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Figural automaton of the goddess Diana on a centaur. © Green Vault, Dresden State Art Collections. Photo credit: Paul Kuchel

German museum displays 500 years’ worth of mechanical marvels

Figural automaton of the goddess Diana on a centaur. © Green Vault, Dresden State Art Collections. Photo credit: Paul Kuchel

Figural automaton of the goddess Diana on a centaur. © Green Vault, Dresden State Art Collections. Photo credit: Paul Kuchel

DRESDEN, Germany – Automata, androids and robots – they now dominate our professional and private environments and are expressions of the human desire to create artificial life. The Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon (Mathematical and Physical Salon) and the Museum fur Sachsische Volkskunst and Puppentheatersammlung (Museum of Saxon Folk Art and Puppet Theater Collection), both part of Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD), or the Dresden State Art Collections, are presenting roughly 70 of these artifacts in an exhibition titled The key to life: 500 years of mechanical amusement. The exhibition is on view through September 25 in the Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau (art gallery in the Lipsiusbau).

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