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Looking at art is, more than anything, about having an individual experience that is connected with the work of art. The focus of this exhibition is on the act of perceiving art and on the relationship that can result from this direct confrontation between an artwork and the person viewing it. With this in mind, the exhibition, which draws on works from different centuries, aims to call attention to the impact this fleeting, elusive, individually or collectively experienced moment of viewing art can have.

A History of Powerful Emotions
How art is assessed depends, on the one hand, on scholarly research and, on the other, on its recognition by public and private museums and collections. Typically, a work of art is studied from the perspective of artistic intention and is placed in a distinct context through comparing iconography and style and through questioning the history of its reception. Looking at a work of art, however, involves more than just critiquing style, analyzing form and genre, addressing questions of taste, and determining meaning – it involves above all the individual’s own experiencing of the work. Depictions of the beautiful, but also of suffering, abjection, or horror all touch on experiences that can, and could in the past – including at the time when a work was created – be perceived very differently by different people. Proceeding from the fact that art does not arise of its own accord, the exhibition is based on the idea that what happens between viewer and artwork is also part of a history of powerful emotions.

About the Exhibition
The exhibition addresses a range of themes that can be summed up under headings such as “absences,” “immaterial zones,” “physicality,” and “inside/outside” and brings together works of art from different centuries. The artists represented in the exhibition work with the techniques of citation and montage, with historical figures, with fictional – and in some cases autobiographically motivated – narratives, with analogue and digital processes, and with installation. The presentation does not address media- or genre-specific issues; instead, it asks what formal and material relationships in what combinations have what effects and what content they bring with them.
The exhibition includes works by the following artists: Francis Bacon, Georg Baselitz, Rudolf Belling, Laurenz Berges, Giovanni del Biondo, Christian Borchert, Janet Cardiff, Nardo di Cione, Björn Dahlem, Marlene Dumas, Werner Fechner, Lucio Fontana, Vilhelm Hammershøi, Hannah Höch, Leonhard Kern, Yves Klein, Hans Leinberger, Herbert List, João Louro, Lorenzo Monaco, the Master of Osnabrück, Isaak van Nickelen, Sigmar Polke, Angelo Puccinelli de Lucca, Neo Rauch, Yael Reuveny, Gerhard Richter, Pietro Antonio Rotari, Thomas Ruff, Salomon van Ruysdael, Thomas Struth, Franz von Stuck, Wilhelm Trübner, James Turrell, and Clemens Walter.

A richly illustrated catalogue, published in German, English and Dutch editions, provides additional and more in-depth information on the topics addressed in the exhibition.

Accompanying Programme

The exhibition is to be accompanied by an extensive supporting program consisting of themed guided tours, talks, readings, and educational activities designed for different target audiences.

Laurenz Berges, Brenninckhof / Wiehe I 2016, 2017 | © Laurenz Berges, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017, Draiflessen Collection, Mettingen 

Georg Baselitz, Sonderling, 1993 | © Georg Baselitz 2017, Sammlung Ströher, Darmstadt, Foto/photo: Jochen Littkemann, Berlin

Pietro Antonio Rotari, Russian Girl with a Muff, 1753–1762 | © Daxer & Marschall Kunsthandel, Munich 

Hans Leinberger, Madonna, ca. 1515 | © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst, Foto/photo: Antje Voigt, Berlin 

Angelo Puccinelli de Lucca, Left wing of a triptych depicting Saints James the Great, Catherine, Nicholas, and John the Baptist and an Angel, ca. 1375–1386 | © Draiflessen Collection, Liberna Collection, Mettingen, Foto/photo: Stephan Kube, Greven




Face-to-Face with Images | © Draiflessen Collection, Foto/photo: Henning Rogge

Accompanying Programme

Every Sunday, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m., except on 24.12.2017 | 31.12.2017 | 07.01.2018 | 14.01.2018
Public Tour
Admission € 9 | € 6
No registration required

Tuesday, 31.10.2017 | Tuesday, 26.12.2017, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Public Family Tour
Admission € 9 | € 6 | children up to the age of eighteen free of charge
No registration required

Thursday, 02.11.2017 | 07.12.2017 | 04.01.2018, from 7:00 to 7:45 p.m.
Public Tour – Art in the Evening
Admission € 9 | € 6
No registration required


Monday, 23.10.2017, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Fun at the Museum – The Colour Blue
Participation fee € 6
Registration by Thursday, 19.10.2017

Monday, 23.10.2017, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Fun at the Museum – Slow Art
Participation fee € 6
Registration by Thursday, 19.10.2017

Thursday, 26.10.2017, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Fun at the Museum – Slow Art
Participation fee € 6
Registration by Monday, 23.10.2017

Thursday, 26.10.2017, 14.00–16.00 Uhr
Fun at the Museum – The Colour Blue
Participation fee € 6
Registration by Monday, 23.10.2017

Thursday, 02.11.2017 and Friday, 03.11.2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Museum Experts
Participation is free, but limited to six participants, incl. a midday snack
Registration by Monday, 30.10.2017

Sunday, 05.11.2017, 11:00 a.m. to noon
Museum Experts Tour – Children Guide Visitors
Admission € 10, children up to the age of eighteen free of charge
Registration by Thursday, 02.11.2017

Sunday, 12.11.2017, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Tour for Dementia Sufferers and Relatives
Admission € 15, incl. coffee and cake
Registration by Thursday, 09.11.2017

Wednesday, 15.11.2017, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Excursion to the Felix Nussbaum Haus, Osnabrück
€ 39 plus, € 15 for the group lunch
Registration by Friday, 10.11.2017

Friday, 17.11.2017, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Reading for Children and Young People from Cornelia Funke’s 'Inkheart Trilogy'
Admission € 6 (per child and per adult companion)
Registration by Tuesday, 14.11.2017

Friday, 17.11.2017, 8:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Reading for Adults with Rainer Strecker
Admission € 15
Registration by Tuesday, 14.11.2017

Sunday, 19.11.2017, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Movie Show ‘Inside Out’
Admission € 6 (per child and per adult companion)
Registration by Thursday, 16.11.2017

Wednesday, 22.11.2017, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Curator Tour – in Cooperation with the VHS Ibbenbüren
Admission € 10
No registration required

Sunday, 26.11.2017, all day
Pre-Advent Shopping
Admission € 6
No registration required

Sunday, 03.12.2017, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Winter Fairy-Tale Land—with the story teller Sabine Meyer
Admission € 6 (per child and per adult companion)
Registration by Thursday, 30.11.2017

Friday, 08.12.2017, 3:00 to ca. 7:00 p.m.
Excursion to the lichtsicht 6
Admission € 39
Registration by Tuesday, 05.12.2017
Sunday, 10.12.2017, 11:00 to 12:30 p.m.
Museum Researchers
Admission € 6
Registration by Thursday, 07.12.2017

Thursday, 14.12.2017, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
TourWith Eyes Blindfolded . . .
Admission € 10
Registration by Monday, 11.12.2017

Sunday, 17.12.2017, 11:00 a.m. to noon
Pleased to meet you!Speaking with Each Other about Art
Admission € 10
Registration by Thursday, 14.12.2017

Thursday, 21.12.2017, 8:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Nipple Jesus—Comedy Solo by Nick Hornby
Adults € 15
Registration by Monday, 18.12.2017

Thursday, 04.01.2018, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Evening in the Museum—For Families
Admission € 6 (per child and per adult companion)
Registration by Tuesday, 02.01.2018

Sunday, 21.01.2018, 11:00 a.m. to noon
Curator Tour—My Favourite Work
Admission € 10
No registration required