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Source: Apollo Magazine

Caspar David Friedrich

No painter is as closely identified with German Romanticism as Caspar David Friedrich – and to mark the 250th anniversary of his birth there is a nationwide programme of events and exhibitions in his home country. The festival year will be opened on 20 January by the culture minister Claudia Roth in St Nicholas’s Cathedral in the Pomeranian town of Greifswald, where Friedrich was baptised in 1774 – but the Hamburger Kunsthalle has already got the ball rolling. ‘Caspar David Friedrich: Art for a New Age’, opened on 15 December and brings together 60 paintings, 100 drawings, works by Friedrich’s contemporaries and by contemporary artists for whom his visions of nature resonate in our era of climate crisis. Coming up are major surveys dedicated to his landscapes at the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin (19 April–4 August), and to the arc of his 40-year career in Dresden, where he moved in his mid twenties, at the Albertinum and Residenzschloss in that city (24 August–5 January 2025). These three museums hold the lion’s share of his work – and since they are pooling resources with ‘extensive reciprocal loans’, these exhibitions ought to inspire a little wanderlust in even the most reluctant city-hopper.

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