Art gained new significance in the Europe of the Enlightenment. Technological developments and social change accelerated the dissemination of pictures into all areas of public life. The artist evolved into a public figure, a genius and revolutionary. The idea that art can change people and society became the guiding tenet of an entire epoche. The Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen Munich have made this epoch the focus of a major exhibition in conjunction with the National Museum of China. With their combined loans, that include masterpieces by Friedrich, Füssli, Gainsborough, Watteau, Piranesi and Goya, they are able to present the full spectrum of the art of the Enlightenment, encompassing painting, sculpture, prints and drawings, crafts, fashion and even exquisite scientific instruments.
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The Art of the Enlightenment – A film by by Frank Barbian
After the film you can also watch the press conferences for “The Art of the Enlightenment” in this playlist.
The Enlightenment in Dialogue series comprises a number of dialogue blocks which continue for the entire duration of the exhibition. At intervals of around two months, the dialogue blocks take place in parallel to the exhibition at the National Museum of China, addressing various facets of a contemporary examination of the subject of enlightenment. Each dialogue consists of a public lecture and a panel discussion. Go to the “The Enlightenment in Dialogue ” website to find out more.