Walking through the open front door, I meandered past a jeweler busy at work and found myself in a cozy gray room filled with artwork by Nicolas Confais.
The room is filled without being stuffy and it was pleasant to sit down on a low bank and have a chat with Anne about her project and her aspirations for the future.
It is All About Loving Art
Anne Uhrlandt started her gallery project in 2014 because she missed dealing directly with art. Taking the plunge, she asked seven artists if they would allow her to represent them and they all said yes.
The seven artists represented by her gallery have very different art practices and range from a recent art school graduate to a well-established modernist. ” I think it is important that my gallery is able to provide a collector with a variety of art to choose from instead of just one art genre.”
Munich Artists doesn’t know much about what is “Normal” for a German gallery so we asked Anne if this was normal. “Absolutely not. The traditional way for galleries in Germany is to focus on a specific type of artwork so that they can become known for that area of art. Carrying a group of artists whose work is diverse is my way.”
For Anne Uhrlandt’s Kunsthandel, the focus of the gallery is threefold: Find the perfect art pieces for collectors; Support artists with her business/art trade knowledge; Curate interesting exhibitions.
This mix is being developed at her Schwabing Space, exhibitions in public spaces around Munich and at a recent showing at the CologneFineArtFair (COFA).
Although Anne enjoys taking artists to art fairs, she decided this year to focus on solo shows for the artists and build up her gallery’s vitamin C (Connections to collectors).
According to Anne, it takes ten years to build up a gallery and she has every intention to keep working on her project until everything clicks and she can afford a bigger space. (The Munich Artists dream!)
With a background working as an art sleuth* for The Art Loss Register, Anne became very familiar with art fairs and art galleries in Germanic speaking countries. What she didn’t expect was that she would have to change people’s perception of her when she decided to stop being an art sleuth and become an art gallerist. With a little bit of effort, the change happened and established art galleries welcomed her with hand kisses and open arms.
Anne has a very close relationship with her artists and likes building strong relationships with the artists associated with her gallery. Anne’s focus is not just on selling artwork but on making sure that the artwork is shown in the best way and that everyone is happy with the arrangement.
Her first solo exhibition in her small gallery space drew a whopping 80 people which she said was amazing. “People were too close to be distant.” Munich artists thinks this is an excellent side effect of a small space and is to be encouraged. Get closer creatives! Lets not be so distant.
If you would like to visit this tiny gallery, it is open whenever the jewelry shop is open. If you want to meet with Anne, you can find her at the gallery at the following times: Wed 17.30-19.00 & Sat 13.00-15.00 & by appointment.
I made up the title Art Sleuth. Her job was to hunt down forgeries and make sure everything sold at an art fair was legitimate in every way… so you can see Anne’s situation when she moved over to the Gallery side of the equation.
My daughter is a talented artist who is anti-museum, anti-exhibition, anti-viewing other people’s work in traditional settings.So far in her young life, she’s agreed to visit one exhibition of Maximilian Lückenhaus’s work in Munich and a few exhibitions in while visiting London.
I kept my fingers crossed that the Big Yellow Book showing the Kico Collection would convince my daughter to visit another exhibition outside of her preferred viewing space (Instagram.)
As I walked through the exhibition, I felt surrounded by artists who were passionate about their art practices— their passion exuded into the museum space and added an energy that made me want to keep walking through the rooms.I also had an urge to text the artists and send them hand clap emojis and ask them to hang out with me in Munich and create art.That is how happy I was walking through this exhibition and seeing their finished art pieces.
The creativity, the feeling of immersion and sometimes the humour of the artist is evident in the pieces exhibited and it was exhilarating to walk through the museum with the curator and director who both were overflowing with information and excitement about the pieces from the KiCo Collection.
The KiCo foundation works with the Kunstmuseum Bonn and focuses on the use of colour and light. As we walked through the exhibition with the collectors, you could tell how happy they were with their art collection and, their love of collecting art is a bonus for Germany and the global contemporary art audience who have an opportunity to see the art pieces in exhibitions.
Because Kico began their focus in abstract art focusing on light and colour, the collection and exhibition contain, video, photography, digital prints, painting, installations, sculptures, and even spider webs. Walking from one room to another, I felt like clapping my hands and cheering with what was chosen to be exhibited.
I didn’t realize how much I loved this room until I got home and saw how many photos I took of the artwork. The big wall shows artwork created by Franz Ackerman and the locations where he has traveled. (A wall travel journal) The smaller artworks are his inspiration for his larger pieces.
I laughed when I saw this piece because I know what it feels like to print the digital colour field and have it streaked. This art piece created in 2015 focuses on how a perfect digital piece can be printed multiple times and each time that it is printed it comes out flawed in some way even though the original file is perfect.
On the wall of the gallery, the collection displayed multiple gray colour fields that have all the errors created when the special canvas was put through a large digital printer.
From our own experience, the printing companies ask you not to have colour fields when printing digitally and they told us gray is one of the worst colours. Knowing this, it was fun to see Wade Guyton artwork blowing up this flaw in digital printing so we can enjoy the consequences of living in the real world and not in our computer files.
Gertrud Fassnacht got caught in my shot of Wolfgang Tillmanns’ work. She provides art tours and is involved in the Sendling art scene.
Below are three of Wolfgang Tillmanns Tamayo Lighter art pieces which play with exposing light on paper.
This artist has a sense of humour and the exhibited piece makes a statement about public art pieces that no one remembers why they exist.
The museum has masked the Lenbach bust in the lobby and if you go into the garden you can take a selfie with one of the masked sculptures in the garden. (You have to be kind of tall. I’m too short to take a good one without a selfie stick.)
Daniel covers the faces of the statues to make you pay attention to the sculpture. Who is it? Did you even know that the sculpture was there? Many of our public art pieces blend into the scenery. When the sculpture is gone, they know something is missing but they don’t quite remember what it was. This is what Daniel is focusing on with his masks and the sculptures. A grouping of Daniel Knorr photographs showcase the forgotten subjects and artists found by the artist.
The Ceal Floyer piece combines colour in the electrical cord and light in the projection and the bulb. A part of the installation is up on the corner of the ceiling and not in this shot (a looping video of hands). Ceal Floyer asks you to take a moment and look for the deeper meaning in the work. Another piece entitled “Monochrome Till” also asks you to see the deeper meaning. (The meaning has to do with colour.)
Overhead projection by Ceal Floyer -Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo
I know a few Munich Artists obessed with nature and would be fascinated with these art pieces created with spiderwebs. In this piece below, the artist dipped spider webs in ink. The spider web is inside a box so the artwork doesn’t get damaged by the lights.
Ok Creatives! We have 2 installations where the deadlines are coming up super fast.
(New) What’s on the Menu? – This idea came to me while I was sitting and having coffee with moushumi sen sarma who is participating in our Say Hello Installation. I opened my menu at the coffee shop and thought it was super cool that they put what they wanted on the left hand side and then had what they offered on the right hand side.
I thought this would make for an interesting installation. I will print a big vinyl text sign to go above the menus Which Say “What’s On the Menu? Munich Artists Take Away ” or something along those lines.
The menu cards created by Munich Artists will be displayed underneath. I want all of them to be A5 Portrait Folded two pages like the photo. PLEASE No landscape I will not use them… you can make an insert but make sure it attaches in some way when open so that I don’t have to worry about it. Please put your Studio number on the menu…. I want them to be able to actually call you. Inside where you have the WANTS.
If you have an old time phone you can lend me for the installation that would be cool. I want to put a phone on the orange table in the window. Fee for this installation is 10 Euro and a dose of good Karma. I will make little postcards for this Window Installation that has Everyone’s First Name and Phone number. Make sure you have a number you don’t mind sharing with the world.
DEADLINE for artwork to be at my studio is MAY 13, 2017
(Elsässerstr. 19) Goodbye Installation- This installation which involves Black bags that you put tape etc on and let fade in the sun for a month. The due date is in a few weeks. You can pick up the bags at Hands Gallery
or at my studio at Frauenstrasse 18 by appointment. You can text me at +4915129111465 to schedule a time to pick one up or go visit Claudia, she will be very happy to see you. Bags cost 3 Euro. The fee for this installation is 20 Euro (minus 3 Euro if you buy the bag at Hands Gallery.)
