Past Exhibitions

  • 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
    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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    Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
    11. Nov 2020 – 28. Feb 2021

    Olaf Nicolai

    Olaf Nicolai, Yeux de Paon, Foto: Olaf Nicolai © Olaf Nicolai

    Through his art installations, Olaf Nicolai has engaged in artistic research since the 1990s into the aesthetic relationship between nature and culture, its interferences, and the related associated processes of perception and their influences on our society. His multi-part textile work Yeux de Paon (Peacock Eyes) reveals his interest in using the decorative patterns typical of traditional ceramics from Bulgaria. He had the peacock-eye forms transferred to lengths of textile, with the newly created patterns ...

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    Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
    8. Nov 2020 – 21. Feb 2021

    Examination of a case

    Laure Prouvost, Swallow me, From Flanders to Italy (Ausschnitt), 2019, Teppich und zwei integrierte TV-Screens, Filmdatei, 200 x 460 cm © Courtesy: the artist

    The exploration of the material, fabrics and new textiles is currently inspiring artists of different generations and origins from all continents. Curtains, wallpaper and carpets are being rediscovered as image carriers for contemporary representations. Fabrics, textile décor and clothing can be used to retell stories and backgrounds of historical, pictorial and global contexts.

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    Schloßbergmuseum
    6. Dec 2020 – 31. Jan 2021

    Works for the Stage

    Ralf Winkler (1936–2009), Kostümentwurf für Wotan in Richard Wagners Der Ring des Nibelungen, 1998, im Nachlass des Künstlers, Foto: Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz/Schloßbergmuseum

    Iridescent textiles, will-o’-the-wisps in the forest, masks of garish colour, towering trees, blue glows, heavy cloaks, and magical gossamer webs were a constant source of fascination and surprise for many Chemnitz theatre-goers. This exhibition is dedicated to the life work of Ralf Winkler (1936–2009), chief costume and set designer for Theatres Chemnitz for many years. On view are hand drawings, studies, collages, set designs, and a wide assortment of working materials from Winkler’s estate. These ...

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    Schloßbergmuseum
    27. Sep 2020 – 10. Jan 2021

    Thomas Ranft at 75

    Thomas Ranft, Initiale, o. J., im Besitz des Künstlers, Foto: Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz/Schloßbergmuseum © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

    Thomas Ranft’s portfolio works are legendary, consisting of series of fine, light, swirling works on paper. They arouse the interest of museums and private collectors alike. What subject would thus fit this lightness better than the sensitive language of poetry? It is no wonder Ranft finds his inspiration in the great poets whose works focus on Germanlanguage word play, for example, Ernst Jandl or Friedrich Hölderlin. And this time Rainer Maria Rilke. Ranft has recently ...

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    Museum Gunzenhauser
    6. Sep 2020 – 29. Nov 2020

    All Too Human

    Sebastian Gögel, Connection, 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 130 x 180cm © Sebastian Gögel

    This year’s summer exhibition in the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz – Museum Gunzenhauser is dedicated to the representation of people in the work of artists of the collection in dialogue with a contemporary position. Under the title Sebastian Gögel. All too human (Allzumenschliches) paintings and graphics by Otto Dix, Conrad Felixmüller, Helmut Kolle, Gabriele Münter, Georg Schrimpf and others are merged with works by the artist Sebastian Gögel (*1978). Sometimes gloomy, sometimes humorous, but always with great ...

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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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    Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
    25. Jul 2020 – 25. Oct 2020

    »In the Dawn of the Republic«

    Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (1884–1976), Mädchen, 1920, Öl auf Leinwand, 91 x 76,3 cm, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Foto: bpk/Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz/May Voigt © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

    »In the dawn of the young German republic«, as the founding director Friedrich Schreiber-Weigand recalls in retrospect, in 1920, the Chemnitz city council decided 100 years ago to establish a municipal art collection. Inspired by the idea of the museum as a place of democracy, education and participation, the administration, mediation and presentation of the city’s art holdings was recognized as an important municipal task in the first German republic. In addition to the establishment ...

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