Special Exhibitions

November 16, 2012 - extended until June 23, 2013

Mein München. Interventions at the Münchner Stadtmuseum

We’re shaking things up! MEIN MÜNCHEN (My Munich) is a temporary exhibition comprising confrontational interventions challenging ‘Typically Munich!’, our permanent exhibition. The Münchner Stadtmuseum has invited students from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich to examine both their own perceptions of Munich and the ways in which the city is portrayed by its museums. The result is a panorama of the issues affecting Munich in the late modern period. Thirteen interventions, spread throughout the permanent exhibition, offer a subjective critique that challenges the city’s official history.

November 30, 2012 - May 20, 2013

Germany in Photography in the 19th Century

The Münchner Stadtmuseum is to stage an exhibition of a selection of 250 original photographs from the Dietmar Siegert private collection, Munich. This is the first broad-based exhibition of photographs chronicling the early decades of this medium.

February 22, 2013 - September 1, 2013

Whose city is it, anyway?

Over the past twelve years or so, there has been a revival of interest among historians and social scientists in source-based reappraisal of the Federal Republic of Germany during the 1970s. Such an approach pays particular attention to aspects of everyday life that had played a far less prominent role in studies of previous decades.

June 14, 2013 - extended until July 21, 2013

FORUM 029: Andrea Diefenbach – Country without Parents

In this gallery exhibit, Andrea Diefenbach showcases her series Land ohne Eltern (Country without Parents) that describes the lives of migrant workers from Moldova, one the poorest nations in Europe. Her photographs bear painful witness to the distance between two physically separate worlds: the children left behind in their home country and their parents who have gone to seek work in distant Western European lands.

March 20, 2013 – May 20, 2013

Spitting image. Dieter Hanitzsch

Hanitzsch has received many awards: “Schwabinger Kunstpreis“ (1984), first place in the “Gothaer Karikade“ competition (1995), “Kulturpreis des Bezirks Oberbayern“ (1998) and the City of Munich’s ”Publizistik-Preis“ (2001). He has also been awarded the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Bavarian Order of Merit. Münchner Stadtmuseum is presenting this exhibition to honor this multi-talented Munich resident on the occasion of his 80th birthday.

June 21 – September 15, 2013

Yearning for the Wild West

The oldest cowboy club in Germany was founded in 1913 by Fred Sommer, father of columnist Sigi Sommer, his brother Hermann and Martin Fromberger, a mutual friend.

July 19 – October 27, 2013

Harry Callahan – Retrospective

Harry Callahan (1912-1999) is regarded as one of the most innovative and influential American photographers of the 20th century. By amplifying the abstract tendencies of the ‘New Vision’ in a lyrical mode, he was able to overcome the prevailing realist aesthetic in photography. The New York Museum of Modern Art honoured Callahan’s photographic oeuvre with no fewer than 38 exhibitions between 1946 and 1997.

August 2, 2013 – extended until September 22, 2013

FORUM 030: Andréas Lang, Twilight – Crépuscule

Andréas Lang discovered a collection of documents and historical photographs belonging to his great-grandfather hidden away in his mother’s attic. As a member of the ‘Schutztruppen’, the Imperial colonial forces, his great-grandfather had been involved in a number of border and survey expeditions in Cameroon between 1909 and 1914, when it was still under German rule.

October 11, 2013 – November 17, 2013

FORUM 031: Stephan Sahm – Romantic. A Road

In a series of images entitled “Romantisch. Eine Straße” (Romantic. A Road), Stephan Sahm turns his lens on the “Romantic Road”, which at 366 kilometers is Germany’s longest and best-known tourist route. This road runs from Würzburg to Füssen and connects a number of famous tourist attractions

October 16, 2013 – December 1, 2013


This year’s group exhibition, which is curated by the 5 members of the FotoDoks team, is entitled “STRANGER WORLD”. It features 16 outstanding photographic visions from this year’s NORDIC partner (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) and from the German-speaking world.

October 25, 2013 – February 23, 2014


The urban landscapes of Europe are imprinted with vestiges of colonialism. To this day, street names hark back to former colonies and honor protagonists from the colonial era. In recent years, however, more and more grass-roots initiatives have engaged in a critique of this legacy and the issue has been the subject of debate in Munich for some time now.

November 29, 2013 – April 21, 2014

Hermann Landshoff: A Retrospective

In the spring of 2012, the Münchner Stadtmuseum’s Photography Collection acquired a sensational addition to its archives. The complete artistic estate of German-American photographer Hermann Landshoff (1905-1986), featuring 3,600 original prints from between 1927 to 1970, were generously donated to the museum by the family’s descendant, publisher Andreas Landshoff, Amsterdam.