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"Spirit of an Age: 19th-Century Paintings from the Nationalgalerie, Berlin"
2001-03-07 until 2001-05-13
UK United Kingdom
Berlin is once again assuming its role as the capital of a reunited nation. Accordingly, its
great museums, formerly divided between East and West, are undergoing major
renovation and reorganisation. As part of this process the Nationalgalerie is currently
closed, and this has created a unique opportunity for the National Gallery in London to
show a collection of its finest paintings, ranging from Romanticism to Expressionism
The Nationalgalerie was designed to provide a showcase for contemporary German art.
Today it is arguably the world's greatest collection of 19th-century German paintings. It is
part of Berlin's remarkable Museum Island, the museums of which were constructed
during the 19th century to display Germany's greatest cultural treasures.
An incomparable collection of works by 19th- and early 20th-century German masters are
included in this exhibition, including works by Caspar David Friedrich, Karl Friedrich
Schinkel, Adolph Menzel, Max Liebermann, Lovis Corinth and Max Beckmann. The
exhibition also brings to London a small but distinguished group of French Impressionist
and Post-Impressionist masterpieces by Edouard Manet, Claude Monet and Paul
CÚzanne. Purchased in the late 19th century, these extremely controversial acquisitions
were among the earliest Impressionist paintings bought by any museum.