A Journey Through 2000 Years of European Art

Understand Art

“Treasure rooms della Galleria Borghese” – Roma, 2014, Mauro Fiorese

Following in the Footsteps of Great Masters

Botticelli, Vermeer, Picasso – their paintings fascinate even today and awake curiosity about the great masters’ mental processes and techniques. How did the ingenious revolutionary Caravaggio paint? How did Max Beckmann conceptualize his brutally realistic sketches of figures and scenes? With the project “KAIROS. The Right Moment” ZOTT Artspace takes a journey through 2000 years of European art history.

“”I am convinced that art is more interesting and fascinating when we understand how or under what circumstances it was created. Putting art – by all means playfully – into its context is what I want to achieve with ZOTT Artspace”. (Christian Zott)

Wolfgang Beltracchi working on the paintings for the exhibition “KAIROS. The right moment”. Closeups from works created using the artistic voices of Max Beckmann, Heinrich Campendonk and Lucas Cranach the Elder.

Actively understanding art eras

With the stroke of a brush, ZOTT Artspace makes the painting styles of great masters come alive. As part of the project “KAIROS. The Right Moment“, the contemporary artist Wolfgang Beltracchi will be creating paintings using the artistic voices of artists long since deceased. Visitors to ZOTT Artspace can literally look over the shoulder of the master adopter of artistic voices, offering them the opportunity to gain a more in depth understanding of the creative processes of the shining lights in European art history. For each picture motif, ZOTT Artspace has identified historical events and historically significant cultural moments from the classical era up to the 20th century that weren’t captured by artists in their time. Now they will become paintings that place history in its artistic context. The works by Wolfgang Beltracchi will be presented in the exhibition “KAIROS. The Right Moment” starting October 2018.

 

“When you are allowed to visit these special places…”

From the idea to the realization and continuation of the project: how did the series ‘Treasure Rooms’ come about? (Film in German)

Mauro Firoese in the archive of Museo di Castelvecchio in Verona. For his series “Treasure Rooms”, the artists photographed the archives of numerous major museums.

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Academic Advisory Board

For the project “KAIROS. The Right Moment”, ZOTT Artspace is working with art historians and other experts to examine and illustrate the wide variety of eras in 2000 years of Western culture. Our aim is to explain art in an easy and exciting way – without cutting any corners in its scientific foundation. For this purpose, we are gradually putting together an academic advisory board. The following experts have already joined the team and are supporting us in our academic advisory board:

Golden Age, Art Nouveau – and the “Gesamtkunstwerk”

His great reputation both in the academic world and in the art business makes the art historian Rainer Metzger the ideal consultant for our comprehensive project. He is helping with the exhibition design, the related publications and with the examination of selected picture ideas. At the moment, he is working on the paintings created using the artistic voices of Gustav Klimt and Jan Vermeer.

Rainer Metzger

Professor Rainer Metzger has been teaching art history at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe since 2004. Born in Lower Bavaria, he studied art history, modern history and modern German literature in Munich. His passion for public discussions about art and sharing his knowledge of art with others led him early on to pursue numerous journalistic activities, from art-critical texts for the daily newspapers Der Standard, FAZ and SZ, through exhibition catalogues to art blogs in artmagazine and his own publications dealing with subjects such as Vincent van Gogh, Dan Graham, Christian Ludwig Attersee and Gustav Klimt.

Iconoclasm – the Byzantine Image Controversy

PD Dr. Sergei Mariev is one of the world’s leading experts in the 1000-year history of the Byzantine Empire. For our project, he is involved in developing the picture idea for Byzantine art and medieval book illumination. One of the main focuses is the Byzantine image controversy, a topic that even today has fascinating and informative aspects.

Sergei Mariev

PD Dr. Sergei Mariev is one of the world’s leading experts in the 1000-year history of the Byzantine Empire. For our project, he is involved in developing the picture idea for Byzantine art and medieval book illumination. One of the main focuses is the Byzantine image controversy, a topic that even today has fascinating and informative aspects.

Sergei Mariev was born in Saint Petersburg and grew up in the USA. He first studied classical philology in Utah and then Byzantine, Greek and Latin philology of the Middle Ages at the LMU Munich. Since 2008 he has been teaching Byzantine Studies at the Institute for Byzantine Studies, Byzantine Art History and Neogräzistik at the LMU Munich. In 2016 he was a visiting professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, where he held a series of seminars on the emergence of image theory during the iconoclastic period in Byzantium and gave several lectures on this topic. Among other things, he has carried out research projects at the Universities of Zurich and Basel as well as at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection (Harvard University) and has organized several international conferences, symposia and round tables.

For his habilitation thesis with the title “Aesthetic Theories in Byzantium” he was awarded the highly-endowed habilitation prize by the “Gesellschaft von Freunden und Förderern der Universität München e. V” (Society of Friends and Sponsors of the University of Munich) in 2014. His research focuses on Byzantine historical writing, Greek palaeography and Byzantine philosophy. He is the founder and publisher of the scholarly series “Byzantinisches Archiv – Series Philosophica” (published by De Gruyter in Berlin and Boston).

Images sources:

1: August Macke, „Mädchen unter Bäumen“, 1914. © bpk | Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen
a: Lucas Cranach the Elder „Ungleiches Paar (Der alte Buhler)“. © bpk / Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen
b: Franz Marc „Ställe“ 1913. © bpk / The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation / Art Resource, NY
c: Gustav Klimt „Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I” 1907.  © John Baran / Alamy Stock Foto
d: „The oldest known icon of Christ, 6-7th C“ (1) ©www.BibleLandPictures.com/Alamy Stock Foto
e: Detail from Hendrick Avercamp: Winter Landscape with Skaters, ca. 1608 © Peter Horree / Alamy Stock Photo