Exhibitions

Exhibitions

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Olga Costa. Dialogues with Mexican Modernism

01/12/2022 — 26/03/2023

Olga Costa, La vendedora de frutas (The fruit seller), 1951, Acervo Museo de Arte Moderno, INBAL / Secretaría de Cultura, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2022 / SOMAAP
Olga Costa, La vendedora de frutas (The fruit seller), 1951, Acervo Museo de Arte Moderno, INBAL / Secretaría de Cultura, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2022 / SOMAAP
Olga Costa c. 1945, © Instituto Estatal de la Cultura de Guanajuato, Fondo Documental y Bibliográfico José Chávez Morado y Olga Costa, Guanajuato
Olga Costa c. 1945, © Instituto Estatal de la Cultura de Guanajuato, Fondo Documental y Bibliográfico José Chávez Morado y Olga Costa, Guanajuato
Olga Costa, Autorretrato (self portrait), 1947, Colección Andrés Blaisten, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2022 / SOMAAP
Olga Costa, Autorretrato (self portrait), 1947, Colección Andrés Blaisten, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2022 / SOMAAP
Olga Costa, Campos labrantíos (Arable Fields), 1968, Acervo Museo de Arte Moderno, INBAL / Secretaría de Cultura, photo: Alejandro Mejía Islas © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2022, / SOMAAP
Olga Costa, Campos labrantíos (Arable Fields), 1968, Acervo Museo de Arte Moderno, INBAL / Secretaría de Cultura, photo: Alejandro Mejía Islas © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2022, / SOMAAP
Olga Costa, Niña con sandalias (Girl with sandals), 1950, Courtesy Galería de Arte Mexicano, Mexiko-Stadt, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2022 / SOMAAP
Olga Costa, Niña con sandalias (Girl with sandals), 1950, Courtesy Galería de Arte Mexicano, Mexiko-Stadt, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2022 / SOMAAP
Frida Kahlo, Los cocos (The coconuts), 1951, Acervo Museo de Arte Moderno, INBAL / Secretaría de Cultura, © Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust / VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2022 / SOMAAP
Frida Kahlo, Los cocos (The coconuts), 1951, Acervo Museo de Arte Moderno, INBAL / Secretaría de Cultura, © Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust / VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2022 / SOMAAP
María Izquierdo, Altar de dolores (Altar of Sorrows), 1946, Courtesy Galería de Arte Mexicano, Mexico-City, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2022 / SOMAAP
María Izquierdo, Altar de dolores (Altar of Sorrows), 1946, Courtesy Galería de Arte Mexicano, Mexico-City, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2022 / SOMAAP
Carlos Mérida, El amor anda suelto (Love is in the Air), 1940, Colección Pérez Simón, photo: Rafael Doniz, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2022 / SOMAAP
Carlos Mérida, El amor anda suelto (Love is in the Air), 1940, Colección Pérez Simón, photo: Rafael Doniz, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2022 / SOMAAP

In her adopted country of Mexico, the Leipzig-born artist Olga Costa (1913–1993) has long been known as one of the most important and popular protagonists of Mexican modernism. The Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig is now dedicating a major exhibition to her in her native city. It is also the first time that Costa’s work is being made accessible in a monographic exhibition in Europe. Her multifaceted oeuvre comprises mainly paintings, but also drawings and prints as well as tapestries and a wall design in the form of a mosaic. The exhibition offers an opportunity to become acquainted with Costa’s work in this range of media and in the context of other Mexican artists.

The exhibition at the MdbK traces Olga Costa’s work over a period of more than forty years and at the same time situates it in its contemporary Mexican context. As a prelude, we encounter the self-confident painter on the patio of her house in an early self-portrait. This is followed by a concise selection of Costa’s works from all creative phases. At the centre is the large-format commissioned work La vendedora de frutas (The Fruit Seller) from 1951, an icon of Mexican modernism. As a retrospective in a sense, the next section is devoted to the preconditions of Costa’s work and sketches the artistic situation upon her arrival in post-revolutionary Mexico. Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Gerardo Murillo (also known as Dr. Atl) are represented here, as are Costa’s academic teacher Carlos Mérida and husband Chávez Morado. Further chapters revolve around questions of Mexican identity (Mexicanidad), gender-specific role models and body images, and networks of Mexican women artists. Costa’s engagement with fantastic painting, along with her conception of landscape and her poetic understanding of nature, are focal points of the exhibition. In her still lifes, Costa also occasionally stages objects of indigenous culture that she and her husband had compiled, which also suggests the artist’s role as a collector.

