Wanderlust - From Caspar David Friedrich to Auguste Renoir

From 10 May to 16 September 2018, the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery) presents the special exhibition of "Wanderlust", an attitude to life that emerged around 1800 and continues to have an effect with its yearning for deceleration down to the present day.

"Back to nature!" With this sentence, Jean-Jacques Rousseau turned against the conventions of courtly culture and against the constraints of early industrial reality. With the self-determined nature of world exploration, the increasing interest in national cultural monuments and the enjoyment of nature, hiking symbolized a new kind of freedom.

The special exhibition shows hiking in various thematic areas as an important subject of performing arts, whether in the alpine high mountains, in lonely tracts of land and abandoned landscapes of ruins culminating in the waves of the wild sea.

One of the most influential pictures dealing with this topic is Caspar David Friedrich's “Wanderer above the Sea of Fog”, which can be seen as a loan from the Hamburger Kunsthalle in addition to other outstanding works by the artist. Paintings and drawings by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Gustave Courbet, Paul Gauguin, Anselm Feuerbach, Carl Spitzweg, Auguste Renoir, Ivan Nikolayevich Kramskoi, Otto Dix, Emil Nolde and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, which were borrowed from important European and American museums, strike a temporal bow from Romanticism into classical modernism.

Price for the guided tour:
From 180,00 €, max. 20 people

Entrance fee:
12,00 €, reduced price 6,00 €
Children up to 18 years of age free entry

Opening hours:
Tue to Sun from 10 am to 6 pm
Thurs from 10 am to 8 pm

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