The sixtina receives again. "It’s rare to be alone here," a visitor says happily. She sits in the red-walled room of the old masters painting gallery in dresden almost reverently in front of the famous altarpiece by the italian renaissance painter raffael.
After a long period of forced abstinence from the corona, art lovers are once again drawn to the sacred halls of art, as the mighty wing of the semperbau at the zwinger opens its doors to the public for the first time on tuesday – after a good seven weeks of closure. Senior citizens, young women with children and students wait outside the entrance, and are admitted at a distance.
With masterpieces by italian, dutch, flemish and german painters, the dresden painting gallery is one of the world’s most important collections of its kind. The semperbau recently became the home of sculptures up to 1800 from the state art collections (SKD), to which the museum belongs. It is one of the main attractions of the association of 15 houses and marks the beginning of a gradual return to normality. The exhibition building of the 19. The museum of the twentieth century was only reopened at the end of february, after seven years of renovation and refurnishing – and closed again just two weeks later because of corona.
"Finally," says general director marion ackermann and is pleased with the response. By the afternoon, a total of 337 visitors had come; according to the corona protection regulations, a maximum of 200 at a time were allowed to roam through the rooms and halls, as an SKD spokesman reports. In the world of prominent museums, the SKD is one of the first to end the lockdown step by step.
Christian (70) and cornelia (68) from niederwiesa near freiberg are the first to enter and are pretty excited. "We missed it," they say in unison. The retired couple is especially excited about the "new" order in the rooms. They quickly put on their masks made of traditional blueprint fabric – a burial prasent of the SKD.
The head of the SKD with her daughter ada also has to wait in the stairwell a short time later. "Otherwise, there are too many people in the room," says a supervisor in a friendly manner. One visitor per 20 square meters of exhibition space, a minimum distance of 1.50 meters and mouth-nose protection as a duty are the rules for the museum visit possible in the corona pandemic since monday. "The people are really reasonable and understanding," says a security guard.
The limited access allows an undisturbed view of the masterpieces from the sculpture hall to the german hall. The tour, marked with signs and stickers on the floor, leads in only one direction through the sculpture hall past michelangelos in the stairwell to the most prominent dresden masterpiece: raffael’s sistine madonna. It "receives" in company of correggio and contemporaries.
To their counterpart in the east hall, rembrandt’s "ganymede in the eagle’s snares", it goes through further side rooms into the 2. Upper floor. There, two women look at the bellotto vedute and discuss the famous "canaletto view" of 18th century dresden. Century. "Wonderful, wonderful!", says the couple from niederwiesa inspired, who also arrived at the picture "dresden from the right bank of the elbe below the augustus bridge.
The art collections, a magnet for international tourism, are now gradually opening up more of their houses and thus their originals to the public. Museum activity is also picking up again in other federal states. So berlin’s famous state museums face a slow reopening in the corona crisis. The first houses want to open on 12. May their doors cautiously reopen. On museum island, the old national gallery, the old museum and the pergamon panorama will first allow a long-closed view of their exhibitions. At the cultural forum, the painting collection is open again. In bavaria, after the forced break of several weeks, museums, galleries, exhibitions and memorials will be allowed to reopen next monday.