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Major Cranach exhibition in Chemnitz, drawings in Erfurt

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Chemnitz, Germany (dpa) - A major exhibition of works by artists Lucas Cranach the Elder and the Younger is to open in the eastern German city of Chemnitz on November 13, museum officials said Friday.

Of the 77 pictures on show at the Chemnitz Museum until next March 12, 63 will come from Dresden's Alte Meister gallery, the world's top collection of works by the two German artists who lived from 1472- 1553 and 1515-1586. Many of the items are court portraits.

The Chemnitz exhibition, one of several major winter exhibitions in German art museums, will also include works by Pablo Picasso that were inspired by the Cranachs. The Spanish artist repeatedly took up Cranach themes between 1942 and 1958.

Another exhibition, in the eastern German city of Erfurt, will be devoted to a remarkable collection of 14,000 prints assembled by art lovers Rudolf and Ilse Franke under communist rule in Germany.

Opening Saturday, it comprises 250 works by Max Liebermann, Ernst Barlach, Paul Klee, Lyonel Feininger, Picasso and Joan Miro. The couple acquired the works over a period of 60 years and donated it to the city of Erfurt in 2004. That exhibition runs until January 8.

Copyright 2005 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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