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Let’s dance!

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

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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

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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.

”Dresden, your children” – Special exhibition at Dresden City Museum (Landhaus)

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Landhaus in ”Dresden, your children” – this is the title of the special exhibition at the Dresden City Museum which is shown until the beginning of March 2013. It is a documentary about the childhood here in the city in the 19th and 20th century. Information boards, photographs and toys give you an impression of how life was like for kids here in Dresden.

The Romantic period in the 19th century is the era considered as the ‘discovery’ of childhood.
The first years in life and upbringing were influenced by the social status of the parents at that time. Children of wealthier parents were mainly raised by a nurse, while children from poorer families had to share their bed with their siblings.

The second part of the exhibition continues with the 20th century up to present times.
Children back then mainly spent their first years in a nursery or in a kindergarten. During GDR times, those days were strongly influenced by ideological education of the state in which the collective rather than the encouragement of the individual was the center of interest.

Apart from that, children could more and more enjoy their childhood in the 20th century due to a larger variety of toys and different playgrounds.

The exhibition is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10AM – 6 PM. Admission fee is 4 € p.p. and also includes the permanent exhibition about the history of Dresden.
Hint: The entrance is free on Fridays after 12 PM! (not on holidays)

A. Winkler

New permanent exhibition at the Ethnographical Museum Dresden

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

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‘The Damascus room and home textiles from the Middle East’

The Ethnographical Museum Dresden presents in a new permanent exhibition at the Japanese Palace the famous Damascus room as well as furnishings from the Orient since October this year.

Various colorful textiles from Persia, the Ottoman Empire and Middle Asia are shown in the first of the two rooms. Among those are richly decorated embroideries, so called ‘Suzanis’, which had served mainly as large decorative clothes. Pile carpets from East Anatolia that had been used as precious burial objects and tent decorations are presented in the middle of the room.
Last but not least you can see examples of sequired embroideries from Persia which had been popular as wall hangings or curtains in the 18th and 19th century.
Despite the different techniques, all those masterpieces of handcraft had served as decoration or furnishing of oriental houses.

The highlight of the exhibition is the Damascus room.
It was acquired by the German Art collector Karl Osthaus at the end of the 19th century and was donated after his death to the Dresden Ethnographical Museum in 1930. But it had been stored in the depot and has never been on display so far. The restauration of the room started in 1997 and was finally finished.
The wooden wall and ceiling panellings, which were made in 1810, originate from an unknown house in Damascus and are decorated not only with a rich variety of colors and patterns but also with gilded calligraphic poems.

The permanent exhibition is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.

Anke Winkler

Treasures of the Kremlin in the Dresden Royal Palace – Between Orient and Occident

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

The Dresden State Art Collections opened on 1st December 2012 an exhibition of treasures of the Kremlin. More than 140 masterpieces from Moscow will be shown in the state rooms of the Dresden Royal Palace. For the first time the importance of the Kremlin as the crossing point of Eastern and Western cultures moves into view.

The exhibition covers the period between 1547, when Ivan the Terrible (1530-1584) was crowned Tsar, and 1712, when Peter the Great (1672-1725) made Saint Petersburg the new capital of the Russian Empire.

Shown are works of European goldsmiths, Turkish and Persian ceremonial weapons and ornate robes. Gifts that foreign envoys from West and East have given once to the Tsar, testify today of the power of the Russian court. The exhibition “Between Orient and Occident – Treasures of the Kremlin from Ivan the Terrible to Peter the Great” will close on 4th March 2013.

This special exhibition can be visited with the popular Palace ticket. Again as a reminder: The Palace ticket costs 10.00 €, is valid for 24 hours, includes an audio guide in English and German, and you can see all the exhibitions of the palace except the Historic Green Vault.

Katharina Michael

New special exhibition in the Dresden Royal Palace – The Eight Wonders of World by Maarten van Heemskerck

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Ausstellung-schloss in Even for those who have already seen the most famous exhibitions in Dresden, there is always something new and fascinating to explore.

From 24th October 2012 – 16th January 2013 a small exhibition in the Dresden Royal Palace shows the most important work of the Dutch artist Maarten van Heemskerck, who was praised by the posterity as “Raphael de la Hollande”. His portrayal of the eight wonders of the world shaped the modern perceptions of this topic up to Sergio Leone’s classic film “The Colossus of Rhodes” from 1961.

