influential families in Genoa and successfully competed with other artists.

After his return to Antwerp, Rubens set up a high-powered studio, which, thanks to an efficient division of labour, was able to produce large numbers of quality paintings in comparatively little time. The artist’s signature bold visual language became his trademark. The prominent placement of his works in churches and distinguished collections and the wide dissemination through the medium of print make Rubens a sought-after brand.

The exhibition shows some ninety paintings and works on paper from the museum’s own holdings as well as important loans from international museums and collections. It is curated by Prof. Dr. Nils Büttner and Dr. Sandra-Kristin Diefenthaler. The exhibition is realized in cooperation with the Rubenianum in Antwerp and the Academy of Fine Arts.

The exhibition is curated by Prof. Dr. Nils Büttner and Dr. Sandra-Kristin Diefenthaler. The exhibition is realized in cooperation with the Rubenianum in Antwerp and the Academy of Fine Arts.

Things matter

 

To complement Becoming Famous. Peter Paul Rubens’, the Große Sonderausstellung of the state of Baden-Württemberg, we are showing a selection of contemporary photographs under the heading Things Matter. Here, the artists approach the Old Masters from a contemporary perspective. The striking portraits by Maxine Helfman, Suzanne Jongmans and Hendrik Kerstens translate elements of the 17th-century aesthetics into the present and demonstrate how pertinent an engagement with Rubens and his contemporaries can still be in the light of today’s profound social upheavals. The photographs respond to topics such as racism, climate change and consumption and are thus a direct response to our present day.

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The exhibition is under the joint patronage of German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and His Majesty the King of the Belgians.

12 € / 10 € incl. collection and Graphic Cabinet

11,50 € / 9,50 € without collection and Graphic Cabinet

Guided tours

in German

Thur | 6.30 7.30 pm | 5 € / 2,50 €

Su | 3.00 4.00 pm| 5 € / 2,50 €

 

Becoming Famous – der Katalog zur Ausstellung

Catalogue to the exhibition in german at CEDON for 24,90 € and in book stores for 34,90 €.


Gefördert vom Ministerium für Wissenschaft Forschung und Kunst

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Preview

Peter Paul Rubens, Bildnis des Brüsseler Goldschmieds Robert Staes, seiner Frau Anna und ihres Sohnes Albert, um 1610/11, Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Foto: © Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe
Maxine Helfman, Imim (aus der Reihe »Historical Correction«), 2012, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart © Foto: Maxine Helfman
Maxine Helfman, Eilsel(aus der Reihe »Historical Correction«), 2012, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart © Foto: Maxine Helfman
Peter Paul Rubens, Der Heilige Sebastian von Engeln gepflegt,um1608-09, Gallerie Nazionali d’Arte Antica di Roma, Galleria Corsini © Foto: Gallerie Nazionali di Arte Antica, Roma (MIBACT) -Bibliotheca Hertziana, Istituto Max Planck per la storia dell'arte/EnricoFontolan
Seite 3von 4Peter Paul Rubens, Brustbild des Philosophen Seneca, um 1614/15, Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe © Foto: Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe
Lucas Vorsterman (nach Peter Paul Rubens), Der Engelsturz, 1621, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart © Foto: Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
Peter Paul Rubens, Reuige Magdalena und ihre Schwester Martha, um 1620, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie © Foto: KHM-Museumsverband

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