Where today the Solaristurm dominates the silhouette of the city, the demolition of a dilapidated and run-down chemical factory began 30 years ago. A factory whose best-known product can still be found in numerous households today: FIT Washing Up Liquid. However, while the dishwashing detergent successfully saved itself into the new era, the former main factory of VEB Fettchemie was classified by the Treuhandanstalt as not "not capable of being renovated" and liquidated. In 1991, 1800 employees left their jobs and were partly transferred to a rescue company. The Chemnitz branch office of the Treuhandanstalt moved into the administration building. Large parts of the remaining area were closed or converted. et's take a look at this: In the one-hour guided tour around the factory, we want to go on a search for traces of that time.
While we are uncovering a little contemporary history in 2020, the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz celebrates their 100th birthday this year. Under the title "In the Dawn of the Republic" the eventful times are indicated, the times about the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz can tell: On the way through the exhibition, stories and history from the 19th century to the present day spread out. Visitors wander through the times - from the 19th to the 20th century, from war to war and regime to regime to the present. With so much history, we're looking forward that the POCHEN Biennale will be able to be present for a short time in this anniversary year.
A real beacon of hope after German reunification: Ufa struck immediately and secured one of the first cinemas in the new federal states with the Metropol. Universum Film AG withdrew from the Metropol in 1998. After a brief intermezzo by a Hamburg operator, Evelin Paulat, and from 2006 Merett Wolf, finally took over. With numerous renovation and restoration works they managed to revive the building - a charming cinema, for whose hospitality we are very grateful this year.
If we were to name a witness to the ups and downs of the city Chemnitz, then we would certainly choose the Wirkbau with its impressive clock tower. The rise of the European industrial metropolis, crises and wars, socialism, reunification and reconstruction - the once largest factory for textile machinery has seen a lot. And this year, we are letting ourselves experience this as part of the POCHEN Biennale: The main multimedia exhibition, the contributions of the Berlin Museum of Values and lots of people who are impressed by the modernist charm of this venue.
When the Schocken department shop moved here in 1930, the department shop chain was already the fourth largest in Germany. Then came the upheaval. In 1938 the National Socialists expropriated the company. Only with a little luck did the building escape the bombing of the city of Chemnitz, so that it returned to its service as a department shop during GDR times. After reunification, Kaufhof AG bought the building, but was unable to maintain the building, which had become outdated. After extensive renovations, the State Museum of Archaeology Chemnitz finally moved into the building in 2014, where we will present some artistic positions for the second time this year.
In transit, the cultural railway station in Chemnitz , we let them come to an end, these long exhibition days that make your feet tired. But here we get everything out of them once again. And what better place to do that than at a place where the vibrations of freight traffic during the day and the basses massage the soles of your feet at night? But let's be honest: Due to the pandemic, we are not allowed to dance. So put your feet firmly on the floor and take a seat! Also helps.
Another traditional department shop in Chemnitz, of which only the name remains today. Almost completely burnt out in 1945, it became one of the most dazzling department shop projects in the GDR after its reconstruction in 1957: more than 10,000 square metres of sales space spread over four floors. After reunification, Kaufhof AG bought the shop and continued to run it almost unchanged, but the chain soon decided to build a new building in the immediate vicinity. Tietz escaped being orphaned after extensive renovations: Today, the Museum of Natural History, the New Saxon Gallery and the Chemnitz City Library gather under its roof in addition to the adult education centre. And the POCHEN Biennale. Temporarily.