Go to a Sexy Exhibition – December 2—9 2016 – Katrin Klug and Greig McArthur Erotic Art


A few years ago, we had Stand Up for your Art in Haidhausen and a group of Munich Artists brought their artwork and shared a few hours with each other on a chilly winter day.

Two artists, Greig McAuthur and Katrin Klug were there and found that they shared a love of art in a similar genre—erotic.

One of the fun things about Munich Artists is that we get to meet artists who do all kinds of artwork and who work with different kinds of materials and, create art for all different kinds of reasons.


Tomorrow starts an exhibition at McArthur & McArthur of Katrin Klug‘s and Greig McArthur artwork.  If you are into Erotic artwork, you will enjoy this exhibition of small art pieces focused on this art niche.

Here are a few closeup shots of exhibition art pieces. If you can’t make it to the exhibition, you can  watch their live stream to see the full pieces and purchase artwork.  Yes, you heard me right, they live-stream.


Haus der Kunst – Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945-1965

I can’t wait for this exhibition!  I’m posting everything they have available for the public associated with the exhibitions during the next few months and I will make another post after I visit the museum press tour.  The text below is a copy and paste job and because it is soooooo long, please try skimming through.  There are some really super cool events associated with this exhibition. (I’ve highlighted one that you absolutely should see!)
Anwar Jalal Shemza
The Fable, 1962,
68,00 x 47,00 cm (with frame), Oil on hand dyed cloth on mountboard, Aphra Shemza, London, Copyright the Estate of Anwar Jalal Shemza
Exhibition and Associated Events
Haus der Kunst will have the following program in conjunction with its exhibition “Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945–1965”.
The broad-based events explore crucial questions concerning the art, politics, and social contexts of the postwar era along with programs related to concurrent exhibitions on view in the museum.
The exhibition guides visitors through the first 20 years following the end of World War II, demonstrating how artists coped with and responded to the traumas of the Holocaust, the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki; how the two political blocs of the Cold War exploited the arts and created competition between realism and abstraction, and how displacement and migration produced new cosmopolitan contexts across the world.
The postwar period also marked the end of European colonial systems; the rise of nation-building, decolonization and liberation movements; the partition of countries in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East; as well as the civil rights movement in the United States.
These changes unleashed an incredible energy visible in the art of the time. New technologies began to pour into everyday life; the space age fascinated artists as well as the masses, opening up a completely new and dynamic field of artistic consideration.
Cinema Season – “Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945–1965” Sundays, 14.10.16 – 26.03.17, noon – 8 pm Curated by distinguished scholar and curator Mark Nash, this cinema season presents a series of tightly contextualized vignettes that explore the work of cutting-edge auteurs from India, Japan, Italy, France, Senegal, Brazil, Poland, China, former Yugoslavia, Egypt, the Netherlands, and the former USSR.
The program offers insights into Postwar Atomic Cinema, French New Wave, Italian Neo-Realism, Cinema Novo, and Black Wave and, amongst cinematic movements through thematic, genre, and monographic surveys.
Every Sunday from 12 to 8 pm in our auditorium, two or three films accompanying the exhibition “Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945–1965” will be screened. Tickets 5€ (without exhibition entrance ticket) Free admission with exhibition entrance ticket. Please visit our website for the full program.
Free admission Inaugural Lecture series and curatorial roundtable accompanying “Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945–1965” Friday, 14.10.16, 7 pm Following the exhibition opening, the inaugural lectures will be held by art historian Katy Siegel, curator of the exhibition, and Geeta Kapur, art critic and curator; two of the preeminent experts in postwar modern art.
The lectures will be followed by a roundtable discussion with Chika Okeke-Agulu, associate professor of art history at Princeton University, and editor of “Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art”; Ulrich Wilmes, curator of the exhibition and chief curator of Haus der Kunst; and Okwui Enwezor, curator of the exhibition and director of Haus der Kunst.
The event will offer an in-depth art historical overview of the themes and scope of the exhibition.
Katy Siegel, curator of the exhibition “Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945–1965”, is the inaugural Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Endowed Chair in Modern American Art at Stony Brook University, and Senior Programming and Research Curator at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Her books include “’The Heroine Paint’: After Frankenthaler”; “Since ’45: America and the Making of Contemporary Art”; and “Abstract Expressionism”.
She has written catalogue essays on modern and contemporary artists Willem de Kooning, Wols, Georg Baselitz, Frank Stella, Magnus Plessen, Eberhard Havekost, Sharon Lockhart, and Sarah Sze, and she is a contributing editor at Artforum. Curated exhibitions include “Painting Paintings (David Reed) 1975” (co-curated with Christopher Wool); “Light Years: Jack Whitten 1971-1974”; “The Matter that Surrounds Us: Wols and Charline von Heyl”; and “High Times Hard Times: New York Painting 1967-75”. She is co-curator of Mark Bradford’s installation of the American Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale. 5 Geeta Kapur is a Delhi-based critic and curator. Her essays have been extensively anthologized; her books include “Contemporary Indian Artists” (1978); “K.G. Subramanyan” (1985); “When Was Modernism: Essays on contemporary cultural practice in India” (2000); “Critic’s Compass: Navigating Practice” (forthcoming). She was a founder-editor of “Journal of Arts & Ideas” and member of the advisory council “Third Text”. She is trustee/ advisory editor of “Marg” and editorial advisor of “ARTMargins.” Curatorial projects include “Dispossession” (Johannesburg Biennale, 1995); “Bombay/Mumbai, Century City” (Tate Modern, co-curation, 2001); “subTerrain” (House of World Cultures, Berlin, 2003); and “Aesthetic Bind” (Chemould, Mumbai, 2013-14). She lectures internationally and has held visiting fellowships at the Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla; Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Delhi; Clare Hall, University of Cambridge; as well as Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.
Chika Okeke-Agulu is Associate Professor of art history at Princeton University, and editor of “Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art”. He has co-organized several art exhibitions, including the Nigerian Pavilion at the First Johannesburg Biennale, 1995; “Seven Stories About Modern Art in Africa” (Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 1995); “The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945-1994” (2001); The Fifth Gwangju Biennale (2004), and “Who Knows Tomorrow” (2010). His books include “Contemporary African Art Since 1980” (2009); “Who Knows Tomorrow” (2010); “Postcolonial Modernism: Art & Decolonization in 20th-Century Nigeria” (2015). In 2016, he won the College Art Association Frank Jewett Matther Award for Distinction in Art Criticism. Chika Okeke-Agulu is a columnist for “The Huffington Post” and Blogger at “Ọfọdunka”.
Introduction and moderation by Okwui Enwezor, Director Haus der Kunst Tickets 5 €
Improvise NOW!!! Panel Discussion and Concert Saturday, 22.10.16, 6 pm and 8:30 pm Panel Discussion: Internationalism and Darmstadt: Beyond New Music Saturday, 22.10.2016, 6 pm On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Darmstadt International Summer Course for New Music in 2016, this panel discussion will reflect on the seminal impact of the unique international gathering over the course of the last seven decades. Founded by Wolfgang Steinecke in 1946, the Darmstadt International Summer Course for New Music is one of the most important platforms in the world for the music of our time. It took place for the first time at Kranichstein Hunting Lodge, before the gates of an utterly destroyed city and amidst the debris of postwar reconstruction in Europe. The Darmstadt summer courses are associated with significant figures in contemporary music after 6 1945, and were the site for vehement aesthetic debates, and sometimes controversies, concerning the future of composition, representation of gender, or nonwestern music. The discussion will take a presentation of the exhibition “historage” as a starting point that commissioned nine international artists to re-examine the archive of the International Summer Course for New Music in commemoration of its 70th anniversary in 2016.
A concert presentation by Ensemble Musikfabrik follows the discussion, with a special guest appearance by the composer and improviser Michael Wertmüller. Speakers Michael Rebhahn is a freelance musicologist and music journalist in Frankfurt. He studied musicology, art history, and philosophy; finishing with a PhD in musicology. From 1997 to 2000 he worked as an assistant editor for the “Neue Zeitschrift für Musik” and as an author for the cultural television program 3sat-Kulturzeit. He is also a lecturer in musicology at the Goethe University Frankfurt and Folkwang University of the Arts Essen. Since 2000 he has produced numerous radio features for contemporary music stations such as Deutschlandradio Kultur, hr2-kultur, SWR 2, and WDR 3. In 2007 he was editor-in-chief for New Music at the Hessischer Rundfunk. Since 2012 he has worked as a lecturer at the International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt and co-editor of the series “Darmstädter Beiträge zur Neuen Musik”. Rebhahn is the curator of the exhibition “historage”. Olaf Nicolai (lives and works in Berlin) studied German Literature and Philology in Leipzig, Budapest, and Vienna and completed his PhD in 1992. The artist has developed a wide range of interdisciplinary projects that challenge the elemental experiences of space, time, and corporeality. Whether based on a science-fiction novel, a piece of music, or industrial crafts methods, Nicolai’s works examine social behaviour and how it is influenced by the physical and historical aspects of particular spaces.
Nicolai has staged a number of musical performances in recent years, including “Innere Stimme” (2010); “Escalier du Chant” (2011); and, most recently “Non consumiamo…(to Luigi Nono)”, which was commissioned by the 56th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Olaf Nicolai has been awarded several grants, including the grant of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes at the Studies Centre for Art and Science in Venice (1993), the P.S.1 Museum Grant, New York (1998), the IASPIS Grant, Stockholm (2000), Art Award Wolfsburg (2002) and the Grant of the City of Paris (2007), grant at the Villa Aurora, Los Angeles (2008).
Ensemble Musikfabrik has developed a dedicated following and reputation as one of the leading ensembles for contemporary music in Europe since its formation in 1997. The Cologne-based international soloist ensemble is particularly devoted to artistic experimentation and innovation through performing new, unknown, and commissioned works. The results of their extensive work, often 7 in close collaboration with the composers, are presented in a program of about 80 concerts a year in both Germany and abroad, at festivals, in their own series “Musikfabrik in WDR”, and in regular radio recordings and CD productions. Michael Wertmüller is a Swiss composer and improvisor whose speculative music is full of raw power. Wertmüller is a virtuoso both as a composer and drummer. Literary texts underlie several of his pieces: from Nietzsche in “Dunkel-Zeiten” (Dark Times); from Beuys in “Das Zimmer” (The Room); a bizarre play from Thomas Bernhard in “William”; and “Entleibung” (Decorporeal) runs through a triptych by Francis Bacon. The text images are of course not a subject that is copied into music, but rather an impulse for musical processes – an Expressionism that develops in rhythms and tones. His latest composition for a large ensemble, the opera “Weine nicht, singe”, premiered to enthusiastic critical responses at the Hamburger Staatsoper in late 2015, one of his long standing groups is the Full Blast Trio with Peter Brötzmann and Marino Pliakas. Concert program Olaf Nicolai “Non consumiamo … (To Luigi Nono)” (2015) For three voices, radio, and electronics 20’ Ensemble Musikfabrik Morton Feldman | “De Kooning” (1963) For horn, percussion, piano, violin, cello 12′ Live performance accompanied by film projection Karlheinz Stockhausen | “ZYKLUS” (1959) For one percussionist 13′ Morton Feldman | “Jackson Pollock” (1951) For two cellos 5’30” Live performance accompanied by film projection Steve Reich | “Radio Rewrite” (2012) For ensemble (flute, clarinet, two vibraphones, two pianos, electric bass, and string quartet) 19′ Michael Wertmüller | “Batterie” (2016) For one percussionist 14’30” Steve Reich | “Come Out” (1966) Loops and voice 17’16” 8 Tickets 18 € / Box office 25 € (Concert incl. discussion)
Exploring “Postwar – Art between the Pacific and Atlantic, 1945- 1965” Tuesday, 25.10.16–07.02.17, 11 am – 1 pm A collaboration with Institute for Art History at Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich For visitors to the exhibition in Haus der Kunst, students of the Institute for Art History at Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, have organized an art education program related to the show’s thematic foci. Particular attention will be given to the postwar period as a global phenomenon. The public seminar will be moderated by Dr. Karin Wimmer, research assistant at the Institute for Art History at Ludwig Maximilian University; Sabine Brantl, Curator Archive at Haus der Kunst; and Damian Lentini, GoetheInstitut Research Fellow, at Haus der Kunst. Dates 25.10.16 – 07.02.17 Tuesdays, 11 am – 1 pm There will be no seminar on 01.11.16, 27.12.16, or 03.01.17
Seminar topics
  • 25.10.16 What is Global Art: The end or the diversification of the modern? Introduction to the themes.
  • 08.11.16 The Shock of the Second World War and its Aftermath
  • 15.11.16 Exile and Migration
  • 22.11.16 Abstract Art and a Global Language. Freedom and the Cold War
  • 29.11.16 Realism as a political Phenomenon
  • 06.12.16 The Development of Modernism in Asia
  • 13.12.16 Towards a History of Decolonization: The Art and Culture of PanAfricanism
  • 20.12.16 Artistic Concepts in the Middle East and North Africa
  • 10.01.17 Concrete Art
  • 17.01.17 Conceptual Art 24.01.17
  • Performance Art and Happenings
  • 31.01.17 Networking and Communications
  • 07.02.17 New Cartographies of Art. Contemporary Perspectives Free admission with exhibition entrance ticket 9 Exhibition opening “Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige: Two Suns in a Sunset” Thursday,


