Upcoming Exhibitions

Museum Gunzenhauser
21. Mar 2021 – 20. Jun 2021

Serge Poliakoff

Serge Poliakoff, Composition abstraite, 1959, Foto: Bertram Kober © © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

This exhibition selects an important artist from the Dr. Alfred Gunzenhauser Collection: Serge Poliakoff. The artist originally came from Moscow. In Paris around 1950 he developed his own very distinctive formal idiom. Drawing on Cubism and the colour theories of Robert and Sonja Delaunay, he produced works that linger neither in geometrical stringency and analytical constructivism, nor in the informal free gesture. Instead, in his characteristic polygonal forms, he used the finest of colour nuances ...

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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
28. Mar 2021 – 27. Jun 2021

Soulages

Pierre Soulages (*1919), Peinture, 163 x 181 cm, 17 Décembre 2004, 2004, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, Westfälisches Landesmuseum, Münster, Foto:  LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, Westfälisches Landesmuseum, Münster / Hanna Neander © © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

The internationally renowned French painter Pierre Soulages is considered one of the most important artists of post-war modernism and the 20th century. He belongs to the generation of artists who saw in Art Informel with its gestural and abstract tendencies the perfection of modern art and of modern man. He thought of abstraction not as pure spiritualisation, but as the liberation of art and as a chance for viewers to face up to the artistic ...

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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
3. Apr 2021 – 2. May 2021

70 Years »Kunst am Bau« (Percent for art)

Horst Zickelbein, Wandbild im Foyer der Stadthalle in Karl-Marx-Stadt, 1969-74

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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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
15. May 2021 – 29. Aug 2021

Tu BiShvat

Eldar Farber, Small Mauer Park, 2019, Öl auf Leinwand , 28 x 24 cm  © Eldar Farber

On the occasion of the celebrations marking 1700 years of Jewish life in Germany and the 30th Jewish Culture Days in Chemnitz, the exhibition not only takes a look at important Jewish collectors, artists and art patrons, but also focuses on their donated works of art and relationships with each other.

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Museum Gunzenhauser
29. May 2021 – 12. Sep 2021

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Karl Rudolf Hoffmann Sonderborg, Ohne Titel, 1975, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz – Museum Gunzenhauser Eigentum der Stiftung Gunzenhauser ©  © Galerie Maulberger, München 2020

The (non-)colour black is coded worldwide as #000000. Under this same heading, the exhibition brings together works from the holdings of the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz in which black is the point of departure and culmination of the creative process. This includes works by Willi Baumeister, Werner Knaupp and Richard Serra, which reflect on how black becomes manifest on surfaces and in motifs for the sublime, the profane and the objective. Knaupp’s powerful black panel paintings compellingly ...

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Schloßbergmuseum
30. May 2021 – 8. Aug 2021

Chemnitz celebrates

Vladimir Shvemmer, Ballonfest, 2018, im Besitz des Künstlers © Vladimir Shvemmer, Chemnitz

Be it in the form of public holidays, religious festivals, or private parties: Celebrating is an integral part of our lives This is essentially a matter of renewing the bond between the individual and the community by celebrating customary rituals. Sometimes, however, celebrations can seem menacing, particularly to those who are not part of them. By means of artistic photography, this exhibition aims to take a critical look at celebration as a theme, using Chemnitz ...

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Henry van de Velde Museum
19. Jun 2021 – 25. Aug 2021

What Even the Ghost Doesn’t Know

Villa Esche, Ansicht von Südwesten, um 1985, Foto: Kunstsmmlungen Chemnitz/Jürgen Gerhardt

December 2021 will see the 20th anniversary of the inauguration of the Henry van de Velde Museum in Villa Esche. To mark this occasion the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz and the Chemnitz concern GGG (current owner of the Villa Esche) have invited a class of art students to take an artistic approach – from their personal and contemporary perspective – to the different narratives and historical layers which the Villa Esche brings together. Under the direction of ...

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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
18. Jul 2021 – 24. Oct 2021

Carlfriedrich Claus and Gerhard Altenbourg in Dialogue

Gerhard Altenbourg, Berggänge, 1964, Chinesische Tusche, Bleistift, Rötel, Kreide auf Bütten, 50 x 65 cm, Stiftung Gunzenhauser Chemnitz

The relationship between Carlfriedrich Claus und Gerhard Altenbourg was based less on a personal affinity for each other and more on their independent agency in one and the same cultural milieu. They met personally for the very first time in 1961, at Galerie Schüler in West-Berlin. But both were already preoccupied with the art of the avant-garde in the years after 1945 – above all Surrealism, Dadaism and Futurism – and were adapting their concepts, ...

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