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Dresden’s art scene: Seen in a different light

Dresden’s art scene: Seen in a different light

“See things in a different light” – the people of Dresden know that changing one’s perspective can lead to new, interesting, and important revelations – in science, art, and society. The focus here is on communication and the discovery of cultural plurality. And “a different light” should sometimes be taken literally – this fall, for example, at the Dresden Night of Museums or under the mirror balls of the Dresden clubs at the Club Culture Festival “DAVE.”

Once a year, Dresden’s Museums show their treasures at an unusual time. On September 16, at the Museumsnacht Dresden (Dresden Night of Museums), visitors can visit 50 different museums, large and small, until 1 o’clock in the morning. From the famous art galleries to the Deutsches Hygiene Museum Dresden, the School Museum, the Tram Museum, or the Technical Collections. On this night, curators display the best pieces from their collections in an unusual way and show new ones, too. Country music goes along with historic vehicles in the Transport Museum, a nude drawing between valuable sculptures in the Albertinum, and a guided tour through the newly-opened Renaissance wing of the Royal Palace under the motto “Dawn of a new Era” – the Dresden Night of Museums gives guests the chance to discover the arts, history, and technology from antiquity to modern times.

The Deutsches Hygiene Museum Dresden is also known as the “Museum of Mankind,” because the themes of its exhibitions are as diverse and surprising as human life itself. Visitors are specifically asked to follow their own human and scientific curiosity. The new special exhibition will get the same kind of great reviews that the entire museum did just recently at the “Museums-Check” with the renowned Dresden cabaret artist, Anna Mateur, being broadcast by the art radio station, 3sat. The exhibition, with the title “Das Gesicht. Eine Spurensuche (The face. A Search for Clues)” asks how the face influences perception of oneself and of others, along with actions and the actions of others. Answers can be found here through science and art.

Art and science will also be united in the stock of books from the city libraries – Städtische Bibliotheken Dresden [Dresden Municipal Libraries.) The institution – one of the largest and most frequented city libraries in Germany – has its new main location in the freshly-renovated Kulturpalast Dresden at Altmarkt. It is a paradise of books with a panoramic view of the city center with a varied program of events. Renowned authors will regularly come by for readings, this fall that includes authors such as Rafik Schami (September 22), Marc Uwe Kling (September 25), and Ingo Schulze (September 27).

The Dresden festival DAVE, short for “Dresden Audio Visual Experience,” aims to combine party, culture and knowledge transfer. The festival’s program, which runs from October 20-29, is organized by members of the Dresden clubbing scene, who prove that the so-called sub-culture with its electronic music and dedication to partying is also a form of culture. The festival will take place in various clubs, cinemas, and museums in the city. It will offer a mix of DJ sets, concerts, lectures, and workshops. Dresden’s clubs will be partying, and they invite visitors to party with them and gather knowledge as well.

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