Special Exhibitions

February 22 - April 28, 2019
FORUM 048: Anna Katharina Zeitler – If you can dream it, you can do it
“If you can dream it, you can do it” is a series of images in which Anna Katharina Zeitler portrays a life spent constantly on the road and with a sense of longing to arrive at a destination at last. The mood of the photographs oscillates between restlessness, inquietude and homesickness. Zeitler’s mysterious, iconic images kidnap their observers and whisk them off on a poetic journey to a magic place. It is at once sensual, intimate and melancholic, a place where the autobiographical and the fictional converge.

March 15 – September 22, 2019
Quirky Art Nouveau. Carl Strathmann
The highly original and fabulously bizarre art of Carl Strathmann (1866-1939) resists any kind of pigeonholing. This Art Nouveau painter, who boasted an ornate style and a fastidious obsession with detail, lovingly fashioned his own unique worlds from fairy-tale caricature figures, fantastical floral still lifes and landscapes, symbolist history paintings and art-and-craft designs.The Münchner Stadtmuseum is home to Strathmann’s artistic estate which encompasses every aspect 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 who was one of the Munich art scene’s most captivating personalities at the turn of the 20th century.

March 16 – 24, 2019
13th Munich Junior Book Fair
More than 5,000 children’s books and other media for all the family are on display at Munich Junior Book Fair. The Fair is open from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm every day, and admission is free.
It offers an imaginative and varied program of events, with workshops examining literature from different perspectives, tours, and readings from books ranging from gripping detective stories to fascinating non-fiction not to mention beautifully illustrated picture books.

March 20 – 27, 2019
KUCKUCK – a theater festival for young explorers
KUCKUCK is an international theater festival for the under-5s. Its performances, held at three venues, offer a lively combination of sound, dance, objects, puppets, light and smell to create a truly sensory theater experience. The week-long festival will explore and theater in all its facets and present it to the very young through guest performances, lectures and continuing education programs.
Partners and venues include the FigurenTheaterForum München (Munich Puppet Show Forum)/Münchner Stadtmuseum, the Schauburg – Theater für junges Publikum der Landeshauptstadt München (Munich City Theater for Young People) and the Evangelische Familien-Bildungsstätte Elly Heuss-Knapp (Elly Heuss-Knapp Protestant Church Family Education Center).

May 24 - August 25, 2019
FORUM 049: Sebastian Riemer – Archival Empathy
The photographs of Düsseldorf artist Sebastian Riemer (b. 1982) explore the many and varied facets of the photographic image. What precise information can be extracted from the surface of a copy? What are the connections between the photograph itself and standard mass-media strategies, such as stereotyping, retouching, manipulation and authentication? By taking photographs of photographs, Riemer interrogates the medium directly through the images themselves. His approach is to take other people’s images and rework them to reveal their photographic qualities which then become the central theme of his work.

November 15, 2019 – June 2020
READY TO GO? – Get your shoes on …
The first part of the exhibition explores the cultural and social history of footwear as a practical means of helping people get from A to B. Exhibits range from a tattered medieval children’s shoe to the footwear of a modern-day refugee. The second section traces the history of shoes as status symbols, symbols of power or signifiers of membership of a particular group. The importance of footwear is clearly illustrated, from a gender perspective, by a drag queen’s high heels. The third section focuses on shoes as a fetish that sets collectors’ pulses racing. Pumps – the archetypal women’s shoe – have long been worn for their seductive qualities. Yet these very shoes, and indeed lace-up boots, can whip up a frenzy of sexual desire in some or serve as a painful instrument of torture for others. Not a few women have endured painful deformities such as lotus foot and bunions in the name of sexual attractiveness. Finally, exclusive shoes designed as objects by international artists add a more abstract note to this multifaceted collection. Audio stations and participatory opportunities to touch some of the shoes and try them on are the hallmarks of this exhibition, which offers its visitors a novel sensory experience.