To commemorate this great Dada anniversary year in 2016, and being inspired by the legendary “Cabaret Voltaire” in Zurich, two consecutive and related exhibitions are dealing with the theme of the stage in the visual arts from the 16th century up to the present day. Thus, for the first time in Germany, the changing relationship between painting and stage are being shown in their respective historical contexts in an exhibition project that is at once comprehensive and crosses the genres. The show “Ready for the Stage Act 1 (1900–2016)” comprises works from Classical Modernism up to contemporary art. Using stage models, costumes, installations, video works, but also painting and sculpture, the relationships between the performative and the visual arts will be shown in their many facets. A portion of the objects on display takes up the theme of theater in reproductions or performances; another part has come about in connection with actual stage productions.