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Museum Barberini – Exhibition preview 2023: Sun, Holland, Munch

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The Museum Barberini in Potsdam offers a preview of the exhibition highlights for 2023. The annual programme includes around 40 artists of Dutch Impressionism, a solo exhibition of Edvard Munch and an exhibition on the theme of the sun as a source of light in art with a good 80 works from antiquity to the present.

Image above: Claude Monet, Impression, Sunrise, 1872, Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris

Sun. The source of light in art
25 February – 11 June 2023

Claude Monet’s painting Impression, Sunrise from 1872, which gave Impressionism its name and which is now 150 years old, shows the red disc of the morning sun as the focal point of the composition. The painting is the starting point of the exhibition Sun. The Source of Light in Art, which is dedicated to the iconography of the sun from antiquity to the present. As a sign or personification of divine powers, as an action-driving force in mythological narratives, as an atmospheric element in landscape paintings and as an intensification of colour in modernity, the sun plays a central role in European art. The show brings together around 80 works – sculptures, paintings, manuscripts, prints and books – from antiquity to the present, including paintings by Peter Paul Rubens, William Turner, Caspar David Friedrich and Sonja Delaunay. Among the more than 30 lenders are the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, the Museo nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Munich, the Musée du Louvre in Paris, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. and the Albertina in Vienna. An exhibition of the Museum Barberini, Potsdam, and the Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris.

Clouds and Light. Impressionism in Holland
8 July – 22 October 2023

Landscape painting originated in the Netherlands. The realism of the Old Masters of the 17th century remained the standard. With the open-air painting developed in France, the Dutch painters of the 19th century received new impulses. The Hague School captured the changing light moods of nature in high cloudy skies with many shades of grey. From the 1880s onwards, urban landscapes and modern life became a theme in interplay with Impressionist influences from France, before the unleashing of colour dominated painting with Pointillism. The exhibition Clouds and Light. Impressionism in Holland brings together around 100 works by some 40 artists, including Johan Barthold Jongkind, Vincent van Gogh, Jacoba van Heemskerck and Piet Mondrian. The lenders include the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Kunstmuseum Den Haag, the Dordrechts Museum, the Kröller Müller Museum in Otterlo and the Singer Museum in Laren. An exhibition of the Museum Barberini, Potsdam, in collaboration with the Kunstmuseum Den Haag.

Munch. Lifescape
18 November 2023 – 1 April 2024

The first exhibition on Edvard Munch’s landscapes focuses on his engagement with nature. On the one hand, he understood nature as a cyclically renewing force, on the other hand, he saw it as a mirror of his psychological turmoil. Munch developed a pantheistic understanding of nature, which he projected onto the Norwegian coasts and forests. The dramatic weather conditions in his paintings take on a surprising explosiveness against the background of the current climate crisis. The exhibition presents around 90 loans, among others from the Munchmuseet, Oslo, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, the Museum Folkwang, Essen, and the Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal. An exhibition of the Museum Barberini, Potsdam, the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, and the Munchmuseet, Oslo. 


Museum Barberini
Humboldtstraße 5–6
14467 Potsdam

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