Icons Worship and Adoration   19.10.2019 – 01.03.2020

Icons: Worship and Adoration

With this spectacular exhibition the Kunsthalle Bremen is celebrating a premiere: For the first time, an exhibition will take over the entire museum. The show will present a single masterpiece in each of the museum’s galleries – from the Russian icon to Jeff Koons. With 60 stars in 60 galleries, the exhibiton will examine how the concept of the icon unites aspects of the sacred, worship and the idea of transcendence.

Focussing on a single work of art, the presentation examines various aspects of spirituality, devotion and adoration. It invites visitors to experience iconic art works from nine centuries in a new and intense way. Works by Caspar David Friedrich, Vincent van Gogh, Wassily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, Mark Rothko, Yves Klein, Andy Warhol, Niki de Saint Phalle, Isa Genzken, Andreas Gursky and Kehinde Wiley will be complemented by everyday icons – from consumer brands to icons of popular culture such as Marilyn Monroe, Beyoncé and YouTube stars. An interpretation of the traditional notion of the icon in art will be juxtaposed with the proliferation of icons in everyday life.

A once-in-a-lifetime experience in which the museum itself is transformed into a place of contemplation and reflection!

During the Icons exhibition, the Kunsthalle Bremen collection will go on tour: From 25 October 2019 to 16 February 2020, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao will be presenting a selection of French and German masterpieces from Bremen.

Find information on opening hours and entrance fees here.

Guided Tours

Public Tours:
(in German only) Fri 3 pm, Sun 3 pm
Tickets are available one hour before start of tour at the museum desk | € 4,- (plus admission fee)
Book online tickets

Time for a Masterpiece: One hour. One artwork. Innumerable possibilities.
(in German) Tue 6 pm | € 4,- (plus admission fee)

Guided Tours & Time for a Masterpiece for groups: (available in German, Dutch, English, French and Russian) Guided Tour 50 Min: € 80,- | Guided Tour 90 Min: € 100,-, plus admission fee each
Information and registration: T + 49 (0)421 - 32 908 220 or right here.

Accompanying Media

Exhibition Catalogue
Published by Hirmer Verlag (in German and English) | 368 pages, edited by Christoph Grunenberg and Eva Fischer-Hausdorf. In addition to illustrations and descriptions of all works on display, the catalogue contains essays on art history, the fine arts and literature by selected authors.
Museum edition Kunsthalle Bremen: € 35,- (no shipment)
Bookstore edition: € 39,90 (German: ISBN 978-3-7774-3394-3 | English: ISBN 978-3-7774-3396-7)

Accompanying booklet
With summary explanations of the exhibition, free (German/English)

Audio Tour
Audio guide for adults (in German and English) | € 4,-
Audio guide for children from 6 years of age (in German) | free

Every child from 6 years of age will receive a Pic-See-Booklet for free. (in German only)

Icons exklusive

Enjoy with your guests the Icons Exhibition exclusively beyond the opening hours. Please call us – we will be happy to advise you: T +49 (0)421 - 32 908 197

Hotel offer

Deals by Atlantic Hotel Airport Bremen
Overnighting like an Icon: Find more information here.
Icons Menu: Find more information here.

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