Barlach’s hovering angel travels to London

British Museum blog

Clarissa von Spee, curator, British Museum

‘Everything is packed and we are on our way now!’ said a breathless voice on the phone, and it took me several seconds to realize that it was the chairman of the Ernst Barlach Stiftung Güstrow (Barlach Foundation).

Güstrow Cathedral. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, User:Schiwago. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Generic license. Güstrow Cathedral. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, User:Schiwago. This file is licensed under the Creative CommonsAttribution 2.5 Generic license.

Ernst Barlach, Der Schwebende (Güstrow Cathedral) Ernst Barlach, Der Schwebende (Güstrow Cathedral) Archiv Ernst Barlach Stiftung Güstrow (Foto: Uwe Seemann)

Der Schwebende prior to removal from Güstrow Cathedral for the loan to the British Museum exhibitionPrior to removal from Güstrow Cathedral for the loan to the British Museum exhibition

Der Schwebende during removal from Güstrow Cathedral for the loan to the British Museum exhibitionDuring removal from Güstrow Cathedral for the loan to the British Museum exhibition

On Monday 29 October the parish of Güstrow, in the north German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, removed their famous Angel, a 150kg bronze sculpture suspended in a chapel of their cathedral, and sent it by train and ferry to London to be shown in the exhibition Germany:…

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