[Translate to English:] Im Zentrum der Ausstellung
The presentation takes its roots in the Crisis of the Subject at the start of the 19th century and the struggle for freedom that accompanied it. The liberalist ideas of the French Revolution swept through Europe just as Napoleon Bonaparte cast the continent under the shadow of war. The conservative governments in Russia and the German states attempted to restrict civil rights. The artists of the Romantic period responded to this time of upheaval with an artistic universe dominated by emotions and rife with revolutionary potential. Their dreams of freedom merged artistic individualism with utopian social ideologies. A new, groundbreaking understanding of art was born with a highly characteristic style discernible in its painting, composition and interpretation of classical stories from Antiquity and the Bible, as well as the most important genre of the era: landscape painting.