Current Exhibitions

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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Schloßbergmuseum
6. Mar 2022 – 5. Jun 2022

Mechanical animal world

Sebastian Köpcke,Volker Weinhold, Plaything, 1960er jahre

A French frog, American birds and Japanese fishes are guests of the Schlossbergmuseum Chemnitz. These artificial but nonetheless movable toys have been shown with the exhibition Mechanische Tierwelt – mechanical animal world in various museums of the Federal Republic, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Austria. The collection of the two Berlin photographers Volker Weinhold and Sebastian Köpcke includes 200 functioning mechanical animals from international manufacturers from 1900 to 1970 out of 14 countries. They are being ...

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Museum Gunzenhauser
6. Mar 2022 – 12. Jun 2022

Max Peiffer Watenphul

Max Peiffer Watenphul, Venedig - S. Marco, 1947, Sammlung Gunzenhauser

Max Peiffer Watenphul was a doctor of law, a Bauhaus student, a teacher at the Folkwang School in Essen and a lover of Italy. Museum Gunzenhauser is devoting a retrospective exhibition to this particular artist with works from its collection. Max Pfeiffer Watenphul discovered his love of painting by engaging with the magazine Valori Plastici and with Paul Klee, whom he followed to the Bauhaus. There he was active in all the workshops, developing a ...

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Schloßbergmuseum
10. Apr 2022 – 26. Jun 2022

Of gods, men and heroic sagas

Manfred Pietsch, Golgatha, 2011, Privatbesitz

The themes »Gods« and »Heroic Sages« have stimulated peoples’ imaginations from time immemorial. Artists have repeatedly sought to engage with and continue these themes by means of new interpretations. Those artists include Joachim Karsch and Manfred Pietsch. Karsch’s sculptures are oriented around the artistic ideas of Expressionism. It is of great importance to him to reflect on human sensitivities. The younger artist, Manfred Pietsch, felt especially drawn to mythological and biblical themes and has processed ...

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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
27. Mar 2022 – 26. Jun 2022

Brücke und Blauer Reiter

Franz Marc, Fuchs, 1911, Von der Heydt-Museum Wuppertal, Foto: Medienzentrum Wuppertal, Stefanie von Stein

Kandinsky, Kirchner, Klee, and also Marc, Nolde, Schmidt-Rottluff – few other artists are of such enormous significance for the development of modern art in Germany. They and their artist-friends belonged to the two most important artists’ groups of early modernism: Brücke und Blauer Reiter. Today those names stand for the awakening of the Expressionist avant-gardes prior to the First World War, as they liberated colour from any compulsion to reproduce reality and led art towards ...

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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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