Art exhibition

An art exhibition is the temporary presentation of paintings, graphics, photographs or sculptures by individual artists, groups of artists or whole epochs of art in public museums, art halls, art clubs or private art galleries, sometimes on special occasions ( birthdays, anniversaries ). A distinction is made between retrospectives, solo and group exhibitions as well as themes and overview shows. An art exhibition is usually opened with a vernissage and finished in individual cases with a closing event.


The history of exhibitions of modernity begins in France in the 17th century. In addition to the Venice Biennale is the most important exhibition of contemporary art founded in 1955 by the Arnold Bode and since then every five years in Kassel held "documenta " on which the world's preeminent artists and trends are presented. Similar importance has the bi -annual Biennale in Venice, where the art is presented in pavilions of individual countries. Trendsetting exhibitions of contemporary art were the shows "A New Spirit in Painting" (London, Royal Academy of Arts, 1981), "Zeitgeist " (Berlin, Martin Gropius Bau, 1982) or "Metropolis" (Berlin, Martin Gropius Bau, 1991 ). Art exhibitions are usually accompanied by often elaborate catalog which lists the works presented, illustrated and - in the case of museum exhibitions - are explained scientifically elaborated texts.

For the first art exhibition, the Académie française is responsible. In the Salon du Louvre in Paris, she was opened on 9 April 1667. King Louis XIV liked this innovation, and he wished that henceforth every year is to align such an event.