We planned an event for this but it will be cancelled because there is a MARATHON that day. All artists wil be able to pick up their artwork at my studio. I will not unmask their pieces until they are there and can do it while I video tape it. All pieces will be shared on our Facebook page in a gallery. I can’t wait to see how they turn out!
Last week, as I jotted down my schedule, I saw that something fun was missing and I didn’t understand why.Why was Stroke not on my calendar and why was Stroke not happening in May?
Tracking down Marco Schwalbe, I asked him where was Stroke and why was my favourite Munich Art Fair not happening in May 2017.
The Stroke/Schwalbe story is too long for a typical Munich Artists blog post so I’m going to sacrifice a few details, cut a few twists and turns out and get to the point as fast as Munich Artists can. (I guess I could have sacrificed this paragraph….)
Divorce Affects Everyone
The biggest twist in the Stroke story happened in 2016 when Raiko and Marco Schwalbe decided to stop working together.
Both brothers call the dissolution of their partnership a divorce which is a word that does not bring happy memories to anyone involved with that kind of thing. So, even though the two brothers worked for several years in the art world trying to bring art fairs to Munich and Berlin, they failed to keep on the same wavelength and decided to cut ties and divide up their creations.
Marco Schwalbe now has sole creative control over Stroke and he has full control over Stroke’s fate in Munich, Germany.
A NEW HOME
The dissolution of a partnership is always tough but in late 2016 the Stroke team forged ahead and tried to find Stroke a home for 2017. This proved to be difficult. The Praterinsel was sold to Urs Brunner and the new management substantially increased the rent for the space and reduced the space footprint for Stroke Art Fair due to safety issues with the older buildings.
Artists and event organisers working in Munich know what a pain it can be to get a space that is big enough and nice enough and cheap enough to make your project happen. This is what stroke faced in their hunt for a new art fair home for the 2017 season.
After a few failed attempts to secure a location, the owners of Werksviertel/Kunstpark Ost came to the rescue and offered Stroke one of their existing building until it is demolished in three years. This amazing opportunity allows Stroke to exist in 2017 but, the timeline for the art fair had to be adjusted for the new larger space and short time frame.
In an effort to make Stroke a quality event at the Werksviertel/Kunstpark Ost location, Marco Schwalbe decided to push the event back so that his team could take advantage of the larger space and rethink how Stroke would grow in this creative sector of Munich.
With a new space, Stroke will offer more quality artwork from more curated galleries.The focus for Stroke will continue to be contemporary emerging artists that embody the spirit of Stroke Art Fairs from the past while offering serious collectors a quality selection of emerging art from around the world.
Although Marco Schwalbe and Mevena Chopova will curate the galleries admitted to the fair, Loomit will be curating the outdoor opportunities for artists to create large scale art pieces.
The Future of Stroke Art Fair
In the future, Marco hopes to take Stroke along the road towards having dedicated artistic areas (digital, Illustration) and continue to provide Munich with a fun and well curated emerging art fair event.
In the future, the fair may go back to May but Marco is waiting to see how everything goes at the new location and this year’s October date.
The fair will be happening from October 4 – October 8, 2017.
Marco will give the first opportunity to galleries who were booked for the May show and as I mentioned before, the focus of his team’s curation is emerging art for collectors who enjoy the Stroke experience.
In addition to Installations, we will be doing Munich Stories 2017 and I will be sending all interested writers and artists an email in the next few days with information about the project. We are integrating the project into our Window installations.
FYI The RARE EXHIBITION is SPOTTED ON MUNICH ARTISTS OPEN CALL LIST.
We will be having an installation/Exhibition on the Topic of Pain. This is scheduled for October 2017. I want an exhibition space for this so any leads are appreciated. The installation windows will be working with the Exhibition as a symbiotic extension. I will be creating an Open Call for this so you guys have six months to Focus on Pain and give me some amazing works of art. The exhibition will be curated to a limited number of pieces and I’m a going to be picky cause exhibition space in Munich is limited and I want the pieces to fit with my vision.. tell a story… kind of be an installation in a Chinese scroll kind of way.
