Dresden, Saxony, Germany, is known as ‘Florence on the Elbe’. Although it was destroyed in the 20th century, it has never lost its royal heritage and cultural heritage. Since the beginning of the century, its artistic goddess has a lot of beauty, and its precision technology has come out on top; the princely aristocracy has been turbulent on its land, and music and literature have lived in its embrace. Even the Elbe River, which rushes down, deliberately folds its waist, and sings the chant of nature for it with its wide river beach and gentle current.
Dresden Author: Pang Serena
18th-century medical scientist and author Daniel Triller (1695-1782) wrote:
It’s really dazzling,
Solomon once said.
Ah, if this Dresden
Can be seen by him!
Looking around Dresden from the top of the cross church, people see countless architectural treasures on the right side of the Elbe. These include the new town hall tower, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Bruhl platform, the Semper Opera House, the Holy Trinity. The building complex including the Church of One, the Dresden Palace, the Zwinger Palace, the court church, and the Green Dome Treasure Hall, is a collection of Renaissance, Baroque, and Classicist styles; the Baroque area on the left side of the river bank is elegant Noble, serene and peaceful, the streets filled with galleries and antique shops are filled with fascinating artistic atmosphere. This new city area, which was not much damaged in the Dresden bombing, suddenly became an actual old city.
Dresden Author: Pang Serena
Think of historical figures. Outside of music and art writers such as Wagner, Sempa, and Erich Kestner, and precision instrumentalists such as Gutkes and Lange, people always think of the princes and nobles of the Saxon Wetting dynasty . Among them, the ‘Power King’ August II (1670-1733) will undoubtedly come to mind first. After all, this mighty, Saxony electorate with many titles in his lifetime left too much cultural heritage for Dresden. He has a royal collection in his lifetime, from paintings to precision instruments, and is still a Dresden treasure unmatched in other cities. His fascinating complex of Chinese porcelain made him buy Chinese porcelain madly. By 1700, the emperor already had more than 35,000 pieces of fine and expensive Chinese porcelain. Not only that, this obsession also gave him a clever idea, and he decided to send someone to develop European porcelain. A few years later, his royal alchemist Johann Friedrich Boettger (1682-1719) was in Albrechtsburg, the famous Meissen suburb outside Dresden. In the castle, Meissen white porcelain was successfully burned with local kaolin. Since then, Meissen in Saxony has become the capital of German porcelain.
As the capital of the Free State of Saxony, the beautiful Dresden is always love at first sight. This indispensable political, economic and cultural center of eastern Germany, with its unique temperament, its courteous and courteous endowment, its gentle and unrestrained spirit, effortlessly fascinates every passer-by. In the Sorbian Sorbian language, Dresden means ‘the inhabitants of the forest by the river’, which shows the natural beauty of the Elbe Valley with its beautiful grass and fertilizer.
In the 19th century, Dresden was popular as the capital of the Saxony Kingdom. By the beginning of the 20th century, it suddenly became a lively metropolis with nearly 400,000 residents. It is not only a trading place for art and antiques from various countries, but also an eye-catching industrial manufacturing center, which has witnessed miracles created in the fields of watchmaking, camera lenses and food and medicine. Well-known brands such as Lange watches and Zeiss lenses came into being at that time.
But the 20th century is an eventful one. Before the end of World War II, Dresden suffered a devastating disaster. Bombs turned past glory into ashes, and iconic buildings such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, Zwinger Palace, and Semper Opera House were all spared. What remains is the painful lesson in the ruins.
In 1990, Germany and Germany were unified. Dresden was reborn and bathed in the glory of peaceful development. Its watch manufacturing, automotive industry, scientific research and innovative design have begun to lead the world. Lange opened a specialty store in the city center. The Porsche factory and the Volkswagen Phaeton glass factory settled here. Educational institutions such as the University of Technology and the Design Institute have allowed a large number of young blood to start businesses here. With the increasing number of sunrise companies, Dresden has become a veritable ‘German Silicon Valley’ with its innovative spirit of advancing with the times.
The old buildings in Dresden have also been gradually renovated. The restored royal art collections, such as the Ancient Masters Gallery, Modern Masters Gallery, Royal Treasure Hall, Porcelain Hall, and Mathematical Physics Salon, make visitors linger. Previously, the Semper Opera House also completed the restoration work in 1985 with the efforts of the former East German government.
Dresden Author: Pang Serena
In 2005, the landmark Notre Dame Cathedral in Dresden, after 13 years of reconstruction, finally stood up again, and the light was again shining. Its new brick and old tile black and white exterior wall, and the source of the golden holy cross on the top of its tower are all intriguing stories.
Photographer Xiaowei Wei’s shooting in Germany was initiated by the watchmaking brand Lange from Saxony, Germany. From Dresden to Leipzig, from Chemnitz to Glashütte, after more than a month, Wu Xiaowei traveled throughout Saxony. From the calm perspective of onlookers, he took thousands of breathtaking works on Saxony’s nature, history, humanities, business traditions and characters. In these works, the valley greenery and sandstone wonders bring Saxony’s unique geographical environment. Sandstone architecture records the history of Saxony’s breathlessness, while the artisans who created with the mind, soul and hands show Saxony’s pride. Handicraft tradition. The representative works shot this time will be exhibited in the National Art Museum of China from April 24th to May 3rd in the name of ‘Saxony: Home of German Superb Craftsmanship-Wu Xiaowei Photography Exhibition’. The exhibition is hosted by Guangming Daily and curated by Mr. Fan Di’an, Dean of the Central Academy of Fine Arts.
‘Saxony: The Home of German Craftsmanship-Wu Xiaowei Photography Exhibition’
Date: April 24 to May 3, 2016 (closed days: April 25, April 30)
Venue: Halls 13-17 on the third floor of the National Art Museum of China
Address: No. 1 Wusi Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Opening hours: 9: 00-17: 00 (closed at 16:00)