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Collection revisited

Drawings from seven centuries

08/12/2018 — 24/03/2019

Caspar David Friedrich, Kreidefelsen auf Rügen, 1825/26, MdbK
Caspar David Friedrich, Kreidefelsen auf Rügen, 1825/26, MdbK
Hans Holbein d. J., Sitzende Madonna mit Kinde, 1519, MdbK
Hans Holbein d. J., Sitzende Madonna mit Kinde, 1519, MdbK
Lucas Cranach d. J., Entwurf mit Füchsen und Hühnern, um 1565/70, MdbK
Lucas Cranach d. J., Entwurf mit Füchsen und Hühnern, um 1565/70, MdbK
Rembrandt, Kostümstudie einer reich bekleideten Frau, 1638/40, MdbK
Rembrandt, Kostümstudie einer reich bekleideten Frau, 1638/40, MdbK
Maria Sibylla Merian, Drei Tulpen, 1670/81, MdbK
Maria Sibylla Merian, Drei Tulpen, 1670/81, MdbK
Max Beckmann, Die dreiköpfige Frau ("Träumender Jüngling und Frau mit drei Köpfen"),
1945/46, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2019
Max Beckmann, Die dreiköpfige Frau ("Träumender Jüngling und Frau mit drei Köpfen"), 1945/46, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2019

The exhibition 'Collection revisited: Drawings from seven decades' provides a first comprehensive overview of the portfolio of drawings from the late 15th century to the present day since its move to the new building of the museum. Although the number of artworks on paper was quite small when the museum established its home on Augustplatz in 1858, the Graphic Collection today comprises around 70,000 works, including prints, drawings and photographs.

Visitors can now enjoy a selection of approximately 150 drawings and view the original works that are otherwise kept largely concealed from the public. The sensitivity of paper is the reason for this infrequent showing. The exhibition presents works that testify to the over 160 years of dedication to assembling noteworthy pieces, as well as to the peculiarities of the Graphic Collection. It features portrait sketches, landscapes, finished portraits, watercolours, sketch pads and letters by artists. Frequently small and intricate, the artworks insist that the audience appreciates the technical diversity, as well as the artistic genres and their various schools. Their common feature is paper as the image medium and the stylus made of metal, graphite, lead or charcoal. Drawing became an independent discipline in the 20th century, stripping away the requirements for form and content. Lines, colours and spaces provide opportunities for experimental, new and artistic expressions, as well as an expansion of the imaging repertoire.

A “gallery of prints (“Kuperstichkabinett”) is first mentioned in 1880. The museum does not really set about collecting art on paper until the end of the 19th century. Instead it has been numerous collectors, foundations and friendship associations that have promoted the collection of drawings, expanding it since the museum was established. Deserving particular mention are Christian Heinrich Demiani, Johann August Otto Gehler, Hermann Härtel, Moritz Eduard Mayer, Rudolf Benno von Römer, Maximilian Speck von Sternburg, Hans-Peter Bühler, Marion Bühler-Brockhaus and Mayen Beckmann. Works by Filippino Lippi, Hans Holbein the Younger, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Rembrandt, Lorenzo Lotto, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Nicolas Poussin, Adam Friedrich Oeser, Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld and the master of the house will be presented from the bundle of drawings owned by the Leipzig Councillor Gehler, which was donated to the museum in 1859 in the name of his son-in-law, Heinrich Dörrien. Drawings by Salvator Rosa and Giovan Lorenzo Bernini point to the collection of Roman drawings from the Baroque period from the estate of Christina, Queen of Sweden. An introduction to the art of drawing at the turn of the 20th century is provided in works by Max Klinger, Adolph von Menzel, Franz von Stuck, Hans von Marées, Auguste Rodin, Gustav Klimt, Käthe Kollwitz and Max Liebermann. Max Beckmann is strongly represented as an important representative of Classic Modernism in the more than 360 drawings that were given as a permanent loan by the estate of Mathilde Q. Beckmann. An important aspect of the collection from the end of the Second World War to the present day has been on German art produced around the HGB in Leipzig and neighbouring centres of art.

Hans Holbein d. J., Sitzende Madonna mit Kinde, 1519, MdbK
Hans Holbein d. J., Sitzende Madonna mit Kinde, 1519, MdbK
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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

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

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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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

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

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

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

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.