The windows will be open to all Munich Artists because I want you to express yourself and delve into the topic of pain. (I still have to figure out the installation details. I will share more details next week including fees etc.
This year, I chose a small wooden box found at a local art store as the basis of each art object.
The box size was the only restriction imposed on the artists.The artists were asked to use the box as the starting point for their art object but they had the freedom to create an art piece resonating with their art style and focus as long as it was no wider than 16cm.
In addition to submitting an art object made from a box, the artists submitted samples of their voices which have been merged into a sound piece called the quiet murmur.
This year, our installation will be shown in three locations.The first Installation will be spread out over several windows and is divided into three sections:the murmur, the divide and the output.
The box melody installation visualises the art practice of Munich Artists, how artists keep their creative voices while working in a collaborative way with other artists.
The three components of the installation represent the following:
The murmur (Audio Piece from Munich Artists Voices) represents the harmonious voices of Munich’s creatives which inspire other artists to create and explore. The audio pieces is divided into three sections to represent the development of collaboration which always starts with one idea. An exchange of ideas and then the final enjoyment of sharing the finished art piece.
The divide (represented by empty space) represents the pause between inspiration and execution.The time and space needed for creatives to take an idea and make it a reality.
The output (Art objects created by Munich Artists) represents the result of inspiration and reflection. It is the symbiotic and harmonious creativity of Munich Artists and demonstrates the uniqueness of each artist which is not lost as theyshare their creative energy and talents with each other.
Because the installation spaces are all different, the installation will change at each location. We will share images of how the installation changes.
If you want to be involved with your installations, you can sign up to participate in one of our installations. Here is a list of the current openings. We will post a reminder for each installation in the weeks to come.
Note: If you want more information about Munich Artists Installations, you can connect with Emmy @kyfio.com .
Willkommen zu unserer “Say Hello 2017” Installation
Dieses Jahr habe ich mich dazu entschieden, eine kleine Holzkiste, die ich in einem Münchner Kunstladen gefunden habe, zum Mittelpunkt der Installation zu machen.
Die Größe der Holzkiste war dabei die einzige Restriktion (maximale Breite von 16cm), die ich den teilnehmenden Künstler auferlegt habe. Die Künstler sollten die Holzkiste als Startpunkt ihres individuellen Kunstwerks sehen und diese, ihrem eigenen Kunststil entsprechend, weiterentwickeln.
Neben dem Kunstwerk haben die teilnehmenden Künstler auch aufgenommene Stimmproben hinterlegt. Diese wurden von mir in einer Tonsequenz verarbeitet, die den Namen “quiet murmur” (leises Gemurmel) trägt.
Dieses Jahr wird die Installation in drei Lokationen gezeigt. Die erste Installation erstreckt sich über mehrere Schaufenster und ist in drei große Abschnitte unterteilt: the murmur (das Gemurmel), the divide (die Teilung) und the output (das Ergebnis).
Die “Box Melody” Installation verkörpert die gesamte Bandbreite an Munich Artists Künstlern und wie sie ihre eigene kreative Arbeitsweise und Energie beibehalten und dabei trotzdem Kunstwerke zusammen mit anderen Künstlern erschaffen.
Die drei Komponenten der Ausstellung repräsentieren dabei folgendes:
Das leise Gemurmel zeugt von den vielen tollen Munich Artists Künstlern, die eigene Kunstwerke erschaffen und andere Künstler inspirieren und unterstützen.
Die Teilung repräsentiert die Pause zwischen dem kreativen Prozess (Inspiration) und der Erstellung des Kunstwerks (Ausführung). Es zeugt von der Zeit und von dem Raum den die Künstler benötigen, um kreative Ideen in die Realität umzusetzen.
Das Ergebnis ist schließlich der Arbeitsnachweis aus Inspiration, Kreativität und Ausführung. Die Kreativität des einzelnen Künstlers, der sein Talent und sein Kunstwerk als Teil einer großen Munich Artists Installation zur Verfügung stellt.
