Hello! Munich is a winter wonderland but I’m not sharing photos of the beautiful scenery or of our Trefu Challenge. Today, I’m sharing photos of my evening at Good Transfer Photo Book Gallery located in Schwabing at Clemensstraße 61 D-80803.
As an artist who uses photography in her artwork, I was excited to meet Helmut Hönsch and Christian Schweikert at their workshop for photobook dummies (books not people).
The guys are part of a group called LE4EL that does photography projects (usually with a fourth creative.) The three photographers decided to create a gallery for photography books and small format photo exhibitions using artwork in very small sizes.
The books in the gallery rotate depending on the exhibition they have in the space. At the present time, the books are like the one below and, if you find one you like, you can just follow the QRCode to the publisher.
The gallery does sell a few books but most of the books are sold through the internet. The space is small like the Friday Gallery so the space cannot hold a large exhibition nor a large crowd but, the space has a good vibe and a big window to the street.
Helmut is slowly fixing up the gallery to fit the needs of the photography community and will be excited to have you submit your artwork for a potential exhibition this year. If you make small format artwork and are a fine art photographer, I encourage you to connect with Helmut and Christian.
The two will also be offering workshops and perhaps some printing services with the snazzy photo printer that Christian just purchased.
You can reach the two at email@example.com
WORKSHOP -Photo Book Dummies
In the middle of last week, a cozy group of photographers sat around the table sharing their photos, book work and book dummies.
and the business concept that shares the gallery space.
My Photo Book Dummies
The guys gave me some very good feedback on my two projects shown below. The first project is a series where I take photographs of the poles around Munich, Germany. I will be publishing this book in the next few weeks. The second book will not be mass produced. The book idea uses my photography, ink and encaustic wax and is my continuing exploration into how I can make my digital artwork precious to me.
Christian has also been exploring this idea of taking his photography one step further. He recently purchased a printer and started printing on different papers.
I read through a top ten list shared by a Munich Artist today from a non Munich based website and I thought, “Who are those people to declare the top ten galleries in Munich?” My second thought was, “What the heck, I will make a list of contemporary art galleries in Munich.”
In my attempt to be subjective, I’m sharing art spaces sharing artwork by contemporary artists and will start with our own Friday Gallery. To be helpful to collectors, I’ve divided the art spaces into artist owned and funded, Art Historian/Collector owned and financed and Government funded. This classification helps you understand the underlying motivation of the space organizer.
Gallery Spaces Run by Artists
The Friday Gallery – The Friday Gallery exhibition space is run by Emmy Horstkamp and is being used through 2016 for installations by European artists. The Friday Gallery is located at Frauenstrasse 18, 80469 in the inner courtyard next to a very small and bubbly fountain. This is where you can find Emmy Horstkamp most afternoons when she isn’t running around gathering information about Munich Artists or writing top ten lists of artsy places in Munich. The Friday Gallery focuses on emerging contemporary artwork.
Frida GalleryAs in Frida the artist not Friday…This small gallery shows contemporary artwork by Munich based artists and was created by three Munich based artists. The gallery is located at Baaderstrasse 15 and has been showing exhibitions with a twist that makes them more like events.
Super + Gallery. This is a small contemporary art gallery attached to the Super + art community. Created by Christian Muscheid and Alexander Deubl the gallery space is located on the corner of Tuerkenstrasse and Adalbstrasse. The big parties are thrown out at the studio space which is where you will want to go to meet the artists in their natural environment. Super + likes to create popup exhibition spaces around town so check their website to see where they are at all times.
Gallery Spaces run by Collectors or Art Historians
Nir Altman – This is a contemporary art gallery focusing on emerging contemporary artists. We interviewed Mr. Altman and suggest you read the interview for a more in-depth look at his gallery space and concept. Mr. Altman owned a gallery in Tel Aviv and then moved to Munich. I love when people move to Munich and open galleries. I think all international galleries should open gallery spaces in Munich, Germany.
Galerie Flash – One of my favourite artists from Stroke 2016 was from this contemporary art gallery located between Sendlinger Tor and Vitualienmarkt. The gallery focuses on painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, installation and new media. I pass the gallery on my way to Frauenstrasse 18 each day and I’m always happy to see what they have in their windows or passing out the doors.
