At the National Gallery in Washington a series of 30 preparatory drawings for painted ceilings is currently to be seen. The show “Looking Up: Studies for Ceilings, 1550–1800” runs January 29 – July 9, 2023. The exhibition is curated by Jonathan Bober, former Andrew W. Mellon Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Art.
Johann Georg Dieffenbrunner, The Stoning of Saint Stephen, 1754. Washington, National Gallery of Art
The exhibition on Google Arts & Culture is dedicated to the role of modernism in the process of rebuilding Charlottenburg Palace. The focus is on the contemporary ceiling painting by the painter Hann Trier (1915-1999) from 1972 in the White Hall of the New Wing. This was preceded by many years of discussion about a possible reconstruction of the Baroque ceiling painting created by the Prussian court painter Antoine Pesne (1683-1757). The exhibition makes a contribution to the reconstruction debate that has been reignited since the fall of the Wall with building projects such as the Humboldt Forum in Berlin or, most recently, the Parade Apartment in Dresden Palace. Not only the new findings from archive materials from the 1940s to the 1970s and the discovery of the large designs for the ceiling painting allow an insight into the exciting period of reconstruction, but also interviews with contemporary witnesses.
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