opening on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, 7:30 p.m
Introduction: Matthias Reichelt, cultural journalist
Hansgert Lambers (*1937 in Hanover) never dedicated himself to photography professionally, but always pursued it out of pure passion. Although he took photographs almost his entire life, his work is still relatively unknown. He made his first recordings at the age of 14. At 19 he already owned his first Leica. Lambers is “a lover of photography” and dedicates himself to it not “only” as a photographer, but also as a publisher and reviewer. A preoccupation with photography from “all sides,” as he himself puts it. As an author, he always just wanted to make his pictures. The focus of his photographic interests are people, primarily in cities. Lambers' job in data processing also took him to socialist countries, where he took a lot of photographs, especially in the CSSR. In his pictures from seven decades, which he took in Barcelona, Berlin/GDR and West Berlin, London, Ostrava, Paris and Prague, an interest in people characterized by humanism and curiosity is noticeable. The happiness, eroticism, sadness and hardship of life can be found in his work as states of existence belonging to the human condition. Whether his photographs capture the great discrepancy between the anonymity of huge residential complexes and the lonely presence of a playing child or the small, intimate happiness in a rather inhospitable environment in Ostrava (ČSSR) - his pictures tell stories that continue to unfold in the minds of those who view them . Lambers' photographs show how strongly he seeks contact with people on the streets. He caught many of them face to face, accommodating him. Most people reacted openly and met him with smiling faces. Young women, teenagers and children, but also older people, observed Lambers' openly demonstrated interest in photographing them with curiosity and composure. As part of the work's processing, a 32-minute interview film was created, which will be shown in the exhibition. A monograph was also published by the renowned publishing house Fotohof, Salzburg.
Hansgert Lambers was born in Hanover in 1937. He studied in Berlin from 1957 (Dipl.Ing.) and then worked as a systems consultant at IBM from 1965 to 1993, including six years in Eastern Europe. He has been taking photographs since 1951, starting in 1956 with the Leica. This was followed by image and text publications on photography and, from 1974 onwards, exhibitions of his photographs in Berlin, Hanover, Klimkovice (Czech Republic), Lwówek Śląski (Poland), Moravská Třebová (Czech Republic), Ostrava (Czech Republic), Tallinn (Estonia), Toronto (Canada). ) and Vienna. He also curated exhibitions and founded the publishing house ex pose (www.expose-verlag.de) in 1986. Lambers lives in Berlin.More information
opening: Tuesday, November 14, 2023, 7:30 p.mRobert Diedrichs (1923–1995) became an artistic documentarian of the consequences of the reunification period in Chemnitz. On hundreds of sheets, this gifted illustrator captured the characteristic changes in everyday life in just a few lines. His alert mind also recognized early on the difficult social consequences of the new era. The big run on the new consumer world catches his eye, the fascination of western cars as well as the farewell to the Trabbi, the welcome money, the shirt-sleeves of many street shops, but also the shell players and the first homeless people that this time brought with them. As if in passing, the background of numerous drawings was filled with the historical cityscape of Chemnitz at the time of reunification. All of the works shown are a donation from the family. They have recently become part of the collection of the Neue Sächsische Galerie.Parallel to the photo exhibition HANSGERT LAMBERS - Lingering Moment. Ongoing, the Neue Sächsische Galerie offers the happy opportunity until January 7, 2024 to reflect on the two artistic means of expression, drawing and similar photography, on the subject of the picture. While the drawing does not show anything that the artist did not put on the page, the photographer must above all reflect and hierarchize the overwhelming image information that every photo brings with it. The question of why and why good images come into being is looming and observable.
biographyBorn in 1923 on the Lower Rhine, studied at the HfBK Dresden with Max Schwimmer and Joseph Hegenbarth, after graduating initially as a press illustrator for the Free Press, then as a freelancer in Chemnitz, numerous book illustrations and graphic cycles on historical personalities, died in Chemnitz in 1995.His artistic legacy is in the municipal art collection Neue Sächsische Galerie Chemnitz.
On the initiative of the art historian Werner Ballarin, committed citizens founded what was probably the first art association in what was then the GDR on January 24, 1990. Both in its naming and in its basic intentions, the new association saw itself in the tradition of the first Chemnitz art association - the Chemnitz Art Association, which was founded in 1860 and became an important cultural institution in the up-and-coming industrial city around the turn of the century. Under the aegis of the exhibition director Friedrich Schreiber-Weigand, the focus was primarily on modern art developments. The first exhibitions with works by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff introduced the new direction of Expressionism. The Kunsthütte's extensive purchasing activities during these years also laid the foundation for the city of Chemnitz's later art collections.
In 1996, the Neue Chemnitzer Kunsthütte e.V. took over the sponsorship of the municipal art collection Neue Sächsische Galerie, which has been run in close partnership with the association since the fall of the Berlin Wall, but as an independent museum for the city of Chemnitz. Since then, the association has coordinated all museum and organizational matters of this unique institution in Saxony in a fiduciary capacity and ensures the constant growth and updating of the collection through purchases and the acquisition of donations.