27.10.16, 7 pm The films and photographs by artist and filmmaker duo Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige (both born in 1969 in Beirut) focus on the history of their native country of Lebanon. Politicized at an early age by the Lebanese civil war (1975–1990), they redefine the role of images in relation to memory and history and explore the parameters of images and their narratives. Drawing inspiration from found documents, personal archives, and poetic experience, Hadjithomas and Joreige navigate a unique route between art and cinema. Their documentary and feature films, photographs, installations, texts, and performances develop narratives and images articulated around forgotten events or stories kept secret that resist to official history and dominant imaginaries. Part of their visual strategy is to displace the gaze in order to visualize the complex situation of their region and beyond. Tropes like the concept of latency, the visible and the absent, the continuous interchange between reality and fiction inspire their multifaceted experimentations that question systems of representation, the fabrication of imaginaries and the writing of history.

The exhibition “Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige: Two Suns in a Sunset” establishes thematic, conceptual and formal bridges between their works, allowing visitors to travel among the artist’s various investigations and experiments from the late 1990s to the present day. It follows many thematic threats: images affected by war and violence; missing and lasting images; a forgotten Lebanese space program from the 1960s; the recent body of work focusing on the virtuality of internet spams and scams and addressing beliefs, the imaginary of corruption and a strange historiography of the world; lastly, they have been exploring poetic routes and there by immersing themselves into questions of transmission of history shifting bodies, borders, and notions of belonging with two new films, “ISMYRNA”, in conversation with Etel Adnan, and “Remembering the Light”. As Hadjithomas and Joreige have a dual practice as artists and filmmakers, the exhibition includes an extensive film program.

Five films are presented every Saturday from 12 to 6 pm in Haus der Kunst’s auditorium. A collaboration between Jeu de Paume, Paris; Sharjah Art Foundation, Al Mareija – Sharjah; IVAM, Valencia; and Haus der Kunst, Munich. Film Program

A Perfect Day 2005 92 min. 10 Arabic with English subtitles With Julia Kassar, Ziad Saad, Alexandra Kahwaji Stuck in a traffic jam, Malek catches a fleeting glance of the beautiful Zeina, the woman he loves. He desperately tries to get through to her by text message but she does not want to see him. She vanishes into the throng of midday Beirut traffic. The young man has a syndrome that interrupts his breathing during sleep. Whenever he stops moving, he dozes off, adding to his disorientation. His mother Claudia has still not accepted his father’s disappearance after 15 years. She stays at home should her husband return; Malek drives around the city alone in his car, each of them trying to live with a void of lost love. But today may be the “perfect day” to lay their ghosts to rest. Malek is taking his hesitant mother to declare her husband officially dead in the “absence of a body”. And that evening, in a trendy nightclub where the young of Beirut go to dance and forget their troubles, Zeina looks ready to give Malek a second shot at the love he so yearns for.

Je veux voir (I Want To See) 2008 82 min. Arabic with English subtitles With Catherine Deneuve and Rabih Mroué July 2006. A war breaks out in Lebanon. The artists no longer know what to write, what stories to recount, what images to show. They ask themselves: What can cinema do? They decide to translate this question into a film. They go to Beirut with the iconic Catherine Deneuve, an actress who to them symbolizes a certain genre of cinema. She meets actor Rabih Mroué, longtime friend of the artists. Together they drive through the regions devastated by the conflict. Through their presence, their meeting, the artists hope to find the beauty that our eyes no longer perceive. It is the beginning of an unpredictable, unexpected adventure.

The Lost Film 2003 42 min. Arabic with English subtitles A copy of the first feature film of the artists disappeared in Yemen, on the day of the tenth anniversary of the reunification of North and South. A year later they are there, following the track of the lost film. An enquiry that takes the artists from Sanaa to Aden, a personal quest centering on the image and on their status as filmmakers in this part of the world.

Ramad (Ashes) 2003 26 min. Arabic with English subtitles With Rabih Mroué, Nada Haddad, Neemat Salamé 11 Nabil returns to Beirut with the ashes of his father who died abroad. He tries to overcome his bereavement while his family insists on respecting rites and customs by burying a nonexistent corpse…

The Lebanese Rocket Society (The Strange Tale of the Lebanese Space Race) 2013 94 min. Arabic with English subtitles In the early 1960s, during the Cold War and the apex of Pan Arabism, a group of utopian students and researchers enters the race to space and create the Lebanese Rocket Society. Sometimes, dreams can overtake a tormented history. Tickets Opening: Free admission Film program: Free admission with exhibition ticket November Curatorial Dialogues. Historical Exhibitions 1 Thursday, 03.11.16, 7 pm

The first in a series in which leading curators and museum practitioners critically reflect on the history of “postwar” exhibitions, this curatorial dialogue brings together Kasper König and Frances Morris, two eminent curators and museum directors whose exhibitions have delved deeply into the subject.

