Glaciers, densely populated by seals, endless Sahara dunes or mist-covered mountains in the Amazon rainforest: Sebastião Salgado (1944) depicts the earth as a creation of overwhelming beauty and thus sharpens our awareness of its preciousness. Salgado has sailed across oceans, scaled mountains, and crossed deserts. He has observed animals and met indigenous peoples in his endeavor to capture their environment and culture. The exhibition is a manifesto that not only touches visitors with black-and-white photographs, but also raises open questions about how we deal with the planet.

Writing and Image

Artists of the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries devise unusual ways to integrate writing into their works. Fascinated by the shapes of the letters, they create alphabets in which the bodies of humans and animals stand in for the strokes of the pen. Dialogues, legends, and titles on banderoles bring images to life and help the beholder make sense of them. These elements appear in portraits and depictions of biblical scenes, but also in illustrations of historic events. The exhibition showcases selected eminent works from the Kupferstichkabinett to shed light on the multifaceted interplay between writing and image.

The Book

Bob Brown (1886-1959) was convinced in the early 1930s: “Books are antiquated word containers” – and although he was already of the opinion at the time that books were outdated, the prophecies of the death of the medium have not been fulfilled to this day. Again and again, artists expand our idea of what can still be considered a book. Must it be bound? Printed? Consist of paper?