Special Exhibitions

September 16, 2016 – January 15, 2017
Shoot! Shoot! Shoot! Photographs of the 60s and 70s from the Nicola Erni Collection
This exhibition of around 220 photographs from the Nicola Erni Collection offers insights into the worlds of art, music, fashion and film in New York, London and Paris during the 60s and 70s. It presents a panorama of a turbulent and now legendary age, and includes Andy Warhol’s Factory, Truman Capote and The Rolling Stones alongside Twiggy and Romy Schneider. The photographs are by Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Robert Mapplethorpe, Irving Penn, Gary Winogrand, Helmut Newton, Ron Gallela, David Bailey, Jeanloup Sieff, Bert Stern, Fred McDarrah amongst others.

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.

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.

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.