Time and again, Costa’s works enter into dialogue with works by her contemporaries, including Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, María Izquierdo, Rosa Rolanda, Lola Cueto, Alice Rahon, Juan Soriano and others. In addition to paintings, there are also photographs, textile works, hand drawings and prints on display. Taken together, this provides a panorama of Mexican art in the middle of the 20th century.

Covering almost the entire area of the MdbK’s basement, the exhibition brings together around 80 works on loan, from the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City, the Museo de Arte Olga Costa – José Chavez Morado in Guanajuato, the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago and international private collections. In addition, there are 14 works from the MdbK’s own collection, including an important, hitherto little-noticed group of prints from the influential Taller de Gráfica Popular (People’s Graphic Workshop, TGP). This is an activist artists’ collective from Mexico City whose members drew attention to the social and political problems of their country through the more easily disseminated medium of printmaking. These prints also testify to the early and continuing interest in Mexican modernism in Leipzig.

The exhibition is a cooperation with the Instituto Estatal de la Cultura de Guanajuato and the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura (INBAL) in Mexico and was conceived with the involvement of an academic advisory board that includes experts from Mexico.

The exhibition was made possible by the support of the Karin and Uwe Hollweg Foundation, the Peter and Irene Ludwig Foundation and the Förderer des Museums der bildenden Künste Leipzig e. V.. The exhibition opening is supported by the Embassy of the United Mexican States.

The exhibition catalogue in English and German is published by Hirmer Verlag. It is available in bookshops and at the MZIN.

Highlights:

Curator's tour 
with Sabine Hoffmann
7 Dec., 6 pm

Guided tour in Spanish
in the exhibition
9/16 Dec., 3 pm

Olga Costa c. 1945, © Instituto Estatal de la Cultura de Guanajuato, Fondo Documental y Bibliográfico José Chávez Morado y Olga Costa, Guanajuato
Olga Costa c. 1945, © Instituto Estatal de la Cultura de Guanajuato, Fondo Documental y Bibliográfico José Chávez Morado y Olga Costa, Guanajuato
23/03 — 18/06/2023

Malte Masemann. Suitable for Framing

23/03 — 18/06/2023

The MdbK shows the exciting paintings of the artist, who stands in the tradition of the New Leipzig School.

18/05 — 10/09/2023

RE-CONNECT. Art and Conflict in the Brotherland

18/05 — 10/09/2023

With RE-CONNECT, the MdbK is showing an exhibition on the immigration history of the GDR and it's consequences.

16/11/2023 — 17/03/2024

Evelyn Richter

16/11/2023 — 17/03/2024

The MdbK is showing the work of Evelyn Richter (1934-2021), one of the most important female photographers working in the GDR.

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2022

Ibrahim Mahama

18/09/2021 — 23/01/2022

The MdbK presents three large-format jute collages by artist Ibrahim Mahama

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2022

Chiharu Shiota. Internal Line

23/09/2021 — 27/03/2022

The MdbK presents the monumental work Internal Line by the Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota for the first time in Europe.

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2022

Caspar David Friedrich and the Düsseldorf Romanticists

09/10/2021 — 09/01/2022
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2022

Masterpieces from the Maximilian Speck von Sternburg Collection

11/11/2021 — 09/01/2022

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Maximilian Speck von Sternburg Foundation, the MdbK presents selected masterpieces from the collection.

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2022

CONNECT Leipzig

Anna Nero. Slippery Slope

06/01 — 30/01/2022

With the exhibition Cella Oscar Lebeck (*1993) presents photographic re-constructions of ancient cult spaces.

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2022

27th Leipzig Children's and Youth Art Exhibition

08/01 — 27/02/2022

The motto of the 27th Leipzig Children's and Youth Art Exhibition in 2022 is: Alles Banane?

