“Freedom in art, freedom in society, this is the double goal towards which all consistent and logical minds must strive.” Victor Hugo
Between 1747 and 1763 Bernardo Bellotto, Venetian also known as Canaletto has created some of the most extraordinary paintings of the city of Dresden, which until today help to shape the collective identity of the people who live there – no matter if they were born and raised in city or came to Dresden to settle with their families. In fact some of Canaletto’s paintings have been used as a blueprint for the reconstruction of the city — which still continues until today. Dresden is a city, which was — and is again — known for its baroque beauty. A style that was invented in Italy. The French architect Zacharias Longuelune and the Italian architect Gaetano Chiaveri contributed with their work to what the city is famous for. And so did architect Jean de Bodt for whom it is not even clear where he was from — maybe France, maybe Holland. Does it matter? Friedrich Schiller wrote his poem Ode to Joy in Dresden where he lived between 1785 and 1787 as what many refer to today as an economic refugee. He was lucky enough to come to Saxony by an invitation of a friend he met for the first time not long before. Many of the people that come today don’t receive such an invitation but they too should be welcomed when faced with a serious threat to their families.
Age of Artists is registered as a non-for-profit in Dresden yet we are an open community that is composed of members from different cultures, countries, professions and generations. For us there is no doubt that any great creative act or any significant innovation would be impossible without openness for experiences, appreciation of differences, diversity of people, freedom of thought, and permeability of knowledge. Influence, exchange, blending and mixing of people and ideas represent advancement and development. Conversation, cooperation, expatriation and migration represent the foundation on which growth for every individual and the evolution of entire human race is possible. Helping people in need therefore is not only a humanitarian act but also a necessity to ensure economic stability for all and spiritual well-being for everyone in Dresden and elsewhere.
Picture Source: Bernardo Bellotto, Neumarkt in Dresden, 1747, Wikiart