Caspar David Friedrich. Where it all started. SKD starts advance ticketing07 September 2023
Caspar David Friedrich embodies Romanticism like no other painter; to this day, his works are icons of his times. To mark 250 years since his birth, next year Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD) will be dedicating an exhibition to the artist spanning two locations: the Albertinum and the Kupferstich-Kabinett. This show in Dresden will mark the climactic close to an event-filled anniversary year.
One year before this round anniversary, advance ticket sales are now opening on 5 September 2023. Visitors can choose from several ticket options. Tickets for the Albertinum can be booked for a specific time slot or as flexitickets from the SKD web store. Tickets for the exhibition in the Kupferstich-Kabinett do not have to be for fixed times.
Dresden was Caspar David Friedrich’s home for 40 years. He took a keen interest in the works in the city’s famous Gemäldegalerie and contributed to contemporary art debates. This is where he created his major works, now internationally renowned as some of the most significant examples of German Romanticism.
In his artworks, Friedrich juxtaposes academic traditions with the private sources of inspiration he discovered on countryside walks through Dresden’s close and more distant surroundings.
The exhibition in the Albertinum (24 August 2024–5 January 2025) presents Friedrich’s paintings. His landscapes explore the realms of the emotions in a manner unlike any other artist before him. Seeing the full range of his artistic works will offer insights into the topics that preoccupied him: nature, religion and politics. Presenting them alongside paintings by his role models – the great landscape artist Jakob Ruisdael, Salvatore Rosa and Claude Lorrain – and by his contemporaries offers a unique means of exploring various facets of Romanticism.
The exhibition in the Kupferstich-Kabinett (24 August–17 November 2024) will centre upon the artistic process behind his drawings, which display great sensitivity accompanied by a high level of precision. For Friedrich, walking and drawing were closely linked. His intense focus on the countryside and devotion to depicting it in his drawings remain palpable to this day. The exhibition will show the paths he walked and inspire viewers to follow in his steps.
As well as some outstanding drawings, the Kupferstich-Kabinett also contains a true gem: a unique manuscript by Friedrich that will be presented at the exhibition. In it, the artist sets out his thoughts about some of his contemporaries’ works and reflects on art theory.
With 14 paintings and more than 70 drawings, the SKD owns one of the largest collections of works by Caspar David Friedrich. They will be exhibited alongside some prominent loans: significant works by the artist from Hamburger Kunsthalle and the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin. Other loans will come from Prague, Vienna and Madrid, or from other German collections such as those in Schwerin, Rudolstadt, Weimar, Mannheim and Essen.
Only Dresden can provide such a deep understanding of Caspar David Friedrich: the city where he worked, close to the art that fascinated him and the landscape that made him a Romanticist – the city where it all started.
The following ticket types will be available from 5 September 2023:
Caspar David Friedrich. Where it all started – the paintings (timed ticket for the special exhibition in the Albertinum): €12 / concessions €9 / Group of 10 or more €11 each / Children under 17 free
Caspar David Friedrich. Where it all started – the paintings / (timed ticket for the special exhibition in the Albertinum, plus the permanent exhibition): €20 / concessions €17 / Group of 10 or more €19 each / Children under 17 free
Caspar David Friedrich. Where it all started – the paintings/Flexiticket / (admission to the special exhibition in the Albertinum, valid for 1 day with no fixed time): €20
Caspar David Friedrich. Where it all started – the paintings/Evening ticket (special exhibition in the Albertinum; only available at the door): €8 / concessions €6 / Group of 10 or more €7 each / Children under 17 free
Caspar David Friedrich. Where it all started – The drawings (admission to the Kupferstich-Kabinett, no fixed time): €6 / concessions €4.50 / Group of 10 or more €5.50 each / Children under 17 free
All tickets for the special exhibition in the Albertinum entitle holders to low-price admission to the exhibition in the Kupferstich-Kabinett at the Residenzschloss.