With the Museum Barberini a new cultural attraction came to Potsdam. Exhibitions range from the Old Masters to contemporary art with a focus on impressionism. Based on works from the collection of Hasso Plattner, the museum’s founder and patron, the Museum Barberini presents three temporary exhibitions each year with major loans from international private collections and museums. The Museum Barberini in the reconstructed palace is located in the historic center of Potsdam on the square Alte Markt. The building’s courtyard opens onto Alte Fahrt with access to the Havelterrassen and a view of the Freundschaftsinsel on the opposite bank.
Baroque Pathways: The National Galleries Barberini Corsini in Rome
July 13 to October 6, 2019
From 13 July to 6 October 2019, the Barberini Museum is showing the exhibition Baroque Pathways: The National Galleries Barberini Corsini in Rome. 54 masterpieces from the collections of the Palazzo Barberini and Galleria Corsini are on display in Potsdam, including one of Caravaggio's early works, his 1597–99 painting Narcissus. Focusing on a narrative’s decisive moment, Caravaggio (1571–1610) initiated a new kind of art. Like a spotlight on a stage, a strong source of light monumentalizes his figures. Spreading beyond its origins in Rome, this new pictorial treatment launched a European counter-movement, which spiritualized and transfigured baroque art and led to a realism whose starkness fascinates us to this day. With its theme of disappointed self-love, Carravagio’s Narcissus from the Palazzo Barberini, the centerpiece of the exhibition, exemplifies the relevance of this artistic style for the twenty-first century.
Van Gogh: Still Lifes
October 26, 2019 to February 2, 2020
February 29, 2020 to June 01, 2020
Alter Markt, Humboldtstr. 5–6
ARTEFAKT Kulturkonzepte is responsible for the media planning of the annual three main exhibitions of the Museum Barberini in the areas of conception, booking, budget management and controlling.