Paris, Centre Pompidou

This large-scale, ambitious show explores how modern and contemporary artists have expressed their thoughts about spirituality and existentialism during our fairly secular era since Nietzsche's declaration "God is dead" in 1881/1882. Assembling some 350 multi-disciplinary works by around 200 artists, pieces by Caspar David Friedrich, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Malevitch and Picasso are juxtaposed against those by Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Bill Viola, Maurizio Cattelan and Damien Hirst.

While some works, such as Friedrich's paintings, are profoundly contemplative, others are more provocative. Cattelan's sculpture of a kneeling, praying Hitler stops you in your tracks as does Hirst's black, sculptural tableau of a mass of dead flies that draws on the theme of life and death. Indeed, the purpose of the show is to prove how artists continue to consider these important questions. This is in spite of the diminished power of religion in the Western world, with the Roman Catholic Church no longer a significant patron of the arts.


May 7 through August 11, 2008
Centre Pompidou
Place Georges Pompidou
75003 Paris
T.+33 (0)1 44 78 12 33
www.centrepompidou.fr

September 19, 2008 through January 11, 2009
Haus der Kunst
1 Prinzregentenstra├če
D 80538 M├╝nchen
T. +49 89 211 27-115
www.hausderkunst.de