Current Exhibition

Ren Hang

27/10/2017 — 07/01/2018

The photographs of Chinese artist Ren Hang (1987-2017) thrive on their unbashful and provocative visual appeal. With the mark of explicit but elegant eroticism, they communicate through poetic, political, as well as humorous imagery. To this date, the artist’s polarizing photographs were only scarcely presented in Germany’s museums. The MdbK is now providing an all-encompassing insight into Ren Hang’s oeuvre, the first global exhibition of this sort ever since the artist’s suicide this year.

The exhibition is realized through cooperation with Ostlicht, Vienna.

Current Exhibition

Ayşe Erkmen & Mona Hatoum


18/11/2017 — 18/02/2018

The MdbK exhibition “Displacements/ Entortungen” initiates a dialogue between the work of two internationally renowned artists, Ayşe Erkmen (Istanbul) and Mona Hatoum (Beirut), in an unprecedented joint exhibition.

Current Exhibition

Petra Mattheis

Riding the Red Tide

27/10/2017 — 07/01/2018

Petra Mattheis (*1967) concerns herself with a candid examination of the human body. She seeks every patch and corner of downy body hair, which rem...

Current Exhibition

Wang Qingsong

The Great Wall?

27/10/2017 — 16/09/2018

27.10.2017 — 16.09.2018

Wang Qingsong (*1966) has a history of being known as the enfant terrible of contemporary Chinese art. His oeuvre combines traditional Chinese techniques of painting and a staunch rejection of everything normative.

Current Exhibition

LVZ Art Prize 2017

Benedikt Leonhardt. LUX

02/12/2017 — 04/02/2018

The Leipzig artist Benedikt Leonhardt (*1984) is the 12th laureate of the art prize awarded by the Leipziger Volkszeitung. Imagery circulating thro...

Current Exhibition

Formation 7

1st act, Hunt

06/12/2017 — 01/01/2018

With awareness of fundamental questions that arise today, the project group Formation 7 was formed in 2017. It consists of 6 artists living in Leipzig, Germany: Anja Heymann, Marie Carolin Knoth, Mandy Kunze, Petra Polli, Oskar Rink and Susanne Wurlitzer. Once a year, they relate their own work to a jointly chosen 7th artistic position.

Upcoming Exhibition

Virtual Normality

Women Net Artists 2.0

12/01 — 08/04/2018

Women net artists 2.0 explore the possibilities and restrictions of social media. They question the female beauty ideals and gender stereotypes that have become standard in the attention economy of social media.

The Internet and social media have allowed a new generation of women artists to make their voices heard. Newspapers and magazines call them Tumblr stars, Instagram artists, or webcam princesses, while the net artists describe themselves as “reality artists” (Signe Pierce), “Instagram models” (Leah Schrager), or “online exhibitionists” (Molly Soda). They use smartphones, tablets, and computers to share their works and stream them live in social media, where the images and videos frequently become viral and then spread across the Internet.

Women net artists 2.0 broadcast their lives, play different characters, create alter egos, and assume a variety of roles. In this way, they make their audiences aware of stereotypes, clichés, and generalizations. The artists willfully blur the line between art and life—and sometimes erode it altogether. Viewers often react with a feeling of unease when artists like Arvida Byström or Molly Soda reflect critically on ideals of female beauty and disseminate images of, for example, their own menstruation or body hair.

The exhibition is devoted to the female gaze in the age of digital stagings of identity. With every new generation and fresh wave of feminism, priorities and media change. New media facilitate the development of novel ideas and the exploration of uncharted possibilities. In response to the rekindling of debates about sexuality and identity on the Internet and in social media, women net artists have developed a hyperfeminine aesthetics. They present themselves as aggressively feminine or girlish and cute. Their colors are pink, purple, and neon.

The artists featured in the exhibition present a female perspective on sexuality, identity, and femininity in the digital age. Their materials are their own bodies, realities, and everyday lives; their stylistic devices are humor, irony, the grotesque, and hyperbole. Signe Pierce and Leah Schrager play with the male gaze by ostensibly engaging in the art of seduction. Nakeya Brown thematizes the political dimension of hair. Stephanie Sarley frees female sexuality from associations with the obscene and the reprehensible, while Molly Soda and Arvida Byström push ahead with the debate on female beauty ideals. Women net artists know that it is especially the female body that is censored and controlled in social media.

