eine Dame im rosa Kleid sitzt auf einem Stuhl
© SKD, Foto: Elke Estel/ Hans-Peter Klut

Constable, Delacroix, Friedrich and Goya. A Shock to the Senses.

Under the patronage of Mr. José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission

For the conception and preparation of this exhibition Prof. Dr. Ulrich Bischoff,  enlisted the support of a renowned co-curator: Luc Tuymans (*1958), one of the most influential contemporary painters. This Belgian artist not only stands out on account of his impartial way of viewing art; for a number of years now he has also taken on the role of curator.

  • DATES 16/03/2013—04/08/2013


John Constable (1776–1837), Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863), Caspar David Friedrich (1774–1840) and Francisco de Goya (1746–1828) were vital in shaping modern art at the threshold of the 18th to the 19th century and they had a formative influence on the age of Romanticism in Europe. Their outstanding paintings continue to serve as sources of inspiration and visual instruction for the generations of artists that have followed in their wake.

Blick auf eine grüne Landschaft
© bpk, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen
John Constable, Blick von East Bergholt auf Dedham Vale, um 1815 Öl auf Leinwand, 45,6 x 55,1 cm


In this special exhibition, Luc Tuymans and Prof. Dr. Ulrich Bischoff trace the influence of these four exceptional artists by presenting paintings by Paul Cézanne (1839-1906), Adolph Menzel (1815-1905), Édouard Manet (1832-1883), Mark Rothko (1903-1970) and Gerhard Richter (* 1932) alongside masterpieces of the Romantic period. Works by 16 artists will be presented in sometimes surprising combinations, thus enabling historical references and contexts spanning some 200 years of art history to be explored from new perspectives.

ein verwundeter Räuber trinkt aus einem Fluss
© Kunstmuseum Basel, Foto: Martin P. Bühler
Eugène Delacroix, Verwundeter Räuber, um 1825 Öl auf Leinwand, 32,7 x 40x8 cm

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Constable, Delacroix, Friedrich, Goya. Die Erschütterung der Sinne
Constable, Delacroix, Friedrich, Goya. Die Erschütterung der Sinne


The idea at the core of the exhibition is to present the museum as both an artistic workshop and a source of inspiration. The curators demonstrate that art does not come into being solely as the result of a creative act in the artist’s studio, but can often be traced back to the artist’s direct engagement with freely chosen models from art history.

kleine Jungen sitzen auf den Schultern ihrer Freunde
© Museo Nacional de Prado, Madrid
Francisco de Goya, Kleine Riesen, 1791/92 Öl auf Leinwand, 137 x 104 cm


Die Publikation zur Sonderausstellung

Constable, Delacroix, Friedrich, Goya - Die Erschütterung der Sinne

(29,90 €, ISBN: 978-3-95498-020-8)

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main sponsor: Finanzgruppe

with kind support: Kulturstiftung des Bundes; Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung

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