The Neue Sächsische Galerie (NSG) is a museum for contemporary art and activity space of the Neue Chemnitzer Kunsthütte art association. It owes its existence to the committed advocacy of Chemnitz citizens during the reunification period. The local Stasi headquarters for state citizen surveillance became a place for free thought and creation - the Neue Sächsische Galerie. In the 1970s and 1980s the city produced a vibrant art scene. At that time, the potential for provocation, but also the value of intellectual self-determination, was experienced anew by artists and viewers alike. The gallery still feels committed to this idea today. Its core activities relate to art events in the wider area of Saxony, but also to the exchange with international contemporary art positions. She particularly focuses on artistic achievements that are aesthetically and intellectually striking and thus generate friction and conflict. In doing so, she takes up developments in classic art genres such as new media.
With the founding of the NSG, a collection of art from Saxony after 1945 was created. The starting point was the inventory of the Karl-Marx-Stadt District Art Center. On this basis, we strive to close important gaps through donations and targeted purchases and to continue documenting the development of art in the Saxon cultural area after 1990. Almost 12,000 works have been collected to date. They represent essential artistic development lines in Saxony with extraordinary works. In addition to works of fine art, the collection includes extensive holdings of applied art and industrial design from the GDR period as well as poster art. Due to a lack of purchasing funds, the works found their way into the collection almost exclusively through donations, transfers and sponsorship. The gallery would like to thank the artists for their trust and solidarity with the idea of this unique collection. NCK e.V. was able to make some purchases thanks to the collection among members. Since the NSG moved to the TIETZ in 2004, works from the collection have been presented in irregular sequence in exhibition modules such as “drawn”, “painted”, “designed for everyday life”, “photographed”, contemporary historical backgrounds and artistic production conditions are described, materials , tools and working methods of the artists are presented. The art collection of the Neue Sächsische Galerie will soon be made permanently and completely digitally accessible online.
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of the current exhibition every Tuesday, 5 p.m.
Guided tour of the current exhibitions (admission: €4, reduced €2, no tour fee) Further tours by arrangement (costs: entry plus 30 euros tour fee) People up to 18 years of age, trainees, students at Chemnitz University of Technology and members of German art associations (AdKV) have free entry
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Every month we invite you to a Sunday art walk in the gallery. Children and adults encounter the current exhibitions in a playful way, get to know artists personally and can also become artistically active together. You can find the next dates in our calendar.
Drawing Printing Bookbinding
The skills of drawing, printing and bookbinding can be acquired in challenging workshops, primarily for adults, for example • Trying out wet and dry drawing techniques • Making your own tools such as bourdon tubes • Trying out unconventional printing techniques, e.g. Lego printing • Experimental embossing on a printing press • Producing block stitching and other adhesive-free bindings • Creating paper and designing with natural and recycled materials • Building and obtaining small graphic folders and boxes Registration: email@example.com or 0371 3676680 You can find the next dates in our calendar.
Studio for original graphics for all age groups (registration via the gallery) Experience, experience and learn artistic printmaking.
The DRUCKSTOCK is a living workshop in which artists work in a variety of ways to create new graphics. Letterpress, gravure and stone printing are on the agenda here. Anyone who would like to take a look behind the scenes of the professionals or experience this working atmosphere in a sensual and active way is cordially invited to the following offers: • Technical workshop tours that explain what, how and why something is done during printing • Demonstrations of the various printing techniques, where the art historical references and developments are explained • Art education workshops in which all printing processes can be creatively tested, depending on the time frame, desired technology and group size The costs for the offers in the printing workshop depend on the group size and the amount of materials used. Registration: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0371 3676680
Supporting association of the Neue Sächsische Galerie On January 24, 1990, committed citizens founded on the initiative of the art historian Dr. Werner Ballarin founded the art association “Neue Chemnitzer Kunsthütte e.V.” - probably the first club of its kind in what was then the GDR. Both in its naming and in its basic intentions, the new association saw itself in the tradition of the first Chemnitz art association - the "Chemnitzer Kunsthütte", which was founded in 1860 and became an important cultural institution in the up-and-coming industrial city around the turn of the century . Under the aegis of the exhibition director Friedrich Schreiber-Weigand, the focus was primarily on modern art developments. The first exhibitions with works by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff introduced the new direction of Expressionism. The Kunsthütte's extensive purchasing activities during these years also laid the foundation for the city of Chemnitz's later art collections.
Similar to its predecessor, the Neue Chemnitzer Kunsthütte would like to actively contribute to the promotion of contemporary art in Saxony. Through exhibitions, art discussions, lectures, symposiums and other events, the association wants to offer a broad platform for discussing the art of our time.
In 1996, the association took over the sponsorship of the municipal art collection Neue Sächsische Galerie, which until then had been run in close partnership with the association, but as an independent museum of the city of Chemnitz. Since then, the association has coordinated all museum and organizational matters of this unique institution in Saxony in a fiduciary capacity. In 2021, the art association received the Saxon Museum Prize in the Neue Sächsische Galerie for its "communication approaches - traditional as well as innovative - for contemporary art as well as the preservation and processing of so-called 'East Modernism'".