Caspar David Friedrich — Infinite Landscapes (Unendliche Landschaften) is a special exhibition in the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin from 19 April to 4 August 2024.
In 2024, the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin will celebrate the 250th anniversary of Caspar David Friedrich (1774–1840) with a special hundred-works exhibition of the most popular German Romantic movement painter. Caspar David Friedrich Infinite Landscapes (Unendliche Landschaften) describes the type of paintings Friedrich is most famous for — allegorical landscapes, often with a minor human presence in diminished perspective. Caspar David Friedrich is currently very popular in Germany and time-slot reservation tickets will be necessary to see the exhibition in the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin.
Caspar David Friedrich Exhibition in the Nationalgalerie Berlin 2024
Caspar David Friedrich — Infinite Landscapes (Unendliche Landschaften) is a special exhibition to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Caspar David Friedrich (1774–1840). Over a hundred works by Germany’s favorite Romantic movement painter will be on display in the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery) on Berlin’s Museum Island from 19 April to 4 August 2024.
The Nationalgalerie of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin owns (and permanently displays) one of the largest collections of Friedrich’s paintings. However, the special exhibition, in cooperation with the Kupferstichkabinett, will for the very first time present a comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the oeuvre of the most prominent painter of the German Romantic movement. Roughly 60 paintings and 50 drawings from Germany and abroad will be on display, including a number of world-famous, iconic works of art.
Further anniversary exhibitions to mark the 250th birthday of Caspar David Friedrich are planned for the Hamburger Kunsthalle and the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.
Caspar David Friedrich in Berlin
The exhibition’s central theme is the role played by the Nationalgalerie in rediscovering Friedrich’s art at the beginning of the 20th century. After the painter had faded into obscurity during the second half of the 19th century, the Nationalgalerie paid tribute to him in 1906 in its most comprehensive retrospective to date, the legendary Deutsche Jahrhundertausstellung, which included 93 of the artist’s paintings and drawings. Friedrich was lauded as a painter with an extraordinary proficiency for capturing light and atmosphere and as a pioneer of modern art.
A similar exhibition is long overdue in Berlin. The Nationalgalerie (and Prussian royals) played a major role through acquisitions and public exhibitions in fostering the artist’s initial renown during his own lifetime. The Alte Nationalgalerie houses one of the world’s largest collections of Friedrich’s paintings, including arguably two of his most iconic works that usually hang side-by-side in the permanent exhibition: “Mönch am Meer” (Monk by the Sea) and “Abtei im Eichwald” (Abbey Among Oak Trees). They were first exhibited in 1810 and propelled Friedrich to fame when the crown prince of Prussia bought both. Look closely to see the gulls warning the monk and the birds in the window of the ruined church.
Opening Hours of the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin
The Alte Nationalgalerie on Berlin’s Museum Island is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00, closing at 20:00 on Thursday. For the Caspar David Friedrich exhibition, the museum will also close only at 20:00 on Friday and Saturday.
As with most museums, the best times to visit are early morning or late afternoon. The Alte Nationalgalerie is generally far less crowded than the Pergamon (which has now closed for several years) or Neues Museum making the gallery a sound choice in the middle of the day too. However, time-slot reservations will likely be required to visit the Alte Nationalgalerie during the Friedrich exhibition period.
Tickets for the Alte Nationalgalerie
All tickets come with time-slot reservations and although these are usually easy to get for the Alte Nationalgalerie, expect the museum to be much busier than usual during the Friedrich exhibition. Tickets are currently only sold around four weeks in advance but the booking period may again be increased in 2024 making it sensible to buy as soon as possible.
Many combination deals are available — most will require separate time-slot reservations, which may be either free or add a small surcharge for temporary exhibitions.
See Visit the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin to See 19th-Century Art for more tips and details. The three-day Museum Pass Berlin at €32 remains astonishingly good value (but a surcharge may be payable to see the Caspar David Friedrich exhibition).
More on the Berlin State Museums (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin):
Note: Most Berlin museums and similar sights are open in 2024. Timeslot reservations are essential for only the Alte Nationalgalerie, Gemäldegalerie, Neue Nationalgalerie, Neues Museum, and Pergamon – Das Panorama. (The Pergamon Museum itself is closed until 2027!). Timeslots are released only around four weeks in advance. Tickets are available from GetYourGuide which seems to have timeslots available when SMB has already sold out — many passes and multi-museum tickets are again available (Kulturforum / Museums Island). Individual museum ticket prices range from €6 to €14 (€20 for special exhibitions). Online tickets are skip-the-line — go directly to the gallery entrance to scan the code.
For more general information on the Berlin State Museums:
- Top National Museums and Galleries in Berlin (brief overview)
- Berlin State Museums: What Is Seen Where? (a short description of the collections in the different museums)
- Opening Hours of Berlin State Museums (2024).
- Ticket Prices for Berlin State Museums (prices for museums, temporary exhibitions, combination tickets, online time-slot reservations). Buying online from GetYourGuide is a lot simpler and costs the same as the official museum website. Timeslot reservations are essential for the most popular museums!
- Save with the Berlin Museum Pass – 30 museums (including all the SMB museums) in three days for €32 – a fantastic savings deal.
- Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (official website in German & English).
News & Temporary Exhibitions:
- 2024: Overview of Top Berlin Exhibitions in 2024, Caspar David Friedrich in the Alte Nationalgalerie, Frans Hals in the Gemäldegalerie, Neue Nationalgalerie (20th-century art) Hamburger Bahnhof Contemporary Art, Kupferstichkabinett (Prints and Drawings), and Photography Museum.
- Museums closed in 2024: The Pergamon Museum is closed until 2027 (some sculptures are on display in Das Panorama), the Museum Berggruen is closed until 2025 (much of its collection is traveling the world), the permanent collection of the German History Museum (Zeughaus) is closed but temporary exhibitions continue in the Pei Building.
- Top Special Temporary Exhibitions in 2023 — overview, in the Kulturforum, in the Neue Nationalgalerie, on Museum Island, and the Museum of Photography.
More Museum Reviews and Museum-Specific Information:
- Alte Nationalgalerie with Caspar David Friedrich paintings (2024 special exhibition).
- Altes Museum with Greek, Etruscan, and Roman art.
- Ethnological and Asian Art Museums in the Humboldtforum.
- Friedrichswerdersche Kirche (free admission) with a collection of 19th-century German sculptures.
- Gemäldegalerie with its collection of German and Dutch Old Masters and Italian paintings.
- Kunstgewerbemuseum (Decorative Arts).
- Musical Instruments Museum near the Berliner Philharmonie.
- Neue Nationalgalerie — 20th-century art.
- Neues Museum with bust of Nefertiti.
- Pergamon Museum with Ishtar Gate — the whole Pergamonmuseum is closed from October 2023 until 2027. Some Greek sculptures are shown in the
- Pergamon Museum Panorama Exhibition with Asisi panoramic painting and Greek statues.
- Photography — Helmut Newton collection and historic photos.
Previous Temporary Exhibitions:
- 2022: Top Special Temporary Exhibitions in 2022 — overview, in the Kulturforum (David Hockney), in the Neue Nationalgalerie, on Museumsinsel, Hamburger Bahnhof contemporary art, and the Museum of Photography.
- 2021: Top Special Temporary Exhibitions in 2021 — including the reopening of the Neue Nationalgalerie, as well as the Ethnological and Asian Art Museums in the Humboldt Forum.
- 2020: Highlights, in Kulturforum, on Museum Island, in the Hamburger Bahnhof, smaller museums, and the opening of the Humboldt Forum.