Visit Dresden … soon

Published 5:00 am Tuesday, July 27, 2004

We hope Southwest Mississippi residents — and residents fromother corners of the state — don’t miss the chance to see TheGlory of Baroque Dresden exhibit.

The exhibit opened in March and is now in its final weeks at theMississippi Arts Pavilion in Jackson.

The Glory of Baroque Dresden is the fourthinternationally-acclaimed art exhibit to come to Mississippi since1996. The previous three exhibits attracted over 1.1 millionvisitors to Jackson, but officials report that attendance is downfor the Baroque exhibit. In fact, it has one of the lowestattendance records of any of the exhibits.

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Jack Kyle, executive director of the Mississippi Commission forInternational Cultural Exchange (MCICE), told the BrookhavenKiwanis Club last week that the exhibit must sell at least 60,000tickets by the Sept. 6 closing to break even. Kyle is optimisticthat goal can be met, and we’re hope he’s correct.

Visitors to exhibit get to see over 400 major art works from thelate 1600s and 1700s covering the reigns of Augustus the Strong andhis son Augustus II.

Included is the world-famous Dresden Green Diamond, a 41-caratdiamond surrounded by white diamonds, gold and silver. The visit toJackson is one of only three times the diamond has been out ofGermany.

We encourage you to view the exhibit. It’s certainly notsomething you get the chance to see every day.