State Art Collections Dresden

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As Staatliche Kunstsammlungen in to Dresden a number of mostly world-famous museums with great thematic breadth called. They are owned by the Free State of Saxony and subordinate to the Saxon Ministry for Science and Art .

The museums of the State Art Collections are spread over several buildings in Dresden. In addition to the Residenzschloss with five and the Zwinger with three museums, the Albertinum , Pillnitz Castle , the Japanese Palace and the Jägerhof are also exhibition venues. The State Ethnographic Collections of Saxony , which also belong to the State Art Collections, are located in Dresden, Leipzig and Herrnhut .


The oldest forerunner of today's collection is the Kunstkammer , founded in 1560 by the Saxon electors , which also contained pieces from today's State Natural History Collections . A significant artistic development took place at the time of August the Strong and his successor August III. There were also significant changes in the inventory in the 20th century, especially during the Nazi era and due to confiscations after 1945. Large parts of the collection returned to Dresden between 1955 and 1958. With the statute of 1957, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden received their name and, as a legal entity, were subordinate to the City Council of Dresden.

The museum association has been organized as a state enterprise since 2009. The association is structured today in fifteen independently run museums, the general management, an administration, central service areas and other institutions and facilities.

In 2019, around 2.4 million guests visited the art collections.

In 2012, one third of the total budget of 40 million euros was paid for by entrance fees. The state of Saxony paid half of the costs .

Since 2018, admission to one of their museums has been free on Sundays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.


View into the armory

The State Art Collections are subdivided into fifteen museums according to collection areas. Individual collections are also exhibited in separately accessible rooms, such as the Green Vault and the Armory.

Galleries, art museums and collections

Folk and ethnological museums / ethnological museums

The art library in the Residenzschloss , the art fund and the Gerhard Richter archive in the Albertinum are also part of the network. In addition, the Saxon State Office for Museums , based in Chemnitz, is affiliated with the Dresden State Art Collections.


The fifteen museums of the State Art Collections are spread across six buildings, all of which, with the exception of Pillnitz Castle, are located in the historic center of Dresden. Two other locations of the State Ethnographic Collections of Saxony are in Leipzig and Herrnhut.

In the Residenzschloss there are the historic and the new green vaults, the coin cabinet, the copperplate cabinet and the armory with the Türckische Cammer.

The Zwinger houses the Old Masters Picture Gallery, the Dresden Porcelain Collection and the Mathematical-Physical Salon.

The Albertinum houses the New Masters Gallery and the Sculpture Collection.

The Kunstgewerbemuseum is located in Pillnitz Castle , the Museum für Völkerkunde Dresden in the Japanese Palace and the Museum of Saxon Folk Art with the puppet theater collection in the Jägerhof .

The art hall in the Lipsius building shows changing art exhibitions by contemporary painters.


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Around 90 works from the State Art Collections are among the exhibits in Dresden museums, which are depicted on postage stamps of the German Post Office of the GDR .

The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden were included in the Blue Book published in 2001. This is a list of nationally important cultural institutions in East Germany and currently includes 20 so-called cultural lighthouses . In the list sorted by importance, the art collections are in second place after the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg .

The Daphne software has been used to manage the collections since 2006 .

To mark the 450th anniversary of the founding of the collections by Elector August , an exhibition with the title 450 Years of the Future took place in the Dresden Residenzschloss in 2010 .

The Science Council evaluated the Dresden State Art Collections at meetings in Berlin from January 22 to 24, 2014 , and a statement on science policy was published.


  • State Art Collections Dresden. Documentary, Germany, 2010, 29:30 min., Script and direction: Ute Hoffarth, production: SWR , 3sat , first broadcast: November 7, 2010, series: Museums-Check with Markus Brock .

Web links

Commons : Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden  - Album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Order on the statute of the "Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden" from February 25, 1957 (Journal of Laws of II p. 125)
  2. ↑ Rush of visitors to the art collections . In: Saxon newspaper . December 30, 2019.
  3. Heinrich Löbbers: intoxication and ecstasy in the Royal Palace . In: Saxon newspaper . May 7, 2013 ( paid online [accessed May 7, 2013]).
  4. Admission is free from three
  5. SKD silver weapons hall (accessed January 27, 2019)
  6. Marion Ackermann becomes the new general director of the Dresden State Art Collections . In: Der Tagesspiegel . April 21, 2016 ( [1] [accessed April 22, 2016]).
  7. ^ Staatliche Kunstsammlung Dresden ( Memento from September 19, 2012 in the Internet Archive )
  8. SKD press release of January 27, 2014 ( Memento of February 1, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
  9. Press release No. 5 of the Science Council of January 27, 2014