Dürer – Charles V – Aachen
3 Exhibitions in Aachen

1520 – Charles V and Albrecht Dürer in Aachen

In 1520, two important historical figures journeyed to Aachen: Charles V, who was to be ceremonially crowned in Aachen Cathedral; and Albrecht Dürer, one of the greatest artists of his time. Dürer wanted to persuade the freshly crowned monarch to renew the privileges the artist had forfeited on the death of Emperor Maximilian I.

2020 – Three Exhibitions in Aachen

On 7th October 2020, 500 years to the day since Albrecht Dürer’s arrival in Aachen, three exhibitions will open under the title “1520 – Dürer – Charles V – Aachen – 2020” to celebrate the historic meeting and to explore three themes.

The main exhibition will be in the Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum, with the focus on Dürer’s journey and the art he produced while underway.
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Parallel to this, the Centre Charlemagne – Neues Stadtmuseum Aachen, will be showcasing the magnificent coronation of Charles V. and the downfall of the first global empire.
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The Ludwig Forum for International Art will be exhibiting works of contemporary artists on their own creative journeys.
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