Dürer was here – A journey becomes legend
The Purchased Emperor – Charles V’s Coronation and a Changing World
Bon voyage! Travelling in contemporary art

Three exhibitions in Aachen
Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum, Centre Charlemagne and Ludwig Forum for International Art

7 October 2020 – 10 January 2021
Joint opening: Wednesday 7 October 2020, 18.00

In 1520, two important historical figures travel to Aachen: Charles V, who is to be crowned king in a ceremony held at the cathedral, and Albrecht Dürer, one of the greatest artists of his time. Dürer wants to persuade the newly crowned king and emperor elect to reinstall the privileges granted to him by Emperor Maximilian I that came to a halt with the Emperor’s death.

From 7 October 2020 onwards, exactly 500 years after Dürer’s arrival in Aachen, three exhibitions pay tribute to this historical meeting between the artist and the emperor. They will shine a spotlight on Dürer’s highly productive last journey, which took him via Aachen to the Netherlands and lasted a year from start to finish.

The main exhibition “Dürer was here – A journey becomes legend” in the Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum elucidates the journey to the Netherlands (1520/21) that was recorded by the Renaissance artist in his diary. 140 high-profile exhibits are brought together from museums and collections in Europe and the US. The masterpieces Dürer created during this journey are complemented with important works by renowned artists who met Dürer in the Netherlands, inspiring him and being inspired by him.

The exhibition is a coproduction between the Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum and The National Gallery London. From 13 February – 16 May 2021 a modified form will be on display at The National Gallery under the title “Dürer’s Journeys: Travels of a Renaissance Artist“.

With “The Purchased Emperor – Charles V’s Coronation and a Changing World” the Centre Charlemagne – Neues Stadtmuseum Aachen tells the story of the magnificent rise and fall of the first and last universal emperor and his global aspirations.

The Ludwig Forum for International Art explores contemporary positions with its exhibition “Bon Voyage! Travelling in contemporary art“.