Wolfgang Beltracchi
Mauro Fiorese

The Right Moment


A project by Christian Zott

The Exhibition

The Kairos exhibition shows the unseen from 2,000 years of European art history: forgotten works and those that were never created. "KAIROS. The Right Moment" brings together photographs by Mauro Fiorese and paintings created by Wolfgang Beltracchi especially for this art project. The photographs show the unseen works of the past stored in the archives of important European museums. Fiorese sought out the depots and makes the profusion of art history vivid. Wolfgang Beltracchi devotes his attention to paintings that were never made: Paintings in the handwriting of style-defining painters of the past, capturing significant historical motifs and events missing from art history. With the Kairos exhibition, initiator and art promoter Christian Zott opens up a playful and vivid approach to 2000 years of art: from a contemporary perspective, it shows what was and what could have been.



The Greek god Kairos, godfather of the exhibition title, with traditional attributes in a sculpture ("Diversus", 2019, bronze, 162 cm (h)) by Bruno Wank in front of the mSE Kunsthalle. Kairos is the god for the right moment of a decision. If he rushes by, the moment is seized by grabbing the god by his lock of hair.

Katalog und App

Please find the exhibition catalogue here in German and English and as a special edition with a limited/numbered and signed graphic by Wolfgang Beltracchi.

The Kairos Exhibition app is also available as freeware for Apple and Android. The app can also be used outside the exhibition. More about this below.

Wolfgang Beltracchi and Mauro Fiorese

Mauro Fiorese

Award-winning photographs With his award-winning series "Treasure Rooms", Mauro Fiorese unlocked the archives of important museums to the spectator. The photographies reveal what is invisible in art, and invoke questions about our cultural heritage.

Wolfgang Beltracchi

New paintings in the artistic voice of the great masters Wolfgang Beltracchi paints historically important motifs in the artistic voice of style-defining masters in 2,000 years of European art: from antiquity to modernity, from Roman frescos to Max Ernst.

2000 years of art history: The paintings 

Antiquity and the middle ages

Role models

May one paint God?


The ancient heritage

Renaissance and Baroque era




Southern cross

Luther's vow


Playing dice


Imitating nature

Winter in Europe

Enlightenment and Rococo

Surveying the mind



Romanticism and Impressionism

A German legend



Impression and reproduction

Turn of the century and Modernity


Art and the brothel


Disappointed expectations

Klimt in the mirror


The raid

Six riders in front of the Münter-Haus

Ballets Russes


In the fire


The disaster

The ordeal of Rosa Luxemburg

Hidden treasures

The photographs of the "Treasure Rooms" in the Kairos exhibition allow a look into the deopts of 15 museums, including the Britsh Museum in London, the Uffizi in Florence and Museum Folkwang in Essen. We present the series and individual examples.

Traveling Exhibition

Before the opening in Unterammergau, "KAIROS. The Right Moment" as a traveling exhibition at three stops: in Venice, Hamburg and Vienna.

KAIROS in Vienna

Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien
4. September–21. September 2019

"History, you might say, has become a little smarter." 
(Prof. Dr. Rainer Metzger, Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Karlsruhe)

Professor Metzger gives the opening speach for the KAIROS exhibition in the overcrowded Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien.

Project-leader Dr. Andreas Klement giving his speach at the opening of the KAIROS project in Vienna. 

KAIROS in Hamburg

Barlach Halle K
20. November 2018–13. Januar 2019

"A tremendously witty testimony to an ideal, unpainted art history"
(Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Horst Bredekamp, Humbold-Universität zu Berlin)

The internationally renowned art historian Horst Bredekamp gives the opening speach for "KAIROS. The Right Moment" on November 18th 2018 for more than 400 guests in Hamburg.

Helene Beltracchi, Christian Zott, Wolfgang Beltracchi, and Horst Bredekamp at the Kairos-premiere.

Kairos in Venice

Biblioteca Marciana
5. Oktober–3. November 2018


The Kairos Exhibition app provides easy and comprehensive access to previously unpainted Old Master paintings and the treasure troves of our cultural heritage.

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  • Background information on the epochs, themes, and artists
  • Films, audio and games

Films, audio, and games The Kairos app is freeware for :Android and iOS

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The people behind the exhibition

"I consider KAIROS a success, if we can excite people who like art to deepen their knowledge of painting and history in such a way that they feel more in touch with art and have mor fun with it."

Christian Zott

The idea giver is looking for unpainted moments in the history of art.

Christian Zott was born in 1960 south of Munich. At age 27, he founded the consulting company mSE Solutions that is globally active today. 2010 he went on a hike and walked though southern Europe, for 5,000 kilometers, from west ot east. His aim: to get to the bottom of his thoughts and to develop new ideas. On his journey he met Mauro Fiorese with whom he initiated the idea for "KAIROS. The Right Moment". Zott has been collecting contemporary art for many years, and examines art from a philosophical point of view. 

"The surprise of a confrontation with paintings that had never existed but which one thinks to recognize may cange -- in the best case -- your perception of the painting. Is it about the work itself or about the brand behind it?"

Wolfgang Beltracchi 

For "KAIROS. The Right Moment", the painter creates unique paintings in the artistic voices of era-defining artists.

Wolfgang Beltracchi (nee Fischer) was born in 1951 as the son of a church-painter. In his early years he was already helping his father, getting to know his profession, and devouring books on art. Quite naturally he set the foundation of his profound artistic understanding and for his exceptional talent with which he later baffled and tricked the artworld. 


"Museum archives don't seem to be places that ar made to keep beauty alive. They have, however, a certain spirit with a particular kind of magic that is hard to describe."

Mauro Fiorese

The photographer takes us to the hidden treasures of the Uffizi gallery and other museum depots.

Mauro Fiorese (1970--2016) belongs among the internationally renowned and recognized photographers of our time. His works were presented at the Bibliothéque Nationale de France in Paris, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and at the Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea in Mailand among others. In early 2016, he was awarded as one of the socially most important artists world wide at the World Economic Forum in Davos.