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Caspar David Friedrich: Art for a new era

Explore Caspar David Friedrich's Romantic art at the Hamburger Kunsthalle's exhibition, showcasing 60+ paintings and 100 drawings for his 250th anniversary, highlighting human-nature connection
Caspar David Friedrich: Art for a new era

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Published: May 29, 2024 08:33 AM GMT
Updated: June 07, 2024 03:35 PM GMT

Caspar David Friedrich (born Greifswald, 1774 – died Dresden, 1840) embodies Romantic art like few other painters. On the occasion of the 250th anniversary of his birth, the Hamburger Kunsthalle presented more than 60 of his paintings, including several key works and about 100 drawings. The exhibition thus offered the most comprehensive overview of his art in many years. Central to his work is a new kind of relationship between the human and nature.

In the early 19th century Friedrich initiated a new movement in art, making the landscape genre Kunst für eine neue Zeit, “Art for a new era.” The visitor to the exhibition comes into contact with the decisive connection between humanity and nature expressed in his works, especially topical currently as climate change and environmental destruction touch the existence of us all.

Between 2023 and 2025, a total of six major exhibitions have been organized or are planned, presenting this significant development in painting from Romanticism to the present, as follows:

    1. The Winterthur Kunstmuseum, as the first in a major series of exhibitions, exhibited Die Vorboten der Romantik (The Omens of Romanticism) from August 26 to November 19, 2023; for the first time in Switzerland, an exhibition was devoted to the historical origins of landscape painting, with striking pictorial innovations of a totally new genre.
    2. The Hamburger Kunsthalle, as mentioned, presented, from December 15, 2023 until April 1, 2024, Kunst für eine neue Zeit (Art for a New Era).
    3. The Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin is offering Die Wiederentdeckung (The Rediscovery), a major exhibition of the leading innovative painter of Romanticism, from April 19 to August 24, 2024, in collaboration with the Kupferstichkabinett.
    4. 4The Pommersche Landesmuseum in his native Greifswald is exhibiting Lebenslinien und Sehnsuchtsorte – Heimatstadt (Lifelines and Places of Nostalgia) from April 28, 2024 to January 5, 2025.
    5. The Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen in Dresden will exhibit Wo alles begann (Where it all began) from August 24, 2024 to January 5, 2025.
    6. The Metropolitan Museum in New York is mounting an exhibition entitled Die Seele der Natur (The Soul of Nature) from February 7 through May 11, 2025. It is an extensive retrospective on the German Romantic painter, who created an encounter with European landscape painting and a deep spiritual and emotional connection to the American natural world that he admired.

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