[AIW] "The Power of Giving", Dresden/Germany & U’mista Cultural Centre, Alert Bay, BC/Canada , May 7 - August 28, 2011

AIW - Bartl bartl at american-indian-workshop.org
Thu Feb 3 17:48:49 CET 2011



The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (Dresden State Art Collections, SKD) would like to introduce an upcoming unique exhibition project entitled: “The Power of Giving” in collaboration with the U’mista Cultural Centre located in Alert Bay, British Columbia, Canada. This German-Canadian exhibition project will be the first of its kind in the world.  The simultaneous exhibitions will examine, compare, and contrast the role of the gift within two very different cultures. We at the SKD are excited for this unique collaboration and hope you can help us by spreading interest among your clients and business partners. We would also like to know if you would wish to have a link of the SKD on your website and if you would like us to send further information. We are looking forward to working with North American partners on this project and on possible future projects as well. 

The unique collection of stunning masks from the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nation will be on display for the first time outside of Canada in the Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau, located in Dresden, Germany. These remarkable objects are used in the ritual dances and rites of the Potlatch, a traditional ceremony marking political, economic, spiritual, and social matters for individuals, family units, and communities. This collection cannot be compared another collection of potlatch masks and regalia in the world. The exhibition will be on display under the title “The Power of Giving: The Potlatch in the Kwakwaka’wakw Big House from the Canadian Northwest Coast” and will be on display in Dresden from May 7th to August 28th, 2011.

In exchange, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD) will be sending an exhibition of extremely valuable gifts from the courts of the Saxony princes to Canada. These valuable items attest to the lavish celebrations of the historic Dresden courts. Artifacts to be exhibited include technical equipment from the Kunstkammer (Art Cabinet), ceremonial weapons and tournament equipment from the Rüstkammer (Armoury), and vessels and figurines from the Grünes Gewölbe (Green Vault) and Porzellansammlung (Porcelain Collection).The objects will be presented in an exhibition titled “The Power of Giving: Gifts in the Saxon Rulers’ Court in Dresden and the Kwakwaka’wakw Big House” in Alert Bay, BC, Canada from April 21st to August 28th.  This will be the first time objects from the Grünes Gewölbe (Green Vault) will be exhibited in Canada. 


If you have any further questions or you wish to request further information, please do not hesitate to contact us:


The Power of Giving: The Potlatch in the Kwakwaka’wakw Big House from the Canadian Northwest Coast 

May 7th to August 21st, 2011

Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau Dresden, Germany

Open Daily: 10 A.M. to 6 P.M., closed on Monday
Taschenberg 2 
01067 Dresden 


Tel. + 49 (0)351 4914 2361

Fax + 49 (0)351 4914 2800

 <mailto:rachel.goldstein at skd.museum> rachel.goldstein at skd.museum

 <http://www.skd.museum/> www.skd.museum 


The Power of Giving: Gifts in the Saxon Rulers’ Court in Dresden and the Kwakwaka’wakw Big House

April 22nd to August 28th,2011

U’mista Cultural Centre, Alert Bay, British Columbia, Canada 

Winter Hours through to Victoria Day (May 23, 2011): Tuesday – Saturday: 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.

Summer Hours after Victoria Day (May 24, 2011): Open Daily: 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.

U'mista Cultural Society
#1 Front Street
PO Box 253
Alert Bay, British Columbia
Canada VON 1A0
Tel: (250) 974 - 5403
Fax: (250) 974 - 5499
Toll-Free: 1-800-690-8222


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