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7 December 2017 – 8 January 2018
ars vivendi – ars moriendi
Donation Renate König

The receipt of the most significant gift that a museum in Cologne has ever enjoyed rounds off the jubilee year in the new Kolumba building. Renate König has presented her unique collection of medieval manuscripts to the Kunstmuseum des Erzbistums. | This collection was developed over a period of 36 years with great care and the utmost attention to quality. It contains 39 magnificently illustrated codices as well as a block book, starting in the late 13th century and ending in the early 16th century. The books of hours, breviaries and psalteries it includes are among the most precious objects ever produced in the miniature painting and book art of the cultural centres of Europe. These mainly handwritten codices were an effective guarantee for their owner of success in everyday life, with texts intended for repeated daily reading or for prayer in particular life situations, often in connection with the granting of indulgences for the eternal soul’s salvation, along with illustrated stories and depictions of the saints, the amusing drolleries of a “world-turned-upside-down” and diverse ornamentation. Their use held the promise of wide-ranging aid in the “art of correct living and the art of good dying”. | This collection – certainly the best in private German ownership – is a rich source for the pictorial idiom of medieval piety and the spiritual foundation of private worship. It covers books that were created for buyers who remained anonymous as well as those with texts and features individually designed for the high-ranking figures who commissioned them. Examples of book illumination from the top workshops in Paris and Barcelona, Naples, Bruges, Utrecht, London and many other locations document a cultural phenomenon of European proportions.


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2017 ars vivendi – ars moriendi
2017 Pas de deux

2017 Marek Poliks
2017 Eric Hattan
2017 Office for...
2017 Barthel Bruyn
2016 Street Art Project
2016 Kurt Benning
2016 On the Individual

2016 Bethan Huws
2015 Shopmovies
2015 Anna & Bernhard Blume
2015 The Read Thread

2015 Museum for Drawing
2015 Birgit Antoni: Cinema
2014 Vertigo of Reality
2014 playing by heart

2014 Achim Lengerer
2014 Bruno Jakob
2013 show cover hide

2013 Eucharist
2013 Norbert Schwontkowski
2013 Pascal Schwaighofer
2012 Art is Liturgy – Paul Thek

2012 Leiko Ikemura
2012 Volker Saul
2012 Jaromir Novotny
2011 Birgit Antoni
2011 thinking

2011 Philipp Wewerka
2010 Mischa Kuball
2010 Noli me tangere!

2010 Heinrich Küpper
2010 Robert Haiss
2010 Renate Köhler
2010 Georg Baumgarten
2009 Stefan Wewerka
09/09 Bequest

2009 Koho Mori-Newton
2009 Hermann Abrell
2008 Heiner Binding
2008 Man Leaving Earth

2007 Infinite Space Expands

2006 In the Garden of Reality II
2006 Werner Schriefers
2006 In the Garden of Reality I
2005 The Egner Donation
2005 Leiko Ikemura
2005 Arma Christi
2005 Hans Josephsohn
2005 Coptic Textiles
2005 Birgit Antoni
2004 Monika Bartholomé
2004 Max Cole
2003 Reliquary Crosses
2004 Heinrich Küpper
2003 Martin Frommelt
2003 150 Years!
2002 Attila Kovács
2002 Herbert Falken
2002 Peter Tollens
2001 ars vivendi
2001 Peter Zumthor
2000 Volume
2000 walkmen
2000 The Härle Donation
2000 Children's drawings
2000 About Reality
1999 Andor Weininger
1999 Joseph Marioni
1999 Andy Warhol
1998 Kunsthalle Baden-Baden
1998 Faith and Knowledge
1998 Stephan Baumkötter
1998 Bernd Ikemann
1998 Kabakov Pane a.o.
1998 Hildegard Domizlaff
1997 Cage Tsangaris a.o.
1997 Richard Serra
1997 Manos Tsangaris
1997 Kunst-Station
1997 Klaus vom Bruch
1997 About the Site: Kolumba
1996 About Ambivalence
1996 Chris Newman
1996 Peter Tollens
1996 Wolfgang Laib
1996 About Colour
1995 Early Christian Art
1995 Mischa Kuball
1995 Palace of Art
1995 Horn Falken Michals, a.o.
1995 Monika Bartholomé
1993 Tápies Thek Tuttle u.a.
1992 Vaticana
 

 
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7 December 2017 – 8 January 2018
ars vivendi – ars moriendi
Donation Renate König

The receipt of the most significant gift that a museum in Cologne has ever enjoyed rounds off the jubilee year in the new Kolumba building. Renate König has presented her unique collection of medieval manuscripts to the Kunstmuseum des Erzbistums. | This collection was developed over a period of 36 years with great care and the utmost attention to quality. It contains 39 magnificently illustrated codices as well as a block book, starting in the late 13th century and ending in the early 16th century. The books of hours, breviaries and psalteries it includes are among the most precious objects ever produced in the miniature painting and book art of the cultural centres of Europe. These mainly handwritten codices were an effective guarantee for their owner of success in everyday life, with texts intended for repeated daily reading or for prayer in particular life situations, often in connection with the granting of indulgences for the eternal soul’s salvation, along with illustrated stories and depictions of the saints, the amusing drolleries of a “world-turned-upside-down” and diverse ornamentation. Their use held the promise of wide-ranging aid in the “art of correct living and the art of good dying”. | This collection – certainly the best in private German ownership – is a rich source for the pictorial idiom of medieval piety and the spiritual foundation of private worship. It covers books that were created for buyers who remained anonymous as well as those with texts and features individually designed for the high-ranking figures who commissioned them. Examples of book illumination from the top workshops in Paris and Barcelona, Naples, Bruges, Utrecht, London and many other locations document a cultural phenomenon of European proportions.