Temporary exhibition Paul Celan postponed


We regret to inform you that, in light of the new measures regarding the coronavirus, we were forced to postpone our next guest exhibition The Meridian of the Heart. A visual journey through poems by Paul Celan. The exhibition, by artist Jan Mulder, was set to open on 12 November 2020 en would run until 20 January 2021. A new date for the exhibition has not been set yet.‚Äč

About the exhibition

The poems by Paul Celan (1920-1970) have a special power: they invite translation, or moreover, they demand a translation – not only in the usual sense, but also in the form of other, non-linguistic responses, such as for the theater, in music and in the visual arts.

In his abstract language of painting, artist Jan Mulder portrays emotions and thoughts that the poems evoke for him. Alongside other titles, the poem Stehen by Paul Celan is the motif for a monumental canvas that will be displayed for the first time in Kazerne Dossin.

Celan survived the war, but his parents were killed in a camp. After the war he fled the Russian-occupied Czernowitz and travelled to Paris via Vienna. Mulder visited these places, among others, and also encountered Celan in the people he met who are connected to Celan’s life and work in various ways. A visual impression of this journey is part of the exhibition.

The guest exhibition The meridian of the heart in Kazerne Dossin has been organised to mark the 100 th birthday of Paul Celan (23 November 1920).