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2022

Harry Hachmeister. Von Disko zu Disko

03/02 — 08/05/2022

The artist's spatial installation combines paintings and sculptures in the thematic spectrum of intermediate stages and processes of change.

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2022

Ricarda Roggan. The dark Wish of Things

10/02 — 06/06/2022

In the exhibition Ricarda Roggan. The Dark Wish of Things, the internationally renowned photographer, who teaches in Stuttgart and lives in Leipzig, shows works from the MdbK collection and new works.

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2022

Leipzig: A Universe of Images. 1905-2022

10/02 — 06/06/2022

The MdbK Leipzig presents one of its most important art treasures on the almost complete area of the third floor, spread over 14 gallery rooms and the central hall: painting and sculpture of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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2022

Art Prize of the LVZ

Anna Haifisch. Chez Schnabel

10/03 — 03/07/2022

Anna Haifisch is the 14th winner of the Leipziger Volkszeitung Art Prize. In her impressive comics she deals with the social entanglements of the artist.

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2022

Tino Sehgal

07/04 — 24/07/2022

At the heart of Tino Sehgal's work is the idea that human situations can be interpreted pictorially, without objects or artworks being involved. He realises this approach with his "constructed situations".

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2022

Zu Gast aus Los Angeles: Aelbert Cuyp

The reunification of a painting

13/04 — 10/07/2022

Two paintings by Aelbert Cuyp (1620 - 1691), now owned by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the MdbK Leipzig, show views of his home town of Dordrecht in Holland. Originally, these two paintings were the left and right halves of a panorama-like painting. Now, for the first time, both parts are being brought together again.

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2022

Underrated. Female Artists in Leipzig around 1900

12/05 — 03/10/2022

On the occasion of the 125th anniversary of STIGA, the MdbK is devoting new attention to the women artists exhibited - underrated at the time and almost forgotten today.

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2022

13th Documentary Photography Prize

14/07 — 31/10/2022

The MdbK is showing new works by young artists that were produced in connection with the 13th Documentary Photography Prize awarded by the Wüstenrot Stiftung.

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2022

DOK Neuland

18/10 — 23/10/2022

DOK Neuland shows Extended Reality works as part of the Leipzig International Film Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (DOK Leipzig).

Archive
2021

Folge Deinem Gefühl

09/01 — 28/02/2021
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2021

SEILAKT III–VI

16/03 — 18/04/2021
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2021

Collection revisited: The 'Leipziger Schule'

16/03 — 22/08/2021

With the Leipzig School as an important focus of the collection, the MdbK acquired works by Leipzig painters early on. But also works by the forerunners and subsequent artist generations form an important component of the collection.

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2021

Iza Tarasewicz

16/03 — 30/06/2021

With the support of Art Collection Telekom, MdbK is presenting the most monumental work by Polish artist Iza Tarasewicz.

Archive
2021

Collection Revisited: Contemporary Art from Leipzig

16/03 — 18/04/2021

In the MdbK, the current art development from Leipzig constitutes an important focus in the collection.

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2021

1950–1980. Fotografie aus Leipzig

16/03 — 22/08/2021

The exhibition 1950–1980. Photography from Leipzig offers both a history of the city in pictures and a history of photography on the path to artistic independence

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2021

Andreas Gursky

25/03 — 22/08/2021

SPECIAL OPENING HOURS on the last exhibition weekend: The MdbK invites visitors to immerse themselves in the photographic work of Andreas Gursky with extended opening hours.
Saturday, 21.08.2021, 10–22 h
Sunday, 22.08.2021, 10–20 h
No time slot reservations are necessary.

For information on our programme of events, please see our calendar.

Archive
2021

Martin Kippenberger. METRO-Net

21/05 — 15/08/2021
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2021

DOK Neuland. Chaos Is a Condition

26/10 — 31/10/2021

This year's edition of DOK Neuland is dedicated to disorderly circumstances. Control, perspective seems lost, even more so in times of pandemic. But did order ever exist? And was it always good? For the first time, visitors can experience the XR works on-site at the MdbK and at the same time online from anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home.

