Special Exhibitions

October 31, 2014 – April 19, 2015

Rumford. Recipes for a better Bavaria

This is the first exhibition to pay tribute to the life and works of Sir Benjamin Thompson (born Woburn near Boston, Massachusetts, 1753, dead Auteuil, Paris, 1814), also known as Count Rumford, who was undoubtedly one of the greatest intellects ever to have worked in Munich. He originally founded the “Englischer Garten” and was a social reformer, crisis manager, statesman, physicist, inventor, town planner and nutritionist as well as a prolific designer.


October 10, 2014 – February 22, 2015

The luxury of simplicity. Unconventional lifestyles

People, whether they are environmentalists living self-sufficiently, hippies, recluses or pilgrims, whenever they make the conscious decision to abandon mainstream lifestyles and transgress the bounds of convention in search of a new “home”, do so in the hope of finding those genuine values, meaning and happiness that our affluent and competitive society would seem to deny them.


November 21, 2014 – extended until February 22, 2015

FORUM 034: Franz Wanner – Toxische Heimat (Toxic Homeland)

’Toxische Heimat‘ (Toxic Homeland) is an exhibition which gives insight into Franz Wanner’s ’Gift – Gegengift. Krankheitsbilder einer Stadt’ (Toxin – Antitoxin. Clinical Pictures of a Town) cycle which focuses on the spa town of Bad Tölz in Upper Bavaria. This installation combines a visual dimension consisting of archive material and the artist’s own photographs with an audio dimension comprising a spoken-word soundtrack composed by Wanner and performed by Babylonia Constantinides.


September 12, 2014 – extended until February 15, 2015

Off to Munich! Female artists around 1900

‘Off to Munich!’, wrote Gabriele Münter in her diary in 1901 after finding out about the Ladies’ Academy (Damen-Akademie) from her friend, Margarete Susmann. She was one of many young women from a predominantly upper middle-class background who gravitated towards Munich in order to study art.

Around 1900, Munich combined a flourishing art scene with its role as a centre for the women’s movement. It was home to some of its leading lights such as Ellen Amann and Anita Augspurg. Moves were also being made to found several women’s organizations in the city, including the Gesellschaft zur Förderung der geistigen Interessen der Frau (Society for the Promotion of Women’s Intellectual Interests).


September 5 – November 9, 2014

FORUM 033: Lena Grass – Nachtigall (Nightingale)

This collage of images, comprising portraits, still lifes, landscapes and more abstract compositions, was published in book form in 2012 and has been included in a number of international photography book exhibitions. Now, for the first time, the works are on display at the Photography Collection Forum as analog black-and-white and color prints.


July 4 – August 31, 2014

9th series of grants for documentary photography from the Wüstenrot Foundation

Founded in 1990, the Wüstenrot Foundation supports the work of young photographers who are committed to exploring the documentary approach to photography and whose treatment of form and subject matter provides new perspectives and food for debate.


June 13, − August 24, 2014

FORUM 032: Jens Schwarz – Beirut Eight Thirteen

This year, the first of the Münchner Stadtmuseum Photography Collection’s gallery exhibitions will feature the work of photographer Jens Schwarz. The Munich-based artist will be showing selected pieces from his long-term project “Beirut Eight Thirteen”, an extensive photographic project that he began in 2008 and which has continued to grow ever since.


February 21, – August 17, 2014

M.T. Wetzlar Silversmith’s, established in 1875 – aryanized in 1938

In 1938, a well-known silversmith´s workshop belonging to one of Munich´s Jewish families was Aryanized, thereby consigning it to oblivion. It is hoped that this exhibition about the M.T. Wetzlar silversmith’s will help restore the family to its rightful place in Munich history.


May 9 − June 15, 2014

Stefan Hunstein – Im Eis (Ice)

The magic of the polar regions has fascinated and attracted explorers for centuries. This desolate world, characterized by gigantic icebergs, drift ice, and Arctic temperatures, conforms to everyone’s conception of a pristine, archaic landscape, which, however, is accessible only for a short time and at the cost of enormous physical effort with the aid of sophisticated technology.