Werkzeuge mit Elfenbeingriffen, um 1550–1600
© Rüstkammer, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Foto: Jürgen Lösel


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Monica Bonvicini and the tools of Elector August of Saxony

Dialogue with the Schenkung Sammlung Hoffmann

This hammer has nothing in common with the profane article of daily use which, at first glance, we think we recognize in it. On the contrary: It is devoid of any use. With her Leather Hammer # 1, enveloped in the finest glove leather, the Italian artist Monica Bonvicini produced a highly aesthetic and sensuous piece of jewellery, whose materiality and presentation bring to mind extravaganc rather than rough work.

  • DATES 11/03/2020—30/11/2020

[Translate to English:] In der Präsentation

In the presentation Concept and Encounter: The World around 1600 at the Dresden Rüstkammer, the hammer enters a dialogue with the tools and measuring instruments Elector August of Saxony (1526–1586) acquired for his private collection. These objects, too—some of them featuring intricate carving, etching, gilding and ivory work—were not intended for everyday use. Both the contemporary artwork and the historical exhibits, then, are not so much objects of utility as objects for viewing that carry multiple meanings.

© Monica Bonvicini and VG-Bildkunst, Bonn, Foto: Thomas Seidel
Monica Bonvicini, Leather Hammer # 1, 2004 Schenkung Sammlung Hoffmann, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

[Translate to English:] In der Präsentation

While Monica Bonvicini presents an ironic idealization of the hammer, caricaturing its masculine connotations—its symbolism of potency, strength and destruction— by charging it with eroticism, the electoral collection of highly delicate tools paints a vivid picture of a prince-elector whose various interests and pursuits were part of his role as a ruler.

© Rüstkammer, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Foto: Jürgen Lösel
Werkzeuge mit Elfenbeingriffen, um 1550–1600

[Translate to English:] Die Familie Hoffmann

In March 2018, the Hoffmann family donated their extensive collection of contemporary art, comprising some 1,200 works, to the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. A goal for the donated works is to have them enter a dialogue with objects from the various museums of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, thereby opening up different perspectives and levels of meaning for both the contemporary and the historical exhibits.

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Further Exhibitions

Grünes Gewölbe

in Residenzschloss

On the Way to Electoral Power

in Residenzschloss

aufwendig mit Edelsteinen verzierte Kopfbedeckung, darauf Engel und Heilige

Electoral Wardrobe

in Residenzschloss

Aufwendig besticktes und verziertes Kleid im Seitenprofil.
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