Tragedy and Hope of a European City
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DRESDEN 1945 focusses on the themes of war and destruction as a result of the devastating air strikes on Dresden in February 1945. The scenery of the destroyed city as it looked directly after the bombing stretches out from the Town Hall Tower. Flames and columns of smoke can still be seen in many of the countless ruined houses. Victims as well as survivors covered with layers of ash who sought refuge during the catastrophe are discernible amidst the apocalyptic, dystopian landscape.
Along with a number of other European cities that were destroyed in the Second World War, Dresden has become a global symbol of the annihilation of war. Asisi also deals with the fatal consequences of the war in countries outside of Germany. A photo series displayed across 16 columns in the Panorama room depicts the devastation of European cities such as Rotterdam, Coventry, Stalingrad and Warsaw in 1945 following German attacks.
The Panorama is intended as a reminder of those who survived and of the movement against militarism, fascism, nationalism and retaliation. Addressing the idea of hope, Asisi has also created an accompanying exhibition outlining humanity’s perpetual will to survive, which emerges after every destruction and can today be seen in the rebuilt city of Dresden. Asisi also views Dresden’s history as allegorical: development and destruction, splendour and demise, high culture and the dark depths of human nature are opposing themes that apply across the world.
Since 2015 alternating with BAROQUE DRESDEN
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.