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New Exhibition: Parade Textiles of Augustus the Strong in the Dresden Palace

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

A new exhibition has enriched the range of different collections and treasures in the Dresden Palace.

It presents parade textiles made for Augustus the Strong in connection with his coronation as King of Poland 1697 and the wedding of his son, the Saxon Electoral Prince in 1719. The exhibits are both originals and precise replicas, where every thread has been very exactly reproduced in French, Italian and German workshops.

The visitors will find parts of the King’s costume and his crown hood as well as items of textile interior décor from the suite of parade rooms equipped for the wedding ceremony: the Ante-Chamber, the Audience chamber and the State Bedroom. Amazing gold and silver fabrics, velvets in royal blue, crimson and Saxon green, gold embroidery represent the culmination of baroque textile art.

The textile interior décor will in future be included in the museum’s permanent exhibition.
The current exposition will last until February 24th. She is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed on Tuesdays and from January 20th to January 31st.

Iris Stauch

Christmas Oratorio, Johann Sebastian Bach and Dresden

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Bach-wikipedia in The Christmas Oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach belongs to Christmas like the Semper Opera House to Dresden. The individual parts were first performed by the Thomas Boys Choir in Leipzig during the six worship services between Christmas Day 1734 and the Epiphany 1735 in the St. Nicholas’ Church and the St. Thomas Church.

Also during this Advent season the familiar tunes and songs are heard in many different places in Dresden. Whether sung by the famous Dresden Cross Choir or an amateur choir, the right Christmas mood always rises listening to these sounds.

Since 1723 Bach worked as the cantor of the Thomas Choir in Leipzig. In 1730 he tried, however, for being awarded the title of court composer in Dresden, because he was dissatisfied with the payment, the high cost of living and the Leipzig authorities, who did not promote Bach’s creative work in his sense. After the submission of certain works to the electoral court in Dresden, Bach received on 19 November 1736 the awaited news to be able to call himself “Royal Polish and Electoral Saxon Compositeur of the Court Music Ensemble”. The title was associated with neither privileges nor with income, however, it strengthened his position in relation to the Leipzig authorities. Bach also did not get the expected call, to live and act henceforth in the residence Dresden.

That would certainly be handled differently by the city of Dresden today, because today the work of Johann Sebastian Bach is played and honoured not only during the Christmas season but throughout the year.
And where do music and architecture of the Baroque harmonize better than in Dresden?

Katharina Michael

Let’s dance!

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Tanz-hygienemuseum in
Moves that move us
A new exhibition by the Deutsches Hygiene Museum

From October 12, 2013 to July 20, 2014 a new temporary exhibition takes place in the Dresdner Hygienemuseum: dance! Nowhere else as in the cradle of the free dance has to be this kind of exhibition: it must take place in Dresden.
The dancing human, the moving human, at all times and all over the world people have always danced. The dance as a part of human nature: In this case we are able to express what we always feel and last but not least: dance always bring us into a social network. The exhibition takes up the issue with interactive installations, films, artworks and multimedia stations. So let’s dance now!

Open on Tuesday – Sunday 10 am until 6 pm.

C. Innerhofer

Special exhibition: Georg Baselitz ‚Background stories‘

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Baselitz in
Dresden is well known by art lovers for its diverse museums that are enriched by several special exhibitions throughout the year. One of the best exhibitions in 2013 has been recently opened on the Royal Residential Palace.

Georg Baselitz, one of the most famous German painters of contemporary art, has opened his exhibition ‚Background stories‘ on the occasion of his 75th birthday.

Baselitz, who was born and raised near Dresden, had been already fascinated by the paintings of the Old Master Picture Gallery in his youth. Those paintings had been his inspiration to interpret some of the master works from the 15th to the 19th century in his own way.

The exhibition is open from Wednesdays to Mondays from 10am to 6 pm.

By the way, further paintings from Baselitz can be admired in the Albertinum museum.
Anke W.

A new bridge for Dresden – the opening of the Waldschlösschen Bridge

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Dresden is celebrating the opening of a new bridge those days. It is the Waldschlösschen bridge, a bridge that was and is much talked about here. It has been one of the most controversial projects in Dresden in the last years.

It had been the locals who decided for the bridge in 2005. The construction started two years later and took nearly seven years up to the completion now in August 2013.

The Waldschlösschen bridge is also the reason why the Dresden Elbe valley was deprived of the title of the UNESCO World Heritage in 2009. A decision that had split the opinion of the people.

