Green leaves grow from the stem of the spade, which is sunk into the ground. “Reconquest” is what Detlef Jehn of the Chemnitzer Künstlerbund called his sculpture. We can see in it a portrait of the not entirely carefree relationship between man and nature. The pike is also part of another recapture that took place in Chemnitz …

Green leaves grow from the stem of the spade, which is sunk into the ground. “Reconquest” is what Detlef Jehn of the Chemnitzer Künstlerbund called his sculpture. We can see in it a portrait of the not entirely carefree relationship between man and nature. The spade is also part of another revival which takes place at the town hall of Chemnitz. There it is part of an exhibition that has never existed like this before: in the project called Cunsthalle, nine galleries and art associations in the city will jointly present works by their artists from Saturday. There are about 80 of them. Painting and graphics are represented as well as sculptures and videos. Most of the works, visible mainly in the hall of the town hall, can be purchased.

The idea to offer artists from Chemnitz and the region a common podium in the middle of the city came from the corona crisis. “The painters and sculptors suffered during the confinements like the other artists”, explains Ralf Schulze, general manager of the C3 event centers, of which the town hall is a part. Due to its size, it is suitable for such an exhibition, which is funded, among other things, with corona help from the federal government. And located in the middle of the city center, they hope to be able to receive visitors who otherwise wouldn’t specifically stop at individual galleries. It is therefore an opportunity for artists to (re) conquer their audience.

“We were very happy to be able to exhibit here after the long break,” says Peggy Albrecht, also a member of the Chemnitz Artists Association. With the image “Tension” he shows a work from that year in which the Chemnitz opera house seems to be invaded by a grid-like structure. Dagmar Zemke, artist and member of the “Kunst für Chemnitz” association, which runs the Heck-Art gallery, hopes that the Cunsthalle will also create new connections between established artists and the next generation. “We are looking for young talents who could also exhibit in our gallery.” Along with Gregor Kozik, she contributed to what is arguably the biggest photo in the Cunsthalle. About five by two meters, colorful and wild, a collage of woodcuts and paintings, entitled “Angels and Apocalypse”. Here, those who display themselves with modern weapons are fighting with those who want to stop the destruction. It’s like a warning not to destroy our land, Zemke says.

Besides, Zemke is not the only one to ask where the young artists are in Chemnitz. A number of people in the scene are concerned about this. Some young people will certainly find themselves at the Kombinat Lump, a new gallery in the city which above all wants to support young shoots and which is now also present in the Cunsthalle. They would like to look over the shoulders of the elderly, says Marco Henkel of the Kombinat, “but a city that will be the European capital of culture cannot ignore the new art that follows,” he adds with a friendly smile. And he, too, is hoping for new networks and projects – which, according to Stadthallen boss Schulze, can also lead to projects in the capital of culture.

Rolf Lieberknecht and Christian von Borczyskowski can also imagine being part of it with their private initiative “Tankstelle Projektraum”. They combine art with science. A video of one of their actions can be seen in the Cunsthalle: they crashed a boat on the Theaterplatz, played upside down in the video, it comes together and disappears into a white void, a sphere of hope, according to Lieberknecht. A book that deals with refugee boats and migration. It might be an idea, they say, to place the fragments of the boat as cast iron elements on the city’s river, especially since there is a project in the cultural capital that deals with the river. This is supposed to be again more strongly integrated into city life. Another recovery like that.

The Chemnitz Town Hall Cunsthalle will be inaugurated with a vernissage on Friday August 27 at 7 p.m. Entrance is free, but those interested must book a ticket at tickets.c3-chemnitz.de. It is then open until September 5 on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and from Monday to Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Entrance is also free here. The support program is available on the Internet: www.cultursommer.de