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From Barbizon to the Baltic Sea

Carl Malchin, Stadtansicht Rostock mit St. Nikolai, um 1907/08 © Staatliche Schlösser, Gärten und Kunstsammlungen Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

From Barbizon to the Baltic Sea

Carl Malchin and the Discovery of Mecklenburg

July 5, 2019 - October 6, 2019

Carl Malchin is among the best-loved artists from the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The roots of his painting in the art of the school of Barbizon is one of the new aspects the exhibition is presenting. He will be shown in the context of his German teachers and fellow students in Munich and Weimar, some of whose works have been in the Schwerin collections for a hundred years without being shown. Furthermore, Malchin’s cloud studies and his depictions of the contemporary industrialization of agriculture as well as his draughtsmanship are shown.


At the end of his life, Malchin sold his collection of his own oil studies to the Schwerin Museum, considering them to encompass his artistic heritage. Most of them are small wooden panels, excerpts of nature rapidly put down or of minute precision. 147 of these pictures, in the exhibition, give a formidable panorama of Mecklenburg around 1900 which is a final highlight of the show.