Museums and exhibitions
In October 2024, the Staatliche Museum für Archäologie Chemnitz (Museum of Archaeology Chemnitz) will open an exhibition on the past and present of mining. It shaped the economy and culture of the Ore Mountains on the border of Saxony and the Czech Republic for centuries, created wealth and acted as a laboratory for technical, social and economic innovation.
In its major exhibition “Tales of Transformation”, the Industriemuseum Chemnitz (Chemnitz Industrial Museum) compares the development of former industrial hotspots: Mulhouse, Tampere, Gabrovo, Łódź, Manchester and Chemnitz. As the “Saxon Manchester”, Chemnitz gave the starting signal for industrialization in Saxony, experienced rapid growth and finally deindustrialization – a profound challenge, but also an opportunity for reinvention. From April 2025, the exhibition will highlight, among other things, the impetus for the future coming from these cities and what they can learn from each other.
The exhibition project “European Realities” at the Gunzenhauser Museum also includes positions from various European countries, particularly from northern, eastern and south-eastern Europe. The diverse realist movements that were visible almost everywhere in Europe in the 1920s and 1930s are shown on a hitherto unique scale. The exhibition tells of hunger and misery, of the modernization of industry, reports on the economic upswing and cultural prosperity, of technological progress, the big city and nightlife, emancipation and diversity. (April-August 2025)
The Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz are dedicating one of their exhibitions for the Chemnitz 2025 program to the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch. He is one of the most important pioneers of modern painting in Europe. His connection to Chemnitz is the family of textile industrialist Herbert Eugen Esche, whom he painted in 1905. Fear is always present in Munch’s paintings and determines his pictorial worlds. The exhibition planned for August to November shows this existential theme in the artist’s work and combines it with contemporary positions. With a direct link to the exhibition, a Pavilion of Fear will be created in the urban space, inviting visitors to discuss fear as an existential, global and personal theme.