New York Times lists Leipzig as a place to go in 2020
The New York Times recently published its choice of 52 Places to Go in 2020 ranking Leipzig #35. Leipzig is the only German city that made it on the prestigious list apart from the Bavarian village Oberammergau. Author Valeriya Safronova explains, the former Eastern German city has not forgotten about its roots while transforming into a magnet for the young generation over the last 30 years. Leipzig’s thriving nightlife scene, the extensive restoration of former industrial quarters and its broad cultural offerings make for the perfect city break in 2020.
Along with the state exhibition Boom. 500 Years of Industrial Heritage in Saxony this year, Leipzig celebrates its industrial heritage with special exhibitions, guided tours through former industrial properties and art projects. The Museum of Fine Arts kicked off the festivities with its retrospective The Optimized Human (until 1 March 2020). It focusses on the relationship between man and machine since the industrialisation. Around 40 exhibits from paintings to sculptures and installations emphasize the impact of technical achievements on humans and their way of life.
A similar approach in a completely different setting takes the Kunstkraftwerk Leipzig with its immersive art show Urban Transformation in Western Leipzig (9 May to 31 December). In a spectacular 360-degree video show projected onto the walls, ceiling and floor of the former power plant, four fictional Leipzig residents will explain how urbanization and industrialization quickly changed their living and working life. The show is accompanied by special music.
Another authentic place, the Museum of the Printing Arts, will present the exhibition The Eye of the Photographer. Industrial Culture in German Photography since 1900 (8 March to 28 June). Many previously unknown photographies from the rich collections of Saxony’s museums and libraries will be shown for the first time.
The former industrial quarter Plagwitz has become a sight in itself. One of the main attractions is the Spinnerei. Formerly continental Europe’s largest cotton mill, it is now home to galleries and more than 100 art studios. The famous Leipzig-born artist Neo Rauch was one of the first to set up a studio there. Twice a year (1-2 May, 12-13 September), the Spinnerei opens its doors to the public during their grand gallery tour. Around the corner, the Kunstkraftwerk has distinguished itself as a European hotspot for new media art. Emphasis is placed on immersive art projects that are exceptionally suited to the industrial environment and combine different art forms and technologies. The largest video projection system in Germany provides for unique experiences. The Tapetenwerk offers a workspace for artists and creative minds. The former wallpaper factory with its brick façades, manufacturing hall, workshop and office areas is a typical example of industrial architecture of the Wilhelminian era. The night before the Spinnerei gallery tour, the Tapetenwerkfest offers visitors a peek behind the scenes with new exhibitions, music and culinary specialities.
More information: www.leipzig.travel/industrialheritage2020
Complete list 52 Places to Go in 2020: www.nytimes.com