Artsy Place – Das Kleine Kunsteck

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.


original and limited edition print by Barbara Süßmeier


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 Kunsteck when 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.”


Pillow for Dance School


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.

Although Munich Artists shared the news that it takes ten years for a Munich gallery to start breaking even, Barbara was nonplussed by this information.  “I’m determined to make this work. ”  This is the second very determined person Munich Artists has met in the last few weeks and we are very impressed by the amount of determination cropping up in the Munich creative sector.

Munich Artists is very thankful for Barbara and our new window spaces at Elsässer Str. 19


Say Hello Insallation #2, Das Kleine Kunsteck Munich, Germany


If you would like to visit Barbara,  her store hours are:

The small Kunsteck
Elsässer Str. 19 Munich, Germany

Wed, Thu, Sat: 12:00 – 18:00 hrs
Fri: 12:00 – 20:00 hrs
Sun / Tue / Tue: Closed

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.





A Back Room Gallery – Kunsthandel Anne Uhrlandt – An Artsy Place

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.”


artwork by Nicolas Confais (Made from Pig Bones)


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).


Collaborative artwork between Nicolas Confais and Jakob Weiß


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.


Gallery Exhibition at Kunsthandel Anne Uhrlandt

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.


UPDATE: Einstein Kultur – October 16, 2016 – 1300 to 1800


On Sunday we are meeting at Einstein Kultur  Einsteinstrasse 42, Munich 81675 for our second 500 Artists event.

We are lucky to have the four halls of Einstein Kultur for the day to get together, meet, share stories, talents and some good food.

Here are the images of the space:


I chatted with Einstein yesterday and I will get the keys at 1300.

Food and Beverages

We can bring food, NO DRINKS.  Drinks will be for sale at the einstein Bar (including coffee.)  So, bring food/plates/utensils and some cash for drinks.

Munich Artists has arranged this space for you to hang out and develop creative friendhsips/collaborations and a playing cards sculpture.


  • Writers and word performers – we will have a microphone available in the first room where the brown seats are available.  We will have a video looping in this room between readings.
  • Musicians  –  We have two musicians scheduled to play.   If you want to play guitar or sing, we would love to have you come along.  The two musicians that we have are a jazz musician and a classical guitarrist and the room shown above with the piano is where we will have the speakers set up for their musical performances.
  • Light Artist – Elasse will be doing a light performance and will be doing light portraits at Einstein Kultur.  Either in room 1 or 3.
  • Card Sculpture – Room 3  is for our card sculpture.  We will be using small wooden clips and white cards to create sculpture.


The deck of party cards must be purchased to enter the event.  The costs of a set of party cards is 15 Euro.  The price of the party cards (with a tin box) increases in price after this event (They will be 18 Euro MwSt when we put them into the stores and at Haeppy Art.)

There is no check room for valuables and we are not responsible for your stuff, so make sure you bring only what you need for the day.  We do have liablity insurance so if you stub your toe we are covered.

Why come visit us on Sunday?

The artists chosen for the Munich Artists Playing Cards were chosen from artists at our 500 Artists Say Hello Event.  we   We want to continue encouraging collaborations between artists in Munich.  You are welcome to come on Sunday and see if you can find artists for a creative collaboration. You will need to work with 3 other artists for 500 Artists Under Cover.

If you already have a group working on a project, you are welcome to come tell us about it and maybe your project can be added to our list.

2017 List of Events for 500 Artists

  • 500 Artists Draw Lines – January 2017 – This is a two day event where we will be creating a large abstract collage (200sqm)on day 1 and then on day 2 we will be contour drawing around the edges of the abstracted shapes.  When we are done, we will cut up the art piece into pieces and distribute them to the artists participating. (Cost = materials)
  • 500 Artists Say Hello March/April 2017 – This will be a one month exhibition of a cube sculpture where artists will submit a cube and we will make a sculpture out of their cubes.  (Cost = materials)
  • 500 Artists Under Cover  July 2017 – This will begin in April 2017.   Artists will be asked to work in groups of four (4) to create an art piece on an umbrella. The umbrellas will be printed and we will have a gathering under the umbrellas on July 1, 2017 and taking aerial photographs of the umbrellas.  We will select umbrellas designed by the artists to be in our trefubox store.
  • 500  Artists Tell Stories  October/November 2017 – we are publishing our first short story collection this year called Munich Stories.  Next year, we want to expand this to be a fine art book fair to run at the same time at literature fest so that artists can share their work with people who love books.


If you have any questions, you can email me     Look forward to seeing you on Sunday!


