BOSCH. VISIONS ALIVE

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  • «IN SPITE OF ALL THE INGENIOUS, ERUDITE AND IN PART EXTREMELY USEFUL RESEARCH DEVOTED TO THE TASK OF ‘DECODING JEROME BOSCH’, I CANNOT HELP FEELING THAT THE REAL SECRET OF HIS MAGNIFICENT NIGHTMARES AND DAYDREAMS HAS STILL TO BE DISCLOSED. WE HAVE BORED A FEW HOLES THROUGH THE DOOR OF THE LOCKED ROOM; BUT SOMEHOW WE DO NOT SEEM TO HAVE DISCOVERED THE KEY.»

    Erwin Panofsky (1892–1968), art historian

  • «HIERONYMUS BOSCH, WHAT MEANS YOUR FRIGHTENED FACE/ AND PALE APPEARANCE? IT SEEMS AS THOUGH YOU JUST/ SAW ALL INFERNAL SPECTRES FLY CLOSE AROUND YOUR EARS./ I THINK THAT ALL THE DEEPEST RINGS OF MISERLY PLUTO/ WERE REVEALED, AND THE WIDE HABITATIONS OF HELL/ OPENED TO YOU – BECAUSE YOU ARE SO ARTFUL/ IN PAINTING WITH YOUR RIGHT HAND DEPICTIONS/ OF ALL THAT THE DEEPEST BOWELS OF HELL CONTAIN».

    Dominicus Lampsonius (1532–1599), Flemish humanist, poet and painter

  • «MAN WAS FORMED OF DUST, SLIME, AND ASHES; WHAT IS EVEN MORE VILE, OF THE FILTHIEST SEED. HE WAS CONCEIVED FROM THE ITCH OF THE FLESH, IN THE HEAT OF PASSION AND THE STENCH OF LUST, AND WORSE YET, WITH THE STAIN OF SIN. HE WAS BORN TO TOIL, DREAD, AND TROUBLE; AND MORE WRETCHED STILL, WAS BORN ONLY TO DIE. HE COMMITS DEPRAVED ACTS BY WHICH HE OFFENDS GOD, HIS NEIGHBOR, AND HIMSELF; SHAMEFUL ACTS BY WHICH HE DEFILES HIS NAME, HIS PERSON, AND HIS CONSCIENCE; AND VAIN ACTS BY WHICH HE IGNORES ALL THINGS IMPORTANT, USEFUL, AND NECESSARY. HE WILL BECOME FUEL FOR THOSE FIRES WHICH ARE FOREVER HOT AND BURN FOREVER BRIGHT; FOOD FOR THE WORM WHICH FOREVER NIBBLES AND DIGESTS; A MASS OF ROTTENNESS WHICH WILL FOREVER STINK AND REEK.».

    Pope Innocent III, “On the Misery of the Human Condition,” XII century

  • «THIS IS ABOVE MY UNDERSTANDING. SO I SHALL KEEP SILENT.».

    Unknown philosopher. XVI century.

  • «THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE WORK OF BOSCH AND THAT OF OTHER PAINTERS LIES IN THE FACT THAT THE OTHERS DEPICT MAN AS HE APPEARS ON THE OUTSIDE. ONLY BOSCH DARED TO PAINT HIM THE WAY HE IS ON THE INSIDE».

    Jose de Siguenza, librarian and historian at the monastery of El Escorial (1605)

  • WHO CAN RELATE ALL THE WONDROUS AND STRANGE FANTASIES THAT HIERONYMUS BOSCH CONCIEVED IN HIS MIND AND EXPRESSED WITH HIS BRUSH GRUESOME PICTURES OF SPOOKS AND MONSTERS OF HELL, OFTEN LESS PLEASANT THAN GRUESOME TO LOOK AT?”

    Karel van Mander - «Lives of the illustrious Netherlandish and German painters»

  • «FOR THEY ARE A NATION VOID OF COUNSEL, NEITHER IS THERE ANY UNDERSTANDING IN THEM. O THAT THEY WERE WISE, THAT THEY UNDERSTOOD THIS, THAT THEY WOULD CONSIDER THEIR LATTER END! »

    Deuteronomy 32: 28-29 - (These Bible verses are seen on Hieronymus Bosch’s painting “The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things”)

THE RENAISSANCE’S MOST ENIGMATIC ARTIST!

In 2016, Europe marks 500 years since the death of painter Hieronymus Bosch. The multimedia exhibitions BOSCH: Visions Alive is one of the centerpiece events in Germany celebrating the anniversary.

Adjectives most commonly used to describe Bosch’s masterpieces include strange, mysterious and fearful. His symbols embodied all the superstitions and dreads that tormented people during the Middle Ages.

Some say Hieronymus Bosch was a surrealist artist, a ‘professor of nightmares.’ Some insist that his paintings contain encrypted secret formulas used by alchemists, astrologers and sorcerers of his day and age. And some believe he was a heretic, a follower of banned sects, even though he is known to have been an extremely religious person.

The opening hall of the exhibition BOSCH: Visions Alive introduces the show with all available information about Bosch’s life and career, including least plausible theories. While the multimedia hall features a visual feast of nightmarish but still magnetic images from Bosch’s masterpieces. Slippery reptiles, pot-bellied monsters, fish with human legs, barrel-bodied figures, and spidery creatures – this phantasmagoric world of Bosch’s never ceases to amaze. Art historian Lev Lyubimov once noted that in Bosch’s paintings “one hideous thing is combined with another and, in this hideous combination, suddenly becomes eerily captivating.”

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July 6, 2016 – June 18, 2017

Opening hours: Monday – Sunday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Location:  Alte Münze, Molkenmarkt 2, 10179 Berlin
U Klosterstraße, U/S Alexanderplatz

Entrance fees:  
Normal price 12.50 Euro
Reduced price 9.50 Euro
(for pupils, students, trainees, pensioners,  and unemployed)  
Small groups (4-9 persons): 8.50 Euro pp
Groups (10 persons or more): 7 Euro pp

Tickets available at major ticket agencies and www.ticketmaster.de  and (after opening) at the exhibition office

Suitable for children aged 6

The exhibition is accessible for people with disabilities

Exhibition languages: German/English
Audio guide for smartphone available

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