gebirgige Waldlandschaft, mittig fließt ein Bach

German Forest

Forests and trees – mighty oaks on broad clearings and lush green in hidden corners – are among the frequently depicted motifs in paintings dating from the first half of the 19th century. In the Romantic era the German forest became a symbol of national identity and self-confidence, and at the same time a focus of artistic reflection. Another related topic is hunting, which in that period was a means of expressing social and princely prestige.

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Ferdinand von Rayski’s key work “Hunting Break in the Wermsdorf Forest”, painted in 1859, will be on display from 25 May 2017, on loan from the Musée de la chasse et de la nature in Paris, as part of an exhibition on the second floor of the Albertinum. This important, many- figured representation of a Wettin hunting party is being shown in Dresden for the first time. This provides the opportunity to compare it with Rayski’s “Study of the Wermsdorf Forest”, which has long been one of the major works of the Albertinum.

große Gruppe von Jägern im Wald, erlegte Tiere liegen nebeneinander, eine Tafel ist aufgebaut
© Musée de la chasse et de la nature, Paris
Ferdinand von Rayski, Jagdpause im Wermsdorfer Wald, 1859 Öl auf Leinwand, 141 x 163 cm, Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris


From 13 June 2017 these Romantic and early Realist paintings will be joined by a contemporary work by Katharina Grosse consisting of a painted tree root and two aluminium elements, thus illustrating continuity and change in the treatment of this subject and acting as a kind of corrective. This is the first time that a work by Grosse, who combines an abstract, dynamic and multidimensional form of painting with real objects, is being presented in Dresden. The complex three-dimensional form is both relativised and accentuated by the painting. In this process, the colour is optically detached from its support and becomes an event in its own right.

The exhibition was curated by Holger Birkholz.

liegende Skulptur mit Stamm, Ästen und Zweigen
© Courtesy Gagosian, Foto: Olaf Bergmann, Copyright: Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, 2017
Katharina Grosse, o.T., 2015 Acryl auf Aluminium und Holz, 205 x 330 x 504 cm

Exhibition list

Further Exhibitions

On the Way to Electoral Power

in Residenzschloss

aufwendig mit Edelsteinen verzierte Kopfbedeckung, darauf Engel und Heilige


in Schloss Pillnitz

gelber Kasten mit vier Füßen


in Residenzschloss

Portrait eines Mannes mit Hut und Vollbart
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