When the Palace of Culture was first opened in 1969 and the Philharmonic settled in after a first period of exile in the German Hygiene Museum, the city also designated it a venue for other civic activities. The classical music makers shared the auditorium with competitions for amateur musicians, with the ‘Pioneers’ of the Ernst Thälmann youth organisation and, after 1989, with the spring folk music festivals. Acoustics were a secondary consideration – of greater importance was the adaptability of the stage and the capacity of the auditorium.
Testament to the socialistic culture that was promoted here after 1969 are the reliefs on the bronze doors, which link Dresden’s history with the workers’ movement, and the large mural ‘Der Weg der roten Fahne’ (The Way of the Red Flag) by Gerhard Bondzin.
The large mural ‘Der Weg der roten Fahne’ (The Way of the Red Flag) by Gerhard Bondzin
An exhibition at the Stadtmuseum Dresden (Local History Museum) tells the story from construction to restoration undertaken by the architects Gerkan, Marg and Partner.
Exhibition at the Stadtmuseum Dresden22/04/17 – 17/09/17.
‘Der Weg der roten Fahne’ (The Way of the Red Flag) by Gerhard Bondzin. Foto By Tomas Bagackas at the exposition in Stadtmuseum.