In this first ever, world-wide exhibition on the biblical figure of Susanna in art the Wallraf addresses a narrative and pictorial tradition, which could hardly be more topical against the backdrop of the MeToo movement. With ‘SUSANNA – Images of a Woman from the Middle Ages to MeToo‘ the Cologne Museum demonstrates that the abuse of power and sexual violence has been the subject of painting for centuries: the biblical story of the assault on Susanna by two judges has had a great influence on art since the Middle Ages.
The special exhibition in the Wallraf illustrates this with superb works by masters like Artemisia Gentileschi, Anthony van Dyck, Eugène Delacroix, Édouard Manet und Lovis Corinth as well as remarkable pieces by contemporary female artists like Kathleen Gilje and Zoe Leonard. In a fascinating way ‘SUSANNA‘ traces the diverse interpretations of the biblical narrative, the stylistic preferences, the changing demand in the art market as well as the rivalry and artistic discourse ignited by the subject of Susanna. The special exhibition with about ninety exhibits and loans from prestigious international museums runs from the 28 October 2022 until the 26 February 2023 exclusively in Cologne.
Visitors are requested to show their valid ID for reduced or free admission at the admission control. If the document is not available or not valid, please note that the validity of the ticket expires. The purchase of annual tickets is currently possible only at the Wallraf‘s ticket desk. Please note that the purchase of group tickets (10 persons or more) is only possible at the museum. Guided tours can be booked through the Museumsdienst Köln; self-guided groups must contact the Museumsdienst Köln for pre-registration
Reduced price (with a valid ID) for:
Apprentices, students, volunteers (with “Ehrenamtskarte”), Bundesfreiwilligendienstleistende, welfare recipients. Visitors with a disability pay 50% of the general admission ticket price. Admission is free for a caregiver accompanying a visitor with a disability (pass for persons with a disability: mark “B”).
Free admission (with a valid ID)
- to the permanent collection for:
Children and youth up to 18 years, students of art history and students of art technology and conservation/restoration
- to the permanent collection and special exhibition for:
Children and youth up to 18 years with a residence in Cologne, pupils from all over the world (incl. two caregivers per school class), Cologne residents on their birthday and on “CologneDays”, holders of annual tickets (incl. special exhibitions), holders of MuseumCards and of VIP-Cards, ICOM-members, holders of Cologne-passes as well as patrons (members of Stifterrat Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud e.V. / members Freunde des Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Museum Ludwig e.V.), artists, press, members of the friends’ associations Kunstmuseum Bonn/ Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, cooperation “Rheinschiene Bonn/Rheinschiene Düsseldorf”