The Prussian Apollo
Prince Louis Ferdinand (1772–1806)

10.05.2019 to 06.10.2019
Schloss Köpenick

"Shot up six foot high
To catch a glimpse of a god of war
The darling of comrades everywhere
And demigod to beautiful dames,..."

These verses make up the beginning of Theodor Fontane’s 1857 ballad about Prince Louis Ferdinand von Preussen (1772–1806), the grandson of the “Soldier King” Friedrich Wilhelm I and the nephew of Friedrich the Great. An astute connoisseur of the arts and an ambitious warrior, devil-may-care bon vivant and lionised lover – the Prince was one of the most scintillating personalities of his time, a true “star” on the social stage.

A musician in extended contact with the artists of his time

As one of the leading figures of the “Berlin War Party”, Louis Ferdinand actively fought against King Friedrich Wilhelm III’s policy of neutrality towards Napoleon. He liked to be seen frequenting the saloons of Berlin and was in contact with many of the major intellectual and artistic figures of his time. On top of this, Louis Ferdinand was a celebrated pianist and gifted composer, and his friendship with Ludwig van Beethoven is well-known. Beethoven even dedicated his Piano Concerto No. 3 to the Prince. Though the published musical oeuvre of the prince from the House of Hohenzollern comprises a mere 13 works, they were widely disseminated and significantly influenced later composers such as Robert Schumann. Louis Ferdinand’s importance as “the first Romantic in the history of music” continues to be underestimated. 

This exhibition, organised by the Kunstgewerbemuseum of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin together with the association Musik in Brandenburgischen Schlössern and occupying two rooms in Köpenick Palace, places particular focus on the Prince’s musical production, set against the backdrop of important phases in his turbulent life during a time of radical historical upheaval. It was not just his physical appearance and musical ability, but above all his early death in combat against Napoleon’s troops at the Battle of Saalfeld that contributed heavily to Louis Ferdinand’s rapid glorification as the heroic “Prussian Apollo”. In the House of Hohenzollern on the other hand, his lifestyle and his oppositional stance led to him long being viewed as an enfant terrible.   

The "Berliner Salon" during Louis Ferdinand's time

Important biographical, musical and historical aspects are presented in the exhibition on informative text and image panels, using a number of original documents. A striking image of the ornate furnishings and fittings of the Berliner Salon at the time of Louis Ferdinand is conveyed by seldom-exhibited works from the rich holdings of the Kunstgewerbemuseum.

Performance of compositions by Louis Ferdinand

Alongside this small exhibition, numerous compositions by Prince Louis Ferdinand and his contemporaries will be performed as part of the festival Berliner Frühlingsklassik, in the Gobelins tapestry room in the Bode-Museum, and in the concert series Musik der Salons in the Aurora Hall of Köpenick Palace. Together, the exhibition and concerts afford audiences a diverse and impressive insight into a fascinating Prussian personality at the turn of the nineteenth century.

Offers for

Wappensaal mit gedeckter Porzellantafel
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstgewerbemuseum (Köpenick) / Johannes Bartsch

Sun 02.06.2019 02:30 pm
Schloss Köpenick
Public tour | Concert

Wappensaal mit gedeckter Porzellantafel
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstgewerbemuseum (Köpenick) / Johannes Bartsch

Sun 02.06.2019 04:00 pm
Schloss Köpenick
Concert

Wappensaal mit gedeckter Porzellantafel
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstgewerbemuseum (Köpenick) / Johannes Bartsch

Sun 09.06.2019 02:30 pm
Schloss Köpenick
Public tour | Concert

Wappensaal mit gedeckter Porzellantafel
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstgewerbemuseum (Köpenick) / Johannes Bartsch

Sun 09.06.2019 04:00 pm
Schloss Köpenick
Concert

Wappensaal mit gedeckter Porzellantafel
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstgewerbemuseum (Köpenick) / Johannes Bartsch

Mon 10.06.2019 02:30 pm
Schloss Köpenick
Public tour | Concert

Wappensaal mit gedeckter Porzellantafel
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstgewerbemuseum (Köpenick) / Johannes Bartsch

Mon 10.06.2019 04:00 pm
Schloss Köpenick
Concert

Wappensaal mit gedeckter Porzellantafel
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstgewerbemuseum (Köpenick) / Johannes Bartsch

Sun 16.06.2019 02:30 pm
Schloss Köpenick
Public tour | Concert

Wappensaal mit gedeckter Porzellantafel
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstgewerbemuseum (Köpenick) / Johannes Bartsch

Sun 16.06.2019 04:00 pm
Schloss Köpenick
Concert

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstgewerbemuseum (Köpenick) / Johannes Bartsch

Sun 07.07.2019 02:30 pm
Schloss Köpenick
Public tour | Concert

Wappensaal mit gedeckter Porzellantafel
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstgewerbemuseum (Köpenick) / Johannes Bartsch

Sun 07.07.2019 04:00 pm
Schloss Köpenick
Concert

Wappensaal mit gedeckter Porzellantafel
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstgewerbemuseum (Köpenick) / Johannes Bartsch

Sun 21.07.2019 02:30 pm
Schloss Köpenick
Public tour | Concert

Wappensaal mit gedeckter Porzellantafel
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstgewerbemuseum (Köpenick) / Johannes Bartsch

Sun 21.07.2019 04:00 pm
Schloss Köpenick
Concert

Wappensaal mit gedeckter Porzellantafel
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstgewerbemuseum (Köpenick) / Johannes Bartsch

Sun 04.08.2019 02:30 pm
Schloss Köpenick
Public tour | Concert

Wappensaal mit gedeckter Porzellantafel
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstgewerbemuseum (Köpenick) / Johannes Bartsch

Sun 04.08.2019 04:00 pm
Schloss Köpenick
Concert

Visitor entrance

Schloßinsel 1
12557 Berlin

vollständig rollstuhlgeeignet

Sun 11:00 - 18:00
Mon closed
Tue 11:00 - 18:00
Wed 11:00 - 18:00
Thu 11:00 - 18:00
Fri 11:00 - 18:00
Sat 11:00 - 18:00

Opening times on public holidays Plan your visit
 

opening hours during the winter October to March :
Thu - Sun: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

opening hours during the summer April to September:
Mon closed, Tue - Sun 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Schloss Köpenick Kunstgewerbemuseum
6,00 EUR Concessions 3,00
Buy ticket

Annual ticket Basic permanent exhibitions, certain times
25,00 EUR

Museum Pass Berlin 3 days for permanent exhibitions
29,00 EUR Concessions 14,50
Buy ticket

Annual ticket Classic temporary exhibitions not included
50,00 EUR Concessions 25,00

Annual ticket Classic Plus all exhibitions
100,00 EUR Concessions 50,00


Annual membership Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

from just 25,00 EUR

Weitere Informationen

Tel 030 - 266 42 42 42 (Mon - Fri, 9 am - 4 pm)
Questions | Bookings | Feedback