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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

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.

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.

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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.

Opening of Armory Collection at the Residence Palace Dresden

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Gedc0139 in The number of museums in the Royal Residence Palace has been increased with the opening of the Dresden Amory in the Giant Hall (Riesensaal) in February this year. It is already the second exhibition of the Armory Museum as the Turkish Chamber that was opened three years ago is part of that collection too.

More than 400 objects of tournaments, fire and blank weapons , carved horses and armors can be admired.

Immediately with entering the room you take part of the joust of war, one of the three types of tournaments that were practiced here in Dresden in the 16th and 17th century.  Two more tournaments (Italian Joust and Foot Tournament) including their equipment follow before you can see the world’s biggest collection of  armors made by the most famous armorer here in Germany in the 16th century – Anton Peffenhauser.

The collection finally closes with unique and splendid parade armors and field armors that had been used during the 30 years war.

By the way, the name Giant Hall where there exhibition is located does not refer to the size of the room although it measures 750m². In fact it refers to the former paintings of giants in the window niches.

The new collection of the Dresden Amory is a new must to see here in Dresden. For sure it is, apart from Vienna and Madrid, one of the richest and most important collections of that kind worldwide.

The entrance ticket costs 10€ p.p. and includes the other museum in the Royal Residence Palace too, except the Historic Green Vault. (15€ for 2-day-ticket)


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

News about Pillnitz Castle & Park

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

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The Park of Pillnitz, situated in the suburbs of Dresden and famous for the old summer residence of the Wettin dynasty and a botanical garden, is going to charge an entrance fee, starting on 2nd April 2012.

The day ticket, so called ‘Garden Ticket’, will cost 2.00 EUR p.p. and includes the entrance to the park as well as the entrance to the palm house (reduced entrance fee 1.00 EUR p.p., group entrance 1.50 EUR p.p., children under 16 years are free).

The ‘Museum ticket’ does not only include the entrance to the park but also to the museums (Arts and Crafts Museum, Pillnitz Palace). This one costs 8.00 EUR p.p. (reduced 4.00 EUR p.p.)

The best and most beautiful way to get to Pillnitz is a cruise on the Elbe River. The Saxon Steamboat Company starts its season on 5th April. There are several tours that include a stop at the Pillnitz pier: the Castle Cruise to Pillnitz, the new National Park Line (from Pillnitz to the Saxon Switzerland) and the Elbe Valley Line (Dresden to the Saxon Switzerland).

We would like to suggest you to combine a guided walking tour through the Old Town of Dresden with a visit to Pillnitz. Enjoy the wonderful Dresden Elbe valley on a historical steamboat cruise after our walking tour.

DresdenWalks is able to offer a special combo tour in cooperation with the Saxon Steamboat Company.

Our daily walking tours start at 11 a.m. at our green signboard on Schlossplatz square.
Claudia Innerhofer

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