For Adolph Menzel, born 200 years ago in Breslau, Berlin was the focus of his existence. He moved to the city in 1830 as a lithographer and died here in 1905 as a venerated artist. With countless paintings and drawings, he represented the past and contemporary history of the Prussians, and observed the increasingly rapid growth of Berlin into a major city.
The exhibition is dedicated to Menzel’s life, which was almost organically rooted to Berlin. It uses autobiographical texts, shows his still underappreciated artistic beginnings and explores how he was able to become one of the most popular artists in the era of Frederick the Great – and how he maintains that popularity to this day.