For our installation series, we are using a window at Das Kleine Kunsteck in Haidhausen.
Das Kleine Kunsteck is owned by Barbara Süßmeier, a Bavarian-born artist working and living in the Haidhausen neighborhood.
Barbara likes what Munich Artists is trying to do with our collaborative work and we love that she is trying to build an art practice in Munich.
Building any business is a challenge but Barbara has many years of experience in business and a great passion for her artwork. A few years ago, Barbara decided to start changing her focus from numbers to oil and she mapped out a three-year plan to change from accounting to art.
With her idea firmly grounded in business, she opened a studio location in Haidhausen.
After working in her space for a year, Barbara realized that people were a little hesitant about going into a working artist’s studio if the door wasn’t wide open. “If the door is open, people will walk in for a chat, but if the door is closed, there is a fear that they are disturbing the artist.”
To help relieve this fear, Barbara came up with the name “Das Kleine Kunsteck” for her space. To help pay for her space, Barbara decided to create small gift items that people could purchase for presents. She currently has the following in her space:
Hardcover binders (painted with oil motifs)
Postcards (using her prints from her original art)
Keychains (using her prints from her original art)
Inspiration cards (using her prints from her original art)
Baby shoes (painted with a special paint.)
Notebooks (using her prints from her original art)
Diaries (using her prints from her original art)
Calendars (using her prints from her original art)
Limited edition prints of her larger art pieces.
Every time I visit Barbara’s studio, she has a new product she wants to create for the laden part of her space and her goal is to have the neighourhood think of her space and Das Kleine Kunsteckwhen they need a gift.
Because everything in the space is her own artwork, I asked Barbara why she was not using an artist’s name or just her name for the studio space. “I’m really proud of my name and I want people to know that I’m the artist for my larger art pieces but I also don’t want them to worry about coming into the studio. The Kleine Kunsteck helps relieve that fear.”
Barbara doesn’t take commissions but she is willing to discuss putting her artwork onto a suggested object such as a pillow. In a recent project with a dance studio, Barbara created the dance studio logo and then created pillows with her artwork. The dancers at the studio also requested some of her artwork on notebooks and other paper products and has been working on new notebooks for the dancers.
If you want to see what is in the Munich Artists Installation Window, you can just walk by anytime day or night. Barbara leaves a light on at night which tells you how much she enjoys hosting Munich Artists in her space.
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.
Last week, Petra Amtsberg Hoffmann opened her current exhibition at Galerie Freiraum 16 in Giesing. I promised Petra I would go to her vernissage and at 1830 on Thursday I drove over to Giesing. I parked my car and walked a few blocks to the gallery. It was empty. Looking at my phone, I realised that Petra’s vernissage was the day before and I was on time but a day late.
Luckily for Munich Artists, the gallerist at Freiraum16, was at the gallery and welcomed me into her space with a smile and a look of amusement.
Current artwork by Petra Amtsberg Hoffmann
Current artwork by Petra Amtsberg Hoffmann
Galerie Freiraum 16
Angelika Baumgartner is the gallerist at Oefelestr. 13a in Munich, Germany. For many years, Angelika used the large space as a design studio but this year, she decided to make a life change which included clearing out her old office and dividing the space into a cosy office and a good sized art gallery.
As an interior designer, making this change was easy for Angelika. Her current office is nestled in a room near the entrance leaving most of the space open for displaying artwork.
As you are well aware from Munich Artists Window installations, we love large windows and Gallery Freiraum 16 has two of them that look out into the neighbourhood. Think of all the possibilities!
Over the last few years, we have visited some areas of Giesing but this was my first time venturing into a residential section for Munich Artists. In prior posts, I visited HNRX at the graffiti walls, I’ve been to Candidplatz for the murals under the overpass and I visited Petra Beeking‘s open studio.
What surprised me the most about this area of Giesing was how friendly everyone was to everyone else. Maybe it was the weather or some kind of Giesing magic but I enjoyed experiencing it. As I walked to the gallery from my car, I saw people standing at each other’s windows talking and waving as people walked by their apartments. My tiny area of Sendling is waving friendly and I was pleasantly surprised to see that this area of Giesing also welcomed people with open windows and smiling faces.
After a nice chat about Petra’s artwork, I asked Angelika what she hoped to create with her new gallery.
Angelika said she wanted to showcase emerging artists and have events that brought artists together. Munich Artists loved hearing this and we agreed with Angelika that Munich Artists will bring a few projects to Galerie Freiraum 16 in 2017.
We are very excited to have this opportunity and will keep you posted on Facebook and on the website as things develop.
Although Angelika is an experienced interior designer, she is still finding her groove as a gallerist and will give a shoutout if/when Galerie Freiraum 16 is looking for artists to exhibit. (Please do not take your portfolios over there no matter how good they are.)
Oh Hello. Did you forget about me already? I’m still on Staycation but Munich doesn’t grind to a halt just because most of the artists have left for vacation. The Art must go on so when you get back into the groove of Munich living, go visit Lueckenfuelle before it gets turned into a construction site.
Lueckenfuelle is located at the corner of Schleissheimerstrasse and Rottmannstrasse. It is a temporary idea space where artsy ideas can become artsy realities.
Lueckenfuelle – Gespraeche in der Stadt – Gespraeche fuer die Stadt (Translation: Discussions in the city – Discussions for the city) is a corner where you can go meet and be creative and share your creations. This is NOT a graffiti corner so don’t bring your spray cans. The mural created by HNRX was by invitation and shall not be morphing into anything else anytime soon unless approved by Lueckenfuelle.
Here is a photo before the HNRX mural…
Here is a photo after the HNRX mural…
I could give you all the artsy language of why this space exists but the nitty gritty is that a group of Minga architects decided that the empty lot was a horrible thing to have in this neighbourhood and they decided to do something about it.
Maria, Leila, Sophie & Nick are the main contacts for the space and the visionaries who decided that this neighbourhood could have a cool space to meet and share art, conversation and ideas with other Munich residents.
If you are a planner and a creative with something to share, the space is currently looking for art events “actions.“
If you have:
An temporary art installations involving film or music or sculpture
A idea for an outdoor lecture
A book readings, poetry slam, flash fiction evening
A public concert
An art gathering of super cool creatives
An idea not mentioned above that would fit within the confines of a neighborhood corner space and would be interacting with the neighbours in a creative and positive way.
Please take the following into consideration:
The neighbourhood has lots of children and young families.
The architect quartet made wood furniture in the space that is modular and can be moved around but, it is always in the space. If you wanted an empty corner, you should have made your way over there before they created Lueckenfuelle. Please plan your idea using the furniture that is in the space. Don’t be a diva. This is not the neighbourhood for divas.
The location is near Stiglmaierplatz. Easy to reach from all areas of Munich. (Subway U1)
It is an outdoor space. Please plan for an outdoor space. Please remember it is outdoors. There is nothing to shelter you and your art from the elements. Did I mention it was outside?
Contact: Please email your idea to email@example.com
NOTE: International artists and ideas are welcome. Come to Munich and be super creative in this new artsy Munich space. Lueckenfuelle will be happy to receive your email and have you share something that fits with their concept.
Please don’t forget to tell me if your idea gets accepted. I want to make sure we keep this little space filled with creative talent from around the world or maybe just around Munich but around the world would be amazing for me and Munich Artists!
It is always a pleasure to see new urban art in Munich. I tried to capture the full images so you can see the names of the artists on the works. I’m not that great at “reading” the signatures, so if you are the creator of one of these works, and you want your name on the photo, please send me your data to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!