The German‑Russian Year
Logo of the Germany Year in Russia
For a whole year, Germany and Russia are together hosting events under the slogan “Germany and Russia – shaping the future together” in the fields of culture, education, research, politics and business. Highlights planned for the end of the year include a festival in Berlin and a new exhibition in Dresden.
Since the launch of the German‑Russian Year in June 2012, numerous projects have been carried out and documented. You can find out more about these projects on the websites of the Germany Year in Russia and the Russia Year in Germany:
The German‑Russian Year continues now with RusImport, an 11‑day series of cultural events in Berlin, marking its halfway point. Moreover, December will see the opening of an exhibition in Dresden displaying important works of art from the Kremlin museums. In early October, the Neues Museum in Berlin opened the very popular exhibition “Germans and Russians – 1000 Years of History, Art, and Culture”.
RusImport – theatre, concerts and films
Berliner Festspiele, 29 November to 9 December 2012
Poster advertising the RusImport festival
© Berliner Festspiele
As part of the German‑Russian Year 2012/13, visitors will have the opportunity to see the performances and works of several Russian artists for twelve days at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele. The RusImport festival will offer them an insight into the country’s many traditions and contradictions. Artists, film and theatre directors, musicians, authors and three generations of Russian performers will show the German public where Russia is heading. Furthermore, the festival will present modern art from Moscow and St Petersburg with contemporary pieces from a highly diverse art scene in which Germany and Berlin in particular have always had a keen interest.
Connecting East and West –
Treasures from the Kremlin museums from Ivan the Terrible to Peter the Great
More than 140 masterpieces will be on show in the Dresden Royal Palace in a joint exhibition by Dresden’s Green Grotto and the Moscow Kremlin museums from 1 December 2012 to 4 March 2013. This unique exhibition will for the first time showcase the Kremlin’s importance as the crossroads of Western and Eastern cultures. It will include pieces from the Kremlin Armoury Chamber’s collection of European silverware, magnificent robes, precious jewellery, vessels and the works of Turkish and Persian armourers. These objects will be supplemented by 23 works on loan from the Dresden State Art Collections and the Saxon State and University Library Dresden as well as the Herzog August library in Wolfenbüttel.
Germans and Russians – 1000 Years of History, Art, and Culture
This is the first large‑scale exhibition to show the historic depth and diversity of the links between Russians and Germans. Starting with the very first contacts and strong trade relations, it covers the Middle Ages and the period of close dynastic ties in the 18th and 19th centuries up to the deep ruptures in relations followed by successful new beginnings in the 20th century.
Visitors will discover traces of Germany in Russian history and traces of Russia in German history. Some of the first‑class exhibits from important German and Russian museums and archives have never been on display and, together with works on loan from abroad, demonstrate the diversity and intensity of the links to date.
This project was developed by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the State Historical Museum in Moscow and the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation under the auspices of the Museum of Pre‑ and Early History as part of the National Museums in Berlin.
It is a central contribution to the Russia Year in Germany and the Germany Year in Russia 2012/13.
Last updated 23.11.2012