September 24, 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.

September 24, 2021 – January 30, 2022
FORUM 051: Jonathan Danko Kielkowski – Aesthetics of Failure
Forum 051, 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.

October 22, 2021 – January 30, 2022
FORUM 052: Fabian Hesse & Mitra Wakil – Algorithmic Prediction and Open Futures
The artist duo Mitra Wakil und Fabian Hesse work along the intersections of arts, new technologies and democratic self-empowerment. They dedicate themselves to creative and critical consideration of computer technology; especially the 3D-technology.
In these new technologies Hess & Wakil trace bugs or communication disruptions in order to make them useful to their artistic work. For instance, they access databases from biotech. Or, more specifically 3D-scans of agricultural crop such as millet, tobacco, and tomato plants as well as weeds. Hesse & Wakil re-organize these plant parts at random and then link the individual elements to an algorithm to create new hybrid shapes. Appearing partly floral, partly corporeal they melt into each other as leaves, corms or fruits, creating new fantastic shapes. In turn, Hesse & Wakil let the developed data sets prosper into abstract sculptures of aluminium, granting their fictional models a new physical presence.

November 19, 2021 – March 20, 2022
Intimate Distance. Photographs by Barbara Niggl Radloff 1958-2010
After a youth spent between the ruins of the Second World War, Barbara Niggl Radloff (1936-2010) picked up her camera and started to tell the story of the people of post-war Munich and what their lives were really like. Yet she would soon interrupt her burgeoning career as a photojournalist to start a family, only returning to this profession in the mid-1970s. She has left us an impressive body of work largely overlooked until recently. The Süddeutsche Zeitung first printed her pictures while she was still a student at Munich’s "Institut für Bildjournalismus". In 1960, she was recruited by the Münchner Illustrierte to be the only female photographer on the magazine’s staff. In the second part of her career, until her death in 2010, she created portraits of international artists and writers in residence who stayed at Munich’s Villa Waldberta in Feldafing. With her enquiring mind and empathetic nature, she created vivid portraits of her subjects, including world-famous cultural personalities such as Erich Kästner, Hannah Arendt, Carl Zuckmayer, Max Horkheimer and Emilio Vedova. In 2018, her artistic estate was donated by her family to the Münchner Stadtmuseum. The archive includes more than 2,500 prints and over 50,000 negatives. This exhibition draws on Niggl Radloff’s entire oeuvre, placing her images clearly within the context of “humanist photography” and the contemporary press.

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

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