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Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau’s Nosferatu – A Symphony of Horror premiered in 1922 at the Marmorsaal (Marble Hall) at the Berlin Zoo. Since then, it has been truly absorbed into popular culture, featuring in everything from horror films to television’s The Simpsons. The exhibition Phantoms of the Night. 100 Years of Nosferatu at the Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg focuses on the influence this icon of German silent film had on the visual arts.

André Breton considered Nosferatu a key work for Surrealism. 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, German Romanticism, and tropes from the fantastical art and literature of the early 20th century. Other identified influences come from Caspar David Friedrich, as well as from the work of Alfred Kubin, Stefan Eggeler and Franz Sedlacek. The exhibition also explores the impact Nosferatu has had on contemporary art and everyday culture.

Curated by Jürgen Müller, Frank Schmidt and Kyllikki Zacharias, head of the Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg.

A special exhibition of the Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. The exhibition is made possible by the Freunde der Nationalgalerie.

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EXHIBITION VENUE

Sammlung Scharf-Gesternberg
Schloßstraße 70

14059 Berlin

 

ADMISSION

12 Euro / 6 Euro reduced 

 

RUN TIME

16. December 2022 23. April 2023

www.smb.museum/ssg

 

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Metro: U2 Sophie-Charlotte-Platz, U7 Richard-Wagner-Platz
S-Bahn: S41, S42, S46 Westend
Bus: M45, 109, 309 Schloss Charlottenburg, Luisenplatz / Schloss Charlottenburg

The exhibition is wheelchair accessible.

Please inform yourself about current regulations regarding the coronavirus pandemic: www.smb.museum

OPENING HOURS

Mondays
closed
Tuesdays
10 – 6pm
Wednesdays
10 – 6pm
Wednesdays
10 – 6pm
Thursdays
10 – 6pm
Fridays
10 – 6pm
Saturdays
11 – 6 pm
Sundays
11 – 6 pm

SPECIAL OPENING HOURS ON PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

Christmas (Fri 24. – Sun 26.12.2021) 10 – 6pm
New Year’s Eve (Fri 31.12.2021): closed
New Year’s Day (Sat 01.01.2022): 12 – 6pm
Easter (Fri 15.04.2023 – Mon 18.04.2023) 11 –6pm

Education and Outreach

Supporting Program

The supporting program of the exhibition will include lectures by Knut Elstermann,
Mark Benecke, Jürgen Müller and Frank Schmidt:

 

Sat / 17.12.2022 / 6 pm

The Director as Painter

Reflections on the film poetics of Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau

Jürgen Müller, Dresden University of Technology

 

Tue / 10.01.2023 / 6 p.m.

Vampires: Corpses, Undead & Nosferatu

Mark Benecke, Chairman of the Dracula Society

 

Wed / 25.01.2023 / 6 pm

Eternal Horror

Vampires in film since Nosferatu

Knut Elstermann and Kristina Jaspers

 

Tue / 14.02.2023 / 6 p.m.

Nosferatu’s Heirs

On the cinematic revenants of a phantom

Frank Schmidt, Dresden University of Technology

 

Thu / 09.03.2023 / 6 p.m.

Murnau – The South Seas

Dream and Trauma

Holger Schettler, MuMa Forum, Museum for Film Art and Film Technology

 

Wed / 15.03.2023 / 6 pm

Film screening

Bloodsucker

by Julian Radlmaier

with introduction by the director

 

Thu / 23.03.2023 / 6 pm

Film screening

Lotte Eisner – (K)Ein Ort. Nirgends

by Timon Koulmasis

 

Thu & Sat / 20 & 22.04.2023 / 6pm

Homage to Nosferatu

Japanese Butoh Theater

by Maco and Hikaru (4RUDE)

 

Admission to all events is free of charge. Please register through the Staatliche Museen: Phantoms of the Night. 100 years of “Nosferatu”

 

FREE ADMISSION FOR BLOOD DONORS

In cooperation with the German Red Cross there is the possibility to donate blood once a month in the Remise of the museum. The next appointments are Wednesday, February 22, and Wednesday, March 22, from 2.30 – 6pm respectively. Please register in advance at the following link:

https://terminreservierung.blutspende-nordost.de/oeffentliche-spendeorte/BlutfuerdieKunst

 

ACCOMPANYING EVENT:

Lecture by co-curator Prof. Dr. Jürgen Müller followed by a film screening

Fri / 13.01.2023 / 6pm

6 p.m.: Lecture by Prof. Dr. Jürgen Müller, co-curator of the exhibition and professor for photo and film history at the TU Dresden

7.15 p.m.: Film screening “Nosferatu – A Symphony of Horror”, 1922

Venue: Berlin State Library, Otto-Braun-Saal, Potsdamer Strasse 33, 10785 Berlin

Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau’s vampire film “Nosferatu – A Symphony of Horror” from 1922 is one of the icons of silent cinema and has lost none of its terrifying effect even 100 years after its premiere in Berlin-Charlottenburg. The hypnotic power of the images is the consequence of an examination of fantastic graphic art, Goya’s pictorial motifs or German Romanticism. Above all, the figure of the vampire has entered popular culture and has led to numerous reincarnations.

