Current Exhibitions

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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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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Museum Gunzenhauser
13. Nov 2022 – 12. Feb 2023

New Acquisitions of the Collection of Contemporary Art of the Federal Republic of Germany

Emeka Ogboh (*1977), aus der Serie: Sufferhead Original (Baden Baden), 2017, Fine Art Print, 75 x 50 cm © Emeka Ogboh

The Contemporary Art Collection of the Federal Republic of Germany has been documenting developments in art in the country since 1970. Meanwhile the collections amounts to about 1,700 works and is administered and supervised by the Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. In 2021 additional works were acquired with funds from the promotion programme NEUSTART KULTUR. These and a selection of other works purchased for the Collection of the Federal Republic of Germany between ...

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Schloßbergmuseum
23. Oct 2022 – 26. Feb 2023

Sound of the Big City

2021 marks the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the German Empire, which existed from 1871 to 1918 / 1919. It was during this period that the town of Chemnitz was transformed into a Saxon industrial metropolis, a development driven by an unimaginable momentum. With 100,000 inhabitants in 1883, the town formally crossed the threshold to become a city or »Großstadt«– by 1900 that number had increased in ten-year increments by another 100,000 people. Chemnitz had become ...

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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
20. Nov 2022 – 26. Feb 2023

Between avant-garde and repression

Vilém Reichmann, Bombardón (aus dem Zyklus Verwundete Stadt) / Bombardón (z cyklu Raněné město), 1946, Silbergelatineabzug auf Barytpapier, 40 × 29,5 cm, Mährische Galerie, Brünn / Moravská galerie v Brně © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Following the classical avant-gardes in Paris around 1930, an exhibition of Czech Photography in the post-war period will now focus on another major chapter in the history of European photography. The centre of attention will be five Czech photographers from that period: Josef Sudek, Vilém Reichmann, Emila Medková, Jan Svoboda and Josef Koudelka. Medková and Reichmann positioned themselves decisively in the surrealist tradition of the inter-war period when, on their forays through Prague and Brno, ...

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Schloßbergmuseum
16. Oct 2022 – 26. Feb 2023

Metamorphosis

Fotograf:in unbekannt, Baustelle des Chemnitzer Neuen Rathauses am Neumarkt/Markt, um 1908

Old Chemnitz was destroyed during the Second World War. But was Chemnitz really »old« in the pre-war period? Thanks to the then young medium of photography, the enormous changes that took place in the city’s structure between 1870 and 1914 are documented in photographs from the collections of the Schloßbergmuseum. Industrialisation in the 19th century initiated a process of change of hitherto unknown dimensions. In the boom of the Gründerjahre Chemnitz grew to be a ...

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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
24. Apr 2022 – 26. Feb 2023

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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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
3. Dec 2022 – 26. Feb 2023

Silent Stories

Sophie Schmidt , Kaugummis (Orbit), 2006, Aquarellfarbe, Papier, Aluminiumfolie, Pappe, Klebstoff, , 15,4 x 76,5 x 23 cm, 16,3 x 77,5 x 23,5 cm, 15,7 x 77 x 22,7 cm, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Foto: Kunstsammlungen Chemntiz/Punctum/Bertram Kober

Paintings and drawings want to tell stories, but they can also remain silent. Art seeks its path, and its dynamism, between the invention and dissolution of form. The poet Mallarmé said, “After I had found nothing, I found beauty.” Others find fulfilment in the meticulous registration of the real, up to and including the horror vacui. Be it between the two poles of working hard on the real or escaping from it, there are countless ...

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Schloßbergmuseum
Presentation of the Collection

Gothic Sculpture in Saxony

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

Thanks to the generous conceptual approach of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, the unique collection of Gothic Sculpture in Saxony has been on display at the Schloßbergmuseum in Chemnitz since 21 June 2009.

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