Curated Monthly: Top art picks in Leipzig this November


Leipzig has become the center of unique groups meeting annually to share new ideas, creations, or purely to celebrate their connoisseurship. The Wave Gothic Festival and Bach Festival are two of the most memorable occasions, but November is the month of another very special one. This time of year, we see the documentary fanatics meet around the screens of the city at DOK Leipzig. The festival is in full swing; check out our preview article to see what’s on when.

Here are some more art-related activities going on around town.

Spinnerei Events

Another round of Spinnerei Gallery exhibitions is upon us, which means new shows throughout the complex for the next month. All events take place within the Spinnerei complex at Spinnereistraße 7. The opening evening takes place this Saturday, November 2nd, from 19:00, and we’ve highlighted those we’re most excited to see.

ALTSTADT – Titus Schade

Titus Schade, Falkenstein – Image courtesy of Galerie Eigen and Art

Galerie Eigen & Art
Opening: Saturday the 2nd, 19:00
Nov 2nd – Dec 19th

Artist Titus Schade is born and bred in Leipzig, where he lives and works today. His paintings reflect this through some recognizable architectural scenes: the storehouses at the Lindenauer Hafen or the half-timbered gables of old Saxon houses. The real buildings are reimagined onto theatrical stages that become apocalyptic through his use of composition and light.


Reiter Galerie
Opening: Saturday the 2nd, 19:00
Nov 2nd – Dec 19th

The group exhibition brings together works of sculpture, painting and mixed media installations from four young talents: Susanne Hopmann, Juliette Sturlèse, Sophie Ullrich, Christian Holze.

A great chance to see the energy and inspirations of the new generation.

Nails & Needles

ASPN Galerie
Opening: Saturday the 2nd, 19:00
Nov 2nd – Dec 19th

This double female presentation looks to play with our senses through a mixture of materials. Wall works and installations by artists Stephanie Kägi and Charlotte Klobassa share bursts of colour and loose brushstrokes, but diverge in their very different modes of production.

Halle 14 Open Studios

Halle 14
Spinnereistraße 7
Friday 29th – 19:00-22:00 and Saturday 30th – 10:00 – 20:00

The non-profit art space not only has a full exhibition and event programme, but also manages a whole block of studios in the Spinnerei. Halle 14 has some of the most vast studio spaces in the complex, filled with a variety of artists. Don’t miss the chance to see their works in progress and nosy into their beautiful spaces on the last weekend of this month.

As always, Leipzig’s art scene this November extends beyond the Spinnerei and through all parts of the city…

Reset Unsettling Flesh Layers exhibition poster – Image courtesy of Pilotenkueche

Reset Unsettling Flesh Layers

Alte Handelschule
Geißerstraße 75
Friday the 15th – 19:00

In the words of curator Patricia Brien: This exhibition represents the accumulation of ever-accelerating rhythms in the altermodern world and the momentum of regeneration. Bringing together 14 international artists, including 2 Leipzig (g-)locals, the exhibition is the first presentation of the 43rd round of the Pilotenkueche International Art Program.

Keimzellen ’89

Start from Pöge Haus

Hedwigstraße 20
Various dates throughout November

Artist Diana Wesser continues her audio walk project through the month of November. 30 years on from the peaceful revolution, Audiowalk ’89 takes you on a journey through time in the footsteps of the resistance movements in the East of Leipzig. It leads you to places of opposition, resistance and upheaval in the vicinity of the railway road. Contemporary witness interviews are combined with original recordings from 1989. The project is free of charge and just requires a deposit for the audio set that can be collected from Pöge Haus on the set dates.

More Than A Raw Diamond

Exhibition ‘You’re Not My Real Sun’, A&O Kunsthalle, 2019 – Photo courtesy of A&O Kunsthalle

One Year Anniversary Celebration
A&O Kunsthalle
Brandenburger Straße 2
Friday the 29th – 19:00

A&O Kunsthalle opened with a bang last year, revealing the slick renovation of the old post-office building and a full programme of events. Later on in the year, they opened a further renovation downstairs that saw flying exhibitions added to the programme. It’s been an exciting first year for the new space; join their celebratory exhibition to cheer them into the next.

Michael Riedel. zɛlpstbəˈʃʁaɪ̯bʊŋ &

Impressionismus in Leipzig 1900-1915

Museum der bildenden Künste
Opening: Saturday the 23rd – 19:00

The MdbK opens two new exhibitions on the same evening. Impressionismus in Leipzig 1900-1915 is the first in a series of presentations that reconstruct MdbK exhibitions from the early 20th century with this iteration showing the work of Max Liebermann.

zɛlpstbəˈʃʁaɪ̯bʊŋ is a solo presentation of artist and HGB professor Michael Riedel who has become renowned for redefining traditional artistic practice and the concept of the artwork as a self-perpetuating system. 

The Point of No Return exhibition at the museum has its last day on November the 3rd. So make sure you catch the vast display of over 300 works that cover the time directly preceding the Peaceful Revolution and the period of transformation that followed 1989.

For our readers practicing within the cultural field, check out the initiative Leipzig plus Kultur. The project works toward creating a support network for all cultural initiatives, project groups and cultural institutions in non-public sponsorship, as well as all freelance artists. They will have their meeting on November the 18th, where all are welcome to join!

Clementine is an independent curator interested in historic and contemporary structures that empower cultural exchange. She is a British native that sees herself in a semi-permanent self-exile. She is currently planning to settle by a Saxon lake, but next year the dream may be entirely different.

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