Catalogue of the exhibition Rot Red Rouge - Studies on a colour: 08.03.2008 - 22.06.2008
Off all colours, red is the most eye-catching. Historically, it was very early endowed with symbolic significance, and thus acquired magical associations. The complicated manufacture of the pigment vermilion from mercury and sulphur was not only familiar to artists, but also represented an important ritual for alchemists. Red is the colour of life, of joy, passion and love - but also of aggression and, by association, of the absolute demonstration of power. Traditional European and modern painting exploits this significant symbolic complexity of red, which even in the interpretation of the classical principles of colour fluctuates between reduction to sensual stimulus and purely decorative function on the one hand, and complex iconographic associations on the other. In the exhibition, the European baroque paintings will be contrasted with international contemporary works.