Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau’s Nosferatu – A Symphony of Horror premiered in 1922 in the marble hall of the Berlin Zoo, and has since been well and truly absorbed into popular culture, featuring in everything from horror films to The Simpsons. The exhibition Phantoms of the Night. 100 Years of Nosferatu at the Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg focuses on the influence of this icon of German silent film on the visual arts.
For numerous artists, including many of the Surrealists, Nosferatu was a key reference point. Conversely, the film would be unthinkable without its art-historical precedents. The sketches for the set design, for example, include motifs that call to mind etchings by Francisco de Goya and reflect tropes from the fantastical art and literature of the early 20th century. Other influences that can be identified come from Caspar David Friedrich, as well as from the work of Alfred Kubin, Stefan Eggeler and Franz Sedlacek.
A special exhibition of the Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Address / Getting there
U-Bahn: Sophie-Charlotte-Platz, Richard-Wagner-Platz
Bus: Schloss Charlottenburg, Luisenplatz / Schloss Charlottenburg
Sun 11:00 - 18:00
Tue 10:00 - 18:00
Wed 10:00 - 18:00
Thu 10:00 - 18:00
Fri 10:00 - 18:00
Sat 11:00 - 18:00
Opening times on public holidays Opening hours
Unfortunately, the exhibition „Kopfarbeit – Handarbeit, Tag und Nacht. André Thomkins (1930–1985)“ is currently closed due to a technical malfunction.
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