Special Exhibitions

December 11, 2015 - February 14, 2016

Forum 038: Jessica Zaydan – Never Break Your Heart

In the Forum exhibition “Never Break Your Heart”, photography artist Jessica Zaydan explores her past as a fan of the Backstreet Boys, the world’s most successful boy band.

October 14, 2015 – January 10, 2016

FotoDoks 2015: Past is Now

FotoDoks, in collaboration with its partner, the former Yugoslavia Region, reflects on the status quo and on how the past can inform the present. Former Yugoslavia and Germany alike have historical experience of coming to terms with the past. Twenty years ago, the Dayton Peace Agreement put an end to the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. At a time when national boundaries were being redrawn in this region, a border was being torn down in Germany with the reunification of the country 25 years ago. These two historical turning points provide the opportunity to reflect on shifting territories, neighbors and identities, as well as on time and on personal and collective histories.

September 25, 2015 – May 29, 2016 – extended until June 19, 2016

Gretchen wants to be chic too – Women’s fashion in the 1930s

Internationally, women’s fashion in the 1930s mixed glamorous chic with a sporty, casual look. Clichéd images of strapping young blondes in uniform and stolid mothers of soldiers should not fool us into thinking that women in the Third Reich were any less interested than their sisters abroad in make-up, fashion or cigarettes.

September 18 – November 22, 2015

FORUM 037: Marc Beckmann – Anniversaries

Beckmann has photographed the anniversaries of historical events such as the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, the Prague Spring, D-Day and the Srebrenica massacre, to name but a few. On occasion, these days of collective remembrance serve as a stark reminder not to repeat the same mistakes as in the past, at other times they are charged with patriotic feeling.

Theodoros Boulgarides, 1964-2005

Theodoros Boulgarides, 1964-2005

To mark the 10th anniversary of Theodoros Boulgarides’ death, his family have generously loaned the Münchner Stadtmuseum his Pontic lyra, a three-stringed musical instrument. Theodoros Boulgarides had displayed this instrument in his locksmith store in Munich’s Westend where he was murdered barely two weeks after it first opened.

July 31, 2015 – September 27, 2015

New York 60s – Sepp Werkmeister

Munich-born Sepp Werkmeister has over the course of the last decades made a name for himself as one of Germany’s leading jazz photographers. He created insightful black-and-white portraits of all the greats, from Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald to Oscar Peterson and Miles Davis in Munich, Paris and New York as well as at international festivals. Werkmeister’s photos adorn countless album covers, posters and books, not to mention many of Joachim-Ernst Behrendt’s jazz publications.

July 31 – September 13, 2015

The new Münchner Stadtmuseum – plans and models for the future

At a plenary session of Munich City Council held on 29 July 2015, Munich architects Auer Weber Assoziierte were awarded the contract for the redevelopment and general refurbishment of the Münchner Stadtmuseum.

July 17, 2015 – January 10, 2016

“I am the only one who owns these things.” The Passion of Collecting

This exhibition takes us inside the homes of collectors, providing an insight into the setting where they live out their obsession. The objects are grouped into different types of collection and the passion that inspires people to collect them is also explored from a theoretical perspective.

June 12 – August 30, 2015

FORUM 036: Monika Höfler – Russian Summer

In August 2012, Monika Höfler from Munich travelled to a dacha colony near the Russian city of Kazan on the Volga River. This is where she shot documentary photos and portraits to document life in Russia’s cottages in the country – the location for one of the country’s greatest cultural phenomena.

April 24 – August 2, 2015

Franz Josef Strauß. The Power of the Image

It is almost three decades since his death, and yet Franz Josef Strauß remains unforgotten. Few post-war German politicians have captured public and media interest as much as Germany’s former Federal Minister, chairman of the Christian Social Union party (CSU) and Minister-President of Bavaria. Idolized by his friends and vilified by his enemies, he polarized public opinion like none other.

March 27 – June 28, 2015

Anders Petersen – Retrospective

Anders Petersen, a Swedish photographer born in 1944, is one of the most influential photographers of his generation. After studying under Christer Strömholm at Stockholm’s renowned School of Photography between 1966 and 1968, he began working as a photojournalist for Swedish newspapers and magazines. Since that time, he has been particularly interested in people on the fringe of society.

March 13 – May 31, 2015

FORUM 035: Göran Gnaudschun – Alexanderplatz

Potsdam-based photographer Göran Gnaudschun has photographed the young runaways, waifs and strays, homeless people, punks and attention-seekers of Berlin’s Alexanderplatz square since 2010. Many can tell stories of lengthy prison sentences, drugs and serious drinking.