“Art in Berlin: 1815–1989”

High Museum of Art

“Art in Berlin: 1815–1989,” curated by Gudmund Yigtel, managed to suggest the complexity of the interrelationship of history, politics, and art in Berlin, though without capturing in depth any single era. The first strand of the exhibition was the neoclassical work of Karl Friedrich Schinkel. The architect and draftsman was represented by two lithographs and by the 1811 painting Kathedrale (Cathedral), which shows his architectural ambitions as well as the oblique light, Romantic landscape, and shadowed foreground of much German painting of the period. Berlin cityscapes by Johann Heinrich Hintze, Eduard Gaertner, and Wilhelm Brücke demonstrate the impact Schinkel had as an architect—an impact still evident in both halves of the reconstructed city. The second section of the show traces the modernization of Berlin through the work of Adolph von Menzel and the Berlin Secession, emphasizing

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