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Exhibition | Andreas Schlüter and Baroque Berlin

Posted in books, catalogues, exhibitions by Editor on April 4, 2014

To mark the 300th anniversary of Andreas Schlüter’s death, the Bode-Museum mounts this exhibition:

Schloss Bau Meister: Andreas Schlüter and Baroque Berlin
Bode-Museum, Berlin, 4 April — 13 July 2014

Bust of Landgrave Frederick II of Hesse Homburg, Berlin, 1701, bronze © Bad Homburg v. d. Höhe, Palace, Photo: Renate Deckers-Matzko

Bust of Landgrave Frederick II of Hesse Homburg, Berlin, 1701, bronze © Bad Homburg v. d. Höhe, Palace, Photo: Renate Deckers-Matzko

Andreas Schlüter (1659/60–1714) was a Baroque artist par excellence. Celebrated by his contemporaries as the ‘Michelangelo of the North’, Schlüter was not only a sculptor, but also an architect, town planner, and designer of magnificent interiors which were created to give lustre, for the first time, to the ambitious and emerging royal capital of Berlin. To commemorate the 300th anniversary of his death, the Bode-Museum is now holding the first ever major exhibition to be devoted to this important Berlin artist.

During the reign of Elector Friedrich III (from 1701 Friedrich I, ‘King in Prussia’), Schlüter was appointed official court sculptor and was entrusted with a variety of artistic roles in the Prussian capital, during a time when Prussia was emerging as a nascent new power.

This retrospective takes in all aspects of his multifaceted work and, enriched by numerous outstanding loans, recreates the opulent world that this creator of Baroque Berlin fashioned and inhabited. The exhibition in the Bode-Museum runs from 4 April until 13 July 2014 and is spread over a total of 16 galleries and side rooms. On display are not only Schlüter’s own works, but also those of the greatest role models of his time, including sculptures by such distinguished artists as Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Francesco Mochi, Francois Girardon, and Antoine Coysevox.

More information is available at the exhibition website.

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Published by Hirmer, the catalogue is available from Artbooks.com:

Hans-Ulrich Kessler, ed., Andreas Schlüter: Schöpfer des Barocken Berlin (Munich: Hirmer Verlag, 2014), 540 pages, ISBN: 978-3777421995, 50€ / $95.

39525156zAndreas Schlüter (1659/60–1714), der bedeutendste Architekt und Bildhauer der Barockzeit nördlich der Alpen, verwandelte um 1700 Berlin in eine moderne, barocke Residenzstadt. Anlässlich seines 300. Todestages erzählt das opulente Katalogbuch die spannende Geschichte von Schlüters künstlerischem Werdegang und bietet einen fundierten Überblick über sein Œuvre.

Zunächst am Hof des polnischen Königs tätig, wurde Schlüter 1694 von Kurfürst Friedrich III. von Brandenburg, ab 1701 König Friedrich I. von Preußen, nach Berlin berufen. Fortan war er als Hofkünstler maßgeblich an der Umsetzung der Repräsentationsstrategien seines königlichen Auftraggebers beteiligt, wobei er sich an so glanzvollen Kunstzentren wie Rom und Paris orientierte. In 25 Beiträgen stellen namhafte Kenner Schlüters Werk umfassend vor, beginnend mit den Jahren in Danzig und Polen über seine Berliner Blütezeit mit Hauptwerken wie dem Reiterstandbild des Großen Kurfürsten,
dem Zeughaus und dem Berliner Schloss bis hin zu seinem
Spätwerk, der Berliner Villa Kameke.

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