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Symposium: The World Upside Down. Hieronymus Bosch’s Century

Symposium: 13 January 2016

Information from the museum, 10 December 2015

Symposium: The World Upside Down.
Hieronymus Bosch’s Century

13 January 2016 10:00 – 18:00

Speakers: Prof. Dr. Nils Büttner, Stuttgart; Nora Haubold, Dresden; Dr. Michael Philipp, Hamburg; Ph. D. Stephanie Porras, New Orleans; Laura Ritter, Wien; Ph. D. Gary Schwartz, Maarssen; Dr. Brahm van den Hoven van Genderen, Utrecht

Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1450-1516) shaped Dutch painting in the sixteenth century with fanciful scenes of hell and drastic depictions of sins. For the 500th anniversary of his death, the Bucerius Kunst Forum will present the enormous range of his compositions and subjects, demonstrated especially in printed works.

The copperplate engravings created after works by Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel the Elder, the most important artist of the following generation, show absurd monsters of the underworld, warn against sin and vice, illustrate sayings, and make ironic statements regarding human foolishness. When the fear of hell and damnation abated around 1600, the moralizing scenes focused on the here and now, and the horrific creatures were transformed into grotesques. The visual world inspired by Bosch continues to fascinate us to this day.

The symposium is preparing the exhibition The World Upside Down. Hieronymus Bosch’s Century (June 4 to September 11, 2016) at the Bucerius Kunst Forum. The results will be presented in the exhibition catalog, published by Hirmer Verlag.

For information and the program of the schedule, please see the website of Bucerius Kunst Forum.

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