Special Exhibitions

September 21, 2018 – December 29, 2019
Migration Moves the City ̶ Changing Perspectives
Immigration has always been a major feature of Munich and remains so to this very day. Since 2015, the Münchner Stadtmuseum and the Stadtarchiv München (Munich City Archives) have collaborated on “Migration Moves the City”, a project designed to investigate Munich’s past and present from the perspective of migration. The findings and insights of this project now feature prominently in the Münchner Stadtmuseum. Recent additions to our “Typically Munich!” permanent exhibition build on this theme, tracing the extent to which Munich has been shaped by migration. They also break with permanent exhibition’s established chronology and ways of seeing things to raise a number of fascinating issues. In telling the story of an immigrant society, how should we change our perspective? Which objects serve us best in telling this tale? How can we encourage Munich society as a whole to get involved in recounting the history of migration in the city?

October 5, 2018 – January 20, 2019
FORUM 047: Elizaveta Porodina – Smoke and Mirrors
Munich-based artist Elizaveta Porodina (born 1987 in Moscow) has established an international reputation as a fashion photographer. Her first museum exhibition showcases a series of recent images ranging from atmospheric portraits to fashion and documentary photography, with stylistic influences that go so far as to include surrealism. As in the work of Helmut Newton – whom she cites alongside lrving Penn and Gordon Parks as one of her main influences – Porodina’s photographs always tell a story through their cinematographic mise-en-scène. She is equally at home with colorful, fantastical creations and dramatic black-and-white scenes, but cares little for traditional photographic genres. Instead, her interest lies in “relationships between people, a particular vision, and her way of shining a light on these wonderful facets of life – ultimately it’s all about love.”

October 17 – October 28, 2018
“MIT_GEFÜHL” International Puppet Theater Festival
The “MIT_GEFÜHL” (WITH [COM]PASSION) 2018 International Puppet Theater Festival will showcase puppet theater as a theater for all the senses. Installations and participatory formats will feature prominently, tying in with the festival’s theme of inclusion. Its productions will address disability as an issue from a variety of different angles, with special arrangements for audience members with disabilities, including workshops and discussions. The program features around 20 international productions, and is designed for adults, adolescents and children alike. Other venues include the Schauburg, Pasinger Fabrik and HochX.

October 18, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Cabinet of curiosities – Frank Soehnle’s puppet theater meets the Puppet Theater Collection
A confrontation, a family reunion, a meeting with idols. Puppet artist Frank Soehnle has rediscovered a host of sources of inspiration in the Münchner Stadtmuseum’s Puppet Theater Collection, and has drawn on relatives, ancestors and doppelgängers of his own puppets. Here we find recurring themes in Soehnle’s work, such as heaven and hell, freaks, shadows, disintegration, the "danse macabre" and dialogues between death and its victims, the 200 sqm stage provides a space for sensory dialogs between items from the Collection and puppets from Frank Soehnle’s productions stretching from 1991 to the present day.

November 30, 2018 – March 31, 2019
LAND__SCOPE. Photographic works from Roni Horn to Thomas Ruff in the DZ BANK Art Collection
This exhibition explores the phenomenon of landscape in contemporary photography. It starts from the notions expressed by Romanticism through its idyllic portrayal of nature, and examines the changes that have occurred in natural and agricultural landscapes and the impacts of urbanization and industrialization on nature. The show will feature around 120 works of art authored by Claudia Angelmaier, Ursula Böhmer, Mona Breede, Lucinda Devlin, William Eggleston, Jochen Gerz, Beate Gütschow, Raphael Hefti, Dan Holdsworth, Carsten Höller, Roni Horn, Axel Hütte, Magdalena Jetelová, Sven Johne, Peter Keetman, Robert Longo, Richard Mosse, Inge Rambow, Heinrich Riebesehl, Thomas Ruff, Adrian Sauer, Stephen Shore, Maria Sewcz, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Anna Vogel.

March 15 – July 28, 2019
Carl Strathmann (1866-1939) and his Fabulous Art
Carl Strathmann’s quirky, bizarre and original art resists pigeonholing into categories. This Art Nouveau painter, who boasted an ornate style and a clear obsession with detail, lovingly fashioned his own unique worlds from fairy-tale caricature-like figures, fantastical floral still lifes and landscapes, symbolist Salon paintings and art-and-craft designs. The Münchner Stadtmuseum is home to Strathmann’s artistic estate and the full range of his œuvre. Our collection includes several (major) works widely thought to have been lost or destroyed. This exhibition invites you to step into the fascinating art world of Carl Strathmann, one of the Munich art scene’s most captivating personalities at the turn of the 20th century.