Figurenautomaten und mechanische Theater
The holdings of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden are a true treasure trove of mechanical objects from the 16th century to the present day. Its breadth is nearly unique. This is the first time that these objects are presented in a joint exhibition. The exhibition focuses on mechanical figural automatons, automated tools and typewriters, drinking games and kinetic art, toys and music machines. It shows how a new technology – mechanics – was made popular: popular at the courts (as an instrument of power), popular in philosophy (control over life and the influencing of processes), popular in production (optimising work processes and increasing efficiency), popular in theatre, music and film (illusion and mass spectacle), popular in medicine (prostheses and voice synthesizers, right up to the artificial heart).