The Alte Nationalgalerie is currently presenting the virtual exhibition Decadence and Digital Dreams, an exhibition on Belgian Symbolism. The exhibition was originally scheduled to run from 18 September 2020 to 17 January 2021 and can now be visited online free of charge. There will also be 20-minute live tours of one of the main works in the Alte Nationalgalerie on 8 and 16 April at 6pm each, which can be viewed live on the National Museums in Berlin’s Instagram channel.
The large-scale special exhibition “Decadence and Dark Dreams. Belgian Symbolism”, which could only be shown for a short time in the Alte Nationalgalerie due to its closure for corona reasons, can now be visited virtually in a high-resolution 360-degree tour:
The lustful gaze of an oversaturated society into the abyss, the morbid allure between Thanatos and Eros are thematic fields in art that found expression at the end of the 19th century, especially in Belgian Symbolism. The exhibition, which for corona reasons could only be shown at the Alte Nationalgalerie from 18 September to 2 November 2020, traces the art movement of the fin-de-siecle with around 200 works by more than 30 artists – including masterpieces by Fernand Khnopff, Leon Spilliaert and James Ensor.
“It is an unspeakable pity that this unique presentation with top-class international loans could only be seen by a few visitors for the reasons we know,” says Ralph Gleis, director of the Alte Nationalgalerie: “We are all the more pleased to now be able to make the exhibition accessible to an international audience in a digital way. Our thanks go to the Belgian Embassy and the Hearn Family Trust for making the virtual tour possible.”
The virtual exhibition enables an interactive tour through 13 chapters, whereby both the chapter texts and all of the approximately 200 works are provided with high-resolution images and further information on the artists and lenders. In addition, there are short explanatory texts and audio clips on selected works. All information is available in German and English.
The exhibition was supported by the Royal Art Museums of Belgium and made possible by the Friends of the National Gallery. A comprehensive catalogue was published for the exhibition by Hirmer Verlag. The virtual tour is made possible by the Representation of East Belgium, the Federation Wallonia-Brussels and Wallonia, the Belgian Embassy and the Government of Flanders as well as the Hearn Family Trust.
To the Online Exhibition
On 8 and 16 April at 6pm, there will also be 20-minute live tours of one of the main works in the Alte Nationalgalerie, which can be viewed live on the National Museums in Berlin’s Instagram channel. All users registered on Instagram can participate by accessing the ‘Story’ function of the National Museums in Berlin’s profile. During the tours, users can ask their questions live to the guides:
Currently open (as of 07.04.2021): the Old National Gallery, the James Simon Gallery, the Neues Museum, the Pergamon Museum and “Pergamonmuseum. Das Panorama” as well as the Museum Europäischer Kulturen. Click here for the Online-Tickets and further informations
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Image caption cover: 360-degree tour of the special exhibition ” Dekadenz und dunkle Träume. Belgian Symbolism” in the Alte Nationalgalerie © Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Maximilian Reich
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