Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud

The doors to a dreamlike collector's cabinet are open. In the window room of the Baroque Department works by painting stars like Jan Brueghel the Elder, Jacob van Ruisdael, Willem Kalf and Gerrit Dou will be on display. With its special show "Collector's Dreams", the Wallraf presents for the first time a selection of top-class Baroque paintings and drawings from a German private collection that the Cologne museum received on permanent loan in 2022. Precious still lifes with flowers, ceramics or candlelight are just as much a part of the collection as idyllic landscape views and amusing genre paintings. Since the early 1970s, the anonymous collector has assembled these "star moments of Dutch Baroque art" with great connoisseurship and passion. The summer and winter landscapes, city and river panoramas, carousing peasants and gallant cavaliers, church interiors and portraits presented in the exhibition reflect both the enormous diversity and high quality of Dutch Baroque art and the unconditional collecting passion of a private art connoisseur. After the end of the special show, the paintings will enrich the museum's own Baroque collection on the first floor.