I do paint!
18/04 — 19/08/2018
With around 60 paintings and numerous large-format drawings, the retrospective-style exhibition illustrates the artistic cosmos of Arno Rink (1940– 2017).
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.
Opening: 17.04.2018, 6 pm
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.
Women Net Artists 2.0
12/01 — 29/04/2018
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
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.
19/04 — 13/05/2018
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, with the works to be displayed in the Zündkerzen-Hof on the ground floor of the MdbK at alternating four-weekly intervals, starting in