From 12 May 2023, the Kupferstichkabinett in the Kulturforum will be showing the exhibition “Dürer for Berlin. A Search for Traces in the Museum of Prints and Drawings” of the artist Albrecht Dürer. The Berlin Kupferstichkabinett owns one of the world’s most important collections of Albrecht Dürer’s hand drawings and prints. With the help of around 130 masterpieces, the exhibition not only presents Dürer’s entire artistic oeuvre in an exemplary manner, but for the first time also makes the multi-faceted history of the collection itself visible. It leads from the beginnings of the Kupferstichkabinett (Museum of Prints and Drawings) in 1831 and the founding of the German Reich in 1871, through the Gründerzeit (Wilhelminian period) and the years of National Socialism, to the division of the holdings due to the war and their reunification in the Kulturforum in 1994.
For generations, Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) was and still is considered one of the most important, if not the most important artist in the German-speaking world. Even contemporary rulers used his art and personal fame for imperial appearances and representative works. Emperor Maximilian I (1459-1519), for example, commissioned Dürer with the …
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Image above: Albrecht Dürer, Nemesis (Das große Glück), 1501, Copper engraving, opaquely painted, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett / Dietmar Katz