The season commences with a focus on two influential exhibitions staged in Europe in the 1980s and 1990s: “Westkunst”, curated by Kasper König and held at the Kölner Messehallen in 1981 and focusing on the development of western modernism from 1939 to 1970; and “Paris Post War: Art and Existentialism, 1945-55” curated by Frances Morris staged at the Tate Gallery, London in 1993, and examining the art, literature, and philosophy in Paris during the first decade following the end of World War II. Participants Kasper König was just 23 years old when he curated the museum exhibition “Claes Oldenburg” in Stockholm. Even while still studying he organized other exhibitions and published numerous books. After living in the United States and Canada for several years, he was instrumental in helping Klaus Bußmann establish the then-controversial “Skulptur Projekte” (“Sculpture Projects”) in Münster that take place every ten years since then. In 1985 König was appointed to the newly established chair for “Kunst und Öffentlichkeit” (“Art and the public space”) at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Three years later he was made professor at the Städelschule Frankfurt and then appointed its director in 1989. During the same period he was also the founding director of the Portikus exhibition hall. As curator he organized major exhibitions such as “Westkunst” (1981) at the Kölner Messehallen 12 as well as “Der zerbrochene Spiegel” (“The Broken Mirror”, 1993, Vienna, Hamburg). In 2000 he became director of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, which he headed for twelve years. In 2014 he was chief curator of the Manifesta 10 in St. Petersburg; in 2017 he will again direct the “Skulptur Projekte” Münster. Frances Morris has played a key role in the development of Tate, joining as a curator in 1987, becoming Head of Displays at Tate Modern (2000–2006) and then Director of Collection, International Art, until April 2016, when she was appointed Director, Tate Modern. She has curated landmark exhibitions, many of which were large-scale international collaborations, including three major retrospectives of women artists including Louise Bourgeois in 2007, Yayoi Kusama in 2012, and Agnes Martin in 2015. Earlier in her career Morris curated “Paris Post War: Art and Existentialism, 1945-55” in 1993 and in 1995 she worked with Stuart Morgan on the exhibition “Rites of Passage”. Specializing in postwar European and contemporary international art, she has published widely on the subject and has also curated projects with many contemporary artists from Britain and abroad, including Miroslaw Balka, Chris Burden, Genevieve Cadieux, Sophie Calle, Mark Dion, Luciano Fabro, Paul McCarthy, and Nicholas Pope. Introduction and moderation by Okwui Enwezor, Director Haus der Kunst A cooperation with Müchner Kammerspiele Tickets 5 € Talks & Tours – Ingvild Goetz und Ulrich Wilmes Tuesday, 8.11.16, 6:30 pm Tickets 14 € (Tour incl. exhibition visit)

From Here to There, Far Away from Home – Exile and Migration Workshop for students grades 9 and up Thursday, 17.11.16, 10 am Exile and migration are not just contemporary phenomena. The biographies of the artists represented in “Postwar – Art Between the Pacific and Atlantic, 1945-1965”, are often characterized by migration, exile, and displacement. For one reason or the other, many artists abandoned their original places of residence and crossed geographical, cultural, and political borders. Nazism, World War II, and the massive upheavals after 1945 led to one of the largest and most comprehensive cultural ruptures and artistic migrations.

The workshop is based on research, knowledge production, and transference; as well as the close examination of the artworks in order to establish the basis for an exploration of exile and migration in the artistic context and to create an awareness of 13 current transcultural processes. Why did these artists leave their home countries? How did exile and migration affect their lives and work? How is this cultural legacy manifested visually in their work? How do migration and refugee movements affect artistic production in general? And how does migration create cosmopolitan networks and diasporic communities? The discussion will explore not only the darker side of these phenomena, but also their opportunities and possibilities, as well as the participants’ own associations and interpretations. Related secondary school subjects: Art, History, German, Social Studies, Ethics Smartphones and tablets (for research purposes) are expressly permitted! Dates Thursday, 17.11.16, 10 am Thursday, 19.01.17, 10 am Duration: 2 hours

Other dates can be booked on request. A study room at Haus der Kunst can be reserved on request for follow-ups and further discussion. The workshop can also be booked with an artistic and practical segment (+ 1.5 hours). Tickets 3 € (incl. exhibition admission)

Information and booking: archiv@hausderkunst.de

Improvise NOW!!! Abstraction and Improvisation: Remapping Bebop and Free Jazz One-day symposium and Concert by 48Nord Saturday, 19.11.16, 3 pm – 7:30 pm and 9 pm

One-day symposium: The “Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies” Saturday, 19.11.16, 3 pm – 7:30 pm The two-volume publication “Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies” (Oxford University Press, 2016) represents a landmark of new scholarship in improvisation studies today. Edited by George E. Lewis, renowned composer and trombonist, and Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music, Columbia University, New York, and Benjamin Piekut, Associate Professor of Musicology, Cornell University, Ithaca, the two volumes gather together incisive essays by internationally renowned contributors working in architecture, anthropology, art history, computer science, cognitive science, cultural studies, dance, economics, education, ethnomusicology, film, gender studies, history, linguistics, literary theory, musicology, neuroscience, new media, organizational science, performance studies, philosophy, popular music studies, psychology, science and technology studies, sociology, and sound art of improvisation from the widest possible 14 range of perspectives in an exploration of historical, conceptual, technological, and compositional patterns in improvisation.

The resulting contributions illuminate the processes through which the practice of improvisation informs a vast array of fields of inquiry. With select contributors and respondents, George E. Lewis and Benjamin Piekut will present and discuss the handbook and the implications for improvisation in the wider contemporary realm. Speakers Keynote 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm George E. Lewis George E. Lewis is the Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music at Columbia University. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, his honors include a MacArthur Fellowship (2002) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2015). A member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) since 1971, Lewis’s creative work has been presented by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonia Orchestra, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, International Contemporary Ensemble, and others. His widely acclaimed book, “A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music” (Chicago, 2008) received the American Book Award and the American Musicological Society’s first Music in American Culture Award. In 2015, Lewis received the degree of Doctor of Music (DMus, honoris causa) from the University of Edinburgh. Respondent 4:05 pm – 4:45 pm Georgina Born Georgina Born is Professor of Music and Anthropology at Oxford University and a Professorial Fellow of Mansfield College. Earlier in her life she worked as a musician on cello and bass guitar, performing with the group Henry Cow, as well as with the Art Bears, the Mike Westbrook Orchestra, the Michael Nyman Band and other ensembles, as well as playing improvised music in various combinations as a member of the London Musicians’ Collective. From 2010 to 2015 Born directed the research program “Music, Digitisation, Mediation: Towards Interdisciplinary Music Studies”, funded by the European Research Council. Born has lectured internationally at institutions including Cambridge University; Girton College Cambridge; McGill University, Montreal; University of California, Berkeley; Masaryk University, Czech Republic, as well as at the University of Stockholm. She has been appointed an honorary professor at University College London, in the Department of Anthropology (2015-2019).

  • Discussion and questions 4:45 pm – 5 pm 15
  • Tea and coffee break 5 pm – 7 pm

Discussion Benjamin Piekut: Chair Benjamin Piekut is a historian of experimental music, jazz, and rock after 1960, and an associate professor of musicology at Cornell University. He is the author of “Experimentalism Otherwise: The New York Avant-Garde and Its Limits” (California, 2011) and the editor of “Tomorrow Is the Question: New Directions in Experimental Music Studies” (Michigan, 2014). With David Nicholls, he co-edited a special issue of Contemporary Music Review for John Cage’s 100th birthday. He has published articles in Jazz Perspectives, The Drama Review, American Quarterly, Twentieth- Century Music, Cultural Critique, and the Journal of the American Musicological Society. Sara Villa: “Improvisatory Practices and the Dawn of the New American Cinema” Sara Villa is a visiting scholar at the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation at McGill University; she was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre de recherche en éthique de l’Université de Montréal, with a research project focused on the influence of improvisatory jazz practices on Beat generation poetics. She is the translator into Italian of “Windblown World: The Journals of Jack Kerouac 1947–1954”. She has published articles on Kerouac, Virginia Woolf, and Anglo-American cinema. Her monograph on the film adaptation of Woolf’s Orlando (“I due Orlando: Le poetiche androgine del romanzo woolfiano e dell’adattamento cinematografico”) was published by CUEM (Milan) in 2009.

Christopher Dell: “Improvisation Technology as Mode of Redesigning the Urban” Christopher Dell lives and works as theoretician, artist, and musician in Berlin. He has served as a visiting teacher of architecture theory at the University of Fine Arts, Berlin, and a visiting professor for urban design theory at HafenCity University, Hamburg (where he also co-led the research project University of Neighborhoods) and the Technical University, Munich. He was a member of the Aedes Network Campus Berlin executive board in 2009, and has written numerous articles and books, including “Improvisations on Urbanity” (co-authored with Ton Matton; Post, 2009); “Tacit Urbanism” (Post, 2010); “ReplayCity” (Jovis, 2011); “Die improvisierende Organisation” (Transcript, 2012); “Ware: Wohnen!” (Jovis, 2013), and “Das Urbane” (Jovis, 2014).

