Museum Kunstpalast Presents World Class. The Dusseldorf School of Painting 1819 1918

. November 12, 2011 . 0 Comments

The Museum Kunstpalast presents World Class. The Düsseldorf School of Painting 1819-1918 an exhibition on view January 22, 2012.

Museum Kunstpalast possesses a unique collection of works by the Düsseldorf School of Painting, and after more than 30 years it is again showing a large-scale survey exhibition concerning this subject. This is a unique presentation in which the curator, Dr. Bettina Baumgärtel, Director of the Painting Galleries, aims to again bring to light the groundbreaking significance and international influence of this school of painting which was founded in 1819, and to demonstrate its continuity through to Modernism, whilst additionally highlighting the results of new research.

In three galleries comprising an exhibition space of 2300 m2 (24,750 sq.ft.), approx. 450 important paintings of scenes from history and literature, landscapes and seascapes, genre scenes, still lives and portraits will be presented. Drawn not only from the Museum’s own collection but also from internationally renowned collections, the exhibition will demonstrate the high quality and diversity of the artists involved in the Düsseldorf School.

The monumental history painting by Emanuel Leutze “Storming of the Teocalli by Cortez and His Troops” from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut, which was painted in Düsseldorf, is returning to Europe for the first time for this exhibition. Additionally Albert Bierstadt’s painting “El Capitan. Yosemite Valley, California“ from the Toledo Museum of Art is amongst works never before exhibited in Germany.

The International Influence of the Düsseldorf School of Painting
For half a century the Düsseldorf School of Painting was amongst the leading European schools of painting in the 19th Century. What began then, has continued until today: Düsseldorf has developed itself into a lively centre for art of international significance. Under Wilhelm von Schadow the Düsseldorf Art Academy developed itself into an international hub for new artistic ideas and inspiration. This was founded on the style of tutoring, the close bind between the teaching and student community, of masters and pupils, as well as a unity of poetry and nature demonstrated both in style and subject matter. Another factor which greatly contributed to the success of the Academy was that when Schadow moved from Berlin in 1826, his best students, Theodor Hildebrandt, Julius Hübner the Elder, Christian Köhler, Carl Friedrich Lessing, Heinrich Mücke, and Carl Ferdinand Sohn, followed him to Düsseldorf.

Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast
Kulturzentrum Ehrenhof Ehrenhof 4-5 40479 Düsseldorf
www.smkp.de

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