23.05.2017 -

Behold, thus are human beings: weak, fearful, doubting, handed over; but, behold, thus too are human beings: kind, loving and always hopeful. The image of this complex human of our time, who is always different, never the same, who has many facets, who is sometimes vulnerable and sometimes violent, who another time astonishingly and perceptively does good.

That is the image of man that today’s artists are showing. This exhibition, which combines the motto of the Katholikentag 2016 with the anniversary of the Reformation in 2017, will look at contemporary artists’ views of human beings in our time. In the course of several chapters, dedicated to different aspects of being, people’s sensitivities, the unspeakable, the unutterable of their existence and their actions will be shown by means of photography, painting, sculpture, videos, and installations.

There are images of ourselves that we do not like to look at; there are those that we see again and again and that insert themselves into human lives from birth to death. These are images that are emotional and moving, that accuse and reconcile, that keep asking the same question: what makes us human?


Francis Alÿs, Kader Attia, Jean-Charles Blais, Matthias Böhler & Christian Orendt, Nathan Coley, Lucas Foglia, Douglas Gordon, Tim Eitel, Binelde Hyrcan, Gülsün Karamustafa, Hans-Wulf Kunze, Jitka Hanzlová, Robert Metzkes, Santu Mofokeng, Roman Opalka, Elizabeth Peyton,  Julian Röder, Phillip Toledano, Ginan Seidl, Alexander Tinei, Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Bill Viola, Gillian Wearing, Veronika Witte, Miriam Yammad

An exhibition by Kunstmuseum Magdeburg at the occasion of the 100th German Katholikentag Leipzig 2016 and the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in Magdeburg 2017

supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the basis of a decision of the German Bundestag




Edited by Annegret Laabs, 2017
Texts germ./engl.: Annegret Laabs, Uwe Gellner, Marjoleine Leoniek Leever, Constantin Becker, Judith Mader, Eva Storms
223 p., numerous illustrations, Softcover, Verlag für moderne Kunst
ISBN: 978-3-903153-85-1
Price: 29.95 Euro