Past Exhibitions

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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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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Schloßbergmuseum
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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