eine Landschaft in der Abenddämmerung mit Wasserflächen und Bäumen
© Albertinum | Galerie Neue Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

Caspar David Friedrich. Where it all started

The painter Caspar David Friedrich lived in Dresden for more than forty years. Here he studied the paintings in the famous gallery of paintings and became involved in contemporary art debates. It was here that this draughtsman and painter produced his most outstanding masterpieces, regarded today as the pre-eminent works of German Romanticism.

  • Exhibition Site at the Albertinum and the Residenzschloss (Royal Palace)
  • DATES 24/08/2024—05/01/2025

Presale tickets

The following tickets are available in advance (children and young people under 17 are admitted free of charge):

Caspar David Friedrich. Where it all started – The Painter (time ticket special exhibition at Albertinum): 12 € / reduced 9 € / groups with 10 persons or more 11 € per person

Caspar David Friedrich. Where it all started – The Painter/Plus (time ticket special exhibition at Albertinum, including permanent exhibition): 20 € / reduced 17 € / groups with 10 persons or more 19 € per person

Caspar David Friedrich. Where it all started – The Painter/Flexticket (admission special exhibition at Albertinum, flexible time of visit, valid 1 day): 20 €

Caspar David Friedrich. Where it all started – Der Zeichner (admission special exhibition at Kupferstich-Kabinett (Royal Palace), flexible time of visit): 6 € / reduced 4,50 € / groups with 10 persons or more 5,50 € per person

To the ticket shop

Zum 250. Geburtstag

To mark the 250th anniversary of the artist’s birth, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden will be holding an exhibition at two venues, in the Albertinum and in the Kupferstich-Kabinett. In his artistic oeuvre, Friedrich challenged academic tradition by seeking his own sources of inspiration, which he found in nature – on his hikes in the scenic surroundings of Dresden, both close to the city and further afield.

Zwei Männer in Rückenansicht, die in einer Naturlandschaft den Mond betrachten
© Albertinum | Galerie Neue Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Foto: Elke Estel
Caspar David Friedrich, Zwei Männer in Betrachtung des Mondes, 1819/20

Auch heute noch ist spürbar

Even today, the artist’s concentration and dedication in capturing nature is still tangible in his drawings. Both his radical subjectivity and his meticulous accuracy of detail continue to have an enduring impact. The allure of his art is most perceptible when standing before the originals themselves. The exhibition and the programme of accompanying events will also point out connections with other places in the city and the region, as well as presenting different artistic and scientific perspectives on the artist and his work.

© Kupferstich-Kabinett, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Foto: Herbert Boswank
Caspar David Friedrich, Blick aus dem Kapitelsaal der Klosterruine Heilig Kreuz bei Meißen, um 1824

In Dresden

The exhibition in Dresden will mark the finale in a series of events around Germany honouring the artist. These are being organised by the Hamburger Kunsthalle, the Nationalgalerie Berlin, and the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. These will be followed in 2025 by a retrospective in New York.  




Further Exhibitions

Grünes Gewölbe

in Residenzschloss

Josef-Hegenbarth Archiv

in Josef-Hegenbarth-Archive


in Residenzschloss

Portrait eines Mannes mit Hut und Vollbart
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