Venerdi santo – The Blue Crown Venerdi santo – The Blue Crown
Venerdi santo – The Blue Crown
© Cäsar W. Radetzky
Museum für Sepulkralkultur, Kassel, Bildarchiv


13. February 2002 – 29. March 2002

Dance of Death and Way of the Cross by Caesar W. Radetzky          

The knowledge of death and the certainty of overcoming death through the suffering and dying of Jesus Christ go together in the Christian faith. The "Dance of Death" is a parable for having to die, the "Way of the Cross" is an expression for the passion of Christ that has become a picture, and at the same time an elementary form of devotion for Catholic Christians. The two cycles "Venerdi Santo" and the "Blue Crown" by Caesar W. Radetzky, created in 1998 and 1999, stand in this tradition. In antithetical juxtaposition, the Museum of Sepulchral Culture deliberately shows them in the Passiontide between Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

In a secular and ideologically differentiated society, the Christian interpretation of dying, death, and redemption is only one of many offers. Only a few artists today dare to express this belief in pictures.

The exhibition invites visitors to experience old and at the same time current messages in a new way by looking at pictures, form and color.


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Arbeitsgemeinschaft Friedhof und Denkmal e.V.

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