Neue Heimat Exchange - in the Footsteps of Raden Saleh in Dresden
The European Capital of Culture is a distinction for a European city featuring projects of European diversity in culture but also pan-European values. Dresden - a city of immense beauty, historical treasures and people from all kinds of backgrounds, but also a symbol of division and debate about homeland and immigration - is applying for this title in 2025. Turning Dresden into a place where people with diverse backgrounds and opinions can live peacefully together, lead Michael Schindhelm, curator of Dresden's application, and his team to pick the motto "Neue Heimat Dresden 2025". In this inspiring talk, he presents an art project in Dresden about the story of Raden Saleh from Java (Indonesia), who was the first Asian ever being taught art in Europe. The project, embedded into the trend "The Power of Strangeness", highlights the possibilities of an intercultural exchange between artists from distant places and Dresden. At the moment, Raden Saleh's story in Dresden is turned into a large painting by Indonesian artist Uji Handoko Eko Saputro (Hahan) and will be presented in the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum in Dresden in November 2019.