As Germany's largest municipal museum, the Münchner Stadtmuseum possesses a huge number of artifacts and specimens. They are divided into eight collections, all housed under one roof: Applied Arts, Graphics/Painting, Advertising Art, Photography, Fashion/Textiles/Costume Library, Urban Culture, Music, and Puppet Theater / Fairground Attractions. We can only display a fraction of these holdings in our Permanent and Special Exhibitions at one time. Naturally, we often receive loan requests from other museums and galleries both at home and abroad. Please find below details of just some of our items currently on loan and display elsewhere.

Currently on loan

Nature As Art. The Landscape in 19th-Century Paintings and Photographs

March 19 – August 18, 2019, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich

Presenting the paintings of the Heilmann collection in an unusual “summit conference” together with photographs from the Münchner Stadtmuseum, Nature as Art will unfold a constructive dialogue between two of the nineteenth century’s most innovative pictorial media: the free-hand oil sketch and precise nature photography. Each in its own way revolutionized the visual representation of the landscape.
The nineteenth century witnessed the emergence of new motifs, new techniques, and new working conditions that transformed the representation of nature. Advances in the scientific study of nature went hand in hand with the flourishing of an artistic genre that made a radical break with the classical landscape tradition and augured the dawn of modernism in painting and photography.

World in transition. Art of the 1920s

February 9 – May 7, 2019, Bucerius Kunst Forum, Hamburg

The Bucerius Kunst Forum turns its attention to the short era between the world wars with the exhibition World in Transition: Art of the 1920s. This period of extremes will be illuminated based on around 40 paintings and over 115 photographs from the movement known as New Objectivity, or New Vision, shown side-by-side here for the first time. This juxtaposition enables the show to trace the interrelationships between the two mediums while at the same time spotlighting a style that, with its objective reproduction of reality, became the leading art movement of the Weimar Republic. This exhibition was created in cooperation with the Münchner Stadtmuseum. The exhibition will be shown in Munich in 2020.



The Photography Collections of two of Berlin's former art institutions, the Kunstakademie and the Kunstgewerbeschule, in artistic dialog, 1850-1930

May 16 – 17, 2019, Museum of Photography, Berlin

Symposium in Berlin – The collection of template images and specimens held in the Berlin University of Arts archives is the only one of its kind in Germany. These items were used as illustrations and teaching aids at the Berlin Academy of Arts and the renowned College of Applied Arts, both predecessors of today's University. The bulk of the collection comprises original photographs dating back as far as the middle of the 19th century. The 25,000 photographs among the 40,000 template images include pictures taken by several well-known photographers. A number of objects used as teaching aids for botanical studies have also been preserved, including bronze sculptures and herbaria. They are complemented by drawings and other artistic studies. These items are currently under investigation as part of a research project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The project focuses primarily on the creation, structure and uses of the photographic template images held in this collection. It shines a spotlight on a particular functional image that heretofore has received very little attention from the research community. The symposium forms part of the preparations for an exhibition that the Münchner Stadtmuseum, in close collaboration with project research teams, is preparing for spring 2020.
To confirm your attendance, please e-mail: mf@smb.spk-berlin.de. Registration closes May 12, 2019.
For further information, see www.smb.museum/mf.