Things Matter – Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
To complement the exhibition “Becoming Famous. Peter Paul Rubens, the Große Sonderausstellung of the state of Baden-Württemberg”, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart has shown an exhibition of contemporary photographs under the heading Things Matter. Here, the artists approach the Old Masters from a contemporary perspective. The striking portraits by Maxine Helfman, Suzanne Jongmans and Hendrik Kerstens translate elements of the 17th-century aesthetics into the present and demonstrate how pertinent an engagement with Rubens and his contemporaries can still be in the light of today’s profound social upheavals. The photographs respond to topics such as racism, climate change and consumption and are thus a direct response to our present day.

Following this presentation with 8 works by Suzanne Jongmans, the museum has decided to purchase the work “The Pile” and make it part of the permanent collection.