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Power and Fashion

On the Way to Electoral Power
The Electoral Wardrobe

Two new permanent exhibitions at the Renaissance Wing at Residenzschloss Dresden

The Renaissance Wing of the Dresden Residenzschloss (Royal Palace) is home to the new permanent exhibitions of the Rüstkammer (Armoury): On the Way to Electoral Power and The Electoral Wardrobe opened on 9 April 2017, as well as World View and Knowledge around 1600, which already opened in 2016.


The Residenzschloss (Royal Palace) in the heart of the Old Town is the place of origin and the centre of the Dresden State Art Collections. It was the permanent residence of the Saxon rulers from the year 1485 onwards and therefore the centre of power of the Saxon Prince-Electors and kings. The Residenzschloss was severely damaged during the bombing raids on Dresden in February 1945. The rebuilding of the Residenzschloss, which was begun in 1985, has been ongoing since German reunification in 1990 with funds from the Free State of Saxony and the German Federal Government. Its completion as a Monument of History and “Residence of Art and Science”, i.e. as a museum building complex of the Dresden State Art Collections, will take a further step forward with the opening of the Renaissance Wing in 2017. Original discoveries from the 16th century are still available in this part of the palace. In the East and North Wings, the new opening of a modern exhibition architecture by the Dresden-based architect Peter Kulka – carefully designed to match the historic conditions – means that the most beautiful Renaissance collections of the Rüstkammer (Armoury) will be on display: ceremonial weapons, paintings of the Prince-Electors and ceremonial clothing owned by the Prince-Electors of Saxony.

On the Way to Electoral Power

The exhibition illustrates the development of the House of Wettin up to the winning of the Electorship and the reign ...more

The Electoral Wardrobe

The exhibition highlights the magnificent fashion of the Renaissance and early baroque with original wardrobe ...more