Diversity is our strength

The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD) are a museum complex with an international profile, comprising altogether fifteen museums.

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I am fascinated by the collection's profound, historical dimension, which ranges from the Old Masters to Gerhard Richter. I am tempted by the dialogue between fine and applied arts suggested by the broad-based collections, which enjoy such a long and prolific history here in Saxony.

Aufnahme von Prof. Dr. Marion Ackermann
© SKD, Foto: Oliver Killig
Prof. Dr. Marion Ackermann, Generaldirektorin

Museums and Institutions

The museums show their treasures at their different locations, some housed in world-renowned, painstakingly reconstructed historical buildings: They are the Green Vault, the Cabinet of Prints, Drawings and Photographs, the Coin Cabinet and the Armoury in Dresden’s Royal Palace; the Porcelain Collection, the Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments and the Old Masters Picture Gallery in the Semper Building at the Zwinger; the Sculpture Collection with exhibitions in the Semper Building at the Zwinger and at the Albertinum, as a part of the presentation of Romantic to contemporary art; the Saxon Folk Art Museum with Puppet Theatre Collection in the Jägerhof; the Museum of Decorative Arts in Pillnitz and last but not least the GRASSI Ethnographical Museum in Leipzig, the Ethnographical Museum Dresden and the Ethnographical Museum in Herrnhut. In 2016, art collector Egidio Marzona donated the Archiv der Avantgarden, an archive of 20th-century avant-garde art, to the SKD. Dresden’s Art Library, the Art Fund, the Gerhard Richter Archive and the Saxon State Office for Museum Affairs form further parts of the museum network.

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The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden are governed by an Executive Board. This board consists of the Director of the SKD, the Director of Finance, and up to three Deputy Directors appointed by the Director of the SKD. The Board of Trustees advises and oversees the work of the Executive Board. The Board of Trustees consists of twelve members, who are appointed and dismissed by the Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst. The board is made up of representatives from Saxony’s executive civil administration; individuals from the fields of culture, science, and commerce; and an employees’ representative. The Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst also appoints the members of the Scholarly Advisory Council to four-year terms. This body advises the SKD regarding fundamental scholarly issues.

Portrait von Dirk Burghardt
© SKD, Foto: Jürgen Loesel
Dirk Burghardt, Kaufmännischer Direktor

History Then and Now

“State of the Art since 1560”: This was the motto of the celebrations surrounding the 450th anniversary of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD) in 2010.

The history of our collections

Der berühmte Canaletto-Blick als Kupferstich. Dresden mit prominenter Hofkirche und Frauenkirche ist vom rechten Elbufer unterhalb der Augustusbrücke zu sehen.
© SKD, Foto: Renate Schurz

Our directors

Portrait von Hilke Wagner
Portrait von Dr. Stephan Koja
Portrait von Prof. Dr. Dirk Syndram
Portrait von Dr. Stephanie Buck
Portrait von Tulga Beyerle
Portrait von Dr. Julia Weber
Portrait von Dr. Peter Plaßmeyer
Portrait von Dr. Rainer Grund
Portrait von Nanette Jacomijn Snoep
Portrait von Dr. Igor Jenzen
Portrait von Silke Wagler
Portrait von Dr. Dietmar Elger
Portrait von Dr. Elisabeth Häger-Weigel
Portrait einer Frau

Become part of our team

 

To fulfill our diverse tasks, the SKD employ numerous professional groups. In highly commited teams, researchers, restorers, museologists, depot administrators, librarians, administrative employees and other employees are working together. 

 

Current vacancies

Media Library

Find out more about our permanent and special exhibitions through our exhibition movies

Tune in to our media library

Vintage TV
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Browse through our world of art

The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden offer you a wide range of different publications - from magnificent picture books to scientific publications

Annual reports

Publications

Bücher im Bücherregal
© SKD

Linked Worldwide

The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD) has a presence not only in Dresden, Leipzig, Herrnhut and other places in Germany where it presents temporary exhibitions; rather the network of fourteen institutions has active ties around the world.

 Our cooperations

Kinder zeigen auf einen Globus
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