Frames. State of the Art

8 March 2008 - 15 March 2009

"Frames. State of the Art" was a pleasurable excursion into the history of the European picture frame from the medieval altarpieces of the 14th century up to artists’ frames at the beginning of the 20th century. It was a great pleasure to be able to show the many valuable and magnificent specimens, as well as to focus on a rare craft, which can boast innumerable exciting stories.

The frame – the periphery of the history of art
The frame is what concentrates the focus on something, shows off and demarcates what has a special value or status. Despite all this, the picture frame with its diverse styles and expressions has lived in obscurity on the periphery of the history of art.

Playing a changeable part
Throughout much of its history, the frame has been regarded as a window on another world. As a transitional stage between the work of art and the observer, it has alternately belonged to the work and the interior – meaning the room the observer was in. This may explain why frames, in contradistinction to the pictures, have often been replaced according to the taste of the day.

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