Hamburger Kunsthalle Opens First Major Philipp Otto Runge Retrospective in Thirty Years


HAMBURG.- Marking the 200th anniversary of his death, the Hamburger Kunsthalle is presenting the first major retrospective exhibition in over thirty years dedicated to Philipp Otto Runge (1777–1810). Runge, who grew up in Wolgast, then lived in Copenhagen, Dresden and finally Hamburg, is considered one of the most versatile artists of the nineteenth century. Together with Caspar David Friedrich, he is the leading founder of German Romanticism. The exhibition Runge’s Cosmos pays tribute to this short-lived genius and his innovative artistic vision. In his famous sequence of arabesque prints Times of the Day (1805/1807) and the paintings The Small Morning and The Large Morning (1808/1809), Runge gave apposite expression to the Romantic view of nature that was based on cyclical patterns of life. His colour theory continued to exert influence well into the twentieth century, and in the genre of portraiture R