Harald Kisiedu: “‘Like a Cry You Wanted to Answer’: Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky and the Emergence of Jazz Experimentalism in East Germany” Harald Kisiedu received his PhD in historical musicology from Columbia University. He also holds graduate degrees in political 16 science and German studies from the University of Hamburg. Kisiedu is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation in Guelph, Canada, where he is working on a monograph on jazz experimentalism in West and East Germany.

Respondents Sher Doruff: “She Stuttered: Mapping the Spontaneous Middle” Sher Doruff is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and theorist. She is currently a senior researcher at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy of Art and Design and tutors in the Master of Choreography and Master of Artistic Research programs at the Amsterdam School of the Arts and Royal Academy of Fine Art in the Hague. She teaches in the Master of Artistic Research program at the University of Amsterdam and supervises several artist PhD candidates. She is on the editorial board of Inflexions Journal of Research Creation and Fibreculture Journal and has published numerous texts in academic and artistic contexts.

Raymond Macdonald: “Billy Connolly, Daniel Barenboim, Willie Wonka, Jazz Bastards, and the Universality of Improvisation” Raymond MacDonald is professor of music psychology and improvisation and head of the Reid School of Music at Edinburgh University. He has published more than 70 papers and co-edited five texts: “Musical Identities” (Oxford, 2002), “Musical Communication” (Oxford, 2005), “Music, Health and Wellbeing” (Oxford, 2012), “Musical Imaginations: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Creativity, Performance and Perception” (Oxford, 2012), and “The Oxford Handbook of Musical Identities” (2015). As a saxophonist and composer he has collaborated with musicians such as Evan Parker, David Byrne, Jim O’Rourke, and Marilyn Crispell. He has released more than 50 recordings and toured and broadcast worldwide. He has produced music for film, television, theater, and art installations, and is a founding member of the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra.

Open discussion 7 pm – 7:30 pm

Concert – 48Nord Saturday, 19.11.16, 9 pm

48nord is an internationally successful musicians’ collective founded in 1998 by the composers and instrumentalists Ulrich Müller, Siegfried Rössert, and Patrick Schimanski. 48nord’s music is influenced by rock, pop, and new music, as well as by jazz and Edgar Varèse’s bruitism (the art of noise). Since the beginning of their careers, the musicians have consistently explored the creative tension between improvisation and composition, and have investigated the possibilities of new technologies in conjunction with acoustic instruments, thereby continually driving new developments in their musical experiments. 48nord surveys boundaries and boundary crossings: between genres and styles and between musical mediums and approaches. 48nord consistently 17 confronts current realities, drawing from their contradictions and thwarted purism of all kinds. Open forms confront hard-and-fast compositions with improvisational moments. Literature interweaves sound, condensing into sub- and meta texts, trailblazing as fragmented sounds. Compilation, cutting, sampling, and sound processing form the basis of the collective’s oeuvre.

Tickets Symposium: 10 € Concert: 10 € Symposium und Concert: 18 € Curatorial Dialogues. Historical Exhibitions 2 Thursday, 24.11.16, 7 pm

The second set of dialogues addresses the question of how to map “postwar” exhibitions within the context of Europe. It begins by looking at Rasheed Araeen’s groundbreaking exhibition “The Other Story: Afro-Asian Artists in ‘Post-War Britain'” (1989 at the Hayward Gallery, London), before examining Eckhart Gillen and Peter Weibel’s exhibition “Facing the Future: Art in Europe 1945- 68”, currently on view at Zentrum für Kunst und Medien in Karlsruhe.

While “The Other Story” critically examined Britain’s postcolonial history in the years 1945-1989, “Facing the Future” demonstrates the commonalities of artists working on both sides of the Iron Curtain in Europe during the postwar period from 1945-68.

Eckhart Gillen is an art historian and curator who has lived in Berlin since 1971. He studied art history, German, and sociology at the University of Heidelberg and received his PhD from the philosophy department at the University of Heidelberg. He has organized numerous exhibitions and published widely on Russian, American, and German art of the twentieth century. Among his exhibition catalogues and books are “Amerika – Traum und Depression 1920/40” (Akademie der Künste, Berlin 1980); “German Art from Beckmann to Richter: Images of a Divided Country” (Yale University Press, 1997); “Art of Two Germanys/Cold War Cultures 1945-1989” (L.A., Nuremberg, Berlin, 2009); “Feindliche Brüder? Der Kalte Krieg und die deutsche Kunst 1945-1989” (Berlin, 2009); “R.B.Kitaj – The Retrospective” (Jewish Museum Berlin, 2012); “Art in Europe 1945-1968: Facing the Future” (BOZAR, Brussels, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Pushkin Museum, Moscow, 2016/17).

Rasheed Araeen (lives and works in London and Karachi) is a civil engineer, artist, writer, and inventor. As an artist, he began and continued to pursue art while studying civil engineering at NED Engineering College in Karachi in 1953. In 1965, he pioneered minimalist sculpture in Britain. After having been active in various groups supporting liberation struggles, democracy, and human rights, he started publishing his own art journals “Black Phoenix” (1978), “Third Text” (1987), and “Third Text Asia” (2008). His latest book “Art Beyond Art / Ecoaesthetics: A Manifesto for the 21st Century” was published in 2010. He has curated the two important exhibitions “The Essential Black Art” (1987) and “The Other Story” (Hayward Gallery, 1989); and is a 18 recipient of three honorary doctorates from universities of Southampton, East London, and Wolverhampton. He is now directing a project that will revise and produce a comprehensive and inclusive history of art in postwar Britain. Tickets 5 €

Art, Culture, Media and Denazification in Germany Workshop in cooperation with the NS-Dokumentationszentrum München (Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism) Saturday, 26.11.16, 11 am As an important part of postwar German society, the process of denazification revolved around the question of guilt and responsibility, as well as its trivialization and suppression.

This workshop focuses on the denazification of cultural life in the years after World War II. It therefore concerns – in a symptomatic manner – the history of Haus der Kunst, which was built according to the plans of Hitler’s favorite architect Paul Ludwig Troost and opened in 1937 as the “Haus der Deutschen Kunst”. From 1937 to 1945, the building served as an instrument of propaganda and as the authoritative institution for Nazi art policy. Workshop participants, through historical documents including the denazification court files of protagonists, such as the architect’s widow Gerdy Troost, the sculptor Arno Breker, and Hitler’s personal photographer Heinrich Hoffmann will gain insight into the history of the institution.

What influence did – and does – the political assessment of these prominent cases have on the image of cultural actors in the postwar period? In addition, the workshop is designed to examine sensitive issues such as Nazi art looting and restitution from a contemporary perspective.

In a closing tour of the exhibition “Postwar – Art Between the Pacific and Atlantic, 1945-1965”, we will look at how the question of guilt and responsibility was investigated and treated by artists from different countries during the period between 1945 and 1965. Speakers Felizitas Raith is a historian and worked for many years at the Max Mannheimer Studienzentrum Dachau, most recently as educational director. Since 2013, she has been a research associate at the NSDokumentationszentrum München (Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism) in the field of education. Thomas Rink studied modern history and philosophy in Bochum and Potsdam. In 1999, and from 2004 to 2006, he worked at the Gedenkstätte Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz and from 2001 to 2002 he was a research associate at the Deutsches Historisches Museum for the exhibition “Holocaust”. From 2003 to 2005, Rink lectured on Jewish Studies at the University of Potsdam. Since 2006 he has been a research associate at the NS-Dokumentationszentrum München in the field of education. 19 Sabine Brantl is a historian. She studied in Munich and Vienna, and has headed the historical archive at Haus der Kunst since 2005. Since 2014, she has worked there as a curator. Brantl has co-curated exhibitions including “Histories in Conflict: Haus der Kunst and the Ideological Use of Art 1937-1955” (2012), and is responsible for the Archive Gallery a permanent exhibition space dedicated to the history of Haus der Kunst (since 2014). In 2007, she published her monograph “Haus der Kunst, Munich: A Place and its History under National Socialism.”


  • Saturday, 26.11.16, 11 am
  • Saturday, 18.02.17, 11 am

Duration: 4 hours Tickets 4 € (plus exhibition admission) Workshops for pupils from the tenth grade Monday, 14.11.16, 10 am Monday, 13.02.17, 10 am Duration: 4 hours Other dates can be booked on request Tickets 4 € (incl. exhibition admission) Registration: archiv@hausderkunst.de

“Aida Save Me” – Lecture performance by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige Thursday, 01.12.16, 7 pm

The films and photographs by artist and filmmaker duo Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige (both born in 1969 in Beirut) focus on the history of their native country of Lebanon. Politicized at an early age by the Lebanese civil war (1975–1990), they redefine the role of images in relation to memory and history and explore the parameters of images and their narratives. Drawing inspiration from found documents, personal archives, and poetic experience, Hadjithomas and Joreige navigate a unique route between art and cinema. The lecture performance by the artists starts with an extraordinary, unbelievable but true incident that was to disrupt the film premiere of the second feature film “A Perfect Day” by Hadjithomas and Joreige in Beirut in April 2006. It resonated strangely vis-à-vis the work of the artists. A series of disappearances followed. The lecture performance measures the distance between recognition and representation of oneself, and recounts this adventure whereby fiction has suddenly taken on the appearance of a document. Tickets 5 € 20

Discussion with Georg Baselitz and Alexander Kluge Thursday, 08.12.16, 7 pm In this rare meeting two of Germany’s leading figures of postwar art, philosophy, and cinema discuss the culture and politics of the era.

