Alte Nationalgalerie announces the exhibition The Rediscovery of the Artist Caspar David Friedrich for April 2024. On the occasion of the 250th anniversary of Caspar David Friedrich’s birth, the Alte Nationalgalerie, in cooperation with the Kupferstichkabinett der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, will for the first time present a major exhibition on the work of the most important painter of German Romanticism. Around 60 paintings and 50 drawings from Germany and abroad, including world-famous icons, will be on display.
Fig. above: Caspar David Friedrich, Mondaufgang am Meer, 1822 Öl auf Leinwand, 55 x 71 cm Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie Fotograf Jörg P. Anders
A comprehensive exhibition on Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) is long overdue, especially in Berlin, as the National Gallery preserves one of the largest collections of Friedrich paintings in the world and as numerous acquisitions and public presentations in the Prussian capital already contributed to his early fame during the artist’s lifetime. The central theme of the exhibition is the role of the National Gallery in the rediscovery of Friedrich’s art at the beginning of the 20th century. After the painter had fallen into oblivion in the second half of the 19th century, the National Gallery paid tribute to the artist more comprehensively than ever before with the legendary “German Century Exhibition” in 1906, which included 93 paintings and drawings. Friedrich was now celebrated as an outstanding painter of light and atmosphere and as a pioneer of modernism.
A second chapter of the exhibition is devoted to the artist’s pairs of paintings that expressed different perspectives as well as the idea of change. Probably the most famous pair of paintings – “Monk by the Sea” and “Abbey in the Oak Forest” – represents the uniqueness of the National Gallery’s collection. A third chapter presents the latest research findings on Friedrich’s painting technique.
Curated by Birgit Verwiebe, research assistant Alte Nationalgalerie. A publication will accompany the exhibition.
In the Caspar David Friedrich anniversary year 2024, the Berlin presentation will be part of a series of thematically independent exhibitions at the Hamburger Kunsthalle, the Alte Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and the Albertinum and Kupferstich-Kabinett of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.
Thursday, 18 April 2024, 7 pm
Friday, 19 April – Sunday, 4 August 2024
Tue – Sun 10 – 18 h