Good Neighbours

Richness and Diversity from 25 Leipzig Collections

20. June to 13. September 2015

The year 2015 goes by the motto "1000 years of Leipzig. We are the city." Because in the historic chronicle of Bishop Thietmar of Merseburg dating from 1015 we find the oldest documented mention of Leipzig, with the formulation "et in urbe Libzi vocata". As part of the events to commemorate this anniversary year the Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig is collaborating with 25 Leipzig institutional and museum collections to stage the exhibition "Good neighbours. Richness and diversity from 25 Leipzig collections", opening on 19 June. The exhibition follows the central idea of "1000 years of Leipzig" also constituting a longstanding tradition of civic collections, stretching back to the beginning of the 18th century. This was an era of avid collecting; with no specific chronology or category. European and non-European artefacts - paintings, sculptures, documents and musical instruments were assembled in citizens' collections, as well as natural rarities and curiosities from all around the world - coral, rock crystal, exotic animal specimens. In the 19th century these encyclopaedic cabinets of wonder were incorporated into the municipal museum collections, as well as natural rarities and curiosities from all around the world - coral, rock crystal, exotic animal … read more

Eugène Delacroix &
Paul Delaroche

History as a sensation

11. October to 17. January 2016

Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863) and Paul Delaroche (1797-1856) number amongst the most significant historic painters of the 19th century in France, with their historic paintings causing a stir in the Paris Salon from around 1820 onwards. Although Delaroche has slipped into near obscurity in the meantime and Delacroix is regarded as the more modern of the two, Delaroche won far greater recognition from his contemporaries for his startling realism in the depiction of historical events. For the first time, these two artists are now to be contrasted with one another in one exhibition. The depiction of history in the era from 1820 to 1850 was influenced to a large extent by the experience of major social upheavals following hard on the heels of each other (French Revolution 1789, rise and fall of Napoleon, the restoration, the revolutions of 1830 and 1848). Under the influence of the romantic current pervading literature and the establishment of the science of history, both painters placed the emotional effect of history in the … read more