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Anniversary exhibition: Caspar David Friedrich. Where it all began – Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden | 24.08.2024-05.01.2025

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In a few weeks, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD) will open its major anniversary exhibition on Caspar David Friedrich at two locations, the Albertinum and the Kupferstich-Kabinett. This will be the highlight and final chord of an eventful anniversary year in Dresden.

Image above: Caspar David Friedrich, Der Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer, um 1817 © SHK/Hamburger Kunsthalle/bpk, photo: Elke Walford

Two months before the exhibition opens, 20,000 tickets have already been sold, so the opening hours have now been extended: In addition, the Albertinum will be open from Thursday to Saturday, 6pm to 9pm and the Kupferstich-Kabinett on Thursday, 6pm to 9pm. This will allow up to 30,000 more visitors to see the exhibitions over the entire period. Tickets can be booked in the SKD webshop. A timed ticket is not required for the Kupferstich-Kabinett.

Caspar David Friedrich, Das Große Gehege bei Dresden, 1832 © Albertinum | GNM, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, photo: Elke Estel/Hans-Peter Klut

The Albertinum is presenting the painter Friedrich from 24 August 2024 to 5 January 2025 with 45 of his major works and a further 150 paintings by artists from his circle. In his landscape paintings, Friedrich explores emotional worlds like no other before him. His pictorial oeuvre is explored in all its breadth and provides insights into the themes that were at the centre of his work: Nature, religion and politics.

Caspar David Friedrich, Böhmische Landschaft mit dem Milleschauer, 1808 © Albertinum | GNM, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, photo: Elke Estel/Hans-Peter Klut

From the 24 August until the 17 November 2024, with around 150 works, the exhibition in the Kupferstich-Kabinett focuses on Friedrich’s drawings and his artistic working process – studies that he used for his sepia sheets, e.g. for the “Felsentor im Uttewalder Grund” in the Museum Folkwang in Essen or the “Hünengrab am Meer” in the Klassik Stiftung Weimar. Hiking and drawing went hand in hand for Friedrich.

Caspar David Friedrich, Zwei Männer in Betrachtung des Mondes, 1819/20 © Albertinum | GNM, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, photo: Elke Estel

Together with paintings by his role models, the great landscape painters Jakob Ruisdael, Salvatore Rosa and Claude Lorrain, as well as his contemporaries, the presentation offers a unique opportunity to explore the essence of Romanticism. Prominent loans include “The Wanderer on the Sea of Fog” from the Hamburger Kunsthalle, “Moonrise by the Sea” and “The Watzmann” from the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin. International highlights come from Madrid, Vienna, Prague and Winterthur as well as from other German collections, including Chemnitz, Erfurt, Essen, Lübeck, Mannheim, Schwerin and Weimar.

Caspar David Friedrich, Schiffe im Hafen am Abend, 1828 © Albertinum | GNM, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, photo: Elke Estel

Concentrated and full of dedication, the artist captured nature with extreme precision. The exhibition is also intended to encourage visitors to follow his hiking routes around Dresden and in Saxon Switzerland. In addition, a very special treasure will be presented: a manuscript in which the artist wrote down his most important thoughts on art, as well as a summary of critical comments on the works of his contemporaries.

Caspar David Friedrich, Hünengrab im Schnee, 1807 © Albertinum | GNM, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, photo: Elke Estel/Hans-Peter Klut

The public can only experience Caspar David Friedrich in such depth in Dresden, the city of his work, close to the art that occupied him and the landscape that made him a Romantic: where it all began.

The exhibition was created in close co-operation with the twin cities of Hamburg and Berlin, but was conceived as an independent presentation.

A new addition is an exhibition in the Coin Cabinet in the Residenzschloss entitled “Caspar David Friedrich and the money of his time” (24/08/2024-05/01/2025). For Saxony as well as in the wider European context, Friedrich’s time in Dresden was a period of considerable change in state, economic and social terms.


Exhibition dates:

Albertinum and Münzkabinett: Saturday, 24 August 2024 to Sunday, 05 January 2025
Kupferstich-Kabinett: Saturday, 24 August to Sunday, 17 November 2024

Opening hours:

Albertinum: daily 10 am to 6 pm, closed on Mon, additionally Thu to Sat 6 to 9 pm
Kupferstich-Kabinett: daily 10 am to 6 pm, closed on Tue, additionally Thu, 6 to 9 pm
Münzkabinett: daily 10 am to 6 pm, closed on Tue


Tzschirnerplatz 2
01067 Dresden

Taschenberg 2
01067 Dresden

Am Kupfergraben
10178 Berlin

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