Admission is free. Registration until 10.01.23 (please also indicate whether you will come to lecture and film or only to the film screening) at: events@sbb.spk-berlin.de

Blood Donation in Cooperation with the German Red Cross

FREE ADMISSION FOR BLOOD DONORS

In cooperation with the German Red Cross there is the possibility to donate blood once a month in the Remise of the museum:

Wed / 21.12.2022 / 14.30 – 18 o’clock

Mon / 12.01.2023 / 14.30 – 18 o’clock

Wed / 22.02.2023 / 14.30 – 18 o’clock

Wed / 22.03.2023 / 14.30 – 18 o’clock

Further dates will follow.

Please register in advance at the following link: Terminreservierungssystem der DRK-Blutspendedienste (blutspende-nordost.de)

Education and Outreach

EDUCATION AND OUTREACH PROGRAM

Collection Scharf-Gerstenberg

Phantoms of the Night. 100 Years of Nosferatu
December 16, 2022 – April 23, 2023

OFFERS FOR ADULTS

Bookable guided tours for groups
Duration: 60 minutes
German: 90 € plus admission
Foreign languages (English / French / Italian): 100 € plus entrance fee.
Limited number of participants.

Bookable by phone +49 (0)30 266 42 42 or by e-mail to service@smb.museum.

Please book your tour at least 14 days in advance.

New and old bloodsuckers

Vampiric figures in cinema, art and photography: 100 years ago, the film “Nosferatu – A Symphony of Horror” by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau premiered in the Marble Hall of the Zoological Garden in Berlin. Participants will explore the relationship between film and visual art. Works by Francisco de Goya, Caspar David Friedrich or Georg Friedrich Kersting will be discussed as well as documents from the Murnau archive. The art education team will accompany you on your tour.

Public guided tours for individual visitors

Nosferatu

Sat / 11 a.m. / Dec. 3, Dec. 17, 2022, Jan. 7, Jan. 21, Feb. 4, Feb. 18, Mar. 4, Mar. 18, Apr. 1, Apr. 15, 2023

Can vampires kiss? How to live immortally? The exhibition is dedicated to the relationship of the icon of German silent film to the visual arts: from Francisco de Goya to Caspar David Friedrich or Georg Friedrich Kersting, to numerous documents from the Murnau Archive. During the joint tour, learn more about the demonic vampire that radiates into the present.
Participation fee including admission: 15 €
Participation fee with free or reduced admission: 10 € (please show proof or valid ticket at the museum)

Limited number of participants.
Online booking required: www.smb.museum/veranstaltungen

From a curatorial perspective

Thu / 4pm / 19 Jan, 16 Feb, 16 Mar, 20 Apr 2023.

Nosferatu, Murnau and Co: For André Breton, “Nosferatu” was considered a key surrealist work. Conversely, the film cannot be thought of without art historical models. Jürgen Müller, Frank Schmidt or Kyllikki Zacharias report on the exhibition “Phantoms of the Night.100 Years of Nosferatu” from a curatorial perspective. They will discuss themes and backgrounds of the exhibition and invite discussion.
Participation fee including admission: 15 €
Participation fee with free or reduced admission: 10 € (please show proof or valid ticket at the museum).
Limited number of participants.
Online booking required: www.smb.museum/veranstaltungen

Covid-19 protective measures

For the latest information on applicable safety measures, visit: smb.museum/information-corona

Further Information

INFORMATION AND BOOKING

Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Education, Outreach, Visitor Services
Tel +49 (0) 30 266 42 42 (Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm)
service@smb.museum
www.smb.museum

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The Education, Outreach, and Visitor Services Department is the central educational institution of the National Museums in Berlin and, as such, is entrusted with the conception and implementation of offerings in all 15 collections. With a diverse range of events, the National Museums in Berlin address various user groups: Children and families, young people and adults, daycare centers, schools, universities and other educational institutions, individual visitors and visitor groups.

The complete educational and outreach programme of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin can be found at www.smb.museum

INFORMATION AND BOOKING

Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Education, Outreach, Visitor Services
Tel +49 (0) 30 266 42 42 42 (Mon-Fri, 9-4 pm)
service@smb.museum
www.smb.museum

You can find the entire education and outreach programm via www.smb.museum

Catalogue

Phantoms of the Night. 100 Years of „Nosferatu“

Pages and format: c. 256 pages, 21 x 27 cm

Publisher: Sandstein Verlag

Museum price: 38 Euro

Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection

The Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection shows lines of development in fantastic art, beginning with works by Giovanni Battista Piranesi and Francisco de Goya and culminating in the most extensive complex of works in the house: Surrealism by the likes of Max Ernst and René Magritte.

Partners

The exhibition Phantoms of the Night. 100 Years of “Nosferatu” of the Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, is made possible by the Freunde der Nationalgalerie.

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Exhibition Venue
Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg
Schloßstraße 70
14059 Berlin

Information and Booking
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Education, Outreach, Visitor Services
Tel +49 (0) 30 266 42 42 42 (Mon–Fri, 9 am–4 pm)
service@smb.museum
www.smb.museum