Journeys on paper are not subject to travel restrictions, there are no forced hotel closures or government-declared high-risk areas. Which makes this small showcase exhibition even more relaxed, allowing audiences to follow the masters of 17th- and 18th-century French drawing on a journey to the most diverse locations, both near and far, from Russian landscapes to the eternal city of Rome or the temples of Egypt.
Artists did not just set off on adventures, but also travelled as part of their training as artists, and even accompanied scientific expeditions. But they did not always restrict themselves to faithfully documenting the things they saw on their travels with their pencils or brushes. Plenty of vistas have also been inspired by artistic traditions of landscape painting or the imagination of artists.
These 20 or so works represent a small but high-quality selection of the Kupferstichkabinett’s collection of more than 1,000 sheets of French drawings, which is one of the most comprehensive and important collections outside of France. Audiences can discover familiar and less well-known artists, as well as some of the highlights of the Berlin collection. A number of these works were discovered in the course of a two-year research and digitisation project, The French Drawings From the Kupferstichkabinett, which was generously funded by the German Federal Commissioner for Cultural and Media Affairs