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Double Vision: Albrecht Dürer & William Kentridge

Exhibition Project of the DFG Transfer Project "Evidenz ausstellen" by Freie Universität and Berlin Kupferstichkabinett / Exhibition Opening on November 19, 2015

№ 301/2015 from Oct 12, 2015

Works by Albrecht Dürer and William Kentridge will be on display as of November 20 in an exhibition organized in cooperation between the Berlin Kupferstichkabinett (Museum of Prints and Drawings) and Freie Universität. It is being organized by the DFG transfer project “Evidenz ausstellen." Researchers in this project teach the fundamental research studied in the "BildEvidenz. History and Aesthetics" research group at Freie Universität to those working in museums, thereby sharing the knowledge gained through their research with a wider audience. The exhibition Double Vision will present graphic works by Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) and William Kentridge (born in 1955 in Johannesburg), thus bringing two visions of printed graphic art in a dynamic dialogue across epochal and cultural differences. Among other things, the exhibition will feature how William Kentridge utilizes ideas and image motifs that he takes from the German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer. The main focus of the exhibition, however, will be on the individual view of each artist in the medium of black and white images that they both explore in a variety of ways. The exhibition will present more than 100 works by Dürer and Kentridge, including the monumental Triumphal Arch by Dürer and the almost two-meter-high lithography Treason Trial by Kentridge. Double Version will be open from November 20, 2015, to March 6, 2016, in the Kulturforum at Potsdamer Platz. The exhibition opening will be on November 19, 2015. Admission is 8 euros, reduced 4 euros.

In the exhibition, changing constellations between viewers and works will be tested with regard to how the various substantive and aesthetic dimensions of the works can be experienced. In seven different theme rooms, the special expressiveness of black and white images is made apparent. New perspectives on both artists can be gained by foregoing an epochal presentation. Both reflect the political and social upheavals of their times in their works. "Through exhibitions viewers have a special opportunity to gain sensory experience and knowledge," said Dr. Elke Anna Werner from the DFG transfer project "Evidenz ausstellen" at Freie Universität Berlin. The way works of art are presented in space and perceived by the viewers plays an important role in their perception.

The exhibition is a central part of the project and simultaneously a subject of investigation of the three-year research project "Evidenz ausstellen. Praxis und Theorie der musealen Vermittlung von ästhetischen Verfahren der Evidenzerzeugung." The project receives funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG). An accompanying catalog will be published by the Munich-based publisher, Sieveking Verlag.

Further Information

Time and Location

  • Friday, November 20, 2015, to Wednesday, March 6, 2016. Opening times: Tuesdays to Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Kulturforum, Potsdamer Platz, 10785 Berlin. S- and U-Bahnhof Potsdamer Platz.


Dr. Elke Anna Werner, Co-manager of the “Evidenz ausstellen” transfer project and member of the Center for Advanced Studies "BildEvidenz. Geschichte und Ästhetik" at Freie Universität Berlin. Tel.: +49 30 838-51706, Email: elke.werner@fu-berlin.de

Link to the Homepage of the Exhibition and the Research Project