Six-year renovation completed at Dresden's Semper Gallery

DRESDEN, GERMANY, Simona Block (dpa)- Six years of renovations have been completed at the Semper Building in the eastern German city of Dresden, home to the world famous Old Masters Picture Gallery.
The freshly renovated building was officially handed over to the State Art Collections (SKD) cultural institution on Wednesday.

The state of Saxony, of which Dresden is the capital, invested 49.8 million euros (55.8 million dollars) in the renovation of the building and its equipment to include modern fire protection and safety technology. 
The renovated building will give the masterpieces from the 15th to 18th centuries the best presentation conditions, Saxon Finance Minister Matthias Hass said at the ceremony. 
Constructed in the 19th century to designs by architect Gottfried Semper (1803-1879), the building has been renovated in stages since late 2013. 
Visitors were still able to see half of the 750-plus permanent exhibits in the west and then in the east wing during the renovations. 
In the next few weeks, the Semper Gallery will be refurbished, and antiques from the sculpture collection will be added to the exhibits. 
On December 7, the SKD plans to celebrate the reopening of one of their most famous museums.

Thursday, August 8th 2019
Simona Block (dpa)

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