6 July–30 September 2012 — Kunstbibliothek

Homme de lettres.
Federic. The King at his Writing Desk

Geheimes Staatsarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz and Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz

The exhibition 'Homme de lettres - Féderic: The King at his Writing Desk' traces the broad spectrum of Frederick the Great's literary output and its impact. The exhibition revolves around several key questions such as: how did governance, conducted from the monarch's study, actually work? What did dominion over Prussia look like when seen from the perspective of the king's writing desk? What was the intellectual context in which Frederick's historical and political works were written? What was the dynastic and intellectual background to Frederick's correspondence? Other areas covered in the exhibition are Frederick as a musician and composer, the portrayal of the king as a literary figure in films of the twentieth century, Frederick's relation to his hounds and his trusted confidants (his lector and lords-in waiting).

The exhibition is being held as part of a wider series of events called 'Art - King - Enlightenment', coordinated by the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation in honour of the 300th anniversary of the birth of Frederick the Great on 24 January 2012.

Johann Esaias: Elisabeth Christine Queen of Prussia, around 1750
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, photo: Knud Petersen