This exhibition followed up on the two major exhibitions Moscow -Berlin, Berlin - Moscow, shown in 1997 and 2002. While the first exhibitions emphasized the volatile relations between Germany and Russia in the 20th century, the exhibition Power and Friendship focused on Prussian-Russian relations during the first half of the 19th century. The close dynastic relationship between the Hohenzollern and Romanov lines had a long-lasting impact on practically every area of society and initiated a period of extremely fruitful cultural exchange. For the first time, outstanding artworks from this period were transferred to Berlin. Several works were publicly displayed for the first time since the former Soviet Union officially returned them to Germany. Although this exhibition project touched on some recent cultural-political issues, its historic perspective demonstrated how cultural exchange can benefit political and social relations. The cooperation between the State Hermitage in St. Petersburg, other Russian cultural institutions and the Foundation of Prussian Palaces and Gardens Berlin-Brandenburg helped consolidate German-Russian cooperative relations and built trust between German and Russian museums.
Curator: Dr. Ada Raev and Dr. Jürgen Luh
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