Die SKD are profoundly
The SKD are profoundly convinced that the arts are capable of building bridges, through cultural diplomacy, even where politics fails. The exhibition “Dreams of Freedom. Romanticism in Russia and Germany”, which was held in Moscow and Dresden and attracted great public interest, proved that it is possible, even in difficult times, to implement projects that deepen our knowledge of one another’s culture and so enhance our mutual understanding. In particular in countries where democracy is under threat, this cultural commitment seems to us extremely important.
The SKD are in direct contact with representatives of state museums and private art institutions in Ukraine and have offered them support in protecting their art treasures. To further accelerate these efforts, the SKD are currently working to set up a digital hub that will facilitate coordination and exchange of information with Ukrainian institutions and colleagues. We shall be making this centre available to all interested parties.
Further increasing the visibility of our close cultural and historical links with Ukraine is a common resolution for this year and those that follow. This intention will be anchored in extensive, in-depth insights into the magnificent artistic and cultural traditions of East-Central Europe, and will take the form of various special exhibitions, seminars and conferences, artist residencies, and exchange programs for curators and other museum professionals. It is in the very best interest of the SKD to intensify our collaboration with the art and museum scene most especially in Ukraine, but also in other countries in East-Central Europe.
Marion Ackermann, Director General of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, 01.03.2022