Upcoming Exhibitions

Museum Gunzenhauser
12. Jun 2022 – 4. Sep 2022

Des Pudels Kern

Marcus Behmer,, Das abgelehnte Goldhündchen, 1912, zu Voltaire, Zadig oder das Schicksal

»So that was the poodle’s core,« cried Goethe’s Faust in amazement as the animal transformed itself into Mephistopheles. This expression is still used today to mean the essence or crux of a matter. Illustrations, too, employ techniques of visualisation, exaggeration and comment. For the first time, the exhibition presents prints from the Museum Gunzenhauser collection that are based on literary sources, poems, stories and fairy tales. These include illustrations by Marcus Behmer referencing Honoré de ...

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Museum Gunzenhauser
9. Jul 2022 – 16. Oct 2022

Andrzej Steinbach

Andrzej Steinbach, platen, aus der Serie: Disassembling a Typewriter, 2022, Fine Art Print, 60 x 90 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Andrzej Steinbach, who grew up in Chemnitz, no longer regards the documentary aspect of photography as providing a copy of external reality. Instead he relies deliberately on mises-en-scene or stagings when devoting his attention to social themes. In doing so he uses photography’s inherent promise of reality media and political issues. Work is the subject of the Chemnitz exhibition Tanz die Maschine (Dance the Machine): people, bodies, machines and their actions are the main motif. ...

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Schloßbergmuseum
10. Jul 2022 – 11. Sep 2022

The world in a box

Seconds Voyageurs Aeriens, ou Experience de MM Charles et Robert, 1783/1784

In the period around 1760, fairground people at annual funfairs promised audiences the illusion of a trip to distant cities by allowing them to look into a box. Views of gondolas and sailing boats, castles and cathedrals, gardens and airships could be seen with the aid of one or two optical lenses and a mirror together with pictures with a heightened perspective. The 35 colourful sheets from the Graphics Section of the Schloßbergmuseum originated from ...

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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
24. Jul 2022 – 31. Oct 2022

Michael Morgner

Michael Morgner, 9 Schreitende, 1982, Foto: Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz/PUNCTUM/Bertram Kober © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

What shapes a human life? For the Chemnitz artist Michael Morgner it is the experience of war and of loss, the influence of political regimes on personal freedom, death and anxiety, but also overcoming them, rising up again after blows of fate, and new beginnings after social upheavel. Morgner deals with these existential themes in his artistic work. Morgner grew up in Einsiedel where he still lives today, apart from a few brief interruptions. In ...

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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
24. Jul 2022 – 23. Oct 2022

Timelessly beautiful

Künstler:in unbekannt, Florale Tapete mit Vogelmotiv, vor 1915

For the first time in the history of the Chemnitz museum a representative selection from the valuable wallpaper holdings dating from around 1900 is being shown. Thanks to deliberate purchases of complete pattern collections from French merchants, and to extensive donations, for example, by the Chemnitz wallpaper manufacturer Max Langhammer, the Textile and Decorative Arts Collection in Chemnitz has more than 1,000 wallpapers today. Among them are German and Viennese brands, also numerous English, American ...

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Schloßbergmuseum
16. Oct 2022 – 28. Feb 2023

Metamorphosis

Fotograf:in unbekannt, Baustelle des Chemnitzer Neuen Rathauses am Neumarkt/Markt, um 1908

Old Chemnitz was destroyed during the Second World War. But was Chemnitz really »old« in the pre-war period? Thanks to the then young medium of photography, the enormous changes that took place in the city’s structure between 1870 and 1914 are documented in photographs from the collections of the Schloßbergmuseum. Industrialisation in the 19th century initiated a process of change of hitherto unknown dimensions. In the boom of the Gründerjahre Chemnitz grew to be a ...

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Schloßbergmuseum
23. Oct 2022 – 26. Feb 2023

Sound of the Big City

Alfred Kunze, Theaterplatz Chemnitz

2021 marks the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the German Empire, which existed from 1871 to 1918 / 1919. It was during this period that the town of Chemnitz was transformed into a Saxon industrial metropolis, a development driven by an unimaginable momentum. With 100,000 inhabitants in 1883, the town formally crossed the threshold to become a city or »Großstadt«– by 1900 that number had increased in ten-year increments by another 100,000 people. Chemnitz had become ...

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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
13. Nov 2022 – 5. Feb 2023

Meta blue

Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Metablau, 1972

In 2020, the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz received its most comprehensive individual donation in the history of the museum to date from the Thomas family of collectors. Brigitte und Hans Robert Thomas in Weiden in the Upper Palatinate gathered an outstanding collection of printed works. These include works by the artists Horst Antes, Max Beckmann, Marc Chagall, Eduardo Chillida, Piero Dorazio, Otto Dix, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Günther Förg, Horst Janssen, Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Serge Poliakoff, Günther Uecker and ...

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Museum Gunzenhauser
13. Nov 2022 – 12. Feb 2023

New Acquisitions of the Collection of Contemporary Art of the Federal Republic of Germany

Tilmann Hornig, recte (Europa Nr.9), 2017, Sammlung der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

The Contemporary Art Collection of the Federal Republic of Germany has been documenting developments in art in the country since 1970. Meanwhile the collections amounts to about 1,700 works and is administered and supervised by the Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. In 2021 additional works were acquired with funds from the promotion programme NEUSTART KULTUR. These and a selection of other works purchased for the Collection of the Federal Republic of Germany between ...

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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
20. Nov 2022 – 26. Feb 2023

Between avant-garde and repression

Josef Sudek, Erinnerungen der Träume (Rothmayers Garten), 1959, Uměleckoprůmyslové museum v Praze (Kunstgewerbemuseum Prag) © Gabina Fárová

Following the classical avant-gardes in Paris around 1930, an exhibition of Czech Photography in the post-war period will now focus on another major chapter in the history of European photography. The centre of attention will be five Czech photographers from that period: Josef Sudek, Vilém Reichmann, Emila Medková, Jan Svoboda and Josef Koudelka. Medková and Reichmann positioned themselves decisively in the surrealist tradition of the inter-war period when, on their forays through Prague and Brno, ...

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