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07 November 2019The "New" Berlin and Dresden Art and Architecture

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The "New" Berlin and Dresden Art and Architecture Eveline Eaton Thursday 07 November 2019

After unification of East and West in 1989, the formerly battered and divided city has miraculously risen like a “phoenix from the ashes” to become one again the German capital and a veritable cultural treasure-trove. Everywhere in Berlin, spectacular buildings are being erected, designed by leading architects from all over the world … Sir Norman Foster’s new Reichstag is only one of many famous examples. Rich art-collections are presented all over the ‘new’ and ‘old’ Berlin in splendid museums and historic palaces. The talk will be infused with “Berliner Luft”, that typical Berlin-atmosphere that the lecturer can add as a born-and-bred native of the metropolis!

The city of Dresden celebrated its 800th anniversary in 2006. Renowned as the ‘Florence of the North’, its eighteenth century buildings have been faithfully restored. The famous Green Vaults display an array of dazzling artefacts. The Old and New Masters Picture-Galleries are among the finest in Europe. Superb Oriental and Meissen porcelain is on view in the historic Zwinger Palace, a jewel of Rococo architecture. Not far from Dresden, we shall also look at the charming town of Meissen and its famous factory as well as the Saxon rulers’ hunting-lodge at Moritzburg and the Decorative Arts Museum at Pillnitz on the Elbe.

Eveline Eaton BA Hons is a freelance lecturer in Fine Arts and a tour-guide to Berlin, Dresden, Munich. She is chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dresden Trust.

 

All Special Interest Days are held in the Dinant Room at the Spotlight Theatre starting at 10.30am and finishing at approximately 3.30pm.

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