Metamorphoses. Becoming – Fading Away – Emergence

Photographs by Herlinde Koelbl
The "Metamorphoses" reflect the being of man in the essence of the constantly changing nature.
until 08.10.2023today: 10:00 - 17:00  

Bayerisches Nationalmuseum

"In the long series of my projects, this is the first time that there are no people to be seen. However, one theme that runs through my work has remained, transience. Now my focus is on nature. In it, nothing remains as it is. Emergence, becoming and fading away. In the Metamorphoses, all life themes are incorporated. They are the breaking points for transformation.

In the fading away, nature allows a new beauty and a changed perception to emerge. It requires special attentiveness, a close look, to recognize this. Nature creates incredible forms, colors and structures. Everything transforms itself, becomes brittle, slackens or solidifies, and changes its state of aggregation. Colors alter in their intensity and scale of tonality.

By emphasizing details, the artist creates his own pictorial compositions. A new level of reality and perception appears. The images become abstract; a state of suspension is achieved. A kind of visual archaeology that overlaps or even collides with the images or ideas we think we know. The present and the past flow into each other. And the future lies in reappearance.”

Herlinde Koelbl on Metamorphoses


Bayerisches Nationalmuseum

Prinzregentenstr. 3
80538 München

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    22.06. – 08.10.2023

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    Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00
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metamorphosis © Herlinde Koelbl / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023
© Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Foto Stephan Rumpf


Bayerisches Nationalmuseum

The Bayerisches Nationalmuseum on the Prinzregentenstrasse in Munich is one of the largest museums in Germany. It displays exceptional art from late antiquity up to art nouveau as well as a unique take on European cultural history in Bavaria. Apart from the considerable permanent collections the museum also displays regular studio exhibitions as well as special exhibitions with prestigious loaned works.