From Caspar David Friedrich to Gerhard Richter. The broad spectrum of works extending from the Romantic period to the present day and the exceptional quality of the paintings in the collection are the defining features of the Galerie Neue Meister and make it one of the most important museums of its kind in Germany. The new exhibition in the Albertinum contains masterpieces by the Romantic painters as well as 20th-century art and contemporary works. Contemporary art enters into an exciting dialogue with the older holdings of the collection. The 21st-century visitor encounters a broad intellectual universe in which the various stylistic periods are presented in unusual proximity, so that they are experienced in a new and different way.
The tour through the exhibition begins with several masterpieces by Caspar David Friedrich, the most important German Romantic artist. It then proceeds in chronological order, featuring further representatives of the Romantic movement (Carl Gustav Carus, Johan Christian Dahl, Ludwig Richter), French and German Impressionists (Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Max Liebermann, Max Slevogt), Expressionists such as Otto Dix and the Brücke artists (Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff) as well as representatives of the Dresden Secession (Bernhard Kretzschmar, Carl Lohse).
New media are represented in the form of (sound and video) installations and video films. The tour ends with two halls containing works by Gerhard Richter, which the artist himself designed and for which he has created new works. Occasionally there are surprising encounters with works from the Skulpturensammlung, which is also housed in the Albertinum. The exhibition of the Skulpturensammlung begins with Auguste Rodin and, like the Galerie Neue Meister, it takes the visitor right up to the contemporary era.