Exhibitions in April 2022

Wolfgang Mattheuer, Hinter den sieben Bergen, 1973, VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2022


Leipzig: A Universe of Images. 1905-2022

Current exhibition

Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig


“The exhibition Leipzig: A Universe of Images. 1905-2022 presents more than 200 works, some well-known and others still unknown. […] Visitors are guided through the development of modern art in Leipzig over the last century up to the present day on the almost complete area of the third floor. […] From expressive painting strategies or sober-looking fine painting to abstract and ironic-naïve attitudes of contemporary art, visitors can experience the diversity of Leipzig art in the exhibition.”


Unter dem Radar. Originalgrafische Kunstplakate aus Ostdeutschland seit 1975

(Below the radar. Original-graphic art posters from East Germany since 1975)

Current exhibition until April, 18 2022

Museum für Druckkunst Leipzig


“Based on around 100 original graphic art posters from the collection of the Galerie am Sachsenplatz, supplemented by other items on loan, the museum gives an insight into countercultural initiatives and free spaces of art in East Germany. On the one hand, the show focuses on artists who were mainly active in printmaking in the GDR. These include Angela Hampel, Michael Morgner, Max Uhlig and the Clara Mosch group. On the other hand, the posters present less well-known art locations and the lively, non-state-controlled exhibition system in East Germany from Ahrenshoop to Zwickau.”


Offener Prozess

(Open Process – title is linked to the reappraisal of the NSU complex)

Current exhibition

Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig


“The exhibition “Offener Prozess” addresses the question of the NSU complex. Taking East German reality, particularly in Saxony, as its starting point, it tells a story of the NSU complex that begins with migration histories and continual right-wing and racist violence, along with the resistance shown against it. It uses a “living memory” approach, which brings marginalised perspectives into focus. It also examines structural and institutional racism.”


Leipzig 1813

Current exhibition

Panometer Leipzig


“On a 3,500 square-metre surface, the scenery of Leipzig unfolds in the direct aftermath of the Battle of the Nations in 1813.

From the roof of St. Thomas’ Church, the visitor follows the events from the perspective of the beset citizens. A total of 600,000 soldiers from all across Europe fought for four days until Napoleon’s campaigns of conquest on the continent were finally brought to an end. Leipzig is directly affected as the Panorama conveys in striking images. The streets are crowded with throngs of citizens, soldiers, those who fled and are stranded.”



Events in March 2022

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Romeo and Juliet


March 4, 7.30pm                  March 10, 7.30pm

March 18, 7.30pm                March 26, 7.30pm


“Romeo and Juliet’s love story belongs to the world. The tale of these star-crossed young lovers never fails to touch and inspire audiences and artists alike. Here, Mirko Mahr, director of the ballet of the Musikalische Komödie, retells this mythic tale with younger audiences in mind.”


Flea Market

Alte Messe Leipzig

March 6, starting 8am


The famous flee market opens its doors for the first time this year. Various antiques, furniture, household items and design pieces – art lovers will find something for their own collections for sure!


Chamber Music with the Staatskapelle Dresden

Gewandhaus Leipzig

March 6, 6pm


The Staatskapelle Dresden visits the Gewandhaus to delight its visitors with chamber music. The quintet embraces a piano, two violins, a viola as well as a violoncello.


Shalom: 1700 Years – an audio play journey

Unikatum – Children’s and Youth Museum

Tue – Fri: 2pm – 6pm; Sat & Sun: 10am – 6pm


For children and teenagers

The Unikatum invites to a journey through time: At audio stations visitors can listen to children talk about living in Jewish families and communities over the period of 17 centuries!



Events in February 2022

Vernissage: Harry Hachmeister

Museum der bildenden Künste

February 2, 6pm


“The show takes the form of an ongoing construction setup, incorporating elements of a building site and a fitness studio, where Hachmeister shows ceramics, reverse glass paintings and regular paintings. The design of the exhibition space gives it the feel of a snapshot of an ongoing reconstruction, frozen in dignified stillness.”

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February 5, 7pm

February 11, 7pm


“At the center of Edward Clug’s full-length narrative ballet created for the Ballett Zürich is the driven, doubting, selfish intellectual Faust. The musical basis for the piece, which marks the first time Clug – the head of the Slovenian National Ballet Maribor – appears at the Leipzig Ballet, comes from Milko Lazar, one of the most renowned Slovenian composers.”


Vernissage: Bilderkosmos Leipzig (‘Picture cosmos Leipzig’)

Museum der bildenen Künste

February 9, 6pm


The exhibition shows various art pieces about Leipzig from 1905 until now, 2022.

Please bring your FFP2-mask and download the Corona-Warn-App.


1985 – Movie Streaming

Passage Kino

February 23, 8pm


English with German subtitles

Visiting his conservative family in Texas for Christmas, the young and successful advertising agent Adrian Lester struggles with telling them about him being gay. He also wants to talk with them about the possibility that this could be his last visit…


Bildquelle: https://www.oper-leipzig.de/de/programm/faust/92237

Ideas, inspirations and events in January 2022

Upcycling ideas

Library Leipzig/Gohlis



In cooperation with the district library Leipzig Gohlis the idea of an upcycling workshop emerged. Due to the pandemic an online format was found that provides its viewers with creative ideas on how to upcycle textiles, kitchenware, decorative items etc.


