Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz

Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz, Foto: Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz/PUNCTUM/Bertram Kober

The Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz are among the largest civic art collections in Germany and cover all genres of artistic production, from painting and sculpture to graphic art and decorative art, with a special focus on textiles.

Among the most significant museum holdings are works from the Romantic period and, above all, the Expressionist period, particularly by the Brücke (Bridge) artists, with a large group of works by Karl Schmidt-Rottluff – who was from Chemnitz and grew up here, as did Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Ernst Heckel. Outstanding works by the latter two artists are also held in the Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz. In addition, the painting collection includes numerous works by artists such as Caspar David Friedrich, Max Slevogt, Lovis Corinth, Helene Funke, Louise Seidler, Edvard Munch, and Georg Baselitz.

Among the sculptures in the holdings are works by Edgar Degas, Aristide Maillol, and Tony Cragg, among others. The Graphic Art Collection comprises about 28,000 works on paper, including outstanding groups of works by Lyonel Feininger, Honoré Daumier, Käthe Kollwitz, and Wolfgang Mattheuer. Furthermore attention should be drawn to the decorative arts and the textile collection. The specialised art-history library is open to the public and holds more than 90,000 publications.

A high point is the archive containing the complete estate of Carlfriedrich Claus, an important representative of an international art school that emerged around 1960 as the »Second Modernism«. The archive contains the artist’s Sprachblätter (Language Sheets) und Lautprozesse (Sound Processes), as well as works by artist-friends, manuscripts, diaries, letters, photographs, and Claus’s own library.

The collection exhibitions present paintings and sculptures from the Romantic period and the 19th century, as well as masterworks of classic modern art, most notably by Karl Schmidt-Rottluff and from the Expressionist period. They also give an insight into abstract art after 1945. The museum is renowned not only for the preservation and exhibition of its collections but also for its organisation of special exhibitions.

 

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Mädchen, 1920

Painting and Sculpture Collections

 

Graphic Arts Collection

 

Textile and Decorative Arts Collections

 

Directions

Gallery

Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz, Foto: Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz/PUNCTUM/Bertram Kober
Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz, Foyer, Foto: Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz
Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz, Foyer
Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz, Café, Foto: Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz
Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz, Café
Ansicht der Sammlungspräsentation »Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. Gemälde und Skultpuren«, 2016–2020, Foto: Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz/PUNCTUM/Bertram Kober
Ansicht der Sammlungspräsentation »Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. Gemälde und Skultpuren«, 2016–2020
Ansicht der Sammlungspräsentation »Romantik. Vom Seestück bis zur Waldidylle«, 2018–2020, Foto: Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz/Alexander Meyer
Ansicht der Sammlungspräsentation »Romantik. Vom Seestück bis zur Waldidylle«, 2018–2020
Ansicht der Sammlungspräsentation »Eine neue Zeit der Bilder. Highlights der klassischen Moderne«, 2019–2020, Foto: Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz/László Tóth
Ansicht der Sammlungspräsentation »Eine neue Zeit der Bilder. Highlights der klassischen Moderne«, 2019–2020

Exhibitions

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
25. Jul 2020 – 25. Oct 2020
»In the Dawn of the Republic«
Magdalena Kita, Californication (Muscle Beach, Fotoshooting), 2015, Courtesy the artist, Foto: Ignacio Genzon
8. Nov 2020 – 14. Feb 2021
Examination of a case
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
11. Nov 2020 – 28. Feb 2021
Olaf Nicolai
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
6. Dec 2020 – 7. Mar 2021
… Lorenzetti, Perugino, Botticelli …

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Information

Address and Contact Information

Theaterplatz 1, 09111 Chemnitz
T +49 (0)371 488 4424, F +49 (0)371 488 4499
kunstsammlungen@stadt-chemnitz.de

 

Opening Hours

Tu, Th–Su, holidays 11–18 h
We 14–21 h
24.12. & 31.12. closed

 

Admission

General admission 8 Euros, reduced admission 5 Euros
On the first Friday of every month (up to 31.12.2020), admission is free of charge for all visitors.
For children and adolescents through age 17, as well as for students of the Technical University Chemnitz, holders of Chemnitzpass, and chaperones to severely handicapped persons, admission is always free.
For further information regarding individual and group admission fees and combination tickets valid for more than one of the museums within Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, please see the schedule of fees (Entgeltordnung).

 

Museum Shop

Publications, postcards, posters, and other merchandise are available at the ticket counter and in the museum shop.
Orders may be e-mailed to service.kunstsammlungen@stadt-chemnitz.de or faxed to +49 (0)371 488 4498. Kindly use our order form (Bestellformular).