Karl Friedrich Schinkel – History and Poetry

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On 6 September 1812 the city of Moscow, at the time occupied by Napoleonic troops, was burning. The fire, probably started by the Russian side in a strategic move is to be regarded as a poignant visual marker symbolizing the turning point of the Napoleonic wars and the subsequent restructuring of Europe. A few months later, during the Christmas period, Karl Friedrich Schinkel restaged the event and created a sophisticated optical diorama, which was enthusiastically received by the Berlin audience. The exhibition will open on the 200th anniversary of this event, with one of the highlights being a reconstruction of this impressive construction.

The Kupferstichkabinett’s exhibition planned in cooperation with designated academics, experts and renowned museums, draws on a number of international loans and has set itself an ambitious goal: Not only does it dedicate itself to aspects of Schinkel’s oeuvre regarding the history of architecture and building aesthetics, which hitherto dominate the research activity; rather, the entire Schinkel art universe is investigated, newly appraised and translated into descriptive arrangements of art works with special attention given to the transformation achievements of the early historism period. The visitor enters into an experimental narrative and is presented with an integral view combining diverse art forms and subjects: Architecture, interior design and decorative arts, stage design and perspective images, paintings, watercolours, drawings and lithographs, the buildings and landscapes, views, fantasies and allegories, amongst them icons such as the designs for the “The Magic Flute” and the most important programmatic paintings by Schinkel as well as models made especially for this occasion.

Karl Friedrich Schinkel – Das Alte Museum

IkonoTV presents a particular view of Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s most important works “Das Alte Museum” on the occasion of the exhibition at the Kupferstichkabinett in Berlin which is dedicated to the universal artist.

An exhibition organised by the National Museums in Berlin – Kupferstichkabinett (Museum of Prints and Drawings), in conjunction with the Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung Munich. From 1st February to 12th May 2013 the exhibition is on view at the Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung Munich. More over here.

Schinkel’s “Blick in Griechenlands Blüte”

ikonoTV presents Schinkel’s significant painting “Blick in Griechenlands Blüte” (View in the Bloom of Greece) through August Wilhelm Julius Ahlborn’s copy from 1836. The original version from 1825 is missing since 1945.

The painting left temporary its permanent location in the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin to be presented in the exhibition at the Kupferstichkabinett dedicated to Schinkel.

Image: K. F. Schinkel: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart »Die Zauberflöte«, Entwurf zur Sternenhalle im Palast der Königin der Nacht, 1815 © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett