Hair!
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Hair! Peter Ludwig, the collector of Ludwig Galerie in Oberhausen, Germany gathered notable ´Hair´ from Antiquity until Warhol, from Tilman Riemenschneider to Cindy Sherman. The exhibition is on view from 22nd of September 2013 to January 2014.
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Hair as the haircut itself or in the form of the 'bonnet'. Domenico Gnoli, Hair Partition (Scheitel), 1968 © Museum Ludwig im Staatlichen Russischen Museum St. Petersburg / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2013
Hendrik Kerstens, paper roll, 2008 © Hendrik Kerstens, courtesy NUNC Contemporary, Antwerp, Belgium
Fertility or the loss of power is reflected in opulent or cut hair, and status, gender or the membership of a group is signalled by open or concealed hair. Anonymous, Head of Woman, c. 240 A.D. © Suermondt-Ludwig Museum, Aachen, Photo: Philipp Groß
Deemed the seat of the soul, hair was a symbol for the elemental vitality of people or a central bearer of erotic messages. Anonymous, Exaltation of Maria Magdalena (Maria Aegyptiaca), um 1480 © Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum, Aachen, Photo: Anne Gold, Aachen
Hair has played a particular role within all religions, symbolising humility by cutting hair or getting closer to the Almighty with real hair on crucifixes in the Christian Middle Ages. Tilman Riemenschneider, Death of Maria, c. 1515 © Sammlung Marks/Thomée, Deutschland, Photo: Anne Gold, Aachen
Moral of the story: Lust is not the sin, but the weakness that leads him to sin: unable to resist Delilah, he tells her the secret of his strength, betraying his body and his God simultaneously. The hero’s legendary physical strength does not come from within, but is a divine gift. Weakness, both physical and moral, is the human state; strength comes from God. Samson and Delilah, Peter Paul Rubens, Probably 1609, Oil on panel, 52.1 x 50.5cm, Cincinnati Art Museum
Johann Joachim Kaendler/Peter Reinicke, Conductor at the Ape Chapel (Dirigent der Affenkapelle), 1753-1765/66 © Museen der Stadt Bamberg, Sammlung Ludwig, Photo: Thomas Wolf
The colour of hair ranges from the red of the traitorous Judas and affiliation within the world of witches ... Volker Stelzmann, Woman in Red Dress, 1976-1979 © Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig, Sammlung Ludwig / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2013.
... to the beguiling blond of Maria Magdalena and Marilyn Monroe ... Roy Lichtenstein, Crying Girl, 1963 Richard Avedon, Brigitte Bardot, 1959 Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe 1967 © Peter E. Rytz 2013.
... and the deep black of the femme fatale. Edvard Munch, Madonna - Liebendes Weib, 1902 © The Munch Museum / The Munch Ellingsen Group / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2013, Photo: Anne Gold, Aachen.
Cindy Sherman, Untitled # 464, 2008 © MUMOK Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien / Cindy Sherman
The art of the 20th and 21st centuries discovered new meanings in hair. Presented repulsively or else with the intention of stirring up desire, surprising in an isolated context or fitting into everyday life, hair is now seen in a great diversity of forms. Herlinde Koelbl, Untitled, 2007 © Herlinde Koelbl
Hair has exerted a particular fascination with people from all cultures over the millennia. Hair comb made of ivory, c. 1560 © Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum, Aachen, Photo: Anne Gold, Aachen
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