Current Exhibitions

Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
31. Mar 2021 – 2. May 2021

70 Years »Kunst am Bau« (Percent for art)

Blick ins Foyer der Stadthalle Chemnitz, Foto: Alexander Meyer © Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz | Alexander Meyer

The exhibition features projects under the heading »Kunst am Bau« (Percent for art), which have been created since 1950 on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic. In that year, both the West German Bundestag and the East German Volkskammer resolved almost simultaneously to involve visual artists in government building projects. This resulted in a portion of the total construction costs for new buildings and renovations of state buildings being ...

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Schloßbergmuseum
4. Apr 2021 – 9. May 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 ...

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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
5. Dec 2020 – 13. Jun 2021

… Lorenzetti, Perugino, Botticelli …

Paolo di Giovanni Fei (um 1345–um 1411), Anbetung der Heiligen Drei Könige, um 1395–1400, Lindenau-Museum Altenburg, Foto: Bernd Sinterhaupt © Lindenau-Museum Altenburg

There is a world-famous collection of early Italian paintings in Germany, which – in addition to the large and well-known collections of the Alte Pinakothek in Munich, the Old Masters of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, and the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin – is one of the largest and most beautiful European collections of early Italian art outside Italy. It is the collection of the philanthropist and politician Bernhard August von Lindenau, which today forms the heart ...

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Museum Gunzenhauser
21. Mar 2021 – 20. Jun 2021

Serge Poliakoff

Serge Poliakoff, Composition abstraite, 1959, Foto: Bertram Kober © © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

This exhibition selects an important artist from the Dr. Alfred Gunzenhauser Collection: Serge Poliakoff. The artist originally came from Moscow. In Paris around 1950 he developed his own very distinctive formal idiom. Drawing on Cubism and the colour theories of Robert and Sonja Delaunay, he produced works that linger neither in geometrical stringency and analytical constructivism, nor in the informal free gesture. Instead, in his characteristic polygonal forms, he used the finest of colour nuances ...

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Schloßbergmuseum
27. Feb 2021 – 27. Jun 2021

Vasa Sacra – 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 ...

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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
28. Mar 2021 – 27. Jun 2021

Soulages

Pierre Soulages (*1919), Peinture, 163 x 181 cm, 17 Décembre 2004, 2004, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, Westfälisches Landesmuseum, Münster, Foto:  LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, Westfälisches Landesmuseum, Münster / Hanna Neander © © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

The internationally renowned French painter Pierre Soulages is considered one of the most important artists of post-war modernism and the 20th century. He belongs to the generation of artists who saw in Art Informel with its gestural and abstract tendencies the perfection of modern art and of modern man. He thought of abstraction not as pure spiritualisation, but as the liberation of art and as a chance for viewers to face up to the artistic ...

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Museum Gunzenhauser
15. Nov 2020 – 4. Jul 2021

Du lebst nur keinmal

Uwe Lausen (1941–1970), Grandiose Aussichten, 1967, Kunstharz-Dispersion auf Leinwand, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz – Museum Gunzenhauser, Eigentum der Stiftung Gunzenhauser, Chemnitz, Foto: Heide Stolz, Abzug Archiv Museum Gunzenhauser © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

Performance, provocation, breaking of taboos, violence – there is no equivalent to the 1960s works of the artist-duo Uwe Lausen (1941–1970) and Heide Stolz (1939–1985). The works were created in a period characterised by considerable upheaval and radical change, and in which a new generation reckons with traditional conventions with an unprecedented degree of vehemence. The photographs by Stolz and the works on canvas and paper by Lausen tell of the individual’s role in the ...

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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 ...

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