Dream of the southThe collection of Senator Martin Johan Jenisch
30 march 2020 to 18 January 2021
With the Jenisch Haus, a neoclassicist summer residence enjoying a picturesque view over the Elbe, Hamburg Senator Martin Johan Jenisch (1793-1857) succeeded in realising his dream of the south. Built by architects Franz Gustav Forsmann and Karl Friedrich Schinkel between 1831 and 1834 in the late neo-classicist style, the Jenisch Haus is indeed a complete work of art as the interior was also carefully curated by the owner. Even during his own lifetime, Jenisch’s collection of paintings was acclaimed as one of the sights of Hamburg and was highly recommended as something quite sensational by the 1833 “Hamburg Address Book”.
Upon his death in 1857, Martin Johan Jenisch left over 100 paintings as well as multiple drawings and sculptures. He had acquired these works of art, which he also used to furnish his residences in Hamburg and Blumendorf, at auctions and galleries in Berlin, Düsseldorf and Munich as well as during two grand tours of Italy. The Jenisch Haus saw the senator creating an exclusive suburban villa as a suitably grand place to house part of his collection, and – like many bankers, industrialists and merchants of this era – as a focal point for the typical status symbols of an aristocratic lifestyle. In this, their summer residence, located within the unique surroundings of the park-like gardens which are still very popular today, Senator Jenisch and his wife hosted many grand society events and salon evenings for important guests from the worlds of politics, business and culture.
The “Dream of the South” exhibition presents an exquisite selection of paintings from the Jenisch collection, including works by renowned artists such as Johan Jacob Gensler, Anton Melbye, Franz Xaver Winterhalter and Franz Ludwig Catel, as well as the brothers Franz and Johannes Riepenhausen.
Mondays 11 - 18 h Tuesdays closed Wednesdays to Sundays 11 - 18 h