Animal Revolution   200 Years of the Bremen Town Musicians in Art, Kitsch and Society   23.03. – 01.09.2019

Animal Revolution: 200 Years of the Bremen Town Musicians in Art, Kitsch and Society

“You can always find something better than death” – the Bremen Town Musicians’ journey in search of a dignified life is marked by hope and pragmatism. Two hundred years ago, the fairy tale was first published in the second edition of the Kinder- und Hausmärchen (Children’s and Household Tales, 1819) by the Brothers Grimm. Donkey, dog, cat and cock have since gone through a wide variety of pictorial representations – from early book illustrations, kitsch and commerce all the way to fine art. Even if the animals in the fairy tale never arrive in Bremen, they have since become an integral part of Bremen's identity and its urban landscape and a symbol for courage and solidarity.

Together with the Staatsarchiv Bremen and as part of the citywide Town Musicians Summer, the Kunsthalle Bremen will host a comprehensive exhibition to trace the journey of the four animal protagonists: from historic precedents to the fairy tale, from the written word to visual form, from the city to the museum and from Bremen into the world. Besides a rich array of historical imagery and objects of popular culture, artworks by Gerhard Marcks, Maurizio Cattelan, Jeff Koons, Ayse Erkmen, Glenn Ligon, Hiwa K and many more shed light on the artistic treatment of the beloved animals and the themes of the fairy tale.

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