Past Exhibitions

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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

Otto Dix (1891–1969), Mädchen am Sonntag, 1921, Öl auf Leinwand auf Pappe auf Pressspan, 83,2 x 66 cm (restaurierte Leinwand), Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz – Museum Gunzenhauser, Eigentum der Stiftung Gunzenhauser, Chemnitz, Foto: Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz/László Tóth © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

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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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
10. Jul 2020 – 9. Aug 2020

Textile Combine

Objekt im Raum, eine spontane Re/Aktion, Zeichen textiler Vielfalt. Studentische Flächengestaltung, Ausdruck der Phantasie und der Freude an der Form, an der Farbe und der Geste, der Technik und dem Material.

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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
2. Feb 2020 – 5. Jul 2020

Paris 1930

Else Thalemann, Eiffelturm, um 1930, Silbergelatineabzug, Sammlung Siegert, München, Foto: Christian Schmieder © unbestimmt

Man Ray, Brassaï, Florence Henri, André Kertész, Germaine Krull … The French art critic Waldemar George coined the phrase »l’âge d’or de la photographie« (the golden age of photography) in 1930 when confronted with the diversity and quality of the photography of his time. That »golden age« was marked by a variety of influential avant-garde schools, including Neues Sehen and Surrealism. Its centres were in Berlin and, above all, Paris. The exhibition brings together key ...

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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
23. Feb 2020 – 21. Jun 2020

Clara Mosch and Ralf-Rainer Wasse

Wolfgang E. Biedermann, Manfred Butzmann, Thomas Ranft, Dagmar Ranft-Schinke, Ulrich Tarlatt, Ralf-Rainer Wasse (Fotograf), Tripel-Spiegelei (Pleinair Kolkwitz-Rudolstadt), 1986, Fotografie, Print von digitalisiertem Kleinbildnegativ 2020, 37 x 47 cm, Lindenau-Museum Altenburg © Lindenau-Museum Altenburg/Archiv der Fotonegative von Ralf-Rainer Wasse: Die Künstlergruppe Clara Mosch und die alternative Kunstszene der DDR in den siebziger und achtziger Jahren 2020 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

The actions of the Karl-Marx-Stadt-based Clara Mosch artist group have been recorded primarily through Ralf-Rainer Wasse’s photographs. The photographs, which Wasse took between 1975 and 1986, also on behalf of the Stasi, form the focal point of the exhibition and document the group’s inherently ephemeral actions. They also testify to the artistic self-staging of the members of Clara Mosch, namely, Carlfriedrich Claus, Thomas Ranft, Dagmar Ranft-Schinke, Michael Morgner, and Gregor-Torsten Schade (since 1980 Kozik), ranging ...

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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
25. Aug 2019 – 14. Jun 2020

On green ground

Fritz Winter (1905–1976), Auf grünem Grund, 1949, Öl auf Papier auf Leinwand, 50 x 70 cm, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Dauerleihgabe, Sammlung Lühl, Foto: Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz/May Voigt © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

Purely abstract art has existed for more than 100 years. It belongs to the achievements of modern art of the early 20th century. The exemplary selection of paintings after 1945 in the art collections on Theaterplatz shows how differently artists and painters have approached abstracting from the figurative, the perceptible and the tangible or excluding a world of objects. Not least of all, the parallel German-German artistic friendship of Bernard Schultze and Carlfriedrich Claus is ...

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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
21. Dec 2019 – 1. Jun 2020

A New Epoch of Painting

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880–1938), Chemnitzer Fabriken, 1926, Öl auf Leinwand, 110,5 x 71 cm, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Leihgabe aus der Sammlung Deutsche Bank, Foto: Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz/PUNCTUM/Bertram Kober

In anticipation of the anniversary year 2020, the Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz are presenting a notable selection of outstanding works of classical modern art. Among the works shown and waiting to be rediscovered are artists’ portraits, landscapes ranging from the local or idyllic to paintings in the style of New Objectivity, and pictures of the modern industrial city and its inhabitants. On view are important paintings and sculptures from the early 20th century, by Ernst-Ludwig Kirchner, ...

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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
19. May 2017 – 17. May 2020

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (1884–1976), Landschaft im Herbst, 1910, Öl auf Leinwand, 87,7 x 95,6 cm, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Foto: Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz/PUNCTUM, Bertram Kober © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

In the Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz, a total of about 500 works by Karl Schmidt-Rottluff are preserved as separate holdings and on permanent loan. The exhibition includes 47 paintings and two sculptures by the artist.

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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
13. Jul 2010 – 22. Mar 2020

Painting of the Romanticism

Caspar David Friedrich (1774–1840), Segelschiff, um 1815, Öl auf Leinwand, 72,3 x 51 cm, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Foto: bpk/Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz/László Tóth

The Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz have a stock of several hundred paintings that can be assigned to the genre of Romanticism. After extensive building preparations, a permanent presentation of this wonderful fund is possible. In the exhibition, about 50 paintings are on view. In addition to an impressive collection of portraits from the period from 1770 to 1874, landscape representations and still lifes are presented. The landscapes selected for this exhibition are Italian and German (mainly Saxon) ...

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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
17. Nov 2019 – 3. Feb 2020

Steffen Volmer

Steffen Volmer, Das Bündel, 2019, Zeichnung, 50 x 35 cm, im Besitz des Künstlers, Foto: Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz/Lászlo Tóth © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

Since Steffen Volmer’s studies at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Dresden, drawing has been the focus of his artistic practice. The medium through which this artist, who was born in 1955 and lives in Chemnitz, expresses himself spontaneously and authentically plays a major role in his first solo museum exhibition. In addition to his most recent works, the exhibition includes artist’s books with Volmer’s written and pictorial creations, as well as early works, including ...

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