The Anniversary Exhibitions
Explore Friedrich’s unique works of art in the original. The exhibitions in Hamburg, Berlin, and Dresden present his work from three different angles. All the anniversary exhibitions marking the 250th anniversary of Caspar David Friedrich’s birth fall under the patronage of German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Art for a New Age

Hamburger Kunsthalle
December 15, 2023–April 01, 2024

To the exhibition in Hamburg

The anniversary exhibition CASPAR DAVID FRIEDRICH. Art for a New Age offers the first comprehensive show in decades of works by the most important painter of German Romanticism. The Hamburg presentation is a thematically organized Friedrich retrospective with more than 50 paintings, including many iconic works. The exhibition also includes some 90 drawings and selected works by his fellow artists and friends. The central theme is a new relationship between humankind and nature in Friedrich’s landscape paintings. A separate section of the exhibition devoted to Friedrich’s reception in contemporary art shows how Friedrich’s work continues to resonate today.

Infinite Landscapes

Alte Nationalgalerie
April 19–August 04, 2024

To the exhibition in Berlin

To commemorate the 250th anniversary of Caspar David Friedrich’s birth, the Alte Nationalgalerie has partnered with the Kupferstichkabinett, another division of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, to present the first major exhibition on the work of the most important painter of German Romanticism in Berlin. Approximately 60 paintings and 50 drawings by Caspar David Friedrich from Germany and abroad will be on display, including many of his most famous works. Such a retrospective is long overdue in Berlin, not only because numerous acquisitions and public exhibitions in the Prussian capital during the artist’s lifetime contributed to his early fame, but also due to the fact that the Alte Nationalgalerie houses one of the world’s largest collections of Friedrich’s paintings. Moreover, the 1906 Deutsche Jahrhundertausstellung in Berlin marked the turning point in Friedrich’s critical legacy, as the forgotten artist was rediscovered by a new generation of viewers.

Where it all started

Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
August 24, 2024–January 5, 2025 | Albertinum
August 24, 2024–November 17, 2024 | Kupferstich-Kabinett

To the exhibitions in Dresden

Dresden was the center of Caspar David Friedrich’s life and practice for more than 40 years. It was here that the draftsman and painter created his major works, which are now considered the most important examples of German Romantic art in the world. At Dresden’s Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, he studied the works of the old masters and participated in contemporary debates about art. In his artistic work, Friedrich contrasted academic traditions with his own sources of inspiration. He found them in nature, on his walks in the immediate surroundings of Dresden and the wider Saxon countryside. On the occasion of the 250th anniversary of his birth, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden is dedicating an exhibition to the artist at two of its venues: the Albertinum and the Kupferstich-Kabinett.