Hell's Black and Starlight
Dante's Divine Comedy in Modern and Contemporary Art

12.02.2022 to 08.05.2022

To mark the occasion of the 700th anniversary of the death of Italian poet and philosopher Dante Alighieri (1265–321) the Kupferstichkabinett is showing selections from two woodcut series from the 1920s.

The series are by the Danish artist Ebba Holm and the German Klaus Wrage. Both deal in multifaceted ways with Dante’s literary magnum opus The Divine Comedy – and thereby with his virtual journey through hell, up the purgatorial mountain and on to paradise.

Not only will additional works by Odilon Redon, Wilhelm Lehmbruck and Willy Jaeckel be on display, but also coloured computer drawings by Berlin artist Andreas Siekmann (born in 1961) from his 94-part complex Die Exklusive – Zur Politik des ausgeschlossenen Vierten (The Exclusive – On the Politics of the Excluded Fourth) (2002–2011). In several series from Die Exklusive Siekmann depicts particularly contemporary journeys to hell undertaken by Dante and his guide, the poet Virgil.

A special exhibition of the Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

Ebba Holm, Dante-Porträt („Die Göttliche Komödie“), Detail, um 1923-1928, Linolschnitt
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett / Dietmar Katz

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Conferfence with Michele Cometa: Dante visuale: fonti, illustrazioni, ékphrasis

Publication accompanying the exhibition in the Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin webshop