A special exhibition of the Kupferstichkabinett
The founding of the German Empire in 1871 coincided with the 400th birthday of Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528). His ever-present role as the fixed star of German art made him a national figure of identification, exceptionally well suited to consolidating a sense of unity in the newly formed, broad federation of the empire with its capital in Berlin.
New connections between the metropolis and the master could be created above all through Dürer's works. And so, in sometimes spectacular acquisitions, drawings and prints from all over Europe found their way into the Kupferstichkabinett.
On the basis of around 130 graphic works and hand drawings by Albrecht Dürer from the museum's own holdings, the exhibition traces the very eventful development of what is today one of the world's most important Dürer collections, from 1831 to the reunification of the Kupferstichkabinette (Museum of Prints and Drawings) at the Berlin Kulturforum in 1994, which was split up during the war.