For the first time, the Silesian Museum has dedicated an exhibition to the art of the 19th century. It offers insights into a time period formed by numerous political, social, and economical upheavals.
In terms of art, this period was initially marked by romanticists who opposed the rational thinking of the enlightenment movement and who found joy in an ideology that focused on the subjective, the emotional, the fantastical, secretive, and the adventurous. It influenced many people in their attitudes towards nature, industrialization, daily life, as well as history, politics, and religion. However, the failed revolution of 1848 caused widespread disillusionment, a phenomenon that benefited realism in art.

The numerous items on loan, especially from the Ostdeutsche Studiensammlung, present the artistic variety of this period, as well as the connections that existed between Silesia and the great centers of art. Several works will be shown to the public for the first time. Some of the museum's new acquisitions, which were made possible by the financial support of its sponsorship association, will be shown as well. The exhibition of the Silesian Museum of Görlitz was created in cooperation with the Ostdeutsche Studiensammlung Helmut Scheunchen.