Da alle drei Lokationen eine unterschiedliche räumliche Dimension haben, wird auch die Installation eine leicht unterschiedliche Ausprägung aufweisen. Nichtsdestotrotz werden die drei Komponenten in jeder Lokation repräsentiert und dargestellt werden.
We have 3 installation spaces for our Munich Artists installation series and now I need participation from Munich Artists! We will have sign up sheets for 5 Installations at our Saturday April 22, 2017 at our Say Hello Event.
Say Goodbye – (Black bags with artwork on front that fades in the sun over the month installation.) We will have an event at Elsässerstr. at the end of the installation to see the fade results and share them on our social media feed.
Cost: 20 Euro (Including bag which participating artists can pick up at Hands Gallery.
Deadline to submit the black bag is May 21, 2017
A gathering will happen on June 25, 2017 at Elsässerstr. 19 from 1700 to 2000 to see what happened with our bags. (This is also the takedown of the installation.)
The End Installation – This is an art swap. You will bring/mail an A4 envelope to Frauenstrasse 18 with 4 pieces of art inside. At the end of the installation, we will take all the art out of the envelope and mail you back three art pieces in a self-addressed/stamped envelope you provide to us (It should be included in the envelope you give me.). The envelopes will be used for the installation and at the end of the installation, we will mail out the artwork.
Cost: 10 Euro plus one art piece to be retained by Munich Artists as the art installation. We will offer a limited edition print run of this for people if they are interested once we open all the art pieces using the one piece left at Munich Artists for this purpose. (If you have a question about this you can ask me on Saturday.)
Feel free to decorate and make the envelopes look amazing. They will be in the window for a month.
Deadline to Submit envelopes: June 23, 2017.
Your True Self – (Small Mirrors where you put something on the back or the front. I’m ok if you cover the glass.
Cost:10 Euro not including the mirrors. ( No bigger than the mirror shown in the example.
You can make up to 10 mirrors for the installation. All your mirrors will be photographed together for documentation of this installation.
No Limit in the number of artists. Let’s see how many mirrors we can get into the Elsässerstr. 19 window
Deadline to submit Mirror artwork to Frauenstrasse 18 is July 22, 2017
Don’t Toss Me to the curb – Artwork using recycled paper from the recycle bin. The Colours limited to Orange Green and Violet.
Cost: 10 Euro
Deadline for submissions: July 26, 2017
Sign up for the Nagel Neu Installation at Odeonsplatz. This will be for a collage art piece created by Munich Artists. The deadline for submission will be July 26, 2017. This is a curated art Installation and Art artist will create a collage that integrates a Big Black Line.
Cost: 40 Euro including 50x50cm piece of Book board with Black Line for the base of your Collage and one poster booklet.
Each piece will be 50cm x 50 cm.
All pieces for the collage must be for sale.
We will create a booklet for this installation that folds out into a poster. Limited edition prints will be available for sale.
Number of artists: 42
Deadline for Submissions July 26, 2017
FYI Here is the updated schedule for the Odeonsplatz Installations:
May 31 – July 2017— Say Hello
July 1 – July 26, 2017 – Beginnings – Uses Artwork created by Munich Artists at the Crown Book Binding Workshop.
July 26 – August 23, 2017 My True Self 2017 – Uses artwork from the Munich Artists My True Self Event July 2017 and The KloHaeuschenSpa.com
August 23rd – Septe 15 – Contour 2017 – Street Art/Participator Art Piece
September 15 -Nagel Neu – Group Installation -Collage
November 2017 – Munich Stories 2017 – Inspired by the stories created for our Munich Stories 2017 Project.
End of November -December 2017 – Advent Calendar Installation. Installation made from Christmas Ornaments. Let’s make Frauenstrasse 18 a Christmas ornament salon selling the ornaments displayed in the window. Ideas on how to do that are welcome. NOTE: Workshop organizers, let me know if you want to start scheduling workshops for this. I would also love boxes for the ornaments and cards that fit with the boxes. Let’s have fun with this one and make it festive, creative & unique.