Artsy Place – Galerie Freiraum 16 – Giesing

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 Freiraum16was at the gallery and welcomed me into her space with a smile and a look of amusement.

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.

Petra Amtsberg Hoffman

Petra Amtsberg Hoffmann’s artwork currently covers the walls at Galerie Freiraum 16.  If you don’t remember Petra, she participated in our 500 Artists Say Hello and, has a large property on the East side of town that she is developing into an artsy space called Studio Riemerling. We love Petra’s work  but her artsy space is kind of too far away for a regular visit so Munich Artists was happy to see Petra’s work over the river and under the bridge from Sendling (Where we hang out most of the time.)

Artwork by Petra Amtsberg Hoffmann
Angelika Baumgartner (Gallerist) and Petra Amtsberg Hoffmann (Artist)

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.)

Petra Amtsberg Hoffman Vernissage that I missed. (Technology is not always my friend.)


Lueckenfuelle – A New Meeting Point in Munich Looking for Art Events (Actions)

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…

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Lueckenfuelle – Munich, Germany Art Spot (photo thanks to HNRX)

Here is a photo after the HNRX mural…

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New artsy meeting spot in Munich Germany  Schleissheimerstrasse/Rottmannstrasse (photo by HNRX)

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.

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The visionaries for Lueckenfuelle

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

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!









Eleven Contemporary Art Galleries and Spaces in Munich

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

Friday Gallery – The Talk Installation by Ines Seidel and Allun Turner

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. nir_galerie-2-von-12-1

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.galerie_flash_muenchen_munich

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.

Shepard Fairey Exhibition in Munich, Germany



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.


I Stumbled Upon an Artist – Munich Neuhausen – Mercedes Felgueres

The sign that took me into Mercedes Felgueres Gallery Space
The sign that took me into Mercedes Felgueres Gallery Space

There they are in the background wondering why I’m taking a photo of their sign on the glass door.  After opening the door and walking in, the first question out of the owner’s mouth was “Why did you take a photo of my sign?”

The answer was easy to give. I wasn’t sure I read the note correctly and I wanted to take it home and read it slowly to make sure I understood it correctly.  The Gallery space sign said art gallery but the space was filled with designer labels.

This is what happens when you have children. You bend over backwards to help them… especially if you are Spanish. Mercedes is Mexican and she decided to give part of her space to her daughter, Mercedes, to start a fashion line. (They have the same name because it is family tradition.)

The artist, Mercedes Felgueres, flipped her paintings over to the restaurant next door (owned by the family) and the front of her gallery now displays young fashion designers.

After a nice chat with the two women, where I ended up buying a spiderweb type sweater by a local designer (no label on the garment),  I walked with Mercedes next door to the restaurant to look at her artwork.  This is what I saw:

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small artwork by mercedes felgueres
Encaustic artwork by Mercedes felgueres
Encaustic artwork by Mercedes felgueres
artwork with chairs by Mercedes felgueres
artwork by Mercedes felgueres
artwork with people by Mercedes felgueres
artwork by Mercedes felgueres

I was happy to learn that Mercedes  does encaustic. She is now the 3rd artist I’ve met in Munich working with this medium Nicole Boots and Emmy Horstkamp are the other two. ( Yes, I can meet myself and talk about myself in the 3rd person.)

The restaurant is called Volk Art and is located at Volkartstrasse 15, D-80634. The restaurant is a tapas bar which is an excellent excuse to head over to Neuhausen to see Mercedes artwork and have some yummy food.  Mercedes is Mexican and you can talk to her in German, Spanish or English.  She knows all three languages which is helpful for this creative but language challenged Munich Artist.

After leaving Mercedes to deal with the lunch rush at the restaurant, I walked into Perlerie.

perlerie alles run um die perle
Perlerie alles run um die perle

I had no reason to walk into this store except that it was next to the gallery and I like windows that are a bit too busy.  Upon entering I found lots of this:

detail of merchandise available at perlerie
detail of merchandise available at Perlerie Neuhausen

and bought this:

beads for around 2,50 Euro
String of beads for around 2,50 Euro

Ah.  Lovely. Five strands of golden beads for 2,50 Euro each (You do the math)  I also bought the ribbon chains to hang a pendant that Angela Smets made. Angela lives in Neuhausen but her studio is at the WiederFabrik. You can see her work at the Affordable Art Fair this fall or make an appointment with her at her studio.

Today, I’m heading over to check out a new art store in town. I will give you a heads up tomorrow as I add more artsy places to my list.