Archive
2020

Pakui Hardware

10/08/2019 — 26/01/2020

Underbelly is an entirely new immersive installation inspired by and developed for the luminous spaces of MdbK. In it, the viewer enters a sort of an oversized belly — soft and open for inspection.

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2020

Udo Lindenberg / Zwischentöne/Nuances

06/09/2019 — 05/01/2020
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2020

Karl Hermann Trinkaus

BAUHAUS. The New Human

24/11/2019 — 16/02/2020

The rediscovery of Karl Hermann Trinkaus (1904–1965) at the Bauhaus exhibition in the New York Museum of Modern Art in 2009 was a notable success for the art history of Leipzig.

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2020

Michael Riedel

24/11/2019 — 16/02/2020

ˈzɛlpstbəˈʃʁaɪ̯bʊŋ is the german word self-description, written in phonetic symbols, a functional language used to denote sounds. The exhibition in the central atrium brings together pictorial artworks that are typical of Riedel and that serve as base material for a 22-part sound installation in which the images themselves start to speak. 

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2020

Impressionismus in Leipzig 1900–1914:

Part 3: Lovis Corinth

24/11/2019 — 14/06/2020

With the exhibition Impressionismus in Leipzig 1900–1914 the MdbK addresses its own history at the beginning of the 20th century. The largely forgotten exhibitions of Max Liebermann, Max Slevogt and Lovis Corinth, staged at the MdbK between 1903 and 1911, are reconstructed and correlated to the paintings purchased by the museum at that time.

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2020

Paule Hammer

Kaputtnik

27/11/2019 — 19/07/2020

The Kaputtnik installation by the Leipzig artist Paule Hammer – specially created for the largest hall of the MdbK – towers 12 metres high as a human-animal hybrid. The artist and his team spent three weeks assembling the monumental piece.

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2020

Manfred Wakolbinger

27/11/2019 — 23/02/2020

Manfred Wakolbingers (*1952) large format metal sculptures thrive on the interaction with its surrounding architecture.

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2020

The Optimised Human

Moments of Industrial Heritage in the Visual Arts

12/12/2019 — 01/03/2020

The art exhibition “The Optimised Human. Moments of Industrial Heritage in the Visual Arts” at the Museum of Fine Arts Leipzig is a local contribution to the “Saxon Year of Industrial Heritage 2020”.

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2020

COLLECTION REVISITED

LEIPZIG ART 1900 TO 1945

12/12/2019 — 16/02/2020

Leipzig around 1900: the city expanded from 101,272 to 456,000 inhabitants in the space of thirty years. The Kunstakademie is renamed the Königliche Akademie für graphische Künste und Buchgewerbe in the same year.

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2020

LVZ Art Prize

Henrike Naumann. 2000

13/12/2019 — 15/03/2020

Zwickau-born installation artist Henrike Naumann (*1984) is this year’s – and therefore the thirteenth – winner of the LVZ Art Prize, which was established in 1995. 

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2020

Link in Bio

Art after Social Media

17/12/2019 — 15/03/2020

The use of social media has become an everyday activity, one that established and young artists cannot, and indeed do not want to, do without. They work with it. They are where their audience is. At first it was websites, today it is social media, particularly Instagram, when it comes to visual art.

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2020

Frank Ruddigkeit. Zeichen & Wörter

15/02 — 15/03/2020
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2020

OPAL artist group

concrete example

26/02 — 26/07/2020

Johannes Keller has been working with Hans-Christian Neumann and Daniel Reimer on pictures, sculptures, reliefs, typographic pages and series’ for ten years as the OPAL artist group.

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2020

Wibke Rahn

Vanishing Point

26/02 — 01/06/2020

The sculptural installation Vanishing Point of the Leipzig artist Wibke Rahn is situated on the top of the MdbK. The actual situation is streamed from the roof top to a big monitor in the foyer.

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2020

Peter Baldinger

Happiness Is a Warm Gun

26/02 — 24/05/2020

The Austrian artist Peter Baldinger created the Installation Happiness Is a Warm Gun for the big entrance hall of the MdbK.