Micheko Galerie –I love this gallery and you will too if you enjoy Japanese art. The Micheko gallery only shows artwork by contemporary Japanese artists and you will never be disappointed at their exhibitions curated by Keiko Tanaka. The gallery is located at Thersienstr. 18. FYI – If you need to speak English, please connect with Michele Vitucci who speaks German, English and Italian. Keiko Tanaka speaks Japanese and German. Both are very knowledgable and a visit to their gallery is always enjoyable.
Freiraum 16 is Located on Oefelestr. 13a in untergiesing. The gallery space is organized by Angelika Baumgartner and focuses on contemporary artists. This is a very new gallery but Ms. Baumgartner is an experienced creative working in and around Munich for 30 years so don’t let the newness scare you. Go forth and check out her exhibitions and buy whatever catches your fancy.
Government Sponsored Spaces
Lothringer 13 – This is a great space to go see exhibitions. It is in Haidhausen in an inner courtyard. The exhibitions are curated by Joerg Koopmann and Dana Weschke. My favourite exhibitions in this space have been photography and video but you may also see other types of work there by local and international artists. Lothringer 13 is not only the name of the gallery, it is also the street address just in case you were wondering if I forgot to write down the name.
The Platform – The platform is an art space located on the U3 a few meters from the Ubahn stop Aidenbachstrasse on the 3rd floor of a very bright building. The space is a pilot project created by the city of Munich to provide a space for curators and cultural managers to work on new ideas while surrounded by 23 art studios. Here is the link to their current program.
Das KloHaeuschen – This is a super tiny art space organized by Anja Uhlig. It is an exhibition space where artists interact with the space which used to be a public toilet. If you want to know more about the space, you can read about it in the Munich Artists post about KloHaeuschen.
Kreativequartier – The Creative Quarter – Dachauer Strasse 112- 149. This is a whole complex of art related buildings that look a bit run down but in a few years, this will be a super modern, super exciting art spot in Munich. Right now, it is a super exciting, run down spot in Munich. Earlier this year, in the Positive Propaganda Art Space, there was an exhibition of Shepard Fairey artwork and the dance space Schwere Reiter also hosts installations and mixed media events worth seeing.
Do you feel left out if someone makes a list of the top ten places to see contemporary art in Munich and they leave out your gallery or your space or your art studio or your living room wall? If you have a gallery space that you feel should be on this list, let me know and I will work on another list and then we can make a comprehensive list of places to visit for contemporary art in Munich.
My goal is to have all the artsy places located and mapped in our Mingaland project so the more interesting places you share with me, the more interesting our city will be to the rest of the world.
I’m a few minutes late. Heading over to Ringseisstrasse 4, I looked at my watch and wondered how punctual Nir Altman expected me to be. I was four minutes late in a land where everyone is ten minutes early.
Turning right into the pathway leading to the rear buildings, I walked on marble squares that look like discarded headstones. Should I stop and take some photos? Would Nir mind me being five minutes late?
Heading to the entrance of the gallery, the glass door opened and Nir Altman invited me into his space with a smile. Four minutes seemed to be within the acceptable window of lateness for Mr. Altman who moved to Munich from Israel where 20 minutes late is the norm.
The gallery is a newly renovated space that used to be a boutique. Nir exposed the metal support beams in the space to give his gallery a more industrial flare. Walking around the space, I looked at the artwork from his first Munich exhibition before settling down at his desk for a chat about his new gallery and his love of contemporary art.
Nir Altman who was born into a family of collectors and this exposure propelled him to open a gallery in Tel Aviv with a fellow collector. For many years Nir worked on developing the Mika Gallery but found that the buyers in Tel Aviv were interested in artwork that didn’t quite match his focus.
After some soul searching, Nir parted ways with his business partner at the Mika Gallery and decided to move to Munich and open a new gallery focused exclusively on the artwork he wanted to promote. “I decided to move to Munich rather than Berlin because there seems to be more opportunities to grow. In Berlin, there are hundreds of galleries whereas in Munich there are only a handful of galleries focusing on contemporary art. ”
Nir feels that Munich has the potