Presentation in the Residenzschloss of tournament and ceremonial weapons and accoutrements from the Rüstkammer collections
The Residenzschloss Dresden (Royal Palace Dresden) is to be augmented by the opening of a magnificent new hall, thereby gaining a major new exhibition area - 280 years after its demise in 1733, the great hall of the Residenzschloss is reborn in the splendid form of the new Riesensaal (Hall of the Giants). The new Riesensaal is a superb setting for a range of magnificent objects selected from the holdings of the Armoury (Rüstkammer) of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, recognised as one of the most important collections of ceremonial weapons, armour and costume in the world. More than 350 objects are displayed, including tournament and ceremonial weaponry and accoutrements. With a specific focus on Saxon court life, the exhibits show how various tournament events were carried out, and illustrate the sporting pursuits of the time and the splendour enjoyed by the Saxon electors.