Archive
2020

Klinger 2020

06/03 — 16/08/2020

The MdbK is devoting a major exhibition to Max Klinger to mark the centennial anniversary of his death and place the work of the Saxon artist in a European context.

Archive
2020

Norbert Wagenbrett

In Front of the Masks

07/05 — 27/09/2020

For 37 years now the Leipzig painter Norbert Wagenbrett has been investigating different ways of portraying people. The retrospective unites portraits from all of his creative phases and is also the first institutional exhibition in his home city.

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2020

Zero Waste

25/06 — 08/11/2020

The group exhibition Zero Waste showcases international positions in contemporary art that point out the urgency to save resources, consume less, and live more sustainably. In diverse installations, videos, sculptural works, and photographs the artists investigate the global consequences of plastic packaging, tire abrasion, toxic chemicals, and the overproduction of consumer goods.

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2020

Max Klinger-Jubiläum

03/10 — 25/10/2020
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2020

5th International Poster Exhibition Leipzig 2020

07/10 — 15/11/2020

As part of the 5th International Poster Exhibition Leipzig 2020 and on the occasion of its tenth anniversary, the Leipzig association plakat-sozial e.V. is showing a selection of 23 posters by international artists in the MdbK.

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2020

DOK Neuland

Resonating Spaces

27/10 — 31/10/2020

Resonating Spaces” is the title of the 6th Extended Reality (XR) Ex- hibition that can be experienced as part of DOK Leipzig. Nine works in total will be exhibited.

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2019

CONNECT Leipzig

Sarah Pschorn. First Contact

15/03/2018 — 24/03/2019

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.

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2019

Klaus Hähner-Springmühl

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.

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2019

Gerd Rohling

The Lead

26/09/2018 — 06/01/2019
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2019

Pieter Pietersz.

The Barleycorn Counter

08/11/2018 — 10/03/2019
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2019

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.

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2019

Collection revisited

Drawings from seven centuries

08/12/2018 — 17/03/2019
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2019

Elmar Trenkwalder

12/12/2018 — 10/03/2019

The Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts is showing Trenkwalder’s most monumental work to date on its large terrace.

Archive
2019

Collection revisited

Bernhard Heisig

13/12/2018 — 10/02/2019

Bernhard Heisig (1925–2011) played an important role in the cultural and social development of the city in his positon as Rector of the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig (HGB) and as a prominent artist.

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2019

Angelika Tübke

13/12/2018 — 24/03/2019

Once each year, the Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts asks a Leipzig-based, female artist to propose an exhibition featuring the works of another female artist with ties to the city. Rosa Loy was selected in 2018; she suggested that the MdbK choose Angelika Tübke.

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2019

ERNESTO NETO

15/12/2018 — 17/03/2019

The MdbK is exhibiting two expansive installations by Ernesto Neto in the central hall on the third floor.

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2019

Mal anders!

13/01 — 28/02/2019
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2019

Ute Richter

15/01 — 05/03/2019
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2019

Guido Kucsko. Defensio

15/02 — 24/03/2019
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2019

VOIX

20/02 — 07/04/2019

MalerinnenNetzWerk Berlin-Leipzig (MNW), which was established in spring 2015, organises frequent exhibitions and is committed to professional networking among its all-women painter members.

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2019

YOKO ONO

04/04 — 07/07/2019
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2019

Erich W. Hartzsch

17/04 — 18/08/2019

Erich-Wolfgang Hartzsch (* 1952) studied painting and graphic arts at the Academy of Fine Arts Dresden and was a member of the dissident art scene in the GDR

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2019

Nelly Schmücking

17/04 — 28/07/2019

Nelly Schmücking’s animal sculptures are naturalist and artificial at the same time. Her intention in each piece is to form an equivalent to the natural role model.

Archive
2019

Christoph Ruckhäberle

08/05 — 04/08/2019

Christoph Ruckhäberle as designed two special exhibition rooms with painting, installations and sculpture by invitation of the MdbK

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2019

Leonardo war nie in Leipzig

12/07 — 15/09/2019
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2019

Victoria Coeln. Cromotopia

12/07 — 25/08/2019
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2019

Point of No Return

Wende und Umbruch in der ostdeutschen Kunst / Transformation and Revolution in East German Art

23/07 — 03/11/2019

Featuring 300 works by 106 artists from all genres, Point of No Return is the first appreciation of how fine arts perceived the Peaceful Revolution in the GDR and the radical change of East German society.

