In the immediate aftermath of the war, the Red Army looted the museums of their masterpieces, but the Soviet Union restored them in the 1950s. Thus, the Dresden paintings were restored to the GDR in 1955 and the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister of Dresden reopened to the public on 3 June 1956. Following the difficult post-war situation, the communist regime of the GDR followed, when many efforts were made to rebuild the Old Town.
The restoration efforts of the Florence of the Elbe, in view of the exceptional cultural challenge of the whole, have been really considerable and have accelerated since the Reunification. In fact, we have not seen so many historical buildings rebuilt on the same site in such a short time. It is a real renaissance that the city lives.
First, the opera Semper (Semperoper in German) after its architect Gottfried Semper, whose recovery was done in two phases: the consolidation was consolidated between 1952 and 1956 (with Herbert Schneider), in the vague prospect of a subsequent modernist ransacking a bit like the Sarah Bernhardt theater, before deciding in 1977 for an identical reconstruction of the interior, inaugurated with great pomp on March 13, 1985 by a performance of Freischütz.
The Zwinger palace by Balthasar Permoser and Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann, a delicate baroque ensemble with a unique pavilion and triumphal arch (the Kronentor, the "crowned door"), was restored between 1945 and 1963 under the direction of Hubert Ermisch, Arthur Frenzel and Max Zimmermann. It is reflected again in the beautiful basin that surrounds it. © Photo of Emmanuel Buchot
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