News | Culture 26.07.2012

The miraculous: Exhibition on art, the humanities and religion from the 4th century to the present concludes to popular public reception at the Kunsthalle Krems

Between March 4 and July 1, 2012, 25,000 visitors to an exhibition entitled ›Wunder‹ (›Miracles‹) were able to investigate the phenomenon of the unfathomable – from inexplicable healings, unbelievable natural spectacles and the wondrously strange to unexpected technical innovations, artistic ideas and pure accidents. Exhibits from all areas of society traced how Christianity and the natural philosophy of the ancient world have shaped our ideas about the miraculous.

Internationally renowned artists such as Erwin Bohatsch, Valie Export, Thomas Feuerstein, Franz Graf, Manfred Grübl, Markus Hofer, Anna Jermolaewa, Johanna and Helmut Kandl, Hubert Scheibl, Markus Schinwald, Katharina Sieverding, Daniel Spoerri, Walter Vopava and Erwin Wurm also expressed a sense of fascination for the artistic stances represented, about 50 in total, which were juxtaposed with exhibits centering as much on the miraculous as on the areas of religion, the humanities and the day-to-day.

At the invitation of Director of the Kunsthalle Krems Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Japanese-American artist Yoko Ono used black ink to calligraphy Japanese characters on seven canvases in a live performance seen as part of the ›Wunder‹ exhibition in Krems.

In the course of the exhibition, a panel discussion focused on the concept of the miraculous, both following its traces and critically examining customary perspectives on it. A reading by Burgtheater actress Dorothee Hartinger provided a special highlight. In a presentation as entertaining as it was fascinating, Hartinger traced the miraculous throughout literature, demonstrating just how multifaceted the concept of the miraculous can be.

The exhibition by the Deichtorhallen Hamburg and the Siemens Stiftung was curated by the Berlin curatorial office Prauth.It was open to the public between September 23 and February 5, 2012, at Hamburg’s Deichtorhallen before traveling from there to the Kunsthalle Krems.


Deichtorhallen Hamburg

Kunsthalle Krems