The Dresden Collection of Prints, Drawings and Photographs has an especially great quality example of this rare series. The proximity of the presentation in the Sponsel-room to the treasures of the New Green Vault Treasury was chosen deliberately: Heemskerck’s imaginary constructions are not only but also based on model-like miniature architectures, as they were made in precious gold and silver smitheries of the treasury art and collected in the European cabinets of curiosities like the Green Vault.

The “Sistine Madonna” by Raphael is 500!

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

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Altarpiece, art icon, cookie jar: In Dresden, development and fame of the Sistine Madonna are shown in a special exhibition. Above all, it shows the world-famous image in a new gold frame.
Whoever comes to Dresden, where the five hundredth anniversary of Germany’s most famous painting will be celebrated with an intelligent exhibtion, can admire the Sistine Madonna in a new gold frame. The frame is a birthday gift, giving her a fresh gloss.
The special exhibition recounts the rise of the painting in 1512 to the media career of the two cherubs at the feet of the Madonna. Each chapter is well illustrated with works on loan from around the world. And not only that, the new frame, hand-carved using historical models  and with gold leaf brightly polished, gives the image a little back from its religious dimension.
500 years Sistine Madonna stand for exciting stories, marked by secret negotiations and brilliant presentation, oblivion and international fame, artistic discoveries and abysmal kitsch.
The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive education program and projects for children and can be seen in the Old Masters Picture Gallery, Semper’s building next to the Zwinger Palace, 26th May – 26th August 2012.
Katharina Michael

The Museum of Hygiene rages with passions

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Hygienemuseum-dresden in 25th February to 30th December 2012

The German Hygiene Museum in Dresden devotes his latest exhibition to the passions. The Australian curator Catherine Nichols and the opera director Mariame Clément from Paris staged this special show as a great drama in five acts, where the visitor moves from stage to stage.

The aim of the almost 400 exhibits is to make the dramatic effects of the strongest and most dangerous of all human emotions come alive: love, desire, joy and amazement on the positive side, hatred, anger, fear, shame, sadness, envy and disgust as the negative passions. They not only symbolize passions but should also trigger them.

The variety of exhibits range from medieval to modern art works to trivial items like a whoopee cushion and up to curiosities, such as the plaster model of a corpse. They are complemented by several video installations.

The special show desiress to bring back the great feelings in perspective, which are now too often pushed to the brink.

Until the end of December 2012, visitors of the Hygiene-Museum Dresden can let themselves carried away by the passions.

K. Michael

Dresden: “Ode to peace”

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Reqiuem-frauenkirche in World premier of the ‘Requiem’ in commemoration of the destruction of Dresden during WWII

It is a long and significant tradition to accompany the centenary of the bombing of Dresden on 13th February with a requiem.

There will be a special concert this year on the occasion of the destruction and the reconstruction of the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady). It is the premier of the requiem ‘Dresden’ by Lera Auerbach which takes place on February 11th.

The requiem is a commissioned piece by the Frauenkirche foundation and Staatskapelle Dresden (Saxon State Orchestra).

Auerbach, who is the Composer in Residence during the season 2011/2012, is a Jewish Russian-American pianist and one of the most exiting artists today. Her music draws a wide line of forms and genres from opera to chamber music and her music is characterized by stylistic freedom and a relation between tonal and atonal music language.

The requiem ‘Dresden’ will have this special style of music too and will definitely give this event a respectively timbre.

The concert written for two boy´s voices, countertenor, bass, baritone, boys choir, men´s choir and orchestra is premiered by the Staatskapelle Dresden and conducted by Vladimir Jurowski.



11th February 2012, 8 PM at Frauenkirche Dresden. The introduction starts at 7 PM.

13th  and14th February, 8 PM at the Semper Opera House
Claudia Innerhofer

Special exhibition at the Japanese Palace – Safari to Early Humans

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

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The Japanese Palace in the Dresden New Town houses at the moment a special exhibition which is named ‘Safari to Early Humans’.  It is a journey seven million years back to the early beginning of mankind.

27 model heads in small show cases are probably the most interesting part of the exhibition. They are a creation according to original findings mostly in Africa. The black continent is also seen as the cradle of humanity as most of the findings were unearthed there. 

Accompanying, visitors get detailed information about the different stages of human development.

The exhibition is open until the end of April from Tuesday to Sunday from 10AM to 6PM.
Anke Winkler