In order to minimise the spread of the coronavirus all museums of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden remain closed until 20 April 2020.
Herrnhut and the World of Tobacco
For this special exhibition, the Herrnhut Ethnological Museum draws on its ethnographic holdings as well as other collections of the Dresden State Art Collections (SKD) to provide examples of tobacco use and address a wide range of topics.
In addition to the cultural and social contexts of tobacco consumption and related paraphernalia in the respective societies of origin, local historical references to the commercial and missionary activities of the Brethren of Herrnhut are established. On the one hand, there was "Abraham Dürninger & Co." in Herrnhut, a company that was already operating internationally in the 18th century, which among other things specialized in the tobacco business and whose partly exotic advertising media are viewed ichnographically. On the other hand, tobacco was of economic importance in some of the worldwide branches of the Herrnhut Brethren, as illustrated by examples from Greenland, the Volga region and South Africa.