Current Exhibitions

Museum Gunzenhauser
9. Oct 2021 – 30. Jan 2022

Simon Weckert

Simon Weckert, Time Warp Choreography, 2019, Video © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

Scarcely ever has the speed of technical change been as great as now. What constitutes our being human today when artificial intelligence, algorithms and deep learning are changing our way of being in the world and taking over more and more tasks in, for example, everyday life and at work? We entrust our money matters to them, rely on them in traffic, in airplanes and even when it comes to steering weapons. Constantly developing technology ...

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Schloßbergmuseum
20. Nov 2021 – 30. Jan 2022

Museum pieces

When the Chemnitz history society (Verein für Chemnitzer Geschichte) was inaugurated in 1872, priority was given to collecting and presenting valuable objects and documents that were important in the history of the city. Over many decades holdings amounting to about 25,000 exhibits were gathered. Housed initally in provisional rooms, it became possible in 1931 to establish a special museum devoted to the history of the city in the former Benedictine monastery and later electoral castle.

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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
Presentation of the Collection

Sammlungsstücke

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Chemnitzer Fabriken, 1926, Öl auf Leinwand, 110,5 x 71 cm, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Leihgabe aus der Sammlung Deutsche Bank, Foto: Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz/PUNCTUM/Bertram Kober

In der aktuellen Sammlungspräsentation sind Lieblingsstücke des Publikums aus der Sammlung des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts zusammengetragen. Zu sehen sind neben anderen Meisterwerke von Caspar David Friedrich, Johan Christian Dahl, Carl Gustav Carus, Clara Sivers, Lovis Corinth, Robert Sterl, Max Beckmann, Lyonel Feininger, Helene Funke, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Kees van Dongen, Heinrich Campendonk und Karl Schmidt-Rottluff.

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Schloßbergmuseum
5. Dec 2021 – 6. Feb 2022

Chemnitz celebrates

Be it in the form of public holidays, religious festivals, or private parties: Celebrating is an integral part of our lives This is essentially a matter of renewing the bond between the individual and the community by celebrating customary rituals. Sometimes, however, celebrations can seem menacing, particularly to those who are not part of them. By means of artistic photography, this exhibition aims to take a critical look at celebration as a theme, using Chemnitz ...

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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
5. Dec 2021 – 13. Feb 2022

Stefan Vogel

Stefan Vogel

In his first solo museum exhibition, artist Stefan Vogel, who lives and works in Leipzig, has taken possession of the west wing of Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz and completely restaged it. Visitors entering the existing gallery rooms find novel spatial landscapes and so encounter the formerly neutral museum space as an highly-charged ‘all-over setting’. Vogel’s spatial constructions are accompanied by neon artworks and pictures that are characterised as much by concrete poetry as by his interest ...

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Museum Gunzenhauser
17. Jul 2021 – 13. Feb 2022

#000000

The Gunzenhauser Museum will draw on the holdings of the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz so as to mount a special exhibition devoted to the colour black, the international code for which is #000000. Black is the colour of night, death, magic and misfortune. Everything ends in black, decay and decomposition. In physics, black is the colour of a non-luminous object that absorbs light. From the viewpoint of depth psychology, black is the absolute border at which life ...

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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
28. Nov 2021 – 20. Feb 2022

Achtung Werbung!

Plakat für Wanderer-Räder, vor 1914, Farblithographie, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Foto: Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz

As of the late 19th the poster became a powerful pictorial mass medium century thanks to the invention of lithography. And even today, despite the digital media, posters still are regarded as one of the most effective forms of advertising.

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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
Presentation of the Collection

Painting and Sculpture from Late Romanticism to Historicism

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 of religion 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 historicism and romanticism. On the other hand, realism and naturalism in particular became the signboards and distinctive marks of a social ...

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Museum Gunzenhauser
Presentation of the Collection

Art around 1900. Breaches and Contradictions

Oskar Kokoschka, Baumwollpflückerin (Detail), 1908, Farblithografie auf Papier, 93,7 x 38,5 cm/95,2 x 63,2 cm, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz - Museum Gunzenhauser, Eigentum der Stiftung Gunzenhauser, Foto: Archiv Museum Gunzenhauser © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

The turn of the last century was a period of socio-political breaches and contradictions which were also reflected in the arts. The officially recognised and state sponsored academic art was focussed on a strict set of technical rules. Idealised depictions of literary, mythological and historical themes gained attention. The emerging avant-garde tendencies began to break with this conventional academism. New artistic forms of expression began to be developed, particularly in the art metropolis of Paris ...

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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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