Apart from this new construction, we have so many other sights to see in the city. It’s worth coming to Dresden! And we would be pleased to welcome you to our daily English tours.


Saturday, July 27th, 2013

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A festival full of Wagner: Elbhangfest – Elbe Slope Festival – has begun

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Elbhfest-2013 in
The main slogan of the most important street festival in the perhaps prettiest district of Dresden is dominated this year on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the German composer Richard Wagner.
So you will see and listen Wagner everywhere and every-time during the Elbe Slope Festival (28th until 30th June). The big parade will take place on Saturday and will present several colorful clips of Wagner’s operas. Wagner spent many years of his life in Dresden. During his stay in Graupa he was falling in love with the beauty of the region. Therefore, the festival site this year will be extended from Loschwitz to the Wagner sites to Graupa.
Last but not least: The grand final concert will take place at the end of the weekend at hill-palace-site in Pillnitz Park and Palace with various arias by Richard Wagner.

Entrance fees:
Full-weekend-ticket 12,00 €, Friday: 7,00 €, Saturday: 10,00 €, Sunday 8,00 €

Current exhibitions at the City’s History Museum

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Landhaus-anke-kopie in 1813 was a significant year in the history of Saxony and Dresden.

On one hand Richard Wagner was born in Leipzig on May 22nd. The famous German composer had spent his childhood in Dresden and later started his musical career here.

Furthermore, the Battle of Dresden took place on August 26-27 under the leadership of Napoleon.

Both events celebrate their 200th anniversary in 2013. Reason enough for the City’s History Museum to offer visitors two special exhibitions on those themes in the coming weeks.

‘Lost victory’ is the presentation about the Battle of Dresden and the life and suffering of the city’s population during the siege in 1813. Various paintings or Napoleon’s original riding saddle with boots are exhibited from June to October.

Learn more about Richard Wagner and his work and life here in Dresden in the exhibition ‘Myth and History’ which still lasts until August. We highly recommend this exhibition in combination with our special walking tour about Wagner this year.

Further information on: http://www.dresdenwalks.com/rundgaenge/richard-wagner-stadtrundgang.

Anke Winkler

Reopened: Mathematical Physical Salon (MPS) in the Dresden Zwinger

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Mps in After six years of renovation, restoration and expansion the Mathematical-Physical Salon has reopened on 14th April 2013.

The exhibition area extends from the Crown Gate to the Wall Pavilion and includes a spacious entrance hall in the Grotto Hall. A new building, not visible from the outside, in the outer ward wall allowed a new exhibition space.

The permanent exhibition has been completely redesigned and takes up the theme of the collection history:

Mechanics and Mathematics in 1600 ( On display are automatons as the Drumming Bear and astronomical world models such as the planets’ clock by Eberhard Baldeweins, which is one of the most complicated mechanical machines of the 16th century.)

The Physical Cabinet (burning appliances, vacuum pump, giant telescopes)

The watch collection (history of (wheels) clocks from the 16th to the 19th century with the history of Saxon precision watchmaking to the beginnings of watchmaking in Glashütte in the Ore Mountains)

“Salon in the Salon” – the place of learning. Here, for example, physical experiments with replicas of a vacuum pump and an electrical machine can be demonstrated

Globe collection – daylight-free exhibition space for the Globes, that mostly are made of hand-coloured and therefore highly light-sensitive paper

Through various media stations at selected exhibits, the visitors’ access to the clocks, telescopes and instruments shown is facilitated.

Reminder of “Slaughterhouse Five”

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Gedenkwand-vonnegut-obrien in
Since February this year Dresden has a new memorial to illuminate firebombing of Dresden in 1945: the installation wall “Slaughterhouse five or the Children’s Crusade”. On the original site of Kurt Vonnegut’s famous anti-war-book Slaughterhouse-Five Ruairí O’Brien, an Irish architect who lives in Dresden, created this “information sculpture”.
In the basement of the former slaughterhouse survived the American writer – like his hero Billy Pilgrim – a prisoner of war the Allied bombing raid on Dresden on February 13th.
Although many tourists from all over the world every year come here to visit the authentic site, but there was no real form of remembering until now. That has changed now. The Collage “Slaughterhouse Five” shows aspects of the senselessness of wars and the destruction of Dresden in 1945. O’Brien included quotations from Kurt Vonnegut, Viktor Klemperer, Erich Kästner and also several cartoon drawings.