Special Exhibition | 22.03.2020 – 21.06.2020

Hope Part 3 of the exhibition trilogy FAITH, LOVE, HOPE

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People have hope, cling to hope, lose hope, regain hope, or hopelessly despair. But what does hope mean?

In the final part of our exhibition trilogy FAITH, LOVE, HOPE, the Draiflessen Collection will focus on the concept of hope as a principle of openness to possibilities that are in actuality not (yet) available. Works of art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including pieces by Michael Buthe, Duane Michals, and Fritz Winter, will highlight ambiguities and possible contradictions: is hope the confidence that “everything will go well”, or is it something closer to blind delusion? Is it invigorating and motivating, or might it not actually be paralysing?

The works in this show will demonstrate that the process of hoping involves a shifting of the boundaries of knowledge, experience, and consciousness, that these boundaries can be transcended or completely dissolved. Via the medium of art, hope thus becomes an object of contemplation, self-inquiry, and discussion.

Joseph Beuys, Lee Bul, Michael Buthe, Sofia Hultén, Wolfgang Mattheuer, Duane Michals, Anna Oppermann, Antoni Tàpies, Philippe Vandenberg, Fritz Winter

A richly illustrated, trilingual catalogue (German, English, Dutch) will be published in conjunction with the exhibition.


You can still watch all the videos of that week for the duration of the exhibition on our Instagram or Facebook account!

Hope | © Draiflessen Collection, Studio Carmen Strzelecki

  • Backgrounds of the exhibition HOPE (German)
  • Visitors' reactions about LOVE
  • Why is there a table with books?
  • About Michael Buthe's "Hope"
  • The Projection
  • About the exhibition trilogy FAITH, LOVE, HOPE
  • About the Philippe Vandenberg's work
  • What is hope?


Die Musik, die die Ausstellungstrilogie GLAUBE, LIEBE, HOFFNUNG begleitet, finden Sie hier als Playlist bei Spotify! 

Thomas Gilbert
Raoul Mörchen

© 2019 Draiflessen Collection, Mettingen

Playlist HOPE | © Draiflessen Collection