October 2, 2020 – January 10, 2021
A World in Transition. The Art of the 1920s – from Otto Dix to August Sander
The 1920s was a time of great extremes and contrasts, full of hope and despair, light and shade. In this exhibition, painting and photography enter into dialogue to illuminate a period which, while abounding in artistic innovation, was also showing growing signs of the impending cultural decline brought by the Nazis. The movements of New Objectivity in painting and New Vision in photography, with their modern styles, strove to achieve an objective, true-to-life or veristic representation of their subjects. The exhibition traces this artistic dialog through a series of portraits, particularly nudes and self-portraits, cityscapes, still lifes, images of industry and technology and political collages. It showcases some 220 photographs, paintings and graphic artworks alongside the leading photographic publications of the day and selected films by avant-garde artists. Created in cooperation with the Bucerius Kunst Forum museum in Hamburg, it features works by artists such as Aenne Biermann and Erwin Blumenfeld, Otto Dix, Hugo Erfurth, Carl Grossberg, Florence Henri, Hannah Höch, Karl Hubbuch, Germaine Krull, El Lissitzky, László Moholy-Nagy, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Walter Peterhans, Max Radler, August Sander, Christian Schad, Rudolf Schlichter, Georg Scholz, Sasha Stone and Umbo.

November 13, 2020 – April 5, 2021
Jewelry in Munich
Since the end of the 19th century, the craft of goldsmithing has gained in importance in Munich, and substantial numbers of goldsmiths still live and work in the city today. This is in no small part due to the internationally renowned jewelry and hollowware course offered by the Munich Academy of Fine Arts. The Münchner Stadtmuseum has been fortunate to acquire a collection of Munich jewelry dating mainly from the period between the 1880s and 1930s and has joined forces with students from the Academy of Fine Arts course and their professor, Karen Pontoppidan, to mount an exhibition of this work. It seeks not only to offer visitors insights into these historical works and their background, but also to showcase today’s budding jewelry artists, their training, aims, approaches and significant works.

April 23, 2021 – January 02, 2022
Here comes the night – Munich’s nightlife
While Munich’s nightlife has been central to the cultural history of the city since the late 19th century, this exhibition focuses on its clubbing and nightlife culture since the end of World War II. Who are its iconic people and which institutions best represent Munich’s nightlife past and present? Where is this nightlife mainly to be found? How important has Munich’s nightlife been in terms of urban planning and the economy and what is its role today? How has the city’s nightlife influenced urbanization in Munich in times gone by? The exhibition examines these and many other relevant issues including migration, the creation of gender identities, processes of social inclusion and exclusion, and work.

October 08, 2021 – January 30, 2022
Grand Tour XXL. Emel'ian Korneev – expedition artist
A grand tour of Italy was considered, until well into the 19th century, to be the best way to complete an artist’s education. Emel'ian Mikhailovich Korneev (1780 – 1839), for his part, chose not to stop there. He signed up for an expedition that first traveled the length and breadth of Russia, from St. Petersburg to Siberia in the east to the Crimea in the south. From there, he proceeded to Greece and Anatolia before finally traversing Italy all the way from south to north.
Korneev scrupulously documented the very varied landscapes that he encountered on his way, their typical local architecture, customs and costumes. Yet his gargantuan tour still did not suffice and Korneev, a few years after returning to Russia, eclipsed this feat by joining an expedition to sail around the world. It later happened that most of his works were destroyed in the St. Petersburg flood of 1824, with only a handful surviving to the present day. Thus, sadly, the artist is barely known outside his native Russia.
The Münchner Stadtmuseum’s Graphic Art collection has been exceptionally fortunate to have held, for almost a hundred years now, more than 50 works from his tour of Italy. These include watercolors, along with sepia and large-format pen drawings. This is material of outstanding artistic worth which is currently subject to scrutiny by art historians prior to public exhibition for the very first time.

Plan Your Visit

Opening hours

Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 6 pm
Closed on Mondays

Every 2nd Wednesday of the month selected exhibitions at the Münchner Stadtmuseum are open until 8 pm

Munich Film Museum Screenings
Tuesday – Sunday 8 pm
Screening times may change if the film exceeds standard duration

Getting here

S/U-Bahn station: Marienplatz
U-Bahn station: Sendlinger Tor
Bus 52/62 stop: St.-Jakobs-Platz


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