Opera in two acts: Die Zauberflöte (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

Opera Leipzig

January 16, 2022 6pm


“This delightful mélange of tragic opera, mysterious magic game, and droll popular theater defies all attempts at classification. Mozart’s last work for the stage is at once a fairy tale and theater for the ages, written in a world on the cusp of historic and social upheaval.”

Internet project based on texts by Franz Kafka,

Schauspiel Leipzig



in German only; 4 episodes

Inspired by video conferences followed by bad reception, image interferences etc., the play connects today’s daily problems with the protagonist of Kafka’s “Schloss”. On his way looking for connections to the residents, K. wanders through a surreal parable. The Internet project by regisseur Philipp Preuss contains four episodes.


Bildquelle: Oper Leipzig; https://www.oper-leipzig.de/en/programm/die-zauberflote/92200


Models of different organs in the exhibition "Organwelt"

Cultural events in Leipzig in November 2021

Flea market

November 6, 10am – 4pm

The Feinkost holds the flea market for the last time this year! A variety of stalls will transform the courtyard into a paradise for treasure hunters. Food will also be provided.

Feinkost, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 36 04107 Leipzig

French movie festival

November 17 – 24

The 26th edition of the French Film Days Leipzig starts on November 17, 2021 in the Passage Kinos and the Schaubühne Lindenfels. The charisma of francophone movies will be brought to the screen.


Every day, until November 20

The exhibition Organwelt Leipzig with numerous different oversized and accessible organ models takes visitors, whether young or old, on an unforgettable journey.

Explanations are mostly in German.

Agra Messepark, Bornaische Str. 210 04279 Leipzig

Exhibition “Max Klinger und die Universität Leipzig” (“Max Klinger and the Leipzig University)

Every day, until December 17 2021

The exhibition focusses on the mural “Die Blüte Griechenlands” (“The Blossom of Greece”). The artist Max Klinger created this 20×6 meter artwork in 1909 for the auditorium of Leipzig University. Burning during the Second World war, it was almost forgotten.

Neues Augusteum, Augustusplatz 10 04109 Leipzig


[picture taken from: www.organwelt.de]


Cultural events in Leipzig in October 2021

Lamento / Ballet

October 16, 7pm

October 24, 7pm

Leipzig Opera

After a 45 minute introduction to the ballet, the audience discovers “love, grief, parting, and the longing for freedom” as the main focus of the two-part ballet evening by choreograph Mario Schröder. An audience discussion after the play offers details about the production.

DOK Leipzig / International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film

October 25 – October 31

The International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (DOK Leipzig) is the largest German festival for artistic documentary and the oldest one in the world. The programme is very varied, rich and international. After the festival week, “DOK stream” will launch online and films will be accessible for streaming.

Opening Grassimesse / trade fair

October 28, 6pm-9pm

At Grassimuseum

Artists of applied arts and design sell their pieces at the international trade fair.


[picture taken from: www.dok-leipzig.de]


Cultural events in Leipzig in September 2021

Nacht der Kunst / Night of Arts – cultural festival in the north of Leipzig

September 4, 4pm to 12am

Georg-Schumann-Straße, Leipzig

More than 200 artists exhibit their various art at 55 different locations. The program is made for the younger and the older generation and offers concerts, a fire show, dances etc.

Der Karneval der Tiere / The Carnival of the Animals

September 16, 17, 18 , 11am

Oper Leipzig

The famous ballet was written by the French composer Camille Saint-Saëns’ and gained popularity since its genesis. The chamber orchestra as well as two pianos enchant the audience.

Die Zauberflöte / The Magic Flute

September 18, 7pm

Oper Leipzig

The opera in two acts was composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. “The experiences of the French Revolution are reflected here, as is the growing artistic interest in the darker sides of humankind, as well as the suppressed and the irrational.”

Der Vogel Anderswo / The Bird Elsewhere

September 13, 20, 21

Theater der jungen Welt Leipzig

The Bird Elsewhere is a Puppet Theatre in German and Arabic.

“In Syria, or, to be more exact, in the city of Damascus lives the little boy Nunu. And he has a little bird that resides in a cage. But its door is always open, for that the little bird is able to fly away and get back whenever he wants. And precisely because he is often not here, but elsewhere, he is also called »elsewhere «. But one day Nunu and his family obviously left home, because war is raging in the city. So Elsewhere’s journey begins.”


[Photo “The Carnival of the Animals” taken from: https://www.oper-leipzig.de, photographer: Kirsten Nijhof]


Portal of the Grassi Museum Leipzig

Cultural events in Leipzig in August 2021

MURANO – Farbe, Licht, Feuer (Colour, Light, Fire)

until August 15

Where? Grassi Museum

Glass manufacture is an old tradition in Venedig, Italy. The Grassi Museum presents top-class artwork by the glass manufacturer Murano.

