Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
3. Apr 2021 – 2. May 2021

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

Horst Zickelbein, Wandbild im Foyer der Stadthalle in Karl-Marx-Stadt, 1969-74

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

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 earmarked for art in the future. The German Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning, has put together a travelling exhibition dedicated to the function, history and variety of the different works commissioned in Germany. This exhibition is aimed at creating broader public awareness of the government’s 70-year commitment in this area.

The show at the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz is complemented by specific activities focused on Karl-Marx-Stadt/Chemnitz, the city in which one of the GDR’s first offices for building-related art was established. The exhibition is accompanied by themed urban space tours and an academic symposium on »percent for art« and »Socialist Modernism«.

The exhibition is organised by