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The Wallraf-Richartz-Museum and the Teutloff Collection visit Dresden
Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, September 21, 2012, through April 7, 2013


What do historic paintings and contemporary photographies tell us about the times in which they were produced? How is the social reality of life portrayed in these very different pictorial media? Why do we still see fundamental experiences of human life in these artworks today?


The temporary exhibition Do or Die: The Human Condition in Painting and Photography sets masterpieces of European painting from 1400 to 1900 in a fascinating and suspenseful dialogue with outstanding international photography of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

The surprising juxtaposition of paintings from the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud in Cologne with photographs from the Teutloff Photo + Video Collection in Bielefeld brings together Titian and Jürgen Klauke for example, François Boucher and Nan Goldin, and Bartholomäus Bruyn the Elder and Hendrik Kerstens – to name just a few of the artistic encounters that take place in the exhibition.


The exhibition’s eight chapters unfold the panorama of a lifetime: pregnancy – birth – childhood, youth, beauty, couples, suffering and pain, reflection, aging and death. Visitors see emotionally moving views of humanity develop as through the centuries we recognize what connects us with our ancestors, and what separates us from them.