Photographic exhibition by Abdreas Gursky

until August 22

Where? Museum der bildenden Künste

“Andreas Gursky’s oeuvre, encompassing well over 200 works, visualises complex constructions of reality, all of which are linked to social issues. Work, leisure, consumer behaviour, major events and financial systems have been addressed in his photographs over the course of several decades.”

BachOrgelFestival (organ music)

August 7, 14, 21, 28, 3pm

Where? Thomaskirche

Various musicians delight their audience every Saturday at the Thomaskirche.

Leipziger Liedernächte

August 20, 21, 22

Where? garden of the Grassi Museum

The Grassi Museum, in cooperation with the Leipziger Liederszene e.V., invites its guests to enjoy musical evenings.


[Photo taken from: https://www.skd.museum/besuch/grassi-museum-leipzig, SKD]


Mauer mit der Aufschrift "Bülowviertel"

Cultural events in Leipzig in July 2021

CULTURAL AFFAIRS – Art without Borders

June 10 – October 3, Grassimuseum

Within migration and travel, objects change their places as well as humans. This exhibition by young artists presents “travelling objects” which are mostly textile, designs and fashion.

Christopher Street Day / Pride week

July 9 – 17

“A huge number of events and the protest march through the city centre focus on the current societal situation of intergender and asexual people, transgender people as well as gay and bisexual people.”

CSD Demonstration

July 17, 12pm, Marketplace (city centre) Leipzig

As a part of the pride week on July 17 the CSD march demands equal rights for people who define themselves as homo-, trans-, bi- and intersexual. It calls attention to violence and discrimination.

The Magical Music of Harry Potter – Live in Concert

July 19, 4pm, Parkbühne Leipzig

The London Philhamonic & Symphonic Film-Orchestra and Choir present the best compositions of the Harry Potter movies soundtracks.

Kunstmarkt Womensart (Female artists market)

July 24, 5.30pm, Kulturwerkstatt KAOS (KAOS)

Literature, paintings, ideas, music, sculptures etc. are exhibited. All artworks are made by women.


July 31, 3pm, Bülowstraße

Ten street musicians and bands entertain the eastern part of Leipzig. The street festival provides a buffet as well as an adventure playground for children.


[Photo taken from: https://www.leipzig.travel/blog/buelowviertel,  Photographer: Daniel Koehler]


Poster of the Globe 21 research festival displaying the title in German "Where are the limits of global solidarity?" and the logos of the participating organisations

globe21 festival | from 10 June, 2021

This summer, the Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics (ReCentGlobe) of Leipzig University organizes the research festival GLOBE21 for the first time. The new festival format is designed as an annually recurring event and invites citizens from everywhere to discuss pressing topics and fascinating questions with scientists. Under the hashtag #BorderCrossingSolidarities, the festival explores moments of solidarity in tackling global challenges. Starting from June 10, different events like podcasts, film screenings, GLOBE|Talks and -|Dialogues, exhibitions, lectures, panel discussions and city tours feature the question: “Where are the limits of global solidarity?”. More information and the event calendar can be found here: www.globe-festival.de.

These events are held bilingually (in English and German):

  • 11.06.2021, 7–9.30pm:
    “How to steal a country (Filmscreening and subsequent discussion of “Is Democracy Possible Without Truth? The ‘Gupta Leaks‘, Populism and Social Cohesion in South Africa”)
  • 16.06.2021
    Podcast-Feature by Recalibrating Afrikanistik
  • 07.07.2021 5–6.15pm:
    “Food, Wage Labor, and Inequality in the History of Capitalism” – A conversation between Nina Mackert and Bryant Simon
  • 09.07.2021 5–9.30pm:
    Femicide. One Case, Several Struggles(filmscreening and discussion)
  • 14.07.2021 7–7.30pm:
    “Relating Women in African Studies” a keynote by Fatou Sow within the academic series “Africa*n relations – Modalities reflected”
  • 15.07.2021 2.30–6.45pm:
    “Climate Solidarities” – A climate conference for teenagers (workshops)
  • 16.07.2021 10am–2.30pm:
    “Climate Solidarities” – A climate conference for teenagers (workshops and final presentations)
  • 15.07.2021 6–7pm:
    “Okwui Enwezor Lecture” by Chika Okeke-Agulu (Princeton University) within the academic series “Africa*n relations – Modalities reflected”
  • 15.07.2021 1.15–2.30pm:
    “Leaving the ethnic niche? The impact of European citizenship on Polish migrant organizations” lecture organized by Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
  • 15.07.2021 3.30–5pm:
    “Global Perspectives on Societal Challenges in Eastern Europe” a moderated round table discussion
  • 15.07.2021 5–6.45pm:
    “The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on science and research in Merian Center partner regions” an online dialogue forum
  • 16.07.2021 7.15–8.45pm (note: time might change):
    “Art and Peace After Violent Conflict: From Reflection to Reconciliation” (online panel and photo exhibition)

Please check the festival website for the whole programme and for any changes.

[text and photo: globe21 festival]