VITA -a Photo -Performance by Iris brosch  inspired by Lucas Cranach. "Christ blessing the children" for the Biennale in venice.


Magdeburg/Venice. With the state exhibition “Cranach the Younger 2015”, from 26th June until 1st November 2015, the homeland of the reformation is to celebrate the 500th birthday of Lucas Cranach the Younger. It is the first ever exhibition in the world to be dedicated to the life and work of the master. At original venues in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Dessau and Wörlitz, the exhibition organisers will be presenting the most important and valuable works of art from the German renaissance in the form of a superb exhibition.

With a photographic performance by the famous photographer and former fellow of the Art Foundation Saxony-Anhalt, Iris Brosch, during the Media Days at the 56th Biennale in Venice, a greater level of international attention is set to be focused on the state exhibition, awakening curiosity in the homeland of the reformation with its numerous Luther-related cultural sites, as well as the anniversary of the reformation in 2017. With the materials used in the performance, the aim is to address younger target groups – especially young cultural travellers from foreign countries – and to enthuse them to visit the destination of Saxony-Anhalt.

Over the course of recent weeks, Iris Brosch has already brought one of Cranach the Younger’s works to life in the shape of art postcards, artistic photos, film trailers and advertising videos. With her international team, she has staged several versions of 'Hercules at the Court of Omphale' in the form of what is known as a tableau vivant. The work, dating from 1535, is on loan from the Danish National Gallery in Copenhagen, and is returning to its homeland in 2015, where it will be on display at the state exhibition in Wittenberg. “In her tableau vivant, Iris Brosch traces the incidental and gathers pieces of evidence which become the starting point to a puzzling and tangled story. She mounts and documents the course and results of her findings from the “raw materials of life” with photographs, films and in magnificent performances all over the world. Beyond the conventional dividing lines between photography, installations, film and performance, a unique work of art with a fascinating format has been created,” explains Manon Bursian, Director of the Art Foundation of Saxony-Anhalt.



LUCAS CRANACH der JUENGERE ,Christus segnet die Kinder um 1540


About Cranach the Younger (1515-1586):

Lucas Cranach the Younger was born in the town now known as Lutherstadt Wittenberg on 4th October 1515 as the son of the famous painter Lucas Cranach the Elder. The house in which he was born is now known as the 'Cranach Hof' and is situated at the marketplace. Lucas Cranach the Younger learned all about painting and its importance as a child in his father's workshop. The Cranach workshop featured a print shop, and was the key trendsetter in the then art scene. As a multitalented artist, Cranach the Younger converted his father's workshop into an extremely productive 'art business' which achieved success throughout Europe, creating brightly coloured portraits of the highest quality which enthused the world. Lucas Cranach the Younger also occupied an important political position in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, with positions including council treasurer, mayor and deputy mayor. In his second marriage, Lucas Cranach the Younger married the niece of Philipp Melanchthon, Magdalena Schurff. Lucas Cranach the Younger died in Lutherstadt Wittenberg in 1586. A commemorative stone in Wittenberg Parish Church serves as a memorial to the gifted painter and politician. The Cranach Altar, one of his most important works which he created together with his father, is also on display in Wittenberg Parish Church of St. Marien.









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