"The cross can convey the meaning"

Crosses and crucifixions are a thread that runs through all of Arnulf Rainer's work, not as a central theme, but with a constant presence that could manifest at any time, the incessant struggle towards an omnipresent form. Arnulf Rainer avoids religious connotations and theological considerations. He isn't interested in creating sacred paintings.

Arnulf Rainer's crosses and crucifixions are connected to the elementary sensuality of the act of painting, which they attempt to perpetuate. The dialogue between picture and space, between colour and symbol, between the cross and the spirituality exuded by the painting triggers a range of associations. The colourful cross above the font has been known since early Christian times from baptisteries, where the symbol of the cross and water combine to produce a life-giving effect.

Within the secular surroundings of the Frauenbad, the cross above the spring of eternal life can now only be dimly sensed, not wanting to push to the fore nor have mystical connotations attributed to it. The crosses here in the museum are traces of a creative process lasting more than half a century. And so it's not the recipient of two honorary doctorates, but the painter, who thought about the conditions and effects of his paintings when he said to P. Friedhelm Mennekes, “The cross can convey the meaning.”

Curator: Prof. Dr. Reinhold Baumstark

Arnulf Rainer Museum


Josefsplatz 5
2500 Baden
Tel +43(0)2252 209 196 11
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Tram (Badener Bahn)
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to the Arnulf Rainer Museum, to
Josefplatz at the end of the line.

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A2 Baden exit – towards the centre,
Arnulf Rainer Museum / Frauenbad.
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Das Arnulf Rainer Museum ist ab
1. Juli wieder geöffnet

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