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2019

Stefan Hurtig. Note to Self

26/07 — 27/10/2019

In Note to Self, Hurtig presents an intricate spatial assemblage that addresses the conflicts experienced by individuals when exposed to the pressure to self-optimise as entrepreneurial entities.

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2019

Silke Silkeborg. HELL

26/07 — 03/10/2019
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2019

Ursula Reuter Christiansen

10/08 — 20/10/2019

Ursula Reuter Christiansen (* 1943) studied at the Düsseldorf Arts Academy, where she enrolled in Joseph Beuys’ sculpture class. She married the composer and fluxus artist Henning Christiansen in 1969, moved to Denmark, and since then has focused on the media of film and painting. Rural, family life on the island of Møn and influences from the feminist art movement in Denmark feature largely in her work. The Red River is the artist’s first institutional, solo exhibition in Germany.

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2019

Tim Eitel. Open Walls

08/09 — 08/12/2019

In his painting, Tim Eitel (* 1971) creates analogies with reality, using what he has seen and experienced to construct fictitious, parallel worlds.

Archive
2019

MdbK Third Space: Manuel Roßner

28/10 — 03/11/2019
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2019

DOK Neuland

Welcome to the Real World

29/10 — 02/11/2019

DOK Neuland is presenting VR experiences and 360° films under the title in the scope of DOK Leipzig. The immersive worlds of the twelve new media works featured here, hailing from countries such as Kenya, Taiwan, and Israel, offer viewers a chance to encounter underrepresented narratives and stories situated beyond the usual perspectives of majority society.

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2019

1. Leipziger Herbstsalon 1984

15/11 — 07/12/2019
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2018

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.

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2018

Petra Mattheis

Riding the Red Tide

27/10/2017 — 07/01/2018
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2018

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.

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2018

Ayşe Erkmen & Mona Hatoum

Displacements/Entortungen

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.

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2018

LVZ Art Prize 2017

Benedikt Leonhardt. LUX

02/12/2017 — 04/03/2018
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2018

Formation 7

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.

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2018

Virtual Normality

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

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2018

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.

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2018

Carina Brandes

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.

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2018

Montevideo

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.

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2018

Bastian Muhr

Kante

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.

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2018

Arno Rink

I do paint!

18/04 — 18/11/2018

With around 60 paintings and numerous large-format drawings, the retrospective-style exhibition illustrates the artistic cosmos of Arno Rink (1940– 2017).

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2018

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.

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2018

Tilo Baumgärtel & Sebastian Hartmann

Nelly

31/05 — 24/06/2018

Tilo Baumgärtel designed the scenery for the play „Erniedrigte und Beleidigte“ (Humiliated and Insulted) at theStaatsschauspiel Dresden .

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2018

Karin Wieckhorst

Encounters

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).

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2018

Work in progress

Ines Spanier

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.

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2018

Gil Schlesinger

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.

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2018

Titus Schade

Plateau

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.

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2018

Julius Hofmann

Cinematic Cybernetics

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

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2018

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.

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2018

Christian Schellenberger

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.
 

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2018

August Sander

13/09 — 06/12/2018

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).

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2018

Amy Blakemore & Edgar Leciejewski

Encounter

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
same summer.

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2018

BMW Art Cars

14/11 — 09/12/2018
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2017

Max Klinger / Markus Lüpertz

contemporary Art

28/01 — 24/09/2017
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2017

Nolde and »The Brücke«

12/02 — 18/06/2017
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2017

GDR on Walls

Young perspectives on painting in Leipzig since 1949

30/03 — 06/08/2017
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2017

Michael Triegel

Logos and Image

11/05 — 06/08/2017
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2017

Artists Abroad

Works from the collection of prints and drawings

24/08 — 19/11/2017
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2017

Famed

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,

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2017

Hai-Hsin Huang

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…“

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2017

Susanna Hanna

remembering brühl

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.