Current Exhibitions

Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
15. May 2021 – 29. Aug 2021

Tu BiShvat

On the occasion of the celebrations marking 1700 years of Jewish life in Germany and the 30th Jewish Culture Days in Chemnitz, the exhibition not only takes a look at important Jewish collectors, artists and art patrons, but also focuses on their donated works of art and relationships with each other.

Learn More

Henry van de Velde Museum
18. Jun 2021 – 29. Aug 2021

What Even the Ghost Doesn’t Know

December 2021 will see the 20th anniversary of the inauguration of the Henry van de Velde Museum in Villa Esche. To mark this occasion the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz and the Chemnitz concern GGG (current owner of the Villa Esche) have invited a class of art students to take an artistic approach – from their personal and contemporary perspective – to the different narratives and historical layers which the Villa Esche brings together. Under the direction of ...

Learn More

Schloßbergmuseum
4. Apr 2021 – 30. Aug 2021

Remembering Johann Belz

Johann Belz, Jugendbrunnen, 1965, Foto: Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz - Schloßbergmuseum

Klapperbrunnen fountain, Don Quixote, victorious working class: the sculptor Johann Belz inscribed himself into the cityscape of Karl-Marx-Stadt/Chemnitz in many different ways through his works. Those works, which he carried out preferably in metal, include individual sculptures, reliefs and fountains that to this very day co-shape the appearance of numerous spaces and ensembles in the city. They also continue to enjoy the approval both of the citizens and of visitors. Parallel to the travelling exhibition ...

Learn More

Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
Presentation of the Collection

The Gallery of Modern Art

Raumabfolgen der Galerie der Moderne im 2. OG der Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, 2020, Foto: Alexander Meyer

The Gallery of Modern Art The foundation of the Städtische Kunstsammlung in Chemnitz in 1920 marked the beginning of systematic museum collecting activities. As a municipal institute the Städtische Kunstsammlung was located in the new museum building, along with the Kunsthütte. The founder-director of the Städtische Kunstsammlung was Friedrich Schreiber-Weigand, who had directed the Kunstverein since 1911 and continued to be active in this capacity as well. The agenda he formulated involved »giving the collection ...

Learn More

Museum Gunzenhauser
25. Feb 2020 – 3. Oct 2021

Breakthrough to Modernism

Alexej von Jawlensky (1864–1941), Messalina, 1912, N. 52 (1913), Öl auf strukturierter beidseitig kaschierter Pappe, 53,6 x 49,6 cm, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz – Museum Gunzenhauser, Eigentum der Stiftung Gunzenhauser, Chemnitz, Foto: Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz/Archiv

Museum Gunzenhauser is home to the art collection of the late Munich gallery-owner Dr Alfred Gunzenhauser, which features over 3,000 works by 270 artists with a focus on turn-of-the-last-century art, Expressionism, New Objectivity, and 20th-century abstract art. Moreover, with 380 works by Otto Dix, the museum has one of the world’s largest collections of works by that artist. It also holds one of the largest collections of paintings by Expressionist Alexej von Jawlensky, while large ...

Learn More

Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
27. Jun 2021 – 3. Oct 2021

simson, diamant, erika

Karl Clauss Dietel , Skizze Simson S 50 , 1969, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, 2019 Ankauf mit Unterstützung der Sächsischen Landesstelle für Museumswesen und der Stadt Chemnitz © ©VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

Simson, Diamant, Erika, Trabant, Wartburg, Robur and Heliradio … even 30 years after the fall of the Wall, these product names are firmly anchored in German design history and in the collective memory. They are inseparably linked with the life’s work of the Chemnitz designer Karl Clauss Dietel. In 2014, Dietel was the first and only designer from the former GDR to receive the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany for outstanding design.

Learn More

Museum Gunzenhauser
17. Jul 2021 – 31. Oct 2021

#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 ...

Learn More

Schloßbergmuseum
27. Feb 2021 – 31. Oct 2021

Silver, Gold and Silk

Meister SK, Abendmahlskanne, 1663 (links), Meister GK, Hostiendose, 1638 (rechts), Chemnitz, Stadtkirche St. Jakobi, Foto: Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz/László Tóth © Ev.-Luth. St. Jakobi-Kreuz-Kirchgemeinde Chemnitz

Among the most valuable pieces of church furnisings are the vasa sacra, or sacred vessels, used to celebrate religious services and administer the sacraments. These objects were normally of elaborate design and made using precious materials. The decoration and inscriptions offer viewers insights into the spiritual world and daily life of the citizens who once donated these pieces. Over the course of centuries, many churches accumulated rich treasures of vessels, chalices, candelabra andcrucifixes. They also ...

Learn More

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 ...

Learn More

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.

Learn More