The exhibition at the Musée du Luxembourg brings together around one hundred remarkable artworks and objects collected between the 16th and 18th centuries by the powerful Prince-electors of Saxony. During a period marked by the struggle for imperial power between the Electorates of the Holy Roman Empire and the courts of Europe, this dazzlingly rich collection demonstrates the political power of the Prince-elector. Featuring objets d'art, instruments and scientific books, natural materials and ethnographic objects, the Kunstkammer or “cabinet of curiosities” was the first European collection to open to the general public, who viewed it as a place of knowledge and learning. This exhibition places an emphasis on the artistic quality and provenance of the works, which not only reflect the many global relationships and cultural exchanges, but also the Euro-centric world view they embody. A few historical objects are arranged so as to mirror works by contemporary artists, putting these historic collections into perspective through the key issues of our time.
Claudia Brink, exhibition curator and curator at the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD)
Dresden State Art Collections
Mirror of the world
Masterpieces from the Dresden cabinet of curiosities
Coupe en forme de licorne de mer, Elias Geyer, Leipzig, vers 1600 © Grünes Gewölbe, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, photo: Paul Kuchel
GERTRUDE STEIN AND PABLO PICASSO
From September 13, 2023 to January 28, 2024