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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
19. May 2017 – 12. Apr 2020

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (1884–1976), Landschaft im Herbst, 1910, Öl auf Leinwand, 87,7 x 95,6 cm, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Foto: Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz/PUNCTUM, Bertram Kober © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

In the Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz, a total of about 500 works by Karl Schmidt-Rottluff are preserved as separate holdings and on permanent loan. The exhibition includes 47 paintings and two sculptures by the artist.

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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
21. Dec 2019 – 12. Apr 2020

A New Epoch of Painting

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880–1938), 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 anticipation of the anniversary year 2020, the Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz are presenting a notable selection of outstanding works of classical modern art. Among the works shown and waiting to be rediscovered are artists’ portraits, landscapes ranging from the local or idyllic to paintings in the style of New Objectivity, and pictures of the modern industrial city and its inhabitants. On view are important paintings and sculptures from the early 20th century, by Ernst-Ludwig Kirchner, ...

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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
2. Feb 2020 – 3. May 2020

Paris 1930

Else Thalemann, Eiffelturm, um 1930, Silbergelatineabzug, Sammlung Siegert, München, Foto: Christian Schmieder © unbestimmt

Man Ray, Brassaï, Florence Henri, André Kertész, Germaine Krull … The French art critic Waldemar George coined the phrase »l’âge d’or de la photographie« (the golden age of photography) in 1930 when confronted with the diversity and quality of the photography of his time. That »golden age« was marked by a variety of influential avant-garde schools, including Neues Sehen and Surrealism. Its centres were in Berlin and, above all, Paris. The exhibition brings together key ...

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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
23. Feb 2020 – 17. May 2020

Clara Mosch and Ralf-Rainer Wasse

Wolfgang E. Biedermann, Manfred Butzmann, Thomas Ranft, Dagmar Ranft-Schinke, Ulrich Tarlatt, Ralf-Rainer Wasse (Fotograf), Tripel-Spiegelei (Pleinair Kolkwitz-Rudolstadt), 1986, Fotografie, Print von digitalisiertem Kleinbildnegativ 2020, 37 x 47 cm, Lindenau-Museum Altenburg © Lindenau-Museum Altenburg/Archiv der Fotonegative von Ralf-Rainer Wasse: Die Künstlergruppe Clara Mosch und die alternative Kunstszene der DDR in den siebziger und achtziger Jahren 2020 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

The actions of the Karl-Marx-Stadt-based Clara Mosch artist group have been recorded primarily through Ralf-Rainer Wasse’s photographs. The photographs, which Wasse took between 1975 and 1986, also on behalf of the Stasi, form the focal point of the exhibition and document the group’s inherently ephemeral actions. They also testify to the artistic self-staging of the members of Clara Mosch, namely, Carlfriedrich Claus, Thomas Ranft, Dagmar Ranft-Schinke, Michael Morgner, and Gregor-Torsten Schade (since 1980 Kozik), ranging ...

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Schloßbergmuseum
15. Mar 2020 – 24. May 2020

Sabine Kahane-Noll

Sabine Kahane-Noll, Blaue Hügel, 2016, Monotypie auf Papier, 41 x 26 cm, im Besitz der Künstlerin, Foto: Ilja Kogan, Chemnitz/Freiberg © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

Sabine Kahane-Noll, daughter of the graphic artist and book designer Werner Klemke, studied at the Weißensee Academy of Art in Berlin and took art lessons from Orest Werejski (Moscow), Jan Tschichold (Basel), and Li Ting-I (Berlin). She worked as a graphic artist and illustrator and was a master student at the Akademie der Künste der DDR from 1980 to 1983. In 1984, along with her husband, Chaim Noll, and their two children, she left the ...

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Schloßbergmuseum
16. Feb 2020 – 1. Jun 2020

»… and from the ruins springs new life!«

Helmut Brückner, Trümmergrundstück der Frankeschen Villa, Reichs-/Ecke Hohe Straße, 1949, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz/Schloßbergmuseum, Sammlung Brückner, Foto: Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz/ Schloßbergmuseum

The City of Chemnitz became the target of American and British air raids a total of twelve times in the final year of the Second World War, resulting in the deaths of some 4,000 people. The city centre in particular, constructed over several generations, suffered almost total destruction. Immediately after the capitulation of Nazi Germany, however, tremendous efforts were made under the most difficult circumstances to normalise life. As there was no Marshall Plan, the ...

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Museum Gunzenhauser
14. Mar 2020 – 7. Jun 2020

Christiane Bergelt

Christiane Bergelt, the soft animal of your body, 2018, Mischtechnik auf Papier, 253 x 217 cm, im Besitz der Künstlerin, Foto: Torsten Stapel © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

As part of the exhibition series entitled Young Contemporary Art from Saxony at the Museum Gunzenhauser, the museum is presenting the first solo museum show of works by Christiane Bergelt, born in Marienberg in 1982. Her expressive paintings mix surface and pictorial space. Gestural expressiveness, sometimes decipherable as writing and sometimes encrypted as a graphical element, meets with precise construction. Narrative elements collide with processoriented statements. Confrontational situations located somewhere between figuration and abstraction tell ...

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Museum Gunzenhauser
15. Feb 2020 – 21. Jun 2020

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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Museum Gunzenhauser
15. Feb 2020 – 25. Oct 2020

»Art has become abstract«

Gerhard Altenbourg (1926–1989), Stillleben mit gebrochenem Genick, 1957, Chinesische Tinte und Stabilostift auf Karton, 22,4 x 29,2 cm, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz – Museum Gunzenhauser, Eigentum der Stiftung Gunzenhauser, Chemnitz, Foto: Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz – Museum Gunzenhauser/Archiv © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

After the Second World War, abstract art became increasingly dominant. Against the background of the Cold War, abstraction was associated with freedom from a Western perspective, while realism was inseparably associated with a totalitarian, at first National Socialist, later Socialist-Communist regime. In view of non-representational positions in France and the United States and with the desire to overcome the German past, one recognized in abstraction the possibility of a radical liberation of the visual arts, ...

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