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Perfect Love – Von Liebe und Leidenschaft

9 January - 14 May 2022

Perfect Love – Von Liebe und Leidenschaft

Exhibition: 9 January - 14 May 2022

Art and love have always been the ideal couple. Their interaction has been both a driving force and a challenge for artists and it has initiated the creation of countless works of art.

Whether as a passionate couple, a caring mother, divine, interpersonal, abysmal, paradisiacal or heavenly; Perfect Love shows diverse aspects of love in art. A special love was and always is art itself. Artists have accordingly often addressed their work, inspiration and muse or art collecting and given them an ever-changing face in allegories and personifications.

Master of the Prodigal Son (act. ca. 1530-1560), Caritas, ca. 1550
Private collection

The works of art in Perfect Love span 500 years of artistic creation and range from late Gothic devotional tablets and post-Byzantine icons to the holdings of old masters and selected contemporary art. In addition to well-known but also rarely shown works from the collection, there are important new additions such as the winged altarpiece by a master from the Lake Constance region in southern Germany, created around 1500. Additional loans from private collections allow a glimpse of artworks that are rarely on public display, for example two panels by the enigmatic Master of the Prodigal Son from the middle of the sixteenth century.

The exhibition is curated by Samuel Reller.