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Glanzstücke im Dialog

Highlights in Dialogue Exhibition: 8 July 2022 - 7 January 2024

Opulent floral still lifes meet exquisite drinking and ceremonial glasses. Franz Hals’ Laughing Boy toasts with Jan Steen’s Lovesick Woman, and next to Fabritius’ The Sentry, Fortuna, the goddess of fortune, braces herself against the storms of life.

During the renovation-related closure period, the State Museum Schwerin presents the exhibition Highlights in Dialogue at Schwerin Castle. Well-known paintings from the world-renowned collection of Dutch and Flemish painting from the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries enter into a dialogue with exquisite objects from the rich treasures of the arts and crafts and the coin cabinet.

Carel Fabritius (1622-1654), The Sentry, (c) Staatliches Museum Schwerin Photo: Elke Walford

Carel Fabritius (1622-1654), The Sentry, 1654
Staatliches Museum Schwerin

The exclusive presentation over more than 70 works of art extends over the former children’s rooms in Schwerin Palace, which convey an intimate atmosphere and allow for intensive viewing of the often small-format works and versatile discoveries. The thematically arranged rooms on facets of human life such as happiness, religiosity, everyday life, global trade or nature show the diversity of the works as well as their different layers of meaning and contexts. A media installation by the Hamburg projection artist Katrin Bethge connects the works on display with contemporary artistic creation.

The exhibition at Schwerin Castle offers visitors the opportunity to experience some of the most beautiful works from the collection during the temporary closure of the State Museum. At the same time, it provides a preview of the museum’s reopening in 2024.

The exhibition is curated by Dr. Gero Seelig, Dr. Karin Annette Möller, Antje-Marthe Fischer, and PD Dr. Torsten Fried.