A major exhibition in Aachen recalls Dürer's 500-year-old trip to the city

The Suermondt Ludwig Museum in Aachen commemorates Albrecht Dürer's 500-year journey to the city with a major exhibition.

From July 18 to October 24, 2021, the Suermondt Ludwig Museum in Aachen presents the exhibition Dürer Was Here. A Journey Becomes Legend to remind us that in October 1520 the artist visited the city to attend thecoronation of Charles V, and the following year, in 1521, he returned during his journey to Nuremberg. Exactly five hundred years ago, then, Albrecht Dürer traveled through the Rhineland and kept a diary documenting how he lived, who he met, and what amazed and fascinated him.

More than 190 pieces, including drawings, paintings, sculptures, documents, letters, and maps, will be on display for the occasion. The works of art come from the most prestigious German and international collections such as the Royal Collection, the British Museum in London, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp, the Musée du Louvre in Paris, the Albertina in Vienna, the Uffizi in Florence, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. About ninety masterpieces by Dürer will be placed in dialogue with about ninety works by his contemporaries and followers: among them, Quinten Massys, Joos van Cleve, Lucas van Leyden, Jan Gossart, Bernard van Orley, Marinus van Reymerswale, Dirk Vellert, Jan Mostaert, Conrad Meit, Hans Hoffmann, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Hans Holbein the Younger, and Jan Brueghel the Elder. The exhibition is complemented by the original pages of the copy, dating from around 1570, of Dürer’s travel diary, to get a great overview of the journey of one of the most celebrated artists of the 16th century.

The Aachen exhibition is part of the Dürer - Charles V - Aachen trilogy and is being held in collaboration with the National Gallery in London, where it will be hosted in a slightly modified form from November 20, 2021 to February 27, 2022. It is curated by Peter van den Brink, director of the Suermondt Ludwig Museum; Sarvenaz Ayooghi, curator of the paintings section; Dagmar Preising, curator for graphic art and sculpture; and Wibke Vera Birth, curator of paintings and sculpture. The Dürer in London exhibition is curated by Susan Foister, deputy director and curator of the Dutch, German, and English paintings section of the National Gallery.

For more info: http://suermondt-ludwig-museum.de

Image: Albrecht Dürer, Saint Jerome (1521) © Lisbon, Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga / Photo © Selva / Bridgeman Images

A major exhibition in Aachen recalls Dürer's 500-year-old trip to the city
A major exhibition in Aachen recalls Dürer's 500-year-old trip to the city

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