November 13, 2020 – April 5, 2021
MUC / Schmuck
Perspectives on a private Munich Jewelry Collection

Exhibition at the Münchner Stadtmuseum in cooperation with Prof. Karen Pontoppidan and her students at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich

Since the end of the 19th century, the craft of goldsmithing has gained importance in Munich, and substantial numbers of goldsmiths and jewelry artists still live and work in the city today. This is in no small part due to the internationally renowned class of jewelry and hollowware at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich. 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 jewelry students from the Academy 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 24, 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
Until well into the 19th century, a grand tour of Italy was considered to be the best way to complete an artist’s education. Emel’ian Mikhailovich Korneev (1780 – 1843) chose not to stop at that. He signed up for an expedition where he first traveled the length and breadth of Russia, from St. Petersburg to Siberia, and then through the south-eastern provinces to Crimea. From there, he proceeded to Greece, which at the time was under the sway of the Ottoman Empire, and from there on to Anatolia. He ultimately reached Italy from Corfu and made his way up the country passing through Paestum, Naples and Tivoli to arrive at Venice. On the way, Korneev tirelessly documented vastly differing landscapes and architecture as well as local folklore. A few years after his return to Russia, Korneev embarked on an even more ambitious voyage, an expedition to circumnavigate the globe.
Many of this artist’s works are now believed to be lost and he is barely known outside Russia today. For this reason, the extensive ensemble of drawings and watercolors in the Münchner Stadtmuseum’s Collection of Prints and Drawings is all the more significant. Large-format pen-and-ink drawings, works in sepia ink and watercolors all document Korneev’s art and travels. They are complemented by costume studies from the Von Parish Costume Library and further pieces by Korneev’s German contemporaries, such as J.G. von Dillis and Franz von Kobell, which place Korneev’s works on paper in a wider context and offer some fascinating insights into what a Grand Tour to Italy actually meant in Goethe’s day. They have been selected from the museum’s own collections and are accompanied by scholarly studies of this outstanding artistic material exhibited to the public for the very first time.

October 08, 2021 – January 30, 2022
FORUM 052: Jonathan Danko Kielkowski - Aesthetics of Failure
Forum 052, with photographs by Jonathan Danko Kielkowski (born 1988), joins forces with the “Grand Tour XXL” exhibition. This is a photographer who, like Korneev, loves to travel and finds his motifs in man-made architecture, derelict of function and totally abandoned, now standing as an involuntary monument and a timely reminder of the unbridled appropriation of natural habitats by industrial progress. In Pyramiden, an abandoned Soviet mining settlement on Spitsbergen, he descends into the icy caverns of former mines, and discovers bizarre and morbid structures melding nature and technology. Kielkowski also turns his lens on ruins in Italy. However, the Nuremberg-based photographer, rather than depict vestiges of Antiquity, prefers Genoa, where he inveigled his way onto the cruise ship Costa Concordia which had been wrecked in 2012. This cruiser, a modern temple to an increasingly mobile entertainment-obsessed society, had been the scene of tragedy. Kielkowski was able to take a series of impressive, eerie photos of the ship shortly before it was finally scrapped.
His images are not objective journalistic visual documents – rather they are imbued with an aesthetic of failure and bear silent witness to the pitfalls besetting technological progress and (over-)ambitious visions of the future.

Plan Your Visit

Opening hours

The Münchner Stadtmuseum and the Filmmuseum München are closed prospectively until Monday, December 21st, 2020.

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

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Screening times may change if the film exceeds standard duration

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