The Nationalgalerie is presented with an important work by the Munich painter, Leo von Klenze – special exhibition from 28 March 2018

Alte Nationalgalerie

With the generous gift of the painting The Temple of Concordia at Agrigento, by the Munich painter Leo von Klenze (1784–1864), the Nationalgalerie has received an important addition to its collection.

The Nationalgalerie already holds a considerable wealth of Neoclassical works by the Berlin architect, Karl Friedrich Schinkel; thanks to this donation by Oliver Lepsius, it now also boasts a painting by Schinkel’s Munich rival: Leo von Klenze. Klenze presented this large-scale painting to the Berlin Egyptologist, Karl Richard Lepsius (1810–1884) in return for Lepsius’ twelve-volume series of plates, Denkmäler aus Aegypten und Aethiopien (Monuments of Egypt and Ethiopia), which he had published between 1841 and 1859.

To celebrate the new acquisition, the Alte Nationalgalerie is mounting a special exhibition from 28 March to 15 July 2018, entitled Concordia – Art and Science in Harmony: Leo von Klenze and Karl Richard Lepsius. Juxtaposing Klenze’s painting of the Concordia temple and Lepsius’ series of plates, the exhibition highlights the intensive dialogue between art and science which the two works represent. The painting will undergo comprehensive restoration and technical art-historical examination before it goes on display.

The display in the temporary exhibition room will also include around further 35 objects: paintings, sculptures, drawings, books and scientific artefacts – including items on loan from the original Klenze bequest, kept at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich, and works from the SMB’s Kupferstichkabinett and Ägyptisches Museum, the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, and the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin.