As a universal cultural asset, Christian visual tradition has long continued to develop within a secular context. This publication, however, is not about sacred art or religious beliefs in general. It focuses on works of art that refer to Christian symbols or themes, but critically reflect upon them, transforming them and transferring them to new substance-related or aesthetic contexts. The selection of works concentrates on art from the past twenty-five years, and encompasses paintings, works on paper and glass, sculptures, photographs, video, film, and complex installations.
Georges Adéagbo, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Francis Alÿs, Francis Bacon, Michaël Borremans, Pavel Büchler, Andrea Büttner, Flavio de Carvalho, Paul Chan, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Tacita Dean, Andrew Esiebo, Harun Farocki, Katharina Fritsch, Douglas Gordon, Gary Hill, Emma Kay, Hubert Kiecol, Katarzyna Kozyra, Little Warsaw, Thomas Locher, Kris Martin, Aernout Mik, Boris Mikhailov, Santu Mofokeng, Hermann Nitsch, Robert Rauschenberg, Ad Reinhardt, Rosemberg Sandoval, James Turrell, Bill Viola, Paloma Varga Weisz, Danh Võ and Aby Warburg