VERGOLDET investigates the use of gold as a (colour) material, its fusions and reinterpretations and looks with artistic positions at and behind the gilded surfaces and objects, which are no longer necessarily about the representation of eternity and wealth.

Is contemporary art’s recurring turn to a material with a rich tradition an attempt to free the precious metal from its historical heritage, from grandeur and pathos? Is the saying “all that glitters is not gold” thus put to a test by transferring or shifting the always sought-after, glittery material to other contexts? The exhibition DORÉ | VERGOLDET | GILDED, curated by Harald F. Theiss, and the accompanying catalog bring together works of contemporary art that deal with gold as a material and coloring agent and thus reflect the notions of value and symbolic power connected with it.

Exhibiting artists : Olivia Berckemeyer, Antje Blumenstein, Ruth Campau, Luka Fineisen, Niklas Goldbach, Eckart Hahn, David Krippendorff, Claudia Kugler, Alicja Kwade, Andréas Lang, Via Lewandowsky, Michael Müller, Sebastian Neeb, Andrea Pichl, Johanna Reich, Stéphanie Saadé, Michael Sailstorfer, Karin Sander, Henrik Strömberg, Philip Topolovac, Panos Tsagaris, Frauke Wilken, Andrea Winkler, Clemens Wolf, He Xiangyu.

Schloss Biesdorf

Opening: June 12

Duration: June 13 – August 21, 2022