CASPAR DAVID FRIEDRICH: Art for a New Age

Hamburger Kunsthalle

15 December 2023 to 1 April 2024

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CASPAR DAVID FRIEDRICH: Art for a New Age

Hamburger Kunsthalle

15 December 2023 to 1 April 2024

To mark what would have been the 250th birthday of Caspar David Friedrich (b. 1774 Greifswald – d. 1840 Dresden), the Hamburger Kunsthalle is presenting the anniversary exhibition CASPAR DAVID FRIEDRICH: Art for a New Age.

At the centre of the most comprehensive show in many years devoted to the foremost artist of German Romanticism is a thematic retrospective comprising over 50 paintings, among them a number of iconic key works, as well as around 90 drawings and selected works by Friedrich’s artist friends. The main theme is the new relationship between human and nature evoked in Friedrich’s landscapes. In the first third of the nineteenth century, the artist broke new ground as he transformed the landscape genre into »art for a new age«.

The enduring fascination of Friedrich’s oeuvre will be illustrated in a separate section of the exhibition that looks at his influence on contemporary art. Works by some 20 artists from Germany and abroad spanning various genres and media reveal diverse approaches to Friedrich’s central theme – how people deal with their environment. Notable here is just how topical the Romantic artist’s point of view is today in the age of climate change.

CASPAR DAVID FRIEDRICH: Art for a New Age
15 December 2023 to 1 April 2024
Hamburger Kunsthalle
Glockengießerwall 5, 20095 Hamburg

www.hamburger-kunsthalle.de/en/exhibitions/caspar-david-friedrich

Press material

Press photos

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  • Caspar David Friedrich (1774–1840)
    Wanderer above the Sea of Fog, c. 1817
    Oil on canvas, 94.8 x 74.8 cm On permanent loan from the Stiftung Hamburger Kunstsammlungen
    © SHK / Hamburger Kunsthalle / bpk Photo: Elke Walford
  • Caspar David Friedrich (1774–1840)
    Self-Portrait resting Chin in Hand, c. 1802
    Pen and brown ink over pencil, 267 x 215 mm
    Hamburger Kunsthalle, Department of Prints & Drawings
    © Hamburger Kunsthalle / bpk Photo: Christoph Irrgang
  • Caspar David Friedrich (1774–1840)
    The Sea of Ice, 1823/24
    Oil on canvas, 96.7 x 126.9 cm
    © Hamburger Kunsthalle / bpk Photo: Elke Walford
  • Caspar David Friedrich (1774–1840)
    Chalk Cliffs on Rügen, 1818 Oil on canvas, 90 x 70 cm
    Kunst Museum Winterthur, Stiftung Oskar Reinhart
    © Photo: SIK ISEA, Zürich Philipp Hitz
  • Caspar David Friedrich (1774–1840) Meadows near Greifswald, 1821/22 Oil on canvas, 34.5 x 48.3 cm
    © Hamburger Kunsthalle / bpk Photo: Elke Walford
  • Elina Brotherus (b. 1972)
    Der Wanderer 2, 2004
    From the series The New Painting Giclée print based on a digitized negative, 105 × 128 cm (Artist’s Proof)
    Miettinen Collection, Berlin / Helsinki
    © Elina Brotherus / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023
  • David Claerbout (b. 1969) Wildfire (meditation on fire), 2019–2020
    Single channel video projection, 3D animation, stereo audio, color, 24 min. In collaboration with Musea Brugge Courtesy of the artist and Kunstmu- seum Bonn, permanent loan from KiCo Collection Bonn
    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023
  • Kehinde Wiley (b. 1977)
    The Prelude (Ibrahima Ndiaye and El Hadji Malick Gueye), 2021
    Oil on canvas, 387.2 x 305 cm Rennie Collection, Vancouver Courtesy of the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London
    © Kehinde Wiley

Exhibition views

  • Installation view of the exhibition CASPAR DAVID FRIEDRICH. Art for a New Age, Hamburger Kunsthalle, December 15, 2023, to April 1, 2024, featuring the works Wanderer above the Sea of Fog, around 1817 (left), and Chalk Cliffs on Rügen, 1818 (right), by Caspar David Friedrich
    © Kunst Museum Winterthur (Chalk Cliffs on Rügen)
    © Hamburger Kunsthalle, Permanent loan from the Stiftung Hamburger Kunstsammlungen (Wanderer above the Sea of Fog)
    Photo: © Hamburger Kunsthalle, Fred Dott
  • Installation view of the exhibition CASPAR DAVID FRIEDRICH. Art for a New Age, Hamburger Kunsthalle, December 15, 2023, to April 1, 2024, featuring the works Hutten‘s Tomb, 1823/24 (right) and The Ruins of Oybin, around 1812 (middle), by Caspar David Friedrich, Oybin Monastery Ruins near Zittau, 1823 (left), by Carl Blechen
    © Klassik Stiftung Weimar, Bestand Museen (Hutten‘s Tomb)
    © Hamburger Kunsthalle, Permanent loan from a private collection (The Ruins of Oybin)
    © Kunsthalle Bremen (Oybin Monastery Ruins near Zittau)
    Photo: © Hamburger Kunsthalle, Fred Dott
  • Installation view of the exhibition CASPAR DAVID FRIEDRICH. Art for a New Age, Hamburger Kunsthalle, December 15, 2023, to April 1, 2024, featuring the works The Watzmann, 1824/25, by Caspar David Friedrich (right) und The Chamonix Sea of Ice, 1825–1827, by Carl Gustav Carus (middle)
    © bpk / Nationalgalerie, SMB, Leihgabe der DekaBank (The Watzmann)
    © Museum Georg Schäfer Schweinfurt (The Chamonix Sea of Ice)
    Photo: © Hamburger Kunsthalle, Fred Dott
  • Installation view of the exhibition CASPAR DAVID FRIEDRICH. Art for a New Age, Hamburger Kunsthalle, December 15, 2023, to April 1, 2024, featuring the works The Blue Fossil Entropic Stories III, 2013, by Julian Charrière (right) und Arctic Archipelago, 2021, by Susan Schuppli (left)
    © Julian Charrière / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024
    © Susan Schuppli
    Photo: © Hamburger Kunsthalle, Fred Dott
  • Installation view of the exhibition CASPAR DAVID FRIEDRICH. Art for a New Age, Hamburger Kunsthalle, December 15, 2023, to April 1, 2024, Kehinde Wiley, The Prelude (Ibrahima Ndiaye and El Hadji Malick Gueye), 2021
    Courtesy of Rennie Collection, Vancouver
    © Kehinde Wiley / Stephen Friedman Gallery, London
    Photo: © Hamburger Kunsthalle, Fred Dott
  • Installation view of the exhibition CASPAR DAVID FRIEDRICH. Art for a New Age, Hamburger Kunsthalle, December 15, 2023, to April 1, 2024, Ólafur Elíasson, Colour Experiment no. 86, 2019
    © Ólafur Elíasson
    Photo: © Hamburger Kunsthalle, Fred Dott
  • Installation view of the exhibition CASPAR DAVID FRIEDRICH. Art for a New Age, Hamburger Kunsthalle, December 15, 2023, to April 1, 2024, featuring the works Arctic Archipelago, 2021 (left), und Not Planet Earth, 2021 (right), by Susan Schuppli
    © Susan Schuppli
    Photo: © Hamburger Kunsthalle, Fred Dott