Upcoming Exhibitions

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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

Atelier Le Balto

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
6. Sep 2020 – 29. Nov 2020

All Too Human

Sebastian Gögel, Connection, 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 130 x 180cm © Sebastian Gögel

The summer exhibition in the Museum Gunzenhauser is dedicated to the depiction of man in the work of artists in the collection as well as in a contemporary position. Under the title All Too Human (Allzumenschliches), paintings and graphics by Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, Conrad Felixmüller, Georg Schrimpf and others will be on view. These are combined with works by Sebastian Gögel (b. 1978), whose artistic view, too, is directed to where tragedy and comedy ...

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Schloßbergmuseum
27. Sep 2020 – 31. 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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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
8. Nov 2020 – 14. Feb 2021

Examination of a case

Magdalena Kita, Californication (Muscle Beach, Fotoshooting), 2015, Courtesy the artist, Foto: Ignacio Genzon

Artists of different generations and origins on all continents are eager to engage with material, with new textiles and image-support materials. Curtains, wallpapers, and carpets are being rediscovered as image carriers for contemporary depictions. Fabrics, textile décor, and clothing can be used to narrate anew stories, the backdrops of historical, pictorial, and global relations. Here, the rediscovery of traditional techniques is confronted with the enthusiasm for new digital technologies: smart clothing, wearables, social fabrics, robot ...

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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
11. Nov 2020 – 21. Feb 2021

Olaf Nicolai

Olaf Nicolai, Yeux de Paon, Installationsansicht, 2008, Fabrikgebäude der ehemaligen Mechanischen Weberei Gebrüder Goeritz, Chemnitz, Courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin, Foto: László Tóth © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

Through his art installations, Olaf Nicolai has engaged in artistic research since the 1990s into the aesthetic relationship between nature and culture, its interferences, and the related associated processes of perception and their influences on our society. His multi-part textile work Yeux de Paon (Peacock Eyes) reveals his interest in using the decorative patterns typical of traditional ceramics from Bulgaria. He had the peacock-eye forms transferred to lengths of textile, with the newly created patterns ...

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Museum Gunzenhauser
15. Nov 2020 – 7. Feb 2021

Du lebst nur keinmal

Uwe Lausen (1941–1970), Grandiose Aussichten, 1967, Kunstharz-Dispersion auf Leinwand, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz – Museum Gunzenhauser, Eigentum der Stiftung Gunzenhauser, Chemnitz, Foto: Heide Stolz, Abzug Archiv Museum Gunzenhauser © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

Performance, provocation, breaking of taboos, violence – there is no equivalent to the 1960s works of the artist-duo Uwe Lausen (1941–1970) and Heide Stolz (1939–1985). The works were created in a period characterised by considerable upheaval and radical change, and in which a new generation reckons with traditional conventions with an unprecedented degree of vehemence. The photographs by Stolz and the works on canvas and paper by Lausen tell of the individual’s role in the ...

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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
6. Dec 2020 – 7. Mar 2021

… Lorenzetti, Perugino, Botticelli …

Paolo di Giovanni Fei (um 1345–um 1411), Anbetung der Heiligen Drei Könige, um 1395–1400, Lindenau-Museum Altenburg, Foto: Bernd Sinterhauf © Lindenau-Museum Altenburg

There is a world-famous collection of early Italian paintings in Germany, which – in addition to the large and well-known collections of the Alte Pinakothek in Munich, the Old Masters of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, and the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin – is one of the largest and most beautiful European collections of early Italian art outside Italy. It is the collection of the philanthropist and politician Bernhard August von Lindenau, which today forms the heart ...

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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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