Please note that the Albertinum will be closed from 06.—10. February 2023 due to maintenance works.
Art from the Romantic period to the present day
Walking through the Albertinum is like opening a museum-sized art history reference work and leafing through its pages. With a range extending from Romanticism to the present, the Albertinum is a place where painting meets sculpture, East meets West and today meets tomorrow. The Thinker by Auguste Rodin, the trailblazer for numerous artistic styles that crystallized in the twentieth century, is the first work visitors see when entering the ground-level sculpture hall. Presented on simple black plinths and largely freestanding, the exhibited works show us the most diverse conceptions of three-dimensional art in their time.
There is Wilhelm Lehmbruck’s 1911 Kneeling Woman, a figure with overly-long limbs and a stretched torso who conveys in her stance a certain sense of life. In 1937, the work was confiscated in the Nazis’ “degenerate art” campaign, but was then presented again at the first Documenta exhibition after the Second World War as a possible connecting point for new figurative sculpture. At the Albertinum today stands the only surviving stone cast of the work in Europe. It is only steps away from Tony Cragg’s mathematically stacked cube made of wood, fabric scraps and loose-leaf binders from 1980 and from Birgit Diecker’s Seelenfänger from 2005: lifebuoys, some new, some worn and unsound, are entangled in rope and call to mind questions about the people who once used them.
[Translate to English:] Der weitere Rundgang durch das Albertinum
In the remaining presentation at the Albertinum, painting and sculpture enter a dialogue again and again. This holds for the special exhibitions as well, which focus predominantly on contemporary art, for example the recent showcasing of performance artist Tino Sehgal, films by Rosa Barba and new work by Gerhard Richter. This Dresden-born painter has been given two permanent spaces here. At the other end of the presentation, world-famous masterworks by Caspar David Friedrich, the most significant German Romantic artist, are on show.
Masterworks of the Albertinum
[Translate to English:] Modul
Next to Two Men Contemplating the Moon is The Grosse Gehege near Dresden, which the philosopher Theodor W. Adorno described as the first modern painting and which sociologist Bruno Latour used in identifying our geological epoch as the Anthropocene. Following further Romantic painters such as Carl Gustav Carus, Johan Christian Dahl and Ludwig Richter are French and German Impressionists such as Claude Monet and Max Liebermann. Works by Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh create a transition to the Expressionists, who are both international, such as Oskar Kokoschka, or German, such as members of the Dresden artist group Die Brücke: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Erich Heckel, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff and others.
[Translate to English:] Zu den Höhepunkten der Dauerausstellung
Among the highlights of the permanent exhibition is the war triptych by Otto Dix, the Dresden-born exponent of New Objectivity. In addition to works by further artists of the Dresden Secession such as Bernhard Kretzschmar and Carl Lohse, the Galerie Neue Meister distinguishes itself through one of the most significant museum collections of East German art, as well as through its works by internationally successful contemporary artists such as Neo Rauch, Marlene Dumas and Ai Weiwei.
[Translate to English:] Im 1. Geschoss stellt der Klingersaal
On the first floor, the Klingersaal – a period room with sensuous red walls and wall panelling – presents mainly fin-de-siècle art, with artists ranging from Arnold Böcklin and Max Klinger to Franz von Stuck and Sascha Schneider. The Classicist Mosaiksaal opens new perspectives on sculpture and is often used as a contrasting canvas for contemporary art shows.