Public lecture by Dr. Martin Schawe

During the ongoing Museum Year Kumu Art Museum presents famous European art museums’ collections.

Public lecture “Early German and Dutch painting (1350–1550) in the collection of Alte Pinakothek” by Dr. Martin Schawe, the curator of Alte Pinakothek – Bavarian State Picture Collections on 25 September at Kumu auditorium at 4 pm. The lecture is in German and is translated into Estonian. Free of charge.

The Alte Pinakothek houses one of the world’s most important collections. On display are more than 800 paintings, among them numerous well-known masterpieces of 14th to 18th Century European painting.

An exquisite collection of early Dutch painting including works by Rogier van der Weyden and Dieric Bouts can be found in close proximity to early German painting. This section includes Albrecht Dürer’s famous “Self Portrait” of 1500 and his “Four Apostles,” as well as masterpieces by Michael Pacher, Albrecht Altdorfer und Lucas Cranach. The scope and quality of Munich’s Flemish art collection, which includes works by Rubens, Van Dyck and Jordaens, makes it unique. The museums holdings also include the “Canigiani Holy Family,” which was the first painting by Raphael to be brought to Germany. The Alte Pinakothek also boasts masterpieces by Titian and Tintoretto, Rembrandt and Frans Hals, Murillo and Velasquez, Chardin and Boucher.

Public lecture “The history, the present day and the plans for the future of the State Art Collections of Dresden”, by Prof. Dr. Martin Roth, the managing director of the State Art Collections of Dresden, on November 2 at Kumu auditorium at 5 pm. The lecture is in German and is translated into Estonian.

Free of charge.

The Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden (Dresden State Art Collections) are among the most important museums presently in existence. With our altogether eleven museum institutions, we offer a thematic diversity that is unparalleled anywhere in the world.

In addition to the masterpieces of world-famous painters of the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries in the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Masters Picture Gallery), visitors can admire the outstanding inventory of the Porzellansammlung (Porcelain Collection) as well as historical timepieces and scientific instruments of three centuries in the Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon . The jewels and precious objects of Europe’s most magnificent treasure chamber museum (Grünes Gewölbe) along with the everyday and luxury articles of the Saxon Court now on view in the Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts) take visitors on a vivid journey through a rich history. The weapons and costume displays of the Rüstkammer (Armoury), the Münzkabinett (Coin Cabinet) with its badges and medals commemorating events of importance in local history, as well as an exhibition of regional folk art (Museum für Sächsische Volkskunst mit Puppentheatersammlung) round out the overview of Dresden’s and Saxony’s fascinating past.

The Skulpturensammlung (Sculpture Collection) and the

Kupferstich-Kabinett (Collection of Prints, Drawings and Photographs) transport visitors to more remote times and places, borne by objects ranging in date from the early cultures to the very present. With its superb works of the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries, the Galerie Neue Meister (New Masters Gallery) makes the unique experience of art offered by the city of Dresden complete.

Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister

(Old Masters Picture Gallery)

The world renown of the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Masters Picture Gallery) in Dresden is founded in its outstanding collection of high-ranking masterpieces. Among the primary focuses of its holdings are Italian painting of the Renaissance – as exemplified by major works of Raphael, Giorgione and Titian – as well as works in the Mannerist and Baroque styles. Of equal significance is the inventory of Dutch and Flemish paintings of the seventeenth century. Not only are Rembrandt and his followers represented with a large number of works of superb quality, but the collection also comprises paintings by Vermeer and Ruysdael and the great Flemish artists Rubens, Jordaens and Van Dyck.

The gallery moreover presents major works of Old German and Old Dutch painting by artists such as Jan van Eyck, Dürer, Cranach and Holbein. Splendid paintings by Spanish and French artists of the seventeenth century – among them Ribera and Murillo, Poussin and Lorrain – are also to be found in the collection.

In addition to the quality of the holdings, the spacious setting provided by the Semper Building as well as its magnificent furnishings meet the highest standards of excellence. Hundreds of thousands of art admirers are drawn to this picture gallery every year.

Supported by Goethe Institute