Special Exhibitions

June 8 - 17, 2018
Indonesia # Bronze.Bamboo.Beats
International Gamelan Music Festival Munich

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.

July 6 – October 14, 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 has mounted an exhibition of Clemens Knobling’s large 1:20 scale wooden reconstructions of important roofs, including the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) and the Armory.

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 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
Wide horizons. Contemporary photography from 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 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.

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.