The exhibition Adam, Eve & the Devil offers a resplendent commentary on the timeless quality of art. Two late medieval Books of Hours form the basis, showing the virtuous hand of the often unknown masters. Notwithstanding their strict schemata, these artists knew how to open the door to a new era, with a flourish of style, a coded letter, a small change to a pattern or the sensitive use of materials. Works by contemporary artists enter into a dialogue with these Books of Hours. Medieval aureoles echo in the performance of William Hunt. Droplets of sweat slowly falling to the floor in Oscar Santillan’s A Hymn recall Mary’s suffering. Artists search for a forgotten soul, a safe refuge, a new relation to the body and the senses. And thus they prove the surprising spiritual correspondences between early modern art and the art of today.

With work by Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, stanley brouwn, David Claerbout, István Csákány, Dario D’Aronco, Thomas Grünfeld, Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Jean Haincelin (Dunois Meester), Rodrigo Hernández, Sofia Hultén, William Hunt, Alicja Kwade, Wolfgang Laib, Astrid Mingels, Carlo Mollino, Christopher Orr, Thomas Ruff, Stéphanie Saadé, Anri Sala, Oscar Santillan, Gregor Schneider, and Conrad van Toul (Master of the Munich Golden Legend).

The exhibition is curated by Ardi Poels. Meet her during one of the guided tours. Listen to her on Adam, Eve &the Devil on dutch radio L1 or read the interview on the website of Metropolis M.

Side programme

During the exhibition several free Meet the Curator/Sunday Guided Tours are offered. During the weekend of May 23, 24 and 25 during Kunsttour the entrance is free and we offer ongoing guided tours, and on Monday between 4 and 6 pm a festive drink at Marres Kitchen with a special performance by Sanne Vaassen.

During TEFAF (13 – 22 March), Marres was open seven days a week from 12 to 7 pm with an exhibition programme full of lectures, films, a workshop and 60 Minute Dinners.

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