I read through a top ten list shared by a Munich Artist today from a non Munich based website and I thought, “Who are those people to declare the top ten galleries in Munich?” My second thought was, “What the heck, I will make a list of contemporary art galleries in Munich.”
In my attempt to be subjective, I’m sharing art spaces sharing artwork by contemporary artists and will start with our own Friday Gallery. To be helpful to collectors, I’ve divided the art spaces into artist owned and funded, Art Historian/Collector owned and financed and Government funded. This classification helps you understand the underlying motivation of the space organizer.
Gallery Spaces Run by Artists
The Friday Gallery – The Friday Gallery exhibition space is run by Emmy Horstkamp and is being used through 2016 for installations by European artists. The Friday Gallery is located at Frauenstrasse 18, 80469 in the inner courtyard next to a very small and bubbly fountain. This is where you can find Emmy Horstkamp most afternoons when she isn’t running around gathering information about Munich Artists or writing top ten lists of artsy places in Munich. The Friday Gallery focuses on emerging contemporary artwork.
Frida Gallery As in Frida the artist not Friday…This small gallery shows contemporary artwork by Munich based artists and was created by three Munich based artists. The gallery is located at Baaderstrasse 15 and has been showing exhibitions with a twist that makes them more like events.
Super + Gallery. This is a small contemporary art gallery attached to the Super + art community. Created by Christian Muscheid and Alexander Deubl the gallery space is located on the corner of Tuerkenstrasse and Adalbstrasse. The big parties are thrown out at the studio space which is where you will want to go to meet the artists in their natural environment. Super + likes to create popup exhibition spaces around town so check their website to see where they are at all times.
Gallery Spaces run by Collectors or Art Historians
Nir Altman – This is a contemporary art gallery focusing on emerging contemporary artists. We interviewed Mr. Altman and suggest you read the interview for a more in-depth look at his gallery space and concept. Mr. Altman owned a gallery in Tel Aviv and then moved to Munich. I love when people move to Munich and open galleries. I think all international galleries should open gallery spaces in Munich, Germany.
Galerie Flash – One of my favourite artists from Stroke 2016 was from this contemporary art gallery located between Sendlinger Tor and Vitualienmarkt. The gallery focuses on painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, installation and new media. I pass the gallery on my way to Frauenstrasse 18 each day and I’m always happy to see what they have in their windows or passing out the doors.
Micheko Galerie – I love this gallery and you will too if you enjoy Japanese art. The Micheko gallery only shows artwork by contemporary Japanese artists and you will never be disappointed at their exhibitions curated by Keiko Tanaka. The gallery is located at Thersienstr. 18. FYI – If you need to speak English, please connect with Michele Vitucci who speaks German, English and Italian. Keiko Tanaka speaks Japanese and German. Both are very knowledgable and a visit to their gallery is always enjoyable.
Freiraum 16 is Located on Oefelestr. 13a in untergiesing. The gallery space is organized by Angelika Baumgartner and focuses on contemporary artists. This is a very new gallery but Ms. Baumgartner is an experienced creative working in and around Munich for 30 years so don’t let the newness scare you. Go forth and check out her exhibitions and buy whatever catches your fancy.
Government Sponsored Spaces
Lothringer 13 – This is a great space to go see exhibitions. It is in Haidhausen in an inner courtyard. The exhibitions are curated by Joerg Koopmann and Dana Weschke. My favourite exhibitions in this space have been photography and video but you may also see other types of work there by local and international artists. Lothringer 13 is not only the name of the gallery, it is also the street address just in case you were wondering if I forgot to write down the name.
The Platform – The platform is an art space located on the U3 a few meters from the Ubahn stop Aidenbachstrasse on the 3rd floor of a very bright building. The space is a pilot project created by the city of Munich to provide a space for curators and cultural managers to work on new ideas while surrounded by 23 art studios. Here is the link to their current program.
Das KloHaeuschen – This is a super tiny art space organized by Anja Uhlig. It is an exhibition space where artists interact with the space which used to be a public toilet. If you want to know more about the space, you can read about it in the Munich Artists post about KloHaeuschen.
Kreativequartier – The Creative Quarter – Dachauer Strasse 112- 149. This is a whole complex of art related buildings that look a bit run down but in a few years, this will be a super modern, super exciting art spot in Munich. Right now, it is a super exciting, run down spot in Munich. Earlier this year, in the Positive Propaganda Art Space, there was an exhibition of Shepard Fairey artwork and the dance space Schwere Reiter also hosts installations and mixed media events worth seeing.
Do you feel left out if someone makes a list of the top ten places to see contemporary art in Munich and they leave out your gallery or your space or your art studio or your living room wall? If you have a gallery space that you feel should be on this list, let me know and I will work on another list and then we can make a comprehensive list of places to visit for contemporary art in Munich.
My goal is to have all the artsy places located and mapped in our Mingaland project so the more interesting places you share with me, the more interesting our city will be to the rest of the world.