Last Wednesday, Red Baron took part in an excursion of the Museumsgesellschaft to Tübingen to visit the exhibition Sisters & Brothers, 500 Jahre Geschwister in der Kunst (500 years of siblings in art).
Why is the title in English, although the wave of anglicism is ebbing away in Germany? Sisters & Brothers are possibly explained by a photo taken by Nicolas Nixon in 1980, The Brown Sisters, Greenwich, Rhode Island, that adorns flyers and posters for the exhibition.
The vice president of the Museumsgesellschaft, Professor Sabine Wienker-Piepow, guided the tour. Already on our way to Tübingen on the coach, Sabine introduced us to the part of the exhibition she knows best: siblings in fairy tales.
The makers of Sisters & Brothers boldly claim: Surprisingly, the longest and not infrequently most intense relationship in a person's life - the sibling relationship - has hardly been studied scientifically and has never been the subject of an exhibition.
When we arrived at the art gallery, the Director and Curator, Dr. Nicole Fritz, guided us through the exhibition.
|Jan Harmensz. Muller: Cain and Abel (1589)|
|Johann Gottfried Schadow: Louise and Friederica of Prussia (1797)|
|David Sulzer: Drei Winterthurerinnen (1837)|
In the Grimm fairy tales, the relationships between brothers and their usually youngest sister are particularly close.
|Moritz von Schwind: The Seven Ravens (1857)|
From my Fairy Tale Book, here is an illustration from 1937:
|Hastily the girl ran away and, in search of her brothers, ran to the moon, |
but he was too cold and also gruesome and evil, and when he noticed the child,
he said, "I smell, smell human flesh."
|Erich Heckel, Siblings (1913)|
|Julie Hayward: Let's Dance (2014)|
Gert and Uwe Tobias: 6 PM Cain and Abel (2022)
With much temperament, Dr. Fritz explains the work of art.
|Here is the fratricide in more detail.|
|Joseph Beuys: Cosmos and Damian 3-D (1974)|