The largest exhibition of Dürer opened at the German National Museum Automatic translate
The German National Museum presented the early works of the famous native of Germany: 120 important works of Dürer are collected here, sent by 51 galleries from 12 countries.
A visitor looks at paintings by Albrecht Durer during a press conference at the Germanisches Museum in Nuremberg, Germany, May 22. The country’s largest exhibition of the artist will be open to visitors from May 24 to September 2, 2012. Daniel Karmann / EPA
An international research team at the German National Museum has been involved in the early work of Albrecht Dürer since 2009. The public will see the result of their labors on May 24. It was not the author’s key date or anniversary that pushed us to the exhibition - they organized everything by the decision of the project’s curators in response to the question: “How did Dürer, living in his native Nuremberg, become one of the greatest artists in Europe?” And how did circumstances and surroundings influence its development in the early period?
Professor Ulrich Grossmann, Chairman of the Board of the German National Museum, shared his feelings: “When I proposed a project on Dürer seven years ago, I no doubt understood that new research was vital, but I did not even imagine how deep we can understand the work of this German artist and how much material we face. ”
Four exhibition sections covering just under 900 square meters will showcase 200 of the greatest paintings brought from other countries and borrowed from the German National Museum. The topics of the sections vary: “The Creature and its New Media”, “Copying and Making New”, “The Power of Art: Dürer as the Creator of Drama” (Powerful Art: Dürer as a Dramatist), “ What is art? ”(What is Art?).
The exhibition covers the period of Dürer’s work until 1505 - then he went on a second trip to Venice. The earliest work dates back to 1484 - this is a "Self Portrait" from the Albertina Gallery in Vienna, and the most recent - 1504 year ("Gifts of the Magi" from the Uffizi in Florence). Together were collected the most outstanding early works of Dürer: his self-portraits and portraits of family and friends, his energetic explorations of nature and dramatic scenes embodied in free sketches and luxurious panels. Dürer was not only an outstanding artist, but also a draftsman, designer and glass painter. Everywhere he demonstrated his unique manner of work.
Visitors will get acquainted with the social environment where Dürer grew up, illustrated, among other things, by portraits of his neighbors and comrades. The “Burgstrasse” interactive installation in the so-called “Dürer Laboratory” with an area of 250 sq.m will also help in this. The project coordinator, Dr. Thomas Ezer, describes the Burgstrasse as “a historical example of an economic and intellectual peak. This is the place where Dürer successfully started as a young businessman, built his own workshop and acquired future patrons, including among his neighbors. ”
In the fifteenth century, Nuremberg was an economic and cultural center. “It was the hometown of Hans Pleidenwurf, the most significant artist of those times. As a matter of fact, Dürer grew up in the studio of his successor. This beneficial influence of the motherland left its mark in the same way as the Italian Renaissance, ”says Dr. Daniel Hess, head of the research and exhibition section of the Early Dürer project.
The exhibition not only shows Dürer in his cultural and social environment: the visitor has, literally, the opportunity to look over the master’s shoulder while working. Using infrared photography, it became possible to look under a layer of paint and see how the artist worked.
Parents with children from the age of 6 can try themselves as observers: in the studio AD: Alles Dürer, which belongs to the educational center of the Nuremberg museums, Dürer will turn from a child into a teenager, apprentice, student, seeker and entrepreneur.
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