Spirit of an Age: Nineteenth-Century Paintings from the Nationalgalerie, Berlin
June 10 – September 3, 2001
East Building, Upper Level and Mezzanine, Northwest

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: 77 paintings from the Nationalgalerie, Berlin, were shown in this exhibition, which came to Washington while the German museum was closed for renovation. The exhibition provided an overview of the work of 19th-century German painters, including Caspar David Friedrich, Adolf Menzel, and Ferdinand Waldmüller. Important works by Paul Cézanne, Gustave Courbet, Edouard Manet, and Claude Monet, acquired by the museum after Hugo von Tschudi became director in 1896, were also shown.

An audio tour was narrated by Earl A. Powell III with commentary by Philip Conisbee, Frank Kelly, and others.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the Nationalgalerie, Berlin, in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the National Gallery, London. Philip Conisbee, senior curator of European paintings, National Gallery of Art, Washington, was the coordinating curator in Washington.

Sponsor: The exhibition was supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. It was made by possible by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation.

Attendance: 102,735

Catalog: Spirit of an Age: Nineteenth-Century Paintings from the Nationalgalerie, Berlin, edited by Claude Keish. London: National Gallery Company, 2001.

Brochure: Spirit of an Age: Nineteenth-Century Paintings from the Nationalgalerie, Berlin. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 2001. Text adapted from an exhibition brochure produced by the National Gallery, London.

Other Venues: National Gallery, London, March 7–May 13, 2001

Image: Installation view of Spirit of an Age: Nineteenth-Century Paintings from the Nationalgalerie, Berlin, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Gallery Archives

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