Upcoming Exhibitions

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

What Even the Ghost Doesn’t Know

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
27. Jun 2021 – 3. Oct 2021

simson, diamant, erika. Formgestaltung von Karl Clauss Dietel

Karl Clauss Dietel , Skizze Simson S 50 , 1969, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, 2019 Ankauf mit Unterstützung der Sächsischen Landesstelle für Museumswesen und der Stadt Chemnitz © ©VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

Simson, Diamant, Erika, Trabant, Wartburg, Robur und Heliradio … auch 30 Jahre nach der Wende sind diese Produktnamen fest in der deutschen Designgeschichte und im kollektiven Gedächtnis verankert. Untrennbar sind sie mit dem Lebenswerk des Chemnitzer Formgestalters Karl Clauss Dietel verbunden. Als erster und einziger Gestalter aus der ehemaligen DDR erhielt Dietel 2014 den Designpreis der Bundesrepublik Deutschland für hervorragende Gestaltung.

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Museum Gunzenhauser
24. Jul 2021 – 31. Oct 2021

#000000

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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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
15. Aug 2021 – 31. Oct 2021

Cristina Lucas

Cristina Lucas, Europleasure International LTD.: Touch and Go, 2010 © Cristina Lucas

The Spanish artist Cristina Lucas works with numerous media and genres. Central concerns of her artwork are the confrontation between political and subjective historiography as well as the reconstruction of cultural and gender-specific clichés. At the heart of the extensive solo exhibition in Chemnitz is the multi-channel video installation Unending Lightning, through which Lucas has been painstakingly investigating the history of aerial warfare since 2013. In collaboration with various research groups, a continuously evolving database ...

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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
29. Aug 2021 – 14. Nov 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, Foto: Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz – Museum Gunzenhauser/László Tóth, Chemnitz © © VG BIld-Kunst, Bonn 2021

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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Museum Gunzenhauser
10. Oct 2021 – 9. Jan 2022

Simon Weckert

Simon Weckert, Google Maps Hacks, 2020 © courtesy: der Künstler

Scarcely ever has the speed of technical change been as great as now. What constitutes our being human today when artificial intelligence, algorithms and deep learning are changing our way of being in the world and taking over more and more tasks in, for example, everyday life and at work? We entrust our money matters to them, rely on them in traffic, in airplanes and even when it comes to steering weapons. Constantly developing technology ...

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Schloßbergmuseum
10. Oct 2021 – 28. Nov 2021

Jürgen Höritzsch

Jürgen Höritzsch, Herrendoppel, 2016 © courtey: der Künstler

The artistic beginnings of Jürgen Höritzsch, from what was then called Karl Marx Stadt, were in the field of photography. In the historical vaulted rooms of the Schloßbergmuseum he is now presenting proof of the breadth of his creativity with a selection of works in other media, such as graphic art, painting, book art and ceramics.

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Schloßbergmuseum
21. Nov 2021 – 6. Feb 2022

Museum pieces

Terrine der Brautsuppen-Gesellschaft Chemnitz-Rabenstein, Rosenthal 1926, Foto: Schloßbergmuseum

When the Chemnitz history society (Verein für Chemnitzer Geschichte) was inaugurated in 1872, priority was given to collecting and presenting valuable objects and documents that were important in the history of the city. Over many decades holdings amounting to about 25,000 exhibits were gathered. Housed initally in provisional rooms, it became possible in 1931 to establish a special museum devoted to the history of the city in the former Benedictine monastery and later electoral castle.

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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
28. Nov 2021 – 13. Feb 2022

Achtung Werbung!

Carl Moos , Plakat für Gabriel's Rollschuh Palast, 1910, Foto: Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz/László Tóth

As of the late 19th the poster became a powerful pictorial mass medium century thanks to the invention of lithography. And even today, despite the digital media, posters still are regarded as one of the most effective forms of advertising.

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Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
5. Dec 2021 – 20. Feb 2022

Stefan Vogel

Stefan Vogel, Ausstellungsansicht Laden für Nichts, 2018

In his first solo museum exhibition, artist Stefan Vogel, who lives and works in Leipzig, has taken possession of the west wing of Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz and completely restaged it. Visitors entering the existing gallery rooms find novel spatial landscapes and so encounter the formerly neutral museum space as an highly-charged ‘all-over setting’. Vogel’s spatial constructions are accompanied by neon artworks and pictures that are characterised as much by concrete poetry as by his interest ...

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Schloßbergmuseum
5. Dec 2021 – 6. Feb 2022

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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Museum Gunzenhauser
6. Feb 2022 – 1. May 2022

Max Peiffer Watenphul

Max Peiffer Watenphul, Venedig - S. Marco, Sammlung Gunzenhauser

Max Peiffer Watenphul was a doctor of law, a Bauhaus student, a teacher at the Folkwang School in Essen and a lover of Italy. Museum Gunzenhauser is devoting a retrospective exhibition to this particular artist with works from its collection. Max Pfeiffer Watenphul discovered his love of painting by engaging with the magazine Valori Plastici and with Paul Klee, whom he followed to the Bauhaus. There he was active in all the workshops, developing a ...

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