Collection Valentin-Karlstadt

The Valentin-Karlstadt Collection is the property of Bavaria’s capital city of Munich and has been consigned to the Münchner Stadtmuseum. Located at im Tal 50, the Valentin-Karlstadt-Musäum is under the direction of Sabine Rinberger. Andreas Koll curates the collection for the Münchner Stadtmuseum.

The postcard collection alone contains some 80,000 postcards featuring a variety of themes. There is also a wealth of Munich folk singers’  sheet music, song lyrics, records, programs, newspaper clippings, letters, posters, photos, items from the Karl Valentin folk singer collection and five performance scrapbooks from Liesl Karlstadt’s estate.

The Valentin-Karlstadt-Musäum archive also contains personal effects and items bequeathed by some of the people who worked with Karl Valentin (such as Josef Rankl and Ludwig Greiner) as well as Munich folk singers such as Seffi Braun, Georg Blädel, Konrad Dreher and Michl Lang. In addition, the archive features many of the items – including various documents, lyric sheets and programmes – left by the Karl Valentin Museum’s founder, Hannes König, who also founded the Münchner Volkssängerbühne theater. Finally, there are minutes and documents relating to meetings of the group of performers known as ‘Sicher wie Gold’ (Safe as Gold).

A collection is currently under preparation on the theme of Cabaret in Munich from the 1970s to the present day.

In addition to documents and photographs relating to the history of the City of Munich, the collection also houses numerous graphics and drawings that were created in the early days of the Munich revolution of November 1918, including, for example, original drawings by Heinrich Kley.

In 1993, the contemporary French artist, Christian Boltanski, exhibited his early works from the 1970s at the Valentin-Karlstadt-Musäum; he then donated them in their entirety to the Musäum.

The collection is curated by Sabine Rinberger, director of the Valentin-Karlstadt-Musäum and by Andreas Koll for the Münchner Stadtmuseum.