In an ideal world, women would not be insulted and belittled; they would not have to feel ashamed whenever they depart from the norm and assert their sexuality. Women net artists 2.0 show what it means to be true to oneself and thereby encourage public debate.

The participating artists are Signe Pierce, Molly Soda, Leah Schrager, Refrakt, Nicole Ruggiero, Stephanie Sarley, Arvida Byström, Nakeya Brown, Juno Calypso, Izumi Miyazaki and LaTurbo Avedon.

Opening of the exhibition: Friday, 11th of January, at 6 pm

Upcoming Exhibition

Anna-Eva Bergman . Light

12/01 — 08/04/2018

Anna-Eva Bergman (1909–1987) is regarded as one of the best Norwegian painters of the 20th century.She combines the experience of the Nordic landscape and light to form abstract pictures with an original design vocabulary.

13/12/2017 13/12/2017 15–17h

Sprich mit mir!

14/12/2017 14/12/2017 13–17h

Fragen an die Öffentlichkeitsarbeit

14/12/2017 14/12/2017 18h

Displacements und Entortungen in der zeitgenössischen Kunst

16/12/2017 16/12/2017 14–17h

Achtsamkeit und Naturstudium - Die Jagd nach dem Musenkuß

16/12/2017 16/12/2017 14–17h

Polaroid Workshop

16/12/2017 16/12/2017 15h


17/12/2017 17/12/2017 10h30

emdebeka 4+: Weihnachten ohne Tannenbaum?

17/12/2017 17/12/2017 11h

Ayşe Erkmen & Mona Hatoum. Displacements/Entortungen

17/12/2017 17/12/2017 15h


20/12/2017 20/12/2017 18h

Petra Mattheis. Riding the Red Tide

21/12/2017 21/12/2017 13–17h

Fragen an die Provenienzforscherin

27/12/2017 27/12/2017 18h

Ayşe Erkmen & Mona Hatoum. Displacements/Entortungen


02/01/2018 02/01/2018 15h

Im Rausch der Farben

03/01/2018 03/01/2018 14–18h


03/01/2018 03/01/2018 18h

LVZ-Kunstpreis 2017 Benedikt Leonhardt. LUX

03/01/2018 03/01/2018 18h15

Stammtisch. Zeitgenössische Kunst

04/01/2018 04/01/2018 13–17h

Fragen zur Grafischen Sammlung

04/01/2018 04/01/2018 15h

Das Interieur in der Malerei

06/01/2018 06/01/2018 15h

Petra Mattheis. Riding the Red Tide

07/01/2018 07/01/2018 10h30

emdebeka fämili: Schneeflöckchen, Weißröckchen

07/01/2018 07/01/2018 11h

Ayşe Erkmen & Mona Hatoum. Displacements/Entortungen

07/01/2018 07/01/2018 16h

Die Maler im Keller (und andere Euphemismen)

09/01/2018 09/01/2018 15h30

Im Rausch der Farben

10/01/2018 10/01/2018 15–17h

Sprich mit mir!

10/01/2018 10/01/2018 18h

LVZ-Kunstpreis 2017 Benedikt Leonhardt. LUX

11/01/2018 11/01/2018 13–17h

Fragen an die Kuratorin

11/01/2018 11/01/2018 18h

Anna-Eva Bergman / Carina Brandes

Opening of the Exhibitons "Anna-Eva Bergman. Light" und "Carina Brandes. Between Dogs and Wolfves""

13/01/2018 13/01/2018 11h

23. Kinder- und Jugendkunstausstellung

13/01/2018 13/01/2018 14–17h

Kunstpraktische Session

14/01/2018 14/01/2018 10h30

emdebeka 4+: Groß und klein?

14/01/2018 14/01/2018 11h

Sammlung und architektonischer Rahmen

17/01/2018 17/01/2018 18h

Provenienzforschung am Museum

18/01/2018 18/01/2018 13–17h

Fragen an die Kunstvermittlerin

18/01/2018 18/01/2018 14h40



Coming soon