JOANNA PIOTROWSKA in 'Sisters & Brothers. 500 Years of Siblings in Art'

Kunsthalle Tübingen, Tuebingen, Germany
19 Nov 2022 - 16 Apr 2023

With the exhibition Sisters & Brothers. 500 Years of Siblings in Art the Kunsthalle Tübingen aims to make the first comprehensive documentation of the emotional theme of sibling relationships in the fine arts, and to do so on the basis of about 100 works. From the perspective of cultural history and by way of a chronological tour, the paintings, sculptures, objects and videos on show visualise how the depiction of siblings changes from the 16th century to the present. This leads from the beautiful appearance in genre painting via the romantic and bourgeois image of siblings to contemporary depictions. What also emerges is that contemporary artists not only critically and ironically fracture the historical depictions of siblings in their works, but also undertake “deep drillings” of their own that throw light on the challenging sides of relationships with siblings. The artworks on show are complemented by objects from the field of cultural history, thus expanding the theme in the direction of everyday culture.