Special Exhibitions

October 14, 2016 – January 15, 2017
FORUM 041: K49814 – Atmen ohne Pause
Based on the book of the same name, “Atmen ohne Pause” (Breathing without Pause) documents the mundane reality of factory farming and the mass slaughter of livestock. Unlike some well-known photos that seek to shock the viewer, these gentle black-and-white images shun any kind of sensationalism. The photographer – who works under the pseudonym K49814 – not only uncovers the unseen processes of the meat industry in photographs that often enter into the realm of the abstract, but equally importantly asks questions about how we express our relationship with life.

March 11 – March 19, 2017
11th Munich Junior Book Fair
More than 5,000 children’s books and other media for all the family are on display at Munich Junior Book Fair. The Fair is open from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm every day, and admission is free. It offers an imaginative and varied program of events, with workshops examining literature from different perspectives, tours, and readings from books ranging from gripping detective stories to fascinating non-fiction not to mention beautifully illustrated picture books.

24.03. – 16.07.2017
Bilder der Überwachung
Nachrichtenüberwachung im Netz, Spionage unter befreundeten Staaten und Datenklau, aber auch das Speichern unserer Kaufgewohnheiten und Kameras an öffentlichen Plätzen sind alltäglich geworden. Die Ausstellung des Münchner Stadtmuseums thematisiert das unaufhaltsame Eindringen von Überwachung und Kontrolle in unseren Lebensalltag. Gezeigt werden Arbeiten von zeitgenössischen Künstlern und Künstlerinnen aus den Bereichen Fotografie, Video und Installation.

12.05. – 08.10.2017
Revolutionär und Ministerpräsident – Kurt Eisner (1867-1919)
Das Münchner Stadtmuseum zeigt eine Ausstellung zum 150. Geburtstag von Kurt Eisner (1867 – 1919), dem ersten Ministerpräsidenten Bayerns, der bei einem Attentat am 21. Februar 1919 auf offener Straße erschossen wurde. Im Fokus steht der politische und publizistische Werdegang einer charismatischen, von vielen Seiten vereinnahmten und dadurch auch widersprüchlichen Persönlichkeit. Die biografische Darstellung bildet den Auftakt zu einer ganzen Reihe von Veranstaltungen, mit denen die Landeshauptstadt München den historischen Ereignissen der Jahre 1918 und 1919 nachspürt.

October 6, 2017 – January 21, 2018
Adolphe Braun – a 19th-century photography enterprise
Frenchman Adolphe Braun (1812-1877) was one of Europe’s most successful 19th-century photographers. He trained as a draftsman and initially worked for the textile industry in Alsace, before, in 1854, turning his attention to photography. His breakthrough came at the Paris World Fair in 1855 with a still-life series of more than 300 photographs of flowers. The images were widely circulated, and used as prototypes by textile designers during the Second Empire.Their masterful composition made them equally popular as a basis for studies by decorative painters and illustrators. From 1860, Braun used his large-format camera to take pictures of the Alpine landscape and cities of Switzerland, and these , on occasion, served as sources for the paintings of Gustave Courbet. In addition to animal studies and photographs of architecture and landscapes, Braun specialized in art reproductions. As the first official photographer at the Louvre, he was granted permission to take pictures of its art works, which he did over the course of three decades. Braun & Cie, his photographic company, was renowned for its ability to replicate the tonal values of paintings, sculptures and prints, as can be seen in their works in Europe’s most famous art museums in Vienna, Florence, London and Dresden.
This exhibition breaks new ground in covering the full range of Adolphe Braun’s skills, and draws on some 200 original photographs and paintings by 19th-century artists such as Gustave Courbet, Henri Fantin-Latour and Jules Médard.