Exhibition

Parkomania. The Landscaped Gardens of Prince Pückler

14 May 2016 – 18 Sep 2016

Bundeskunsthalle

Bonn, Germany

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Hermann, Prince Pückler-Muskau (1785-1871), was one of the most fascinating people of his time.

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He is now being rediscovered as an outstandingly original garden designer working in the English style. His landscaped parks at Bad Muskau/Łęknica (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage), Babelsberg (also UNESCO World Cultural Heritage as part of the Potsdam Cultural Landscape) and Branitz are among the finest examples of nineteenth-century garden design in Europe. It is to these three important parks and the innovative ideas that shaped them that this exhibition at the Bundeskunsthalle is devoted.

«If you really want to know me you have to know my garden, for my garden is my heart.»Hermann, Prince Pückler-Muskau

Pückler conceived of gardens in the grand style as ‘picture galleries’ in which idealised nature, transformed into art, kept surprising the viewer with new aspects every few steps. True to this conviction, he landscaped vast swathes of land, installing sophisticated systems of paths and waterways, visual axes and lookout points.

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