13/06/2024 - 15/09/2024

CASE STUDIES ON RUBENS.
SLAWOMIR ELSNER
CAREERS BY DESIGN.
HENDRICK GOLTZIUS &
PETER PAUL RUBENS

CAREERS BY DESIGN. HENDRICK GOLTZIUS & PETER PAUL RUBENS

To this day, the desire for fame and honor inspires the imaginative powers of celebrated artists. In the blossoming baroque era around 1600 with European courts competing for prestige and wealthy burgers striving for status, it was a smart strategy for artists who wanted to make their works known and to sell them profitably, to reach out beyond local borders and to conquer far-away markets and buying audiences. Bulky sculptures and fragile paintings were little suited to such transactions. Instead, it was prints – engravings, etchings and woodcuts – that advanced to becoming perfect ambassadors on behalf of artists who endeavored to charm their audiences with graphic masterstrokes while updating them about their latest creations. Around 1600, the most successful masters in this regard were Hendrick Goltzius (1558–1617) and Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640).

Hendrick Goltzius (1588–1617), Phaeton (from the series "The Four Disgracers"), 1588, Engraving, Diameter: 331 mm,
Photo: Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München
Jacob de Wit (1695–1754) and Jan Punt (1711–1779) after Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640), Fall of the rebel angels, 1750, Engraving and etching, 324 x 373 mm, Photo: Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München

This exhibition presents a distinctive selection of 130 prints from the rich Munich holdings that have only recently been made accessible to the public and scholars. The thematic presentation, addressing aspects such as the role of dedications or antiquity as a model, makes visible the respective innovative artistic strategies that spurred on the careers of Goltzius and Rubens.

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Paulus Pontius I (Engraver, publisher), after Rubens
Self-Portrait of Peter Paul Rubens
1630
Counterproof, Engraving
Goltzius (Inventor), Jacob Matham (Engraver, publisher)
Portrait of Hendrick Goltzius
1617
Engraving
Schelte à Bolswert (Engraver), after Rubens, Gilles Hendricx (Publisher)
Diana Returning From the Hunt
1638
Engraving
Rubens (Inventor), Schelte à Bolswert (Engraver, publisher)
The Miraculous Draught
about 1635
Engraving
Goltzius (Engraver, etcher), afterTizian, Jacob Matham (Publisher)
The Adoration of the Shepherds
1599/1615
Etching, engraving
Goltzius (Draftsman, engraver), after Raffael, Claes Jansz. Visscher (Publisher)
The Triumph of Galatea
1592
Engraving

CASE STUDIES
ON RUBENS.
SLAWOMIR ELSNER

No other motif better confirms the fact that Rubens’ daring inventions still fascinate us and that many of his works seem extremely modern today than his double portrait The Honeysuckle Bower at Alte Pinakothek München. In this painting, Isabella Brant and Peter Paul Rubens present themselves as a couple newly in love. For this part of our double exhibition, artist Slawomir Elsner (*1976) directs his attention on the much beloved masterwork and, by way of his project Case Studies, investigates it before our very eyes. In his suite of twelve large-format drawings, all created especially for this exhibition and the same size as the painting (178 x 136,5 cm), the artist uses drawings for his ‘case study’ and through them articulates his question after the relevance and meaning of the original. He goes so far as to make the motif vibrate before our eyes in his drawn reminiscences of image and afterimage, or else, to challenge our perception and recollection of Rubens’ painting with his fields of watercolor.

Detail: Rubens und Isabella Brant in der Geissblattlaube, 2024, Coloured pencil, 1780 x 1365 mm, (after Peter Paul Rubens, Alte Pinakothek, München),
Photo: Sebastian Schobbert, © Slawomir Elsner
From the series "Just Watercolors" (134) (Rubens und Isabella Brant in der Geissblattlaube), 2023, Watercolor, 1870 x 1360 mm, (after Peter Paul Rubens, Alte Pinakothek, München),
Photo: Sebastian Schobbert, © Slawomir Elsner

Ultimately, his imaginatively rendered artistic Case Study aims at posing to us the question after the fate of art works within our personal hoard of images in the age of digital availability. In which manner do historical paintings of the rank of The Honeysuckle Bower address us, what do we remember after our museum visit and what kind of independent life does the image take on in our memory? We predict that Case Studies by Slawomir Elsner will afford visitors the pleasure of analog viewing and an opportunity to visit both the Pinakothek der Moderne and the Alte Pinakothek.

Rubens und Isabella Brant in der Geissblattlaube, 2023, Watercolor and coloured pencil, 1870 x 1365 mm (after Peter Paul Rubens, Alte Pinakothek, München),
Photo: Sebastian Schobbert © Slawomir Elsner
Rubens und Isabella Brant in der Geissblattlaube, 2024, Coloured pencil, 1780 x 1365 mm (after Peter Paul Rubens, Alte Pinakothek, München),
Photo: Sebastian Schobbert © Slawomir Elsner
Vorstudie, from the "A 4" series, 297 x 210 mm, Sheet 316, 2024, Watercolor and pencil © Slawomir Elsner
Vorstudie, from the "A 4" series, Sheet 301, 297 x 210 mm, 2023, Watercolor © Slawomir Elsner

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