2. Nov 2020 – 28. Feb 2021

Welcome to the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz in 2021!

Foto: Wolfgang Schmidt © Wolfgang Schmidt

Welcome to the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz in 2021!
Wir wünschen besinnliche Feiertage und ein gutes, glückliches und gesundes neues Jahr!

Dear friends of the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz!

Due to the greatly increased infection dynamics with Covid-19, the Chemnitz Art Collections have been closed since November 2020 and will probably remain so until the end of February 2021. As much as we regret not being able to share our wonderful exhibitions and artworks with you, as much as we miss you as an audience with us, the most important thing right now is to protect each other and do everything we can to contain the pandemic. In doing so, we would like to see proportionality in the measures taken, but in the meantime they are not to be questioned.

The art collections look back on an eventful 2020, in which everything was different than planned for our museums, but of course also for you, our audience and our supporters, and for the artists. We have done our best to meet the new requirements. We implemented corona measures and hygiene rules, postponed exhibitions, avoided cancellations because a lot is attached to such projects, increased our communication and mediation digitally – and we were happy to welcome you back to the city and the Kunstsammlungen in summer for two very important exhibition projects: the anniversary exhibition Im Morgenlicht der Republik in the Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz and the public art project Gegenwarten | Presences in downtown Chemnitz. The wonderful catalogs make a very nice gift for Christmas! Both publications give profound insights into the history and culture of the city of Chemnitz, one historical and with the art collections in focus, the other focused on the present and the urban space. You can order them from us by phone (0371 4884424) or by email (kunstsammlungen@stadt-chemnitz.de).

Both exhibitions went very well and received a lot of positive feedback from the public and the media. So it was with great pleasure that we also received the decision of the jury for the European Capital of Culture 2025 at the end of October, when they chose Chemnitz and thus cleared the way for the coming years to develop an ambitious program on a high European level. To win the title, the art collections have contributed with their work, so that on the same day, October 28, 2020, I noted with regret that cultural institutions, museums, theaters, concert halls, opera houses, in addition to restaurants and other “leisure facilities” have to close to slow down the infection dynamics. Although I personally would have liked to see other measures, the Kunstsammlungen naturally supports all efforts to combat the spread of the virus and protect our health.

The museums of the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz have been closed to the public since November 2, 2020. The exhibitions planned for late fall, Musterung. Pop and Politics in Contemporary Textile Art and Olaf Nicolai. Yeux de Paon at the Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz, Du lebst nur keinmal. Uwe Lausen and Heide Stolz, a pair of artists from the 1960s in the Museum Gunzenhauser in cooperation with the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart have been set up in the meantime, but have not yet opened. Also for the exhibition set up for the Christmas season … Lorenzetti, Perugino, Botticelli. Italian Masters from the Lindenau Museum Altenburg with the outstanding panel paintings of the Italian early Renaissance, there will probably be no opening on December 4, just as there will be no opening for the Christmas presentation of the Schloßberg Museum Works for the Stage. Costume and stage designs by Ralf Winkler.

Like the other museums and cultural institutions in Germany and Europe, we do not know at the moment when we will be allowed to reopen; at the moment the date of February 28th is in the air as the end of the museum closures. Everything is ready, we are in the starting blocks to make these wonderful, mind and soul stimulating presentations accessible to you under appropriate hygiene and clearance conditions. Please refer to our website or social media channels to find out what our program will look like and when we can welcome you back to the houses!

This also applies to the further planning in 2021, which must be adjusted. Originally, you would have had the new annual program for 2021 in your hands by now, but it is now waiting for the print approval when it is finished. In view of the unclear development, we will have to postpone the very important exhibition on Pierre Soulages next year by a few weeks. And also the other wonderful presentations at Theaterplatz, Museum Gunzenhauser and Schloßbergmuseum will probably be postponed. But postponed is not canceled! I am sure that we will find a good solution and that we will still be able to realize our projects in a modified form with the benevolent help of our partners!

We sincerely hope to welcome you again soon in the museums of the Kunstsammlungen and until then wish you a contemplative and peaceful time! Stay loyal to us and stay healthy!

Yours Frédéric Bußmann, general director, and the team of the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz