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.