Special Exhibitions

October 6, 2017 – January 21, 2018
Adolphe Braun. A European Photography Business and the 19th-Century Visual Arts
Frenchman Adolphe Braun (1812-1877) was one of Europe’s most successful 19th-century photographers. His artistic breakthrough came at the Paris World Fair in 1855 with a still-life series of more than 300 photographs of flowers. From 1860, Braun used his large-format camera to take pictures of Alpine landscapes and Swiss cities, which, on occasion, served as sources for Gustave Courbet’s paintings. In French and German compositions, painters such as Claude Monet, Rosa Bonheur, Eugène Fromentin, Ernest Meissonier and Anselm Feuerbach used Braun’s photographs for their paintings studies but his images were also extremely influential on the still lifes of American artist, William Harnett. In addition to still-life photographs, animal studies and photographs of architecture and landscapes, Braun, a native of Alsace, specialized in art reproductions. His company was renowned for its ability to replicate in detail the tonal values of paintings, sculptures and prints, as can be seen in works in Europe’s most famous art museums in Paris, Vienna, Florence, London and Dresden. After Braun’s death, the tradition of the family business that he founded was carried on by his son, Gaston Braun, who produced spectacular photo campaigns of frescoes painted by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican and of Egypt at the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869. A special section covers Braun’s work on the furnishing and decoration of the Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee palaces for the Bavarian royal family under King Ludwig ll.

As of November 29, 2017
Archeological Showcase at the Münchner Stadtmuseum: Discoveries from the Marienhof  excavations
More than 250 archeological digs have been carried out in Munich’s old town alone. What happens to the artifacts once they are excavated? The major excavations in Marienhof Square in 2011/2012 prompted a number of state and municipal actors of to set up an "Archäologie München" working group. A group of specialists, including archeologists, botanists, zoologists, anthropologists and historians, have begun to research into the ways in which everyday life, the environment and the city’s appearance have changed since the Middle Ages. The resulting findings are now being presented using the Marienhof site and its multi-facetted history as an illustration. Pottery, glass and leather artifacts provide insights into everyday life, animal bones offer us a glimpse into the relationship between people and animals, and plant remains give us some idea about the diet of Munich’s inhabitants in medieval and post-medieval times. Signs of the city’s more recent history have also been found at Marienhof, including Café Deisler tableware damaged in the air raids during the Second World War. The exhibition is a collaboration between the Bavarian State Archeological Collection and the Münchner Stadtmuseum.

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.

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.

April 27 – September 23, 2017
Art - Theft - Restitution
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.

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.