Reopening of Old Masters Picture Gallery in Dresden

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After seven years of part-closure and extensive renovation work, Dresden’s Old Masters Picture Gallery will officially reopen to visitors on 29 February – including a special late-night opening on 28 February and free admission until 1 March.

Word famous art in new splendour

Located in the Semper building gallery wing of Dresden’s Zwinger palace, the Old Masters Picture Gallery offers visitors a unique experience of European art history, as the collection, going back to the Saxon electors, includes key works for each era. The completely redesigned permanent exhibition will emphasise this by presenting paintings according to geographical origin and school, while also highlighting important themes of each period. World famous masterpieces, such as Raphael’s “Sistine Madonna”, Rembrandt‘s “Ganymede” and the views of Dresden by Bernardo Bellotto, will function as focal points, emphasising the unique status and significance of these painters and their works for European art history.

Alongside modernising the building, more than 20 of the collection’s masterpieces were renovated, plus the exhibition will feature new multimedia display formats. The museum will also for the first time integrate the Dresden State Art Collection’s Sculpture Collection, showcasing exquisite sculptures from antiquity to 1800. This enhanced set-up will reveal the mutual influences of painting and sculpture as well as underline the importance of antique sculpture for Renaissance and Baroque painting. During the opening week until 5 March, visitors can expect a range of special events and guided tours.

Info reopening of Old Masters Picture Gallery:
Late night opening on Fri, 28 February from 10 pm to 2 am, Sat & Sun, 29 Feb & 1 March, 10 am to 6 pm; free admission from 28 Feb to 1 March with a limited number of timed tickets, tickets available from 12 Feb at the museum’s ticket office and remaining tickets on the day.

Getting there:
Direct Ryanair flight from London to Dresden.
All major airlines to Berlin or Frankfurt with onward rail connections.

Semperbau building, home of Old Masters Picture Gallery and Sculpture Collection until 1800