Catalogue of the exhibition To the Underworld and back -
The invention of the Beyond: 21.07.2012 - 04.11.2012
The Underworld, as the realm of the dead, has always sparked the imagination of the living, and still continues to shape creative and artistic work.
In the ancient world, the Beyond was represented as a realm of shades, peopled by heroes, gods and daemons. The Western Christian world created Hell, a place where the individual punishment is precisely suited to the sin committed. Modern myths, on the other hand, which use both notions, like to alternate between the worlds – whether regarding space, time or physical body.
This exhibition, which approaches the theme from different angles, shows an Egytpian false door, Greek containers for anointing-oil and Roman grave-goods, as well as many mediaeval and modern works by artists including William Blake, Marc Chagall, James Ensor, Anselm Feuerbach, Jan Fabre, Oskar Kokoschka, Marc Quinn, Daniel Richter and Roelant Savery.
The essays in the catalogue deal with the treatment of the theme in art, the various religious views, and narratives in film and literature.
Bernhard Braun, Sabine Coelsch-Foisner, Constanza Cordoni, Klaus Davidowicz, Astrid Ducke, Michael Ernst, Roland Fischer-Briand, Herwig Gottwald, Gabriele Groschner, Cathrin Grüner, Anton Gugg, Thomas Habersatter, Elisabeth Hargassner, Barbara Herzog, Barbara Heuberger, Regina Hölzl, Ernestine Hutter, Roswitha Juffinger, Manfred Kern, Bodo Kirchner, Piritta Kleiner, Gabriele Kohlbauer-Fritz, Wilfried Kovacsovics, Arnulf Krause, Anne Kürschner, Mario Mauroner, Katja Mittendorfer, Martina Pall, Karin Rachbauer-Lehenauer, Ulrike Reinert, Roman Reisinger, Wolfgang Speyer, Bernd Wagner, Christine Walther, Wolfgang Wohlmayr, Karoline Zhuber-Okrog, Alfred Zinhobl, Margit Zuckriegl
Editor: Thomas Habersatter, Astrid Ducke, Gabriele Groschner
Owner and publisher: Residenzgalerie Salzburg
Year of publication: 2012
Number of pages: 560
Illustrations in color: 227
Illustrations in black and white: 21
Booke size: 21 x 21 cm