Past Exhibitions

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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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28. Oct 2020 – 8. Nov 2020


Congratulations to the whole city of Chemnitz – together we made it!

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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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Öffentlicher Raum Stadt Chemnitz
15. Aug 2020 – 25. Oct 2020

Gegenwarten | Presences

For the first time, Chemnitz will be the scene of an international public art project in summer 2020. Twenty renowned artists and collectives are invited to engage with the city, its history and society, and to develop site-specific works – interventions and sculp-tures, installations and performances – in public spaces.

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Museum Gunzenhauser
19. May 2020 – 11. Oct 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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19. May 2020 – 4. Oct 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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16. Feb 2020 – 30. Aug 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
15. Feb 2020 – 23. Aug 2020

Otto Dix and the New Objectivity

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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