Body, blood, theatre. According to Luc Tuymans, these are the elements that make up the Baroque, which, in the spaces of the Fondazione Prada, expands upon its traditional confines to embrace the contemporary. Caravaggio, Rubens and Van Dyck are gathered alongside today’s artists and this comparison shows just how close the sensibilities of the 1600s are to our very own. It’s no coincidence that the Baroque was born in a period of great uncertainty, much like today, as the celebrated Belgian painter explains to us in his role as curator of the exhibition. More than 80 works created by 62 artists highlight his concept, taking form in a drama of allusions, echoes and visual short-circuits. Masterpieces of the Spanish, Italian and Flemish masters of the 1600s dialogue with the studies of Takashi Murakami, Bruce Nauman and the Chapman Brothers, images of existential impermanence, visions of wonder, disturbing excesses. The ancient and the contemporary even meet in works like Circa Tabac by Carla Arocha and Stéphane Schraenen, in which the wooden sculptures of master Johann Georg Pinsel from the 1600s are deconstructed and multiplied dizzyingly on the surface of irregular mirrors.