Myth of the Royal City of Saxony
Tickets EUR 4 – 11.50
From 13 June 2020
Open Mon – Fri from 10 am to 5 pm
Sat, Sun, public holidays from 10 am to 6 pm
Panorama and exhibition are closed until further notice due to the current pandemic situation. For current information on tickets and your visit to the exhibition, please visit:
The Panorama depicts the period of the Polish-Saxon Union in Dresden from 1697 – 1763. Under Augustus II the Strong and his son, the Dresden Court (‘Dresdner Hof’) became the centre of an unprecedented world of luxury and artistic innovation in Saxony. Visitors can look out from the tower of the Dresden Cathedral across plazas and narrow streets to the Dresden Castle and Zwinger palace, over churches and manors to the Neustadt. Situated in a valley along the Elbe, the cityscape neighboured by Meissen to the north and Pillnitz to the south has often been compared to Florence, lending it the name the ‘Florence of the Elbe’.
The exhibition is based on drawings of Dresden by Bernardo Bellotto (also known as Canaletto) dating from the middle of the 18th century. The Panorama unveils an image of the city distinguished by Renaissance and Baroque architecture, where except for a few large structures, many buildings around 1750 continued to be influenced by the Renaissance, a trend that only changed after the destruction during the Siege of Dresden in 1763.
The scenery illustrates the pulsing spirit of the era. Displays of historical figures like Tsar Peter the Great, Johann Sebastian Bach and Casanova give a sense of the cultural setting of the time, while the day-to-day life of the city comes alive thanks to sedan bearers on the streets, market women at their booths and jesters on the plaza.
The accompanying exhibition features an introduction to the Baroque period. For Yadegar Asisi, the history of Dresden represents Europe as a whole; the dynamic connections and cultural and economic relationships that criss-cross through the continent.
2006 – 2011
2012 – 2015
Since 2015 alternating with DRESDEN 1945
An accompanying book about Dresden’s history and the two panoramas – BAROQUE DRESDEN and DRESDEN 1945. The illustrated essays, articles and interviews delve into Yadegar Asisi’s concept.
Since the pilot project, the panorama EVEREST, Yadegar Asisi has been working with the composer Eric Babak. The pianist and composer, born in Brussels and now living in London, started playing piano at the tender age of five years. Today, he is one of the most played composers in Europe. He has composed the music especially and exclusively for all the previous Asisi panoramas.
A major integral part of Eric Babak's work consists of harmonising the music in situ in the large Panorama room with the 360° image and the lighting in its day/night rhythm. For the general musical theme Babak develops for the panorama, individual scenes from the image are musically highlighted and acoustically assigned to the corresponding positions in the image. The productions with big orchestras and choirs in combination with everyday noises all enable the special atmosphere of the individual topic with its constant changes to be heard and experienced.