Special Exhibitions

May 12 – October 8, 2017
Revolutionary and State Premier – Kurt Eisner (1867-1919)
The Münchner Stadtmuseum is putting on an exhibition to mark the 150th birthday of Bavaria’s first Premier, Kurt Eisner (born Berlin 1867, died Munich 1919) who was shot dead in the street on February 21, 1919, after just 150 days in office. It examines the journalistic and political career of this charismatic and contradictory personality who was claimed by many different movements as one of their own. The exhibition traces the entire journey of Eisner’s life, helping us to understand how this politician went from being a “sentimental socialist” to the driving force of the November 1918 revolution. Up until the 1990s, Eisner was remembered in the history books as a utopian and idealist. Bernhard Grau’s biography (Munich, 2001) was the first to fully analyze all the historical sources relating to Kurt Eisner’s life and come to different, more nuanced conclusions. This biographical exhibition will be the first in a series of events in which the City of Munich turns a spotlight on the history of 1918 and 1919.

September 1 – November 12, 2017
FORUM 043: Sebastian Jung – Winzerla
Sebastian Jung grew up in Winzerla, the prefabricated housing estate in Jena that achieved notoriety as the home of Mundlos, Böhnhardt and Zschäpe, the three right-wing, terrorist, National Socialist Underground (NSU) members. In this exhibition, Jung draws on his memories of Winzerla in the 1990s in his artistic quest for clues to the past. His photographs and drawings circle around his hazy childhood awareness of life. He juxtaposes the results of this quest with drawings that he made when he attended the NSU trial in 2014.

October 6, 2017 – January 21, 2018
Adolphe Braun – a 19th-century photography enterprise
Frenchman Adolphe Braun (1812-1877) was one of Europe’s most successful 19th-century photographers. He trained as a draftsman and initially worked for the textile industry in Alsace, before, in 1854, turning his attention to photography. His breakthrough came at the Paris World Fair in 1855 with a still-life series of more than 300 photographs of flowers. The images were widely circulated, and used as prototypes by textile designers during the Second Empire.Their masterful composition made them equally popular as a basis for studies by decorative painters and illustrators. From 1860, Braun used his large-format camera to take pictures of the Alpine landscape and cities of Switzerland, and these , on occasion, served as sources for the paintings of Gustave Courbet. In addition to animal studies and photographs of architecture and landscapes, Braun specialized in art reproductions. As the first official photographer at the Louvre, he was granted permission to take pictures of its art works, which he did over the course of three decades. Braun & Cie, his photographic company, was renowned for its ability to replicate the tonal values of paintings, sculptures and prints, as can be seen in their works in Europe’s most famous art museums in Vienna, Florence, London and Dresden.
This exhibition breaks new ground in covering the full range of Adolphe Braun’s skills, and draws on some 200 original photographs and paintings by 19th-century artists such as Gustave Courbet, Henri Fantin-Latour and Jules Médard.

December 8, 2017 – February 4, 2018
FORUM 044: Jenny Schäfer – List: New Water
Water is now not so much a basic necessity as an aspirational product to be designed and marketed. Jenny Schäfer’s artistic research engages with the ambivalence of water. She frames the relationship between the aesthetic of water in the capitalist system and its inherent romance, power and fascination through a collection of photographs, drawings and objects.