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In the Year of Infinite Opportunities: The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden in India

“Germany and India: Infinite Opportunities” is the motto of the program of the year of Germany in India, which has been running since the end of September 2011 and was initiated by the German Federal Foreign Office. Until the fall of 2012, a series of events around the theme “Stadträume – CitySpaces” is taking place across the country. It is a chance for the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD) to deepen already existing relations to India further and to extend these by new facets.

In the area of exhibitions, the SKD participate with the project “Sightseeing Trip”, a show of artworks by the Dresden artist Eberhard Havekost (*1967), which will be on view in Mumbai from February 2012 and in the South Indian city of Kochi from April 2012. The selected paintings and graphics deal with the subject of the city substantially. The urban environment for Havekost is a central space for life and experiences: Here, he finds motifs and situations, in which the urban Lebenswelt of an aspiring consumer society is phenotypically mirrored.

Next to the artistic examination with the central subjects of the year of Germany in India, the SKD also support the theoretic discourse on the relation between cultural institutions and its surrounding cities. An innovative series of events was herewith developed, which will connect an expert conference with a youth congress and which will compile creative ideas and recommend courses of action. With the support of the Robert Bosch Foundation, two conferences carrying the title “Urban Changes and Culture” will take place simultaneously in Calcutta in February 2012. There will be a youth conference inviting 30 adolescents from India, Germany and other countries to participate in discussions and workshops as well as a conference that will unite inter-

nationally renowned experts from diverse scientific and cultural political backgrounds to debate the role of cultural institutions in changing urban environments from a professional perspective. In the end, results of both events are presented to the public in a shared round table discussion.

Next to the named initiatives, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden together with the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the Indian INTACH organisation (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage) and the Goethe Institute Calcutta wish to establish a long-term research exchange on questions of restoration and conservation of cultural possessions. German and Indian experts are to be given the opportunity to talk with each other and learn from the others.

“The reception of Indian culture and art is mirrored in the holdings of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. Johann Melchior Dinglinger’s Court of the Grand Mogul Aureng-Zeb in New Delhi from the 18th century, created for August the Strong, impressively shows how great the fascination of Indian culture was for German rulers. Even in the holdings of the Kupferstich-Kabinett one can find references to India in form of several Indian miniatures. Based on the tradition, it is obvious that the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden contribute to the cultural exchange with India. A fact that becomes even more important in view of the rapid economic and political importance of this country,” says Prof. Dr. Dirk Syndram, provisional director general of the SKD and director of the Grünes Gewölbe and the Rüstkammer, about the participation of the museum institution in the year of Germany in India.

For more information on the year of Germany in India please visit the official website:

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