I do paint!
18/04 — 18/11/2018
The painter and illustrator Arno Rink, who died last September, is regarded as an outstanding exponent of the second generation of the Leipzig School and a precursor of the New Leipzig School. With around 65 paintings, numerous large-format drawings and biographical photographs and documents, the retrospective exhibition illustrates his artistic cosmos. Sharp contours, exciting colour concepts, painstaking technique, bold composition and with no fear of pathos – this is how we generally envision Arno Rink’s perfect imagery.
However, his personal destiny and contemporary events leave traces, including in his work. The exhibition, which Arno Rink himself worked on, attempts to enable a deeper, more personal insight into his creative work than has been possible thus far. Behind attitude, pride and dignity is concealed a highly-sensitive artist who addresses and processes personal experiences directly in his pictures.
Arno Rink was born in 1940 in Schlotheim, Thuringia. He studied at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig (HGB), firstly under Werner Tübke, Hans Mayer-Foreyt and Harry Blum,later primarily under Bernhard Heisig. In 1972 Arno Rink was appointed assistant at the HGB – the beginning of 35 years of teaching, which ended with the completion of the final Specialist Class for Painting in 2007. In the decisive years before and after German reunification Arno Rink exerted a key influence on the orientation of the school in his capacity as rector and vice-rector. As an artist and outstanding representative of the second generation of the Leipzig School, as a lecturer Arno Rink played a key, pioneering role as precursor of the New Leipzig School.
The “Arno Rink. Ich male!“ retrospective presents works from Arno Rink’s comparatively small oeuvre of some 200 paintings from all creative periods from 1965 to 2017, including a large portion of his major works. For the first time, collages and drawings from the estate that have never previously been shown publicly are on display, along with a number of uncompleted paintings. In a series of conversations conducted with Alfred Weidinger in the months before his death Arno Rink established the foundations for the retrospective, as well as selecting a number of works himself.
The catalogue (in german language) is published by Hirmer Verlag and available from bookshops and at the museum ticket desk at the price of € 24,90
MdbK meets G2
05/07 — 25/11/2018
In the exhibition, works from the MdbK inventory are excitingly combined with paintings from the private collection of the Leipzig businessman Steffen Hildebrand. As with CONNECT Leipzig, the exhibition is based on the idea of local networking.
05/07 — 04/11/2018
Christian Schellenberger’s preferred studio situations are cramped train carriages and high speeds. The first museum exhibition of the artist concentrates on 54 pen-and-ink drawings executed between 2014 and 2017 in the course of several train journeys between Berlin and Beijing.
07/09/2018 — 10/02/2019
Klaus Hähner-Springmühl (1951 – 2006) was one of the most influential artists of the oppositional art scene in East Germany. The MdbK has gone through his artistic legacy and compiled this retrospective, in conjunction with previously unshown works lent by private collections.
13/09 — 02/12/2018
August Sander (1876–1964) is regarded as one of the leading photographers of the 20th century. The MdbK is exhibiting a selection of 70 pictures from his famous portrait series Menschen des 20. Jahrhunderts (People of the 20th Century).
26/09/2018 — 06/01/2019
A flea market in the Wedding district of Berlin shortly after German reunification in May 1992 — meat and drink for Gerd Rohling (* 1946), one of t...
Ramona Schacht. Not Enough
10/10 — 04/11/2018
CONNECT Leipzig sees the MdbK offer space to young artists, giving them the opportunity to gather their first museum experience. An international jury selected ten young applicants from 120 submissions received.
Amy Blakemore & Edgar Leciejewsk
25/10 — 25/11/2018
Amy Blakemore (* 1958) from Houston and Edgar Leciejewski (* 1977) from Leipzig will present new works in their first joint exhibition. The photographer
Leciejewski spent several months working in Houston in spring 2018, and Amy Blakemore then visited Leipzig to take photographs here the
02/12/2018 — 24/03/2019
The central theme in the life, philosophy and work of the Japanese-American artist Yoko Ono (*1933) is the balance of power between war and peace, ...
Marion Ermer Prize 2018
Fine Bieler, Ronny Bulik, Kirill Gluschenko, Jana Schulz
07/12/2018 — 10/02/2019
The group exhibition marking the 15th Marion Ermer Prize for the promotion of young contemporary artists in eastern Germany features work by the award-winners Fine Bieler, Ronny Bulik, Kirill Gluschenko and Jana Schulz.
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.
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.
Riding the Red Tide
27/10/2017 — 07/01/2018
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.
LVZ Art Prize 2017
Benedikt Leonhardt. LUX
02/12/2017 — 04/03/2018
1st act, Hunt
06/12/2017 — 25/02/2018
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.
Women Net Artists 2.0
12/01 — 21/05/2018
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
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.
