After greetings by Julia Fabényi, director of the Ludwig Museum, the opening speeches will be made by Caitlin Jones, deputy head of mission at the British Embassy, and by Walter Smerling, curator of the exhibition and chairman of the Foundation for Art and Culture in Bonn. Gilbert & George will also be present.
According to the Ludwig Museum’s website, “these Scapegoating Pictures, all from 2013, reveal a modern western world through Gilbert & George’s sociological environment by exploring the tensions generated by the coexistence and the interaction of its inhabitants. […] They describe, as they have always done throughout their artistic practice, our modern urban world, by tackling subjects – death, hope, life, fear, sex, money, race and religion – in an engaging and direct way.”
A special souvenir catalog accompanies the exhibition and includes a comprehensive essay by the novelist and cultural critic Michael Bracewell.