Sun, 13 Mar 2005


Dresden to display major works of art in Japan exhibit

The German city of Dresden is to present some of its finest works of art in Japan starting next month as part of the government- sponsored German Year in Japan 2005/2006 programme.

Museum authorities said last month that preparations were well under way for the exhibition Dresden -- Mirror of the World featuring around 250 works of art from the 12 museums of the Dresden State Art Collections.

Among paintings and sketches will be works from Johannes Vermeer, Tizian, Rembrandt and the Rembrandt school, Caspar David Friedrich and Adrian Ludwig Richter.

The exhibition will focus principally on the Saxony royal court collection of the 18th century and the influence of other countries and cultural movements on Dresden.

Included in the display will be works of sculpture, ornaments, porcelain, jewellery, scientific instruments, weapons and other artefacts which make Dresden one of Germany's key cultural centres.

The Dresden Elbe Valley is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site and the city's art collections have been an important reference for central European developments in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The exhibition opens on March 8 at the Hyogo Prefectural Museum in Kobe and runs until May 22, before moving from June 28 to September 19 to the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo. -- DPA