Special Exhibitions

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.

March 24 – July 16, 2017
Images of surveillance
The monitoring of private e-mails and online messages, supposedly friendly nations spying on one another, data theft, or even simply companies storing shopping preferences and the installation of security cameras in public places – such practices are all now commonplace. This new exhibition at the Münchner Stadtmuseum explores the inexorable intrusion of surveillance and monitoring into our everyday lives. It features works by contemporary artists from the fields of photography, video and installation.

May 12 – October 8, 2017
Revolutionary and State Premier – Kurt Eisner (1867-1919)
The Münchner Stadtmuseum is putting on an exhibition to mark the 150th birthday of Bavaria’s first Premier, Kurt Eisner (1867-1919) who was shot dead in the street on February 21, 1919.
It examines the political and journalistic career of this charismatic and contradictory personality who was claimed by many different movements as one of their own. This biographical exhibition will be the first in a series of events in which the City of Munich turns a spotlight on the history of 1918 and 1919.

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.