Special Exhibitions

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 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.

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.

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.