Current Exhibitions

Museum Gunzenhauser
12. Jun 2022 – 4. Sep 2022

Des Pudels Kern

Marcus Behmer,, Das abgelehnte Goldhündchen, 1912, zu Voltaire, Zadig oder das Schicksal

“So that was the poodle’s core!“ Goethe’s Faust exclaims with astonishment, when the animal turns itself into Mephistopheles. That German expression is still used today to refer to the essence or crux of a matter. The features of rendering visible, intensifying or commentating are central to illustration. The collection of Dr. Alfred Gunzenhauser contains numerous prints based on literary models, poems, stories and tales that have never been exhibited to date. These will now be ...

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Schloßbergmuseum
10. Jul 2022 – 11. Sep 2022

The world in a box

Seconds Voyageurs Aeriens, ou Experience de MM Charles et Robert, 1783/1784

In the period around 1760, fairground people at annual funfairs promised audiences the illusion of a trip to distant cities by allowing them to look into a box. Views of gondolas and sailing boats, castles and cathedrals, gardens and airships could be seen with the aid of one or two optical lenses and a mirror together with pictures with a heightened perspective. The 35 colourful sheets from the Graphics Section of the Schloßbergmuseum originated from ...

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Museum Gunzenhauser
9. Jul 2022 – 16. Oct 2022

Andrzej Steinbach

Andrzej Steinbach, space bar (Detail) Aus der Serie Disassembling a Typewriter, 2022, Fine Art Print, 90 x 60 cm © © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Andrzej Steinbach, who grew up in Chemnitz, no longer regards the documentary aspect of photography as providing a copy of external reality. Instead he relies deliberately on mises-en-scene or stagings when devoting his attention to social themes. In doing so he uses photography’s inherent promise of reality media and political issues. Work is the subject of the Chemnitz exhibition Tanz die Maschine (Dance the Machine): people, bodies, machines and their actions are the main motif. ...

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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
24. Jul 2022 – 31. Oct 2022

to leave for a place

Jana Mila Lippitz, Meer 7, 2021 © Jana Mila Lippitz

Begleitend zur Ausstellung Michael Morgner. Lebenslinien präsentieren die Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz mit to leave for a place Arbeiten von Deborah Geppert, Ayala Shoshana Guy, Michelle Harder und Jana Mila Lippitz. Zu sehen sind raumgreifende Installationen, Videoarbeiten und Fotografien, in denen sich die Künstlerinnen mit Grundfragen der menschlichen Existenz auseinandersetzen. Die thematische Nähe zu den Werken Michael Morgners (*1942) veranschaulicht die ungebrochene Aktualität dieser Fragestellungen, die hier aus der Perspektive einer anderen Generation erörtert werden.

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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
24. Jul 2022 – 31. Oct 2022

Michael Morgner

Michael Morgner, 9 Schreitende, 1982, Foto: Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz/PUNCTUM/Bertram Kober © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

What shapes a human life? For the Chemnitz artist Michael Morgner it is the experience of war and of loss, the influence of political regimes on personal freedom, death and anxiety, but also overcoming them, rising up again after blows of fate, and new beginnings after social upheavel. Morgner deals with these existential themes in his artistic work. Morgner grew up in Einsiedel where he still lives today, apart from a few brief interruptions. In ...

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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
Presentation of the Collection

Painting and Sculpture from Late Romanticism to Historicism

Hans Unger , Mutter und Kind, um 1910, Öltempera auf Holz, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Foto: PUNCTUM/Bertram Kober

When Symbolism emerged in the mid-19th century, it was less an artistic style than a state of mind, that accompanied the upheavals of industrialization. The philosophical end ofreligion propagated by Nietzsche was opposed by several new tendencies in the fine arts, such as mysticism, symbolism and a strict academicism that grew out of historicismand romanticism. On the other hand, realism and naturalism in particular became the signboards and distinctive marks of a social consciousness. In ...

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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
Presentation of the Collection

Classical Modernism Painting and Sculpture – Karl Schmidt-Rottluff and Expressionism

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Küchenfenster, 1932, Öl auf leinwand, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Foto: Jürgen Seidel  © VG BIld-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Since its foundation in 1920, the programmatic self-image of the Chemnitz Art Collections has been focused on contemporary art. This selection shows, in addition to the Gallery of Modern Art on the top floor and the exhibition „Brücke and Blauer Reiter“, further representative works of Classical Modern Art; including works by Heinrich Campendonk, Lyonel Feininger, Max Beckmann, Carl Hofer, Gabriele Münter and, exemplarily, contemporary artists. The first director of the museum, Friedrich Schreiber-Weigand, had a ...

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Museum Gunzenhauser
Presentation of the Collection

Otto Dix and the New Objectivity

Otto Dix (1891–1969), Mädchen am Sonntag, 1921, Öl auf Leinwand auf Pappe auf Pressspan, 83,2 x 66 cm (restaurierte Leinwand), Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz – Museum Gunzenhauser, Eigentum der Stiftung Gunzenhauser, Chemnitz, Foto: Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz/László Tóth © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

After Expressionist, Futurist, and Dadaist beginnings in the artistic work of Otto Dix, around 1921 there is a formal calming-down noticeable. The artist developed his very own critical realism, combining old-masterly technique with biting social criticism, and he became one of the most important protagonists of New Objectivity. Immediately after the National Socialist takeover, he was the first German artist to be dismissed from his academy professorship, in Dresden. He fled with his family to ...

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Schloßbergmuseum
Presentation of the Collection

Gotische Skulptur in Sachsen

Heiliges Grab aus der Jakobikirche, Chemnitz, um 1480/1520, Holz, farbig gefasst und vergoldet, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz/Schloßbergmuseum, Foto: Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz/Schloßbergmuseum/May Voigt

Dank der großzügigen konzeptionellen Haltung der Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden ist seit dem 21. Juni 2009 im Chemnitzer Schloßbergmuseum die einzigartige Sammlung Gotische Skulptur in Sachsen zu sehen.

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