Arnt the Sculptor of Images – Master of animated Sculptures

2nd of April until 5th of July 2020

Who was Meister Arnt of Kalkar and Zwolle?
The first monographic exhibition on the founder of a rich carver school on the Lower Rhine takes the visitors into the era of the late Middle Ages. About 50 works by the artist, who worked between about 1460 and 1492, will be shown. The late Gothic oeuvre of Meister Arnt captivates by extraordinary liveliness, richness of subject and narrative joy.

The occasion of the exhibition is a rediscovery
At the beginning of 2019, the Schnütgen Museum succeeded in acquiring three previously lost fragments, with which a masterpiece by master Arnt, the altarpiece with the Adoration of the Magi, can be completed and as such be shown for the first time.
Another important work of the carver comes from the Nicolaikirche in Kalkar. The Georgsaltar with a width of seven meters (when opened) will be presented outside of a church for the first time in this exhibition.
Other high-profile loans – to name only a few international lenders – will come from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Musée de Cluny in Paris and the Musée Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire in Brussels, as well as numerous churches on the Lower Rhine.

Lower Rhine and the Netherlands
Meister Arnt stands for the interconnection of artistic impulses of the Lower Rhine with those of the adjoining Netherlands: From about 1460–1484 he worked at the Lower Rhine in Kalkar and from about 1484-1492 in Zwolle, the present capital of the Dutch province Overijssel. His workshop supplied numerous places around the IJsselmeer and the region around Kleve.
In addition to altarpieces with figurative narrative reliefs, statues of saints and striking individual figures of Christ, Angels and the Mother of God with child are part of the surviving work of Meister Arnt. Despite the productivity of his workshop, Meister Arnt is largely unknown to a broader public until today - the exhibition in the Museum Schnütgen will merge a considerable part of his oeuvre especially for this exhibition and offers the chance of a (re) discovery of the sculptor.

Entrance Fees:
10 €, reduced 7 € (including the permanent exhibition of the Museum Schnütgen)
Combo ticket incl. Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum 13 €, reduced 10 €

Booking of guided Tours:
museum.schnuetgen[at]stadt-koeln.de