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19. August 2021


Eingangsbereich ehemalige SED-Bezirksleitung, Brückenstraße (heute Sächsische Immobilien und Baumanagement) mit Fahnenplastik von Ralph Siebenborn, 1977–1980, Gesamtentwurf Karl Clauss Dietel, 1977–1980 © Stadt Chemnitz

Building, Art-in-Architecture and Design in Eastern Germany and Europe in the Post-War Era

International two-day conference for researchers, scientists, artists, citizens, cultural politicians and activists

1.–2.10.2021 at the Stadthalle Chemnitz and Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz – Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz, with the support of the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony and the Cultural Capital Office Chemnitz 2025

Over the past decade, modern building, art-in-architecture and design in the immediate post-war years, beginning in the 1950s, have received increasing attention and been reappraised, following a long period of neglect, disregard, partial destruction or defacement. MODERN MATRIX covers the many modernist movements, styles and tendencies, ranging from late Modernism, post-war Modernism, Brutalism, Western Modernism, deferred Modernism, socialist Modernism, the second Modernism to GDR-Modernism – the term Eastern European Modernism has recently enjoyed a comeback.

This upsurge in interest has been promoted from the scientifi c point of view in particular by historians of architecture and urban planning, by art historians and cultural scholars and by conservati onists responsible for listed buildings. But there is also a notable surge in public interest and civic involvement, leading to local, regional and European initiatives and digital platforms. Knowledge being generated and information disseminated is atracting widespread attention, enhancing the public image of Eastern European Modernism.

The term Eastern European Modernism stands for a special position in relation to other modernist tendencies and deserves to be considered separately, with a focus on developments in buildings, art-in-architecture, design and everyday aesthetics in the wake of the reconfi guration and reconstruction of Eastern Europe. This independent analysis should encourage a re-evaluation and debate about the criteria applied to date in the adoption of international modernist tendencies at the European level. The conference is divided into fi ve thematic sessions, which will be open to the professional public as well as the general public on October 1st and 2nd, 2021 in the Stadthalle Chemnitz and the Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz. The conference can be attended on site or in the digital space. English contributions will be translated into German.

The conference takes place in the context of the exhibition simson, diamant, erika. Formgestaltung by Karl Clauss Dietel, which will be shown at the Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz until 3rd October 2021. The conference was conceived by Jeannete Brabenetz and Dr Frédéric Bußmann. The aim of the conference is to contribute to the thematic focus on Eastern European Modernism in the run up to the European Capital of Culture 2025, along with the conference Kunst und Welt im Übergang. Visionen und Skepsis im Jahr des Mauerbaus 1961 (Art and the World in Transition. Visions and Scepticism in 1961: the Year the Wall was Built) on 9th and 10th September 2021 at the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz organized by the Carlfriedrich Claus Archive.

Here you can find the conference programme as a pdf: Modern Matrix

Here is the link to the digital conference:

>>>link October 1st 2021


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