Caspar David Friedrich: The paintings’ hidden lives

4 May 2024 - 13 October 2024


The exhibition "Caspar David Friedrich: The paintings’ hidden lives" focuses on art works by Caspar David Friedrich whose object biographies are closely linked to the city of Greifswald and its inhabitants in the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. All of the discussed works were at one point or for a period of their existence in Greifswald. No original art works by Friedrich are on display in this exhibition. Instead, reproductions that are complimented by multimedia presentations are shown here. Reproductions are replicas of original artworks, which today are mostly available as printed products that are based on digital data.

Where and when was the picture created?
Who created it?
Who owned it and when?
Where did it “live”?
Did it change locations?
Was it exhibited publicly?
Does it still exist today? And if so: where? 


Answering questions like these is the core of so-called OBJECT BIOGRAPHIES. This exhibition’s objects are replicas of selected art works by Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840). Their biographies deal with the history of their ownership and transmission as well as storage and exhibition locations from their creation to the present day. However, questions of painting style, pictorial symbolism or interpretation are not discussed at this point.


Discover with us the hidden life of the paintings from more than 200 years of Friedrich's reception!


Academic director: Dr Michael Lissok, Art Historian, University of Greifswald

Curatorial management: Caroline Barth M. A., Managing Director of the Caspar-David-Friedrich-Centre


To the exhibition flyer


Duration: 4 May - 13 October 2024

Opening: 4 May, 1 pm - admission to the vernissage is free!


Due to the multimedia nature of the exhibition, we recommend that you bring your own headphones as well as a mobile device (smartphone, tablet, etc.) so that you can scan the corresponding QR codes and listen to audio files. 



In view of the already high demand, we apologise for any longer waiting times.

If there is a particularly large crowd, there may be waiting times even if you have previously purchased a combined ticket. We ask for your understanding. We will endeavour to allow everyone who has already purchased a ticket to enter on this day.


Guided tour through the exhibition

Wednesdays, 4 - 5 pm


Guided tour for children 

Wed, 22/05, 16-17 hrs

Sat, 01/06, 14-14:45 hrs

Wed, 17/07, 16-17 hrs

Wed, 21/08, 16-17 hrs

Wed, 18/09, 16-17 hrs


Readings, lectures and talks as part of the exhibition:

Fri, 14 June, 7-9 p.m. | Sonja Daemen: Encounters with Greifswald and CDF

Sat, 22 June, 3-5 p.m. | Marie Luise Syring: Joseph Beuys and Romanticism 

Sat, 27 July, 11 am - 1 pm | Dr Anna Ahrens: CDF's ‘Karlsruhe Sketchbook’

Thu, 22 Aug, 6-8 pm | Dr Michael Lissok: ‘Caspar David Friedrich: The paintings’ hidden lives’: Friedrich's works with special reference to the artist's birthplace

Wed., 11 Sept., 6-8 p.m. | Frank Richter: Reflections on Caspar David Friedrich



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