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Sisters & Brothers
500 Years of Siblings in Art

  • Exhibition view, Sisters & Brothers, 2023
  • Exhibition view, Sisters & Brothers, 2023
  • Exhibition view, Sisters & Brothers, 2023
  • Exhibition view, Sisters & Brothers, 2023
  • Exhibition view, 2023

We all grew up in families and even when we leave them as adolescents, we usually remain in contact with our original family. What we experience in our families, whether we are only children or have siblings, has an impact on our entire lives. Surprisingly, the longest and, more often than not, most intense relationship in a person’s life – the sibling relationship – has been little researched to date and has never been the subject of an exhibition.

Whether twins, siblings, step-siblings or siblings in spirit, those of us who grow up with others are able to deal with conflict and usually practise solicitude and solidarity at an early age – or in other words, we acquire important key skills for human coexistence.

This is the first comprehensive exhibition to document the multifaceted subject of sibling relationships in the visual arts featuring more than 100 works. The exhibition devised by the Kunsthalle Tübingen is extended in Linz to include numerous works from the Lentos and Nordico collections, and will present not only some of the very earliest photographs but also exemplary fairy tale books by the Brothers Grimm in which the subject of siblings is very much in evidence. From the perspective of cultural history, the paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, objects and videos on display illustrate the changes in the portrayal of siblings from the 16th century to the present day by means of a chronological timeline.

Curator and Project Idea:
Nicole Fritz, Kunsthalle Tübingen
Co-Curator Lentos: Elisabeth Nowak-Thaller


Nevin Aladağ, Eleonore Auegg-Dilg, Rudolf Bacher, Joseph Beuys, Sándor Alexander Bihari, Margret Bilger, Karl Böheim, Miriam Cahn, Eugène Carrière, Sevda Chkoutova, Věra Chytilová, Declan Clarke, Lovis Corinth, Gustave Courbet, Adolf Dietrich, Anton Edler, VALIE EXPORT, Marianne Fieglhuber-Gutscher, Emanuel Fohn, Asana Fujikawa, Jan Goeree, Jacob und Wilhelm Grimm, Jan Harmensz. Muller, Julie Hayward, Erich Heckel, Laurentius Christoph Herzog, Christine und Irene Hohenbüchler, Lisa Huber, Christian Jankowski, Rudolf Jettmar, Hanns Ludwig Katz, Carl Koch, Heinrich Kühn, Leopold Kupelwieser, Li Luming, August Macke, Matthias May, Martin-van-Meytens-Schule, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Otto Mühl, Ernst Nepo, Nicholas Nixon, Idowu Oluwaseun, Helga Paris, Joanna Piotrowska, Johann Baptist Reiter, Herbert von Reyl-Hanisch, Anton Romako, August Sander, Egon Schiele, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Peter Sengl, Cindy Sherman, Primus Skoff, Franz Xaver Sölch, Rudolf Steinbüchler, David Sulzer, Fiona Tan, Gert und Uwe Tobias, Fritz von Uhde, Erwin Wurm, Georg Friedrich Zundel


*Please understand that we offer our video production in German language only.

#SneakPeek: Sisters & Brothers

A richly illustrated catalog with text contributions by Tilman Allert, Nicole Fritz, Tilo Grabach, Zita Hartel, Bernd M. Mayer, and Sabine Wienker-Piepho has been published by the Walther König bookstore. 

In German, 176 pages, €34

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An exhibition from Kunsthalle Tübingen in Cooperation with Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz.

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