about us

The Freunde der Dresdner Porzellansammlung (Friends of the Dresden Porcelain Collection) have supported the work of the museum – its research projects, exhibitions, publications and acquisitions – in multiple ways since 1991. With great enthusiasm, the members of this society of friends share their love of Dresden’s treasures with the wider world.

What do we do?

The Dresden porcelain collection was born from the great passion that August the Strong and August III felt for this noble material. Internationally, the collection is considered a reference collection, and this is true as concerns both the first European porcelain from Meissen, and Chinese and Japanese porcelain from the early modern period. It is the aim of the Friends to help preserve and maintain this extraordinary cultural asset, to deepen our understanding of it and to fuel the passion felt by both experts and enthusiasts, at home and abroad, for this singular collection.

Blick in den Ernst-Zimmermann-Saal der Porzellansammlung
© SKD, Foto: Jürgen Lösel

Which projects are we currently supporting?


The East Asian porcelain from the collection of August the Strong

Forschung: „Das ostasiatische Porzellan aus der Sammlung Augusts des Starken“
© SKD, Foto: Miki Sakuraba


Reconstruction of the Porcelain Collection of the Dresden Banker Gustav von Klemperer (1852–1926)

Foto, Gruppenbild der Familie mit der Porzellansammlung
© Familie von Klemperer

Böttger Room

Redesign of the Böttger Room

Blick in den neugestalteten Böttgersaal der Porzellansammlung im Zwinger
© SKD, Foto: Oliver Killig

Who are we?

The society was founded in 1991 on the initiative of Josef Ritter Kempski von Rakoszyn and the then director of the Porzellansammlung Dr. Klaus-Peter Arnold. All members of the Freunde der Dresdner Porzellansammlung share a fascination for the art of porcelain and its particular tradition in Dresden. Many of the members are collectors themselves, while others are lovers of the museum and its wonderful rarities. And further partners are museums and companies.

In their care for, and research and expansion of, the historically and artistically significant collection, the Friends are exclusively a non-profit organization and are recognized as such by the Saxon tax and revenue authorities. Membership fees and donations are deductible from income tax according to income tax law.


The members of the board and the advisory council on their favourite pieces

The members of the board and the advisory council on their favourite pieces

What events and meetings do we organize?

Once a year, the Friends meet in Dresden to learn about the work of the porcelain collection and to consult about future projects. The annual gathering also provides the opportunity for members to see each other again or to meet for the first time and get to know each other. The general meeting is complemented by a changing programme which may include exclusive tours before exhibition openings, outings, viewings and symposia. A festive evening draws a close to the annual meeting.

Bild Ausflug Moritzburg

Ausflug nach Moritzburg beim Jahrestreffen 2016
© Foto: Privat

A Small Contribution with a Great Effect

It goes without saying that a society of friends dedicated to such an exquisite collection can only play a supporting role. At the same time, the combined membership fees and donations result in a sum that allows the society to make an impact. With an annual fee of as little as 75 euros, you too can contribute to something great.

Our members also enjoy a number of benefits:

  • Invitation to special events and to the annual general meeting
  • Free admission to all museums of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (with the exception of the Historisches Grünes Gewölbe)
  • Free admission to select events hosted by the Porzellansammlung
  • Receipt by mail of the events calendar of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

You too can support the Dresden Porzellansammlung by becoming a member of the Freunde der Dresdner Porzellansammlung.

Application form

A selection of completed projects

Where are we located?

The Porzellansammlung of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden is located in the Zwinger (Glockenspielpavillon entrance), in the immediate vicinity of the Semperoper, the Residenzschloss and the Hofkirche. The entrance to the office of the Freunde der Dresdner Porzellansammlung is located 50 meters behind the Glockenspiel, going in the direction of the Postplatz and the Staatsschauspiel, Dresden’s State Playhouse.


You can contact us at our office:
Sophienstraße – Zwinger
01067 Dresden
Karsta Kiss-Haußmann (secretary)
Telephone: +49 (0) 351 4914-6612
Fax: +49 (0) 351 4914-6629
E-Mail: ps@skd.museum

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Eingang der Direktion der Porzellansammlung im Dresdner Zwinger
© Foto: Barbara Bechter
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