Alexander Kluge is an author, filmmaker, philosopher and theorist, and is the recipient of numerous awards for his work across multiple media. Georg Baselitz is a painter, sculptor, printmaker and draughtsman, and is one of the country’s most celebrated living artists, with a distinguished career spanning over 50 years.

Georg Baselitz, born in 1938 in Deutschbaselitz, Saxony, is a painter, graphic artist, and sculptor. Baselitz began his studies in painting at the Art Academy in East Berlin, from which he was expelled; he moved to West Berlin, where continued his studies. In 1963, the last year of his studies, his had his first exhibition – in the Berlin gallery Werner & Katz – which provoked a scandal. Following a scholarship at the Villa Romana in Florence, in 1965- 66, he created the major series “Helden” and “Neuen Typen”. In 1969 he made the permanent shift to painting his motifs upside down. In 2005 he created his first works based on his “remix” method. In 1972 he participated in the documenta 5 in Kassel, and in 1980 he exhibited his “Modell für eine Skulptur” in the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Major retrospectives in recent years include shows at the Royal Academy of Arts in London (2007) and the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris (2011). Among many other honors, he received the Praemium Imperiale in Tokyo of 2004. Alexander Kluge (Author and filmmaker) (Bios to follow) Tickets 5 € 2017

Inside the City – A Tour of Postwar Munich Monday, 16.01.17, 4:30 pm With Iris Lauterbach, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich; and Sabine Brantl, Curator Archive Haus der Kunst The tour focuses on Haus der Kunst, the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte (formerly “Verwaltungsbau der NSDAP”), and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater (formerly “Führerbau”). It thus leads participants into buildings that occupied a key position in the cultural life of postwar Munich but were also intimately connected to the city’s National Socialist past.

The tour provides insight into the original programming of these buildings as instruments of Nazi propaganda, their conception as architectural and technical Gesamtkunstwerks and the history of 21 their specific usage after 1945. Tour participants will also have the opportunity to view nonpublic spaces such as the historical heating rooms and extensive air-raid shelter. Built between 1933 and 1937 according to plans by Hitler’s favorite architect Paul Ludwig Troost, the “Haus der Deutschen Kunst” and the party buildings on the Königsplatz were the Nazi’s first representative building projects in Germany and served as the demonstration of Nazi art policy and the NSDAP’s representation and administration. In 1945 in the former party buildings, the American military government established the Munich Central Collecting Point, the largest American art collection point of art looted by the National Socialists.

While the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte has been based in the former “Verwaltungsbau” since 1947, in 1948 Amerika-Haus opened its doors in the former “Führerbau”. Since 1957, it has housed the Hochschule für Musik und Theater. The American military government initially used the former “Haus der Deutschen Kunst” as an officers’ club; and since 1946 exhibitions have once again been staged here. As with much of the culture in Germany, a connection to international Modernism was sought here as well. Iris Lauterbach is a research fellow at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich. Her research interests include architecture and visual arts in the Nazi period and the cultural policies of the American military government after 1945. Her seminal monograph,

“Der Central Collecting Point in München. Kunstschutz, Restitution, Neubeginn”, on the Munich Central Collecting Point and United States restitution policy, was published in 2015.

Meeting point: Foyer Haus der Kunst Space is limited – registration: archiv@hausderkunst.de Tickets 12 €

Impulses – “Reeducation” and Exhibition Policy in Postwar Munich Seminar with Iris Lauterbach, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte Tuesday, 24.01.17, 6 pm Moderator: Sabine Brantl, Curator Archive, Haus der Kunst Art exhibitions and the promotion of fine arts were essential components of Allied postwar policy.

The slogan “reeducation” also characterized the artistic and cultural scene in the American zone of occupation. Abstraction and Modernism were intended to help overcome the cultural isolation imposed by the National Socialists and explicitly combat their understanding of art and their cultural policies. Important venues of resurgent exhibition operations in the early postwar years were the Munich Central Collecting Point and the Amerika-Haus in the former NSDAP buildings on the Königsplatz. 22

The seminar focuses on the location, staff, and exhibition activities of these institutions in the years between 1945 and 1949. Individual exhibitions are examined as examples based on historical documents and photographs. Iris Lauterbach is a research fellow at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich. Her research interests include architecture and visual arts in the National Socialist period and the cultural policies of the American military government after 1945. Her seminal monograph, “Der Central Collecting Point in München. Kunstschutz, Restitution, Neubeginn”, on the Munich Central Collecting Point and United States restitution policy, was published in 2015. Tickets 5 €

Talks & Tours of the exhibition “Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige: Two Suns in a Sunset” with Rabih Mroué Tuesday, 17.01.17, 6:30 pm A tour of the exhibition “Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige: Two Suns in a Sunset” with Haus der Kunst curator Anna Schneider and actor and director Rabih Mroué.

In place of a conventional tour, Talks & Tours offers exhibition visitors the opportunity to discuss aspects of the artists’ work in a conversation with Anna Schneider and Rabih Mroué. Rabih Mroué (lives and works in Beirut) is an actor, director, playwright, and visual artist. He is a contributing editor for “The Drama Review” (TDR), the quarterly “Kalamon” and cofounder and a board member of the Beirut Art Center (BAC), Beirut. His complex and diverse practice, spanning different disciplines and formats in between theater, performance, and visual arts, has established Mroué as a key figure amongst a new generation of artistic voices in Lebanon.

Employing both fiction and in-depth social analysis as tools for engaging with his immediate reality, Mroué explores the responsibilities of the artist in communicating with an audience in given political and cultural contexts. His works deal with issues that have been swept under the rug in Lebanon’s current political climate, connected to the enduring marks left by the Lebanese civil war as well as more recent political events like the Arab Spring and the Syrian civil war. His works have received several awards and were exhibited at dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel; ICP Triennial, New York; CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Centre Pompidou, Paris. He worked together with Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige on many films among them “Ashes/Ramad” and “Je veux voir” (“I Want To See”, 2008). Tickets 14 € (Tour incl. exhibition visit)

Artwork in the Header
Emilio Vedova
Berlin, 64, 1964
105 x 121 x 18 cm, Relief, paper, iron, mixed media on wood, Courtesy Fondazione Emilio e Annabianca Vedova, Venice, Italy, Photo © Paolo Mussat Sartor

3rd Klohaeuschen Biennial – The Biennial of neglected Life Forms

For the 3rd  KloHaeuschen biennial, Dr. Susanne Schmitt will be curating an international exhibition from the artists that created work within the KloHaeuschen space over the last year.

Artists to be included in this year’s Biennal include:

9 Volt | Adam Zaretsky | Anette Friedrich Johannessen | Anna Rose | Campus Novel | Carolin Wenzel | Eben Kirksey | Ella von der Haide | Ellie Irons & Anne Percoco | Fiona Davies | Heidi Mühlschlegel | Izabela Łęska | Janean Williams | Judith Egger | Katharina Weishäupl | Katrin Petroschkat | Laurie Young | Lutz Weinmannn | Manuela Müller | Martin Leibinger | Myrna Lee Pronchuk & JJ Jones | Natalie Doonan | Natalie Göltenboth | Nicola von Thurn | Nikolai Vogel | Sanne van Gent | Silke Markefka | Stephanie Müller | THE HERCULES AND LEO CASE | Tommy Schmidt & Athor | Unsensiblo Chamaeleon

The Biennal opening will take place on July 2nd at 2000 and you will be able to see the work exhibited until July 9, 2016.

Photo of the 2011 Biennale at the klohaeuschen

If you would like to know more about the KloHaeuschen, and Anja Uhlig, you can read our post here.

Rochelle Feinstein -I Made A Terrible Mistake Exhibition

Until September 18,2016, the Lenbachhaus will be exhibiting artwork by the American artist Rochelle Feinstein. The exhibition entitled “I MADE A TERRIBLE MISTAKE,” shows artwork from the 1990s until the present day.  The artworks and art projects share Rochelle Feinstein’s thoughts about her surroundings and the world in which she lives.

Love Vibe Series- Love Your work – 1999-2014 – Artwork by Rochelle Feinstein – Courtesy the artist and On Stellar Rays, New York- Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, München, 2016

In her Love Vibe series, Rochelle Feinstein focuses on what New Yorkers say to each other when they see an artist’s artwork.  The art pieces are large but the words are all cropped so that you get to see only a portion of the phrase, “Love your work.”  What phrase would Germans use at an art exhibition that would be equivalent to “Love your work”?

