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Metamorphoses is curated by Loukia Richards & Christoph Ziegler
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Metamorphoses, transfigurations, and mutations as mind-opening revelations can be found in many religions, art, and literary traditions. The changes in form and substance, documented by innumerable myths and doctrines, have a common denominator: the ascent of the human being into a higher spiritual sphere.
From Homer and Ovid to Moses' burning bush or Christ's Transfiguration, the djinnis of 1001 Nights and Brother Grimm's folk tales, Goethe's Faust, Rabbi Loew's Golem, or the Japanese medieval legends, the message is clear: A sublime power shows its omnipresence through transformation and mutation, and enchants humanity with promise and hope.
Franz Kafka's famous novel Metamorphosis departs from the spiritual tradition of pre-modernity and ominously foreshadows a society obsessed with order, segregation, and racial hygiene on its way to the war tragedy.
The alchemists expressed humankind's desire for endless knowledge, wealth, and immortality by seeking to convert waste into gold. Nowadays, upcycling is a common practice. Fashion and luxury brands proudly advertise the pre-used origin of their raw materials. It is ethical and kind, indeed, to recycle; but is it not void of existential meaning? Does it also help us to make contact with something bigger than us, such as nature, humanity, the common good, or even God?
Does contemporary jewelry need to be spiritual? Is the quest for something that stays alive forever just a psychological side effect of mutating Covid-19 or are we being led to our archaic roots by the search for a talisman against fear, disease, and loss?
Opening: Friday, 25 February 2022, 4.00 - 6.00 PM (CET)
Duration: 25 February - 2 April 2022
Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM (CET)
Zoom Live Online Presentation:
Sunday, 6 March 2022, 3.00 - 4.30 PM (CET)
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Meeting-ID: 998 026 4362
Exhibition view at BKV - photos by Maja Stojkovska