Special Exhibitions

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.

February 22 - April 28, 2019
FORUM 048: Anna Katharina Zeitler – If you can dream it, you can do it
“If you can dream it, you can do it” is a series of images in which Anna Katharina Zeitler portrays a life spent constantly on the road and with a sense of longing to arrive at a destination at last. The mood of the photographs oscillates between restlessness, inquietude and homesickness. Zeitler’s mysterious, iconic images kidnap their observers and whisk them off on a poetic journey to a magic place. It is at once sensual, intimate and melancholic, a place where the autobiographical and the fictional converge.

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.