Deemed "the hottest place on earth" by art critic Joachim Pissarro, Leipzig's cotton mill turned cultural destination mixes art, history, crafts, and politics.
Built as a cotton mill in 1884 with the utopian ideal to be a "city within a city" for its employees, the Bauwallspinnere (Cotton spinnery) was one of the biggest spinning works in Europe. With employee housing, gardens, stores, and a hospital, the area became a modern example of industrial society. In 1993 after the wall fell and Liepzig lost 90 percent of its industry, the Spinnerei was sold and became a tire cord factory. The empty rooms and large spaces began to draw artists, who started setting up studios, workshops, and exhibitions. Photo courtesy Spinnerei.
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In 1994, artists like Sandro Porcu and Kaeseberg drew attention to the Spinnerei, and in 2001 it was completely converted into an artist's haven. Now, nearly 100 artists, dancers, photographers, and designers have studios and residences, and the 11 galleries put on a combined 70 exhibitions a year. A cafe and art store cater to visitors and residents alike.
The most well-known gallery, Gallerie Eigan + Art, became famous for its punk aesthetic during the GDR times and is currently presenting Gespenter by Neo Rauch Das Bannende (shown).
Another painting by Neo Rauch, Der Landgang, demonstrates strategic use of color over a red-brown background (a common theme throughout the exhibition), which is meant to represent the lighting before or after a storm.
The large industrial space allows ample room for large-scale exhibitions, such as The Politics and Pleasures of Food (shown), which has a garden, art, sculptures, and videos.
Another area of The Politics and Pleasures of Food offers a new way to appreciate art…
Artist also have the opportunity to sell their products to visitors, we especially loved the sculptural porcelain pieces by Claudia Biehne.