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The Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz (Chemnitz Collections of Art) comprise four museums and house a total of 170,000 objects. In the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz – Museum am Theaterplatz there is a display of the permanent collection, which presents 'Romantic painting' (Caspar David Friedrich, Carl Gustav Carus et al.) and 'Sculptures' (Auguste Rodin, Edgar Degas, Wilhelm Lehmbruck et al.). Additional temporary exhibitions of works from the collection offer insight into the work of the artists of classical modernism (Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Edvard Munch et al.). Furthermore there are various special exhibitions. The collection of works on paper includes 25,000 objects: these range from works by Albrecht Dürer to Honoré Daumier and from Lyonel Feininger to Wolfgang Mattheuer. With its extensive collections of Coptic textiles, stockings and posters, the collection of textiles and applied arts is among the most important of its kind in Germany. The Carlfriedrich Claus Archive Foundation preserves the complete estate of the artist. The museum also has an art library with over 70,000 volumes. An important collection of German classical modernism (particularly Otto Dix and Alexej Jawlensky) and of works from the second half of the twentieth century may be found in the Museum Gunzenhauser.
Within its historical ambience the Schloßbergmuseum displays the largest collection of Saxon Gothic sculpture as well as a permanent exhibition on the history of Chemnitz. The Henry van de Velde Museum in the Villa Esche offers an overview of the Belgian artist's diverse oeuvre.