Between Dogs and Wolfves
12/01 — 02/04/2018
Brandes’ analogue photographs taken in the twilight zone feature a surreal atmosphere through unusual angles of perspective and a feminist point of view.
Annette & Erasmus Schröter
08/03 — 21/05/2018
The joint exhibition of Annette and Erasmus Schröter shows selected groups of works from the extensive oeuvre of the Leipzig artists, both of whom studied at the local Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst. In the exhibition both the relationships and overlap as well as the respective independence of the artistic positions are apparent.
22/03 — 17/06/2018
The works of the Leipzig artist Bastian Muhr (*1981) are an artistic interaction with the boundaries of the pictures, with their perception and ascertainability.
Paul McCarthy & Christan Lemmerz
Reality Virtual Reality
31/05 — 26/08/2018
Virtual reality has emerged as one of the most exciting trends in the art world. Paul McCarthy (*1945) is known for his provocative sculptures. The work on display is the first time he has created a virtual sculpture.
Tilo Baumgärtel & Sebastian Hartmann
31/05 — 24/06/2018
Tilo Baumgärtel designed the scenery for the play „Erniedrigte und Beleidigte“ (Humiliated and Insulted) at theStaatsschauspiel Dresden .
06/06 — 02/09/2018
Leipzig-based photographer Karin Wieckhorst (*1942) has created a comprehensive body of work. The MdbK is now presenting the central series “Begegnungen in Ateliers” (encounters in the studio) from the 1980s and “Frauenporträts” (portraits of women).
Work in progress
10/06 — 19/07/2018
From 10 June the Leipzig-based artist Ines Spanier will be occupying her studio in the Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig, in the Alte Meister gallery, to be precise. Here visitors can observe how the artist continues her JerusalemII drawing, commenced in January 2017.
29/06 — 14/10/2018
With his paintings Gil Schlesinger (*1931) shatters the expectations of the observer, so radical is the manner in which his works reject the traditional aesthetic. With this exhibition the MdbK looks to pay tribute to Schlesinger‘s extensive body of creative work against the background of his biography and trace Schlesinger’s unwavering path to abstraction.
29/06 — 26/08/2018
Titus Schade created a stage set for the Schauspiel Leipzig for Elfriede Jelinek’s “Wolken.Heim”. The exhibition combines the stage set with a selection of canvases by the Leipzig-based painter.
05/07 — 14/10/2018
The new film “Ikonen” from Julius Hofmann is now undergoing its premiere at the MdbK. Also on show are extended versions of the two first chapters of his “MoYE – Might of Young Engines” project
Max Klinger / Markus Lüpertz
28/01 — 24/09/2017
Nolde and »The Brücke«
12/02 — 18/06/2017
GDR on Walls
Young perspectives on painting in Leipzig since 1949
30/03 — 06/08/2017
Logos and Image
11/05 — 06/08/2017
Works from the collection of prints and drawings
24/08 — 19/11/2017
More Than A Feeling
10/10 — 12/11/2017
In accordance to the Leipziger Lichtfest on October 9, the artist collective FAMED organized a performance: Carrying transparent banners and shields, which bore the titles of the collective’s previous pieces of art and exhibitions,
Halo, Lai Pi Hsi
27/10 — 19/11/2017
I registered as an “official Leipziger” from the Rathaus, I got a yellow welcome Leipziger box, which feels like being extra accepted and also extra alien at the same time. What the “startpacket” means to me? So here are my Leipzig Startpakets…“
03/12 — 10/12/2017
The slab tower blocks on the Brühl were erected in the years 1966 to 1968 by the former GDR regime as a symbol of socialism within the centre of Leipzig. At the end of 2007 these prominent buildings were torn down after years of discussion. The demolition of these structures represented the removal of a monument to German history, moving it from real existence to collective memory. I used two video cameras to record the entire, six-day demolition of the third and last building in a process lasting some 50 hours. My aim was to document the disappearance of these witnesses to an era that was of great importance to both Germany and the world as a whole, and to create an artistic memorial for the former residents and their lost memories.
One camera shows close ups of the demolition digger as it moves forwards into the interior of the building. Traces of the former inhabitants become visible, shortly before disappearing forever. In these images the head of the digger assumes an almost animalistic appearance as it repeatedly “bites” into the building, destroying it room by room. The second camera shows how the entire building is removed from the city scape as a whole. In the years that followed, this symbol of socialism was replaced by a structural representation of capitalist consumer society in the form of one of the largest shopping malls in Leipzig.
This December marks the tenth anniversary of the demolition. To commemorate this, I would like to present the recordings to the Leipzig public for the first time.
The documentation of the demolition of the slab buildings will be shown daily from 5 pm to 10 pm at the facade of the Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig from 6 to 10 December.