Staged Moments – Still Life Today / Inszenierte Momente – Stillleben heute
The still life, since the 17th century in Europe an independent genre, offered the painters not only the opportunity to reproduce the beauty of things, but also to demonstrate their painting skills. While the nature mortes in the Baroque period were always associated with a coded message, this lost its significance as early as the 18th century.
Even long after the end of the heyday of this art genre, painters, and for a long time also photo and video artists, are still concerned with the reproduction of inanimate nature. The still lifes of the baroque era are still a source of inspiration for some. Their pictures of flowers, animals and all kinds of objects are also carefully composed down to the smallest detail. The idea of transience and death is still present, although not associated with a moral message. They reflect in various ways the complexity of time, space and the world and address the mechanisms of our perception.
With paintings, photography/video and installations by Florian Froese-Peeck, Eva Jünger, Stefanie Pöllot, Barbara Probst, Monika Rutishauser, Margriet Smulders, Brigitte Stenzel and Aljoscha Tschaidse.
At the same time, the Dachau Picture Gallery presents an exhibition of still lifes from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Photo: Brigitte Stenzel, studio still life – black, 2021, oil / lw., 72 x 120 cm