August der Starke, dunkel angemalt, in Gewand und mit Federschmuck auf dem Kopf
© SKD, Foto: Boswank

Global Player

Within the framework of the exhibitions under the joint title Dresden • Europe • World, the presentation "Global Player" in the Studiolo is dedicated to Saxony's interconnections with the world. Selected objects are deployed to explore the trans-cultural interrelations that are found even as early as in the art of the 16th century.

  • DATES 03/03/2017—05/06/2017

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Starting from the central object of the presentation, a 17th century globe, it is possible to reveal the most diverse transfer processes; these offer the visitor surprising discoveries. Exotic materials such as ostrich eggs were successfully worked into artistic vessels at the Saxon Court. Not only do they represent a material transfer; a transformation of iconography can also be identified.

The sketch for a costume for "August the Strong as Chief of the Africans" is, in turn, not only an example of the festive culture at the prince-electoral court of the early modern period, but also an indicator for the perception and acquisition of foreign items.

August der Starke, dunkel angemalt, in Gewand und mit Federschmuck auf dem Kopf
© SKD, Foto: Boswank
Unbekannt, August der Starke als Chef der Afrikaner, 1709 Entwurf zur Afrikaner-Quadrille: August der Starke als Chef der Afrikaner, Feder und Pinsel in Wasser- und Deckfarben, Gold über Graphit; 46,4 x 27,7 cm, Kupferstich-Kabinett

The fact that this interplay was never a one-sided process is made clear from the example of the export of linen from Saxony: it was used as a trade commodity in the transatlantic slave trade as far as West Africa and the Caribbean. Overall, the presentation opens up a wide panorama of transfer processes that demonstrate the interconnection of Dresden with the world during the early modern period.

 

 

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Museum and Research Foundation

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