Special Exhibitions

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 27, 2019
Cabinet of curiosities – Frank Soehnle’s puppets engage with 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.

October 19, 2018 – March 17, 2019
Migration Moves the City Project insights IV: Nema problema!?
Нема проблема!? Nuk ka problem!? Нема проблем!? Brez problema!?
Munich and migration from Yugoslavia and its successor states

Munich has long been and still is a popular destination for migrants from Yugoslavia and its successor states, not least because of its geographical location. Balkan grilled-meat restaurants have been a permanent fixture in the city ever since the 1960s. Migrants from the former Yugoslavia have quite naturally left their mark on every area of city life – sport, the workplace, club culture ...

To mark the 50th anniversary of the labor recruitment agreement signed between Germany and Yugoslavia, the Münchner Stadtmuseum will look back over the history of migration from Yugoslavia and its successor states. A new exhibition has been created to display objects which have their roots in this turbulent past. The exhibits have been sourced from Munich inhabitants with a migration background and their organizations. / Free admission

November 30, 2018 – March 31, 2019
LAND__SCOPE. Photographic works from Roni Horn to Thomas Ruff in 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 Claudia Angelmaier, Ursula Böhmer, Mona Breede, Lucinda Devlin, William Eggleston, Jochen Gerz, Beate Gütschow, Raphael Hefti, Dan Holdsworth, Carsten Höller, Roni Horn, Axel Hütte, Magdalena Jetelová, Sven Johne, Peter Keetman, Robert Longo, Richard Mosse, Inge Rambow, Heinrich Riebesehl, Thomas Ruff, Adrian Sauer, Stephen Shore, Maria Sewcz, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Anna Vogel.

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.

October 18, 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.