According to the Lenbachhaus curator, Germans would be loudly critical of the exhibition logistics rather than the art. One journalist sort of proved this point when she commented about the location of the text associated with one painting. “How are people to know what the art is about?” the head curator started explaining how modern art can be enjoyed at different levels but, the journalist stopped him. “I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about how should the people know that the artwork belongs to this description on the other wall.”

This made me laugh because I understood her practical German brain.  I’m constantly looking for the plaques to describe artwork and understood that the distance between the trilogy on the wall and the description would not benefit the art piece.  I understood that for visual purposes, it was better that the reading material be on a side wall.  For practical purposes (ie sharing information), it was better if the writing was near the art piece so you could immediately read about the art.

Ideally, this whole issue would be resolved by requiring everyone take an audio tour which used augmented reality so that when you looked at a painting, the audio for that painting would start and the viewer would have the explanation of the artwork.  No reading, no worrying about where the plaque should be located and nothing competing with the artwork.  The walls would be without numbers, without signs.   If someone absolutely needs to read something, they could buy the catalogue or download a PDF version to flip through on their ipad. (This is my geeky nerdy techie self shining through. Disregard this paragraph if you are a traditionalist with no interest in technology in a museum.)

Happy Birthday Rachel -2009- Artwork by Rochelle Feinstein  – Courtesy the artist and On Stellar Rays, New York – Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, München, 2016

Rochelle Feinstein artwork ” I MADE A TERRIBLE MISTAKE,” combines audio, video and paintings. The installation focuses on the fall of Michael Jackson. You can see to the left of the photo an image that says Auditorium. The two sections above this word are Michael Jackson’s name covered up. (Read more about “I made a terrible Mistake.”)

 “I Made a Terrible Mistake.” Artwork by Rochelle Feinstein -Courtesy the artist and On Stellar Rays, New York – Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, München, 2016
Estate of Rochelle F. -2009- Rochelle Feinstein – Courtesy the artist and On Stellar Rays, New York- Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, München, 2016

When the financial crisis hit the US, Rochelle Feinstein decided to use the materials and artwork that she had in her possession to create new works which she then catalogued recording what materials she used for each art piece.

If you are a working artist, you will immediately understand morphing old work into new pieces.  The curator told us that at the time, Rochelle Feinstein was merging two storage spaces and her studio was overflowing with work. This fact along with current events at the time, ignited the idea to create the Estate of Rochelle F project using “assets’ with unrealised potential.” (This will now be the byline of my personal blog.)

If you have never been to the Lenbachhaus, you can find it at Luisenstr. 33. Tickets are 10 Euro for adults and free for anyone under 18. You have until September but you know how life is in Munich, you better go now before the holidays start. Once you leave for vacation and start vegetating on a beach somewhere, you will forget all about Rochelle and her American opinions.  If you go and see her, you may understand my humour a little more and that is well worth an hour of your time and ten bucks.

Find Your Own Damn Voice-1994- Rochelle Feinstein -Courtesy the artist and On Stellar Rays, New York- Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, München, 2016
Soon 2 (Joy Ride) 2000-2001 – Rochelle Feinstein – Courtesy the artist and On Stellar Rays, New York- Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, München, 2016
Travel Abroad -1997-1998- Rochelle Feinstein –  Courtesy the artist and On Stellar Rays, New York- Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, München, 2016

Raw Photography – Hometown by Dragos Hanciu 

Through the doors and on the other side of a small courtyard, Die Faerberei is hosting the artwork of Dragos Hanciu.

Artist Dragos Hanciu at Der Faerberei

Dragos filled the Faeberei exhibition room with melancholy images capturing little details of the small Romanian city where he grew up and, behind a curtain, an installation shares a few moments of the holiday season. The installation video is filled with the sound of crows and although the sounds were incidental, they work well with the nativity scene segment of the installation film and sharing a glimpse of what it is like to stand in his hometown.


In the photo series, Dragos focuses on the small details which prove that people live in his hometown but this proof does not remove the forlorn feeling excuded by the images. Having left the small town to attend university, Dragos accentuates those peculiar details no longer noticed by those who still reside within the town.

My two favourite photographs are Blue Chair,2016, a photo showing a chair attached to a gas line, and  Jessie, 2015, an image of a dog running towards the camera.

Blue Chair, 2016

Dragos said it was very common for people in his hometown to attach chairs to the top of the gas lines which run outside of each of the buildings. In the Blue Chair photograph there was only one chair perched on the gas line which was unusual. According to Dragos, people sit on the chairs to escape from the seasonal heat.  Knowing that this practice is commonplace by the residents, shapes an image of the residents and a way of life very different from our own.

Jessie, 2015

My second favourite image is of a dog running (you can see it in the portrait shot of Dragos.) The image shows a dangerous looking dog charging towards the camera.  If I had to pick a photo to buy from the exhibition, this would be the one I would take home. (Photos are priced at 400 Euro.)

Dragos will be showing his photographs and video installation until the 15th of May 2016. If you like German poetry, there will be a reading of German poetry inspired by the photographs on wed. at 2000.

Die Faerberei is located at Claude-Lorrain-Str. 25/ Rgb 81543, Munich.

If you would like to see more work by Dragos Hanciu before heading over to the exhibition, you can check out his website.







Painting 2.0 @ Museum Brandhorst


The Exhibition

The whole museum Brandhorst is being used for this exhibition so it was great luck that I rented the audio tour for 3 Euro. If you are going to the museum, I suggest you rent the audio guide to immerse yourself in the exhibition (especially if you are unfamiliar with the German artists.)

The exhibition catalogue costs almost 40 Euro. I purchased the book because I wanted to remember the artists and look again at the artwork where my brain started to melt. (There is a lot of artwork to see on the three floors of the museum.)

Inspiring Artists for Munich Artists

Here are a few of the artists I found inspiring and which you should see before the exhibition ends.

Martin Kippenberger


Mimmo Rotella


Jacque de la Villegle


Raymond Hains

Louise Fishman


Albert Oehlen

Christopher Wool


Michael Majeurs

Example of Majerus work from the series untitled – Not specifically the work on display at museum

Monika Baer


Charline Von Heyl

Nicole Eisenman  (Her work is located on the ground floor and the top floor)


Sigmar Polke

A.I.R. Gallery

Rosemarie Trockel

Michaela Eichwald




Ingrid Mueller is a Munich Artist Exploring “Home”

Ingrid Mueller with a two sided screen -Original artwork mixed media acrylic and paper collage on canvas – For Sale: 1500 Euro inc. VAT

Yesterday I visited Ingrid Mueller at the Kunsttreff Quiddezentrum to see the exhibition space that Munich Artists will be using from April 20 until May 5, 2016 for a TBA group exhibition/party.

The space is located in Neuperlach in a deserted shopping center.  My first thought was “How cool! I want a studio here.” That was a gut reaction without my brain joining in on the discussion because I live in Sendling and work near Viktualienmarkt so a studio in Neuperlach would make no sense whatsoever but, I do have a car and a love of oldish buildings where I can make artsy messes and where I can see street art everyday.

This building reminds me of my deluxe lego set which I played with for hours building square buildings with little windows for my matchstick cars.  The building also feels hipster and cool and a great place to kick back with a coffee and a camera and a few Munich Artists. (Bring your own thermos because the place is empty except for art studios and the gallery spaces. There are no hipster coffee shops here BUT maybe we can do a popup Foodie event on the evening of our gathering?)

Heading to Kunstreff-Quiddezentrum
Quiddezentrum – balconies perfect for coffee drinking or Graffiti art.


an artists studio at Quiddezentrum
Inside Kunsttreff

Getting out of my car, I glimpsed this art piece on the side of the building:

street art Neuperlach

and then this one:


and then this one!


After snapping the three art pieces, I wondered where the other street artists were hiding? Why was this building naked? In other cities this building would have been coated with art because the walls can be reached without a cherry picker and everybody knows the building is eventually going to be torn down.  Hello? Street artists? Anybody wanting to go pimp this building before the exhibition in April?  The building is going to be torn down this year. Time is running out!

Ingrid Mueller

Ingrid Mueller is a Bavarian artist. Here is all the bio stuff that might interest you. Her website is called “Moments of Human experience.”  Don’t Google for an Ingrid Mueller website because that does not belong to this Ingrid Mueller and I don’t want you to be confused between the two Ingrids.  The bavarian Ingrid Mueller has a website entitled “momente-des-menschseins.de”

I met Ingrid Mueller at the Kunsttreff to see the exhibition space and then we walked over to her studio and she showed me her current work which is very different from her prior work. (I took not a single photo of her older work.)

The photos below are of my favourite piece. It is two sided and Ingrid used acrylic on canvas with these cutouts she made from books.  The cutouts on this piece are cut from the text of an art encyclopedia.  I like that German artists are treading into old book manipulation & using them as raw art material. Books are much more valuable to Germans than to Americans so this seems to mean more for some reason. German artists are now willing to destroy a book to make something new from it.  I wonder what dark and dingy trail art historians will go down from this observation.


I really like these monkeys


I love these monkeys.  They are my favourite part of this panel.


Here are a few more pieces in this mixed media style:

Looking at Ingrid’s older works, I could not believe it was the same artist.  I asked her if she had some kind of epiphany but she just shrugged.  That is an ok answer for me. Who really cares why an artist goes from straight figurative to exploring “Heimat” in a mixed media format in a flat two dimensional way that has nothing to do with “real life” figures as long as it is the same artist and it is a pivot in her art production/style development and she continues to explore her theme without falling back into her safety zone classic figurative artwork.

Ingrid has a few pieces where the artwork is based on the text of the book she destroyed. one art piece has Kafka’s cockroach story which I figured out (kind of) because I saw a transformation from human to something else but I didn’t get the cockroach until she mentioned Kafka.

There were lots of A3 collages with animals and flowers done on paper. I thought these would make good collaboration pieces for other people to work on using Ingrid’s piece as a starting point. I also thought Ingrid could work with her husband on these type of collaged art pieces using his nature photography and her new style.

I enjoyed visiting with Ingrid and practicing my German. If you like to see Ingrid’s work or want to meet her at her studio, you can connect with her at the following :

Atelier Müller

Quiddestraße 45, 81735 München


Getting Ready For An Artsy Weekend

I gave you a head’s up last week about this week and as usual, artists waited until the last second to send in the information about their shows/popups, events.  Please look at the list below and pick something fun to do over the weekend.


The opening show at the Frida Gallery (Frida Galerie) The gallery is showing artwork from member artists including Tanja Hirschfeld.  The space is located at Baaderstrasse 15.  The event starts at 1800. A cute little gallery space showing artwork by Munich based artists.



Nightshift Popup Store/Exhibition by Christian Bolza and Rene Arbeithuber on Friday November 27, 2015 @ 1800.

Short time Galerie begins their annual Holiday existence at St. Anna Platz showing works by Tanja Hirschfeld, Yeonsoo Kim, Steffen Kern, Martin Sander, Pia Winkenstern, Michaela Wühr, Peter Boerboom & Carola Vogt, Julia Pfaller12295694_861379753930555_1185842875_o

Art Auction – Internationale Kunstauktion on Friday November 27, 2015 Vernissage starts at 1900 and the auction starts at 2000.  Art Goes Underground, Kapuzinerstraße 20  Back Building. 80337 Munich.

Ray Moore is having a party on Friday November 27th at Miao, Dachauerstrasse 14, 80469 Munich, Germany. Maybe he will be wearing his new fashion line and singing his song…

There is also a benefits concert-Munich Musicians for Refugees @ IG Feuerwache, Ganghoferstr. 41, 80339 Munich starting at 1900.



has organised an exhibition at Arthaus Neuhausen showing works from Joachim Lischka, Peter Kohout, Max Ackermann, Stefan Schlotterbeck, Heike Wiebke, Gerd Matschke, Jürgen Bauer, Elwood, Brigitte Yoshiko Pruchnow, Ulli Schmeling, Peter Adacker, Emmy Ann Horstkamp, Justin Koller, Susanne Nawroth, Manuela Illera,gabriele, Iliana Beshkova, Niko Vartiainen, Knut van Bris, Elzemieke de Tiége, Hazel Ang, Hubertus Breuer, Nina Schmid, Wencke Rowek, stan lafleur, Bobbie Komarek, Stefan Maier, Katrin Klug, Josef Maria Hader, Bärbel Wolfmeier, Christian Engelken, Maud Gravereaux, Knut van Brijs, Tina Schlegel

The exhibition opens with a party on November 28th and artwork will be up on the walls until January 10th.

Party starts @1900 Nibelungenstr.3, 80639 Munich, Germany (very close to the Rotkreuz Platz Ubahn stop).


Hello? What happened to Friday? When I first moved to Munich, the artists kept telling me that you don’t put an event on Friday because no one is in the city.  I guess I proved them wrong with the Friday Gallery.  Look at how many events are listed for Friday.  I wonder if this is just for the holiday season or if this trend will continue into 2016.

If you are a Munich Artist and you have an event and I didn’t post it, it could be because you didn’t invite me on Facebook. Please do not be offended if you are missing from the list. Keep sending me your information and eventually it will click.

The best way to get information posted is to visit me. My studio is at Frauenstrasse 18 and you are welcome to come by and introduce yourself. I like meeting new artists, artists I already know or people who love art.  I speak German but love writing in English (my mother tongue.)

I’m usually around Tuesday, Wed, Thursday from 900 to 1500.  Text me to make sure. Sometimes I have meetings or I’m working someplace else.




Artothek & Bildersaal- Rosental 16 – Munich 

This morning, on my way to Frauenstrasse 18, I walked by this exhibition by Sarah Pelikan and a big green sign promoting the art space.


What is Artothek & Bildersaal?  I went in there a few years ago to see if we could get more Munich Artists into the art rental section of this project but the person working at the desk informed me that the art is chosen every year through a competition.

The artwork I saw in stock was not my taste but it might be yours. If you are interested in renting some art from this project, you can find the rental prices here and more information about the type of artwork they collect. According to their page on Muenchen.de, they have about 1500 pieces of art in their rental collection.

The gallery exhibition space is not for rent.  The group choses the artists they will show and sometimes they will show Munich based artists but don’t pester them, they have plenty of artists to pick from.

The opening hours for the space are:

  • Wednesday from 14:00 – 18:00 clock,
  • Thursday from 14:00 – 19:30 clock
  •  Friday from 14:00 – 18:00 clock
  • Saturday from 9:00 – 13:00 clock

Unfortunately, I never walk by when the space is open. I pass by the space on my way from Marienplatz or Sendling Tor to Frauenstrasse 18 and I’m always in a hurry to get home when I’m done at the studio.

Luckily, the windows at Rosental 16 are large so I could take a few shots of Sarah Pelikan’s work exhibited inside.

Sarah Pelikan – Munich Academy trained artist. She was not standing in the space when I was walking by, this photo is just to show you who she is…she lives outside of Bavaria and is just exhibiting in Munich.

Main window for Rosental 16


For this current exhibition, the room is filled with images of soccer balls.  According to Sarah Pelikan’s Wiki Page, Sarah paints with acrylics and works with Formica focusing on intense colours. You can find more information about the soccer ball exhibition entitled “You Paint What You Love,” on the Muenchen.de website.

Sarah Pelikan has a passion for football which I don’t share.  I’m passionate about art and keeping my sanity. If you share Sarah’s passion for soccer (football), go visit this exhibition before it ends on December 30th.

A passing thought was that maybe we could recruit Sarah to champion the idea of adding an art competition to the World Cup or resurrecting the Olympic art competition (like Bernhard ressurected Applaudissement). I’m not kidding there used to be an art competition associated with the olympics but you had to be an amateur* to compete. Art historians are trying to find the artwork, but because the artists were considered amateur* many of the works were lost because not everyone likes to hang on to family memorabilia or be the family historian.

*Amateur v. Professional is such a touchy subject with artists especially in Munich where the cost of living means many artists need a regular job to support themselves.




Some Artsy Things to Do This Weekend in Munich, Germany and Next Week (For the Planners Among You.)

Friday August 14, 2015

  • Open Air Theatre at the Viehof.  Tumblingerstr. 29 80337  München
  • Movie: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2
  • Doors open at 2000.
  • More information on the viehof kindo website

  • Will be at the Rathaus Galerie until  September 4, 2014
  • Rathausgalerie Marienplatz 8, 80331 München
  • Today from 1100 to 1900

Saturday August 15, 2015

  • Hans Sachs Street Festival (25th year) Location: Hans-Sachs-Str. 12, 80469  München
  • 13:00 clock: Happy Beginning
    15:00 clock: Opening
    15:15 clock: There is something on the horns
    16:00 clock: Live on Stage – Jörg Olsson (Part I)
    17:00 clock: Musicals by Sissy from Munich Maiprinzessin Ray
    18:00 clock: Live on Stage – Jörg Olsson (Part II)
    19:40 clock: Munich Maiprinzessin Ray leads us to the Wörthersee
    20:00 clock: Seelig moment
    23:15 clock: Last call
    23:25 clock: final waltz main stage
    23 : 30 clock: music end, serving end
    clock 00:00: end of the event

Within Driving Distance of Munich

  • 25th Pottery Arts and Crafts market  at Fuerstenfeld Fürstenfeld 12, 82256  Fürstenfeldbruck
  • 1000 until 1800 Saturday and Sunday.  
  • 100 ceramic artists will be showing their creations at this festival exhibiting handmade goods made ​​of ceramic, leather, wood, textiles, glass, gold and silver.  For more information, check out this website.

Sunday August 16th  Puppet theatre workshop at Lebenbachhaus.

So, August 16th  12 – 17.30  Can join at anytime but it will take about 2 hours.  The Material costs: 2,50 euros Please book through the museum to make sure you have a space. 


abstract art workshop

Thursday August 20, 2015 

Friday August 21, 2015 Inge Frank

    Inge Frank, painting, Helmuth Hager, paintings, sculptures, installations. Opening: 21:08:15 / 19.00 clock, the artists will be present. Introduction Dr. Hajo Düchting.
  • Landsberg am Lech, SÄULENHALLE, Schlossergasse 381, next to the Municipal Theatre
  • 22 08. 2015,  14 to 18 clock “

Saturday August 22, 2015 Marion Weigel – 1800 to 0025

  • Marion Weigel Photo Vernissage and “Yoga for Singers” Book Presentation
  • Presenting “Carnival in Venice” Prints and Catalogue, “Living Music in San Francisco” Photo Book and “Yoga for Singers” eBook. Sceening Rush, Arty Flouxe’s ​​short film.
  • Balanstr. 34, 81669 Munich (Rosenheim Plz)

It’s Friday. In Case You Have Not Made Plans, Here Are Lots of Artsy Things to Do

It is going to be another sweltering weekend so it will be hard to be indoors.  If you are determined to see art and be with artists, you can do the following:

Friday July 17, 2015Party at Chilli Gallery Neuhausen. The party starts at 1830.  Nymphenburger Str. 151, Munich, Germany

If you would like to see some of the drawings that Munich Artists created during the 30 day challenge, stop by and say hello.   Neuhausen is very easy to reach by U1 Ubahn.

3_ Food from Childhood

Jahresausstellung Klasse Oehlen A01.05  (the whole academy is having their yearly exhibition) Akademiestraße 2 – 4, 80799 Munich, Germany

Opening times for exhibition:

Eröffnung: 17. Juli 16 – 21 Uhr
Ausstellungsdauer: 18. – 26. Juli
Montag – Freitag: 11 – 21 Uhr
Samstag + Sonntag: 14 – 21 Uhr

kunst akademy austellung

SATURDAY July 18, 2015

Strassenfest Kreittmayerstrasse with #OldBraunfels  I don’t know how much art will be here but Ken Knowles is part of Munich Artists and he will be playing his music at the festival on Saturday from 1500 to 1700.

ken knowles

Indoor Outdoor Somerfest at the Haecki Market. Saeulenhalle Muenchen. Arnulfstraße 62, 80335 Munich, Germany  This is the first time they are doing this market. There will be art for sale, food and music. Munich Artists will not be there because I’m busy making books and cards but April Mcgee will be selling her jewellery there and there will be other Munich based artists selling their wares.    One of the organizers for the event is Nuraan Arnold.  Go check out the event. Hopefully with the high ceilings, the space will stay kind of cool to match the people hanging out outside/inside.


SUNDAY July 19, 2015

Japanfest!  If you love Japanese things you will enjoy the Japanese festival in the English Garden by the tea house. Location: Japanisches Teehaus Kanshoan, 80538 Munich, Germany. The event starts at 1100 and goes until 1800.   Ramona Romanu will have her artwork on exhibit with the German-Japanese Society.   Go check out her Geishas and Koi fish.

Ramona Romanu Geisha painting

If I missed an event, sorry!  I’m dragging through my Facebook event calendar for events to share with you.  If you have an event, you can email the invitation or announcement to emmy@kyfio.com.  Next week, we will try to get this out on Wed.

Have a great weekend and try to stay cool.

Artists Hanging Out in the Park – Exhibition and Workshops June 12 – 18th


Here are the list of artists from Munich Artists and Kunst in Sendling that are participating on our joint exhibition and workshops sponsored by the City of Munich, Germany.

Artists involved from Munich Artists:

Emmy Horstkamp | emmyhorstkamp.com

Suzanna Treumann |treumann.nl

Jenny Schminke |jennyschminke.com

Ewald Wildtraut |ewald-wildtraut.de

Brigitte Pruchnow | brigittepruchnow.com

Rainer Schmitten | Rainer Schmitten Website

Artists involved from Kunst in Sendling:

Niko Jahn I Malerei I http://www.nikojahn.de

Katrin Nodop I Fotografie I www.katrinnodop.com

Berit Opelt I Transfer-Lithografie I www.berit-opelt.de

Christophe Schneider I Fotografie I www.christophe-schneider.de

Monika Vesely I Schmuck  & Objekte I www.vesely-schmuck.de

Barbara von Taeuffenbach I Schmuck & Objekte



Photography Exhibition by Hubert Juranek Opens on Friday April 24, 2015 @1900

Hubert Juranek is a Munich artist, photographer and architect. This Friday, April 24@1900, Hubert will be exhibiting his analog photography in special frames he collected from flea markets and other nooks and crannies.  Refurbishing the frames, Hubert used them as part of his art pieces printing the photographs smaller which I feel makes you pay more attention to the images.

It seems like there is a trend happening in photography to create art pieces that are smaller which is a relief for someone who doesn’t live in a mansion and likes to display and likes to change her artwork on a regular basis.

This is my favourite selection from this series. Hubert has a book/catalog for sale for this exhibition. He worked hard on it.  I think it costs 38 Euro. You can Hubert Juranek more about his photography and his catalog.  I’m sure he would be happy to hear from you.

Hubert Juranek - photography

Exhibition Information:
Location:  Cafe Hueller – Eduard-Schmid-Straße 8, 81541 Munich, Germany

Date: April, May, June, July 2015   Vernissage on April 24, 2015 @1900


Here are the details in German:

24. APR/MAI/JUN/JUL 25. //// 2015

“Stadt. Land. Fluss. Grenzen, die für Hubert Juranek keine sind. Er hebt sie auf in seinen Ansichten, zieht sie neu und wird zum Architekten einer eigenen Wirklichkeit.

Die Straße, die Mauer, der Baum – Linien, die Juranek zu einer Realität graziler Spannung und vollkommener Stille zusammenfügt. Aufregend und apart zugleich erfasst er den Moment, den EINEN Augenblick, und bannt ihn auf das mit Silberhalogenid beschichtete Trägermaterial. Und so entstehen Arbeiten, die den Betrachter fühlen, innehalten lassen. „Berührend“, wie er selber sagt.

So EINZIG A R TI G, wie der Rahmen, der sie fasst.”

Ein Kommentar von Stefanie Koller

Anne Trieba’s Exhibition at the Friday Gallery – Mädchen und andere Leute”

Anne Trieba will be showing her new series of oil portraits, drawing of Munich street life and a few of her illustrations at the Friday Gallery at an exhibition entitled “Mädchen und andere Leute” starting on April 27th.  We showed Anne’s work late last year at the Friday Gallery and are happy to show her work for a second time. If you missed Anne’s first show, we encourage you to come to the Friday Gallery on April 27th at 1900 to see her work incorporating oil paint, raw canvas and fibre arts.

anne trieba - girl with dog

Anne Trieba will also be sharing a variety of her drawings based on her impressions of different areas of Munich and her illustration work.  If you are on Facebook, please join the vernissage event page. If you are not a Facebooker, please let me know by emailing me at emmy@kyfio.com.


For 2015, Munich Artists is exhibiting artists at the Friday Gallery.  The idea is to offer a few Munich artists the opportunity to share their work with Munich, Germany in a gallery setting.

Although we loving seeing paintings in a classic gallery style, Munich Artists will switch to more interactive installations for 2016 so we can tap another vein of Munich Artists.

Simon James and Angela Smets Displayed Their New Art at the Wiede-Fabrik

Today was Sunday and the last day of the Wiede Fabriks winter show. Having spent Friday and Saturday working and playing with the Munich Creative Group and their Artist Within Exhibition and Mashup, I was ready to venture out into the wilderness of the suburbs and see the artwork of Simon James and Angela Smets.

Knowing that Simon’s new artwork sells quickly, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to see the new pieces before they left his studio for good.

Simon James told me today that he has some very interesting new colours to use. He went from using 5 or six with pigments added to a selection of more than 70. The new pieces created for the Feb 2013 show have a new intensity from the increased colour palette and I’m looking forward to seeing what he creates for the next exhibition in March.

Both Simon and Angela will be exhibiting in the Global H20 art exhibition (March 21, 2013) They have also agreed to make smaller art pieces to be used to help raise funds for the Global H20 artists’ well (An actual water well in Africa).

More information on the well and the art pieces will be available soon.

Wandering around the Wiede-Fabrik, I found another artist whose work I found interesting and rather well priced. Ellie Hurst is an artist, graphic designer in Munich and I liked how she used the photographs with want ads in this series….

Artist Within 2013 – A MCG popup exhibition for the Munich Creative Group Artists.

The Munich Creative Group held a vernissage on Friday Feb 22, 2013.   Emmy Horstkamp, Nutan Jaeger, Kim Santomauro, Mitchell Kohler and Petra Winter shared their art pieces focusing on the theme the artists within at the Gallery Gabi Green.

Artwork will remain on display until March 3, 2013. If you are unable to attend, A video of Petra Winter reading some of her writings is available here.

If you are interested in any of the artwork from the Munich Creative Group artists, please contact them directly.

A finissage event will be held on March 3, 2013. People are welcome to drop by the gallery. You are welcome to read your own writing on this topic or to read one of the Munich Creative Group stories.

If you would like to participate, just stop by on Sunday March 3, 2013 between 1400 and 1700 at the Gabi Green Studio Gollierstrasse 17, 80339 Muenchen.