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Family Affairs takes a look at brothers and sisters in art. Research turned up no fewer than 1500 artists with another artist as brother or sister. Is art in the genes? What do twins have to tell us about the question? Does the family bond lead to fraternal collaboration or, on the contrary, to rivalry? Does a famous family name open doors or is it actually a handicap?

The exhibition opens in the 8th century with the sisters Harlinde en Relinde in a convent and takes in the great artistic movements - Baroque, rococo, Romantic, modernist, postmodernist - right up to today. Alongside celebrated names like Jan and Pieter Brueghel, Diego and Alberto Giacometti, Balthus and Pierre Klossowski, Marcel and Suzanne Duchamp, and Jake and Dinos Chapman, other, less prominent, pairs are highlighted. The exhibition will include new works by Patricia and Marie-France Martin, Benoît and Frédéric Platéus, and a collaborative project by the brothers Erik and Harald Thys and Danny and Richard Venlet. A revealing perspective on art history, on the frontiers of art and science.

The relationship between art and genetics will be the focus of a colloquium on 9 September, organised jointly with the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Art historians, soci-ologists, and geneticists will look at the issue of brothers and sisters in art. Full programme available from June 15 on

Curator: León Krempel In collaboration with the Haus der Kunst, Munich


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Family Affairs
Brothers and Sisters in Art
Kooperation: Haus der Kunst, München
Kurator: Leon Krempel

mit Pieter Bruegel der Jüngere & Jan Bruegel der Ältere, Diego Giacometti & Alberto Giacometti, Balthus  & Pierre Klossowski, Marcel Duchamp & Suzanne Duchamp, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Patricia & Marie-France Martin, Benoit Plateus & Frederic Plateus, Erik & Harald Thys (Harald Thys / Jos de Gruyter), Danny & Richard Venlet