Special Exhibitions

February 23 – May 27, 2018
FORUM 045: Arne Schmitt – Personality and System
Architecture is a social medium. It structures space and shapes the individuals who live within it. It reflects society – not only formally but also discursively – and is an expression of the underlying power structures involved in planning, construction and the reception of architecture. Artist Arne Schmitt (b. 1984) analyzes these complex interrelationships in his work. The exhibition features not only his photo series “In Neuer Pracht” (In New Splendor) but also his video “Mit weniger mehr schaffen. Die zeitlose Wissenschaft der Rationalisierung” (Make more with less. The timeless science of rationalization). Several of the 20th century’s major ideologies appear juxtaposed with each other, often revealing surprising correlations.

March 3 – March 11, 2018
12th 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 14 – March 19, 2018
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). From March 16 to April 5, 2018, the Schauburg theater presents “Klang Spiel Platz” (Sound Play Ground) for the first time at the Münchner Stadtmuseum. This walk-through installation offers people of all ages the opportunity to experiment with sound. This huge music lab not only offers wind, string and percussion instruments, but materials such as wood, metal and plastic and, indeed, some everyday objects.
Concept: Christian Thurm, Johannes Gaudet und Till Rölle for the Robert Bosch Stiftung Art and Games project and the “Happy New Ears Festivals”, Mannheim, 2016.

April 27 – September 23, 2017
"Former Jewish-owned property" –
Art works acquired by the Münchner Stadtmuseum during the Nazi era

A key research priority for the Münchner Stadtmuseum is to systematically investigate the provenance of the works of art contained in its own collections. We now intend to present this research for the first time in a public exhibition designed to shine a light on the history of our museum during the Nazi era. The exhibition offers a snapshot of this ongoing review, and charts the biographies of a number of items from the Museum’s various collections, from fields as varied as graphics and painting, fashion and textiles, artisan craftwork and furniture, musical instruments, and puppets. This is the first time that any museum of art and cultural history has mounted an exhibition on this important topic with items selected from throughout its extensive collections.

May 25  – September 09, 2018
The roofs of Munich – models of historic architectural engineering
Roof structures are architecture’s unsung masterpieces. Architects have always had to design buildings in such a way that carpenters could roof them. Roofs thus reflect what was technically possible at a particular time and can tell us a great deal about a city’s history. Almost all of Munich’s historic roofs were destroyed in the Second World War. In cooperation with the Lehrstuhl für Baugeschichte, Historische Bauforschung und Denkmalpflege der TU München (Technical University of Munich’s Chair of Building History, Building Archaeology and Conservation), the Münchner Stadtmuseum mounted an exhibition of Clemens Knobling’s reconstructions of important roofs, including the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) and the Armory.

June 8 - 17, 2018
International Gamelan Festival 2018
At the International Gamelan Festival, groups from Indonesia and Europe will present a variety of musical cultures from Bali and Java, regions notable for their ensemble playing. An exhibition of some 15 different types of gamelan held in the Museum’s Music Collection showcases a rich diversity of instruments and playing styles, largely unknown in our part of the world. Partners including the Bayerischer Rundfunk broadcasting company and Gasteig Cultural Center have provided venues for the festival. A series of outdoor events will also be held in Mariahilfplatz Square, with the gamelan accompanied by the largest carillon in southern Germany. A number of new works have been specially commissioned for these events, with generous support from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation. A two-day symposium has been organized with a distinguished line-up of speakers and a wide variety of workshops led by performing group members. This will offer an excellent opportunity to gain a deeper insight into these unique and largely unknown high cultures.

June 22 – September 16, 2018
FORUM 046: Claudius Schulze – State of Nature
“State of Nature” by Claudius Schulze spotlights the impact of measures to protect against natural disasters on the appearance of Europe’s landscape. The artist traveled some 50,000 km, crisscrossing the entire continent with his large format-camera to photograph what is ostensibly picturesque scenery from the top of a cherry picker truck. The photographs were taken on the North Sea and Atlantic coasts, in the Alps, Pyrenees and Central German Uplands, and along some of Europe’s major rivers. At first glance, the landscapes seem almost idyllic. But humans have altered the natural environment on a massive scale to protect themselves against natural disasters – they have built structures and harnessed technology to tame the force of storms, avalanches and floods. Schulze’s photo series explores the “state of nature” in the Anthropocene epoch, when humankind has itself become a force of nature through the impact of its actions on the climate and biosphere.

September 21, 2018 – December 31, 2019
Migration Moves the City. New perspectives on “Typically Munich!”
Migration has influenced every aspect of Munich. “Every city history is also a history of migration” (Erol Yıldız). Since 2015, the Münchner Stadtmuseum and the Stadtarchiv München (Munich City Archives) have collaborated on a project to investigate Munich’s past and present from this perspective. In the “Typically Munich!” permanent exhibition, the two Munich institutions draw on their initial research findings to offer new interpretations and further insights.

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
Wide horizons. Contemporary photography from the DZ Bank 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 Axel Hütte, Olivo Barbieri, Lothar Baumgarten, William Eggleston, Jochen Gerz, Luigi Ghirri, Rodney Graham, Beate Gütschow, David Hockney, Walter Niedermayr, Simone Nieweg, Detlef Orlopp, Jorma Purannen, Inge Rambow, Heinrich Riebesehl, Adrian Sauer and James Turrell.