I do paint!
18/04 — 16/09/2018
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
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.
29/06 — 30/09/2018
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.
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).
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 — 16/09/2018
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.
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.
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
Gregor Peschko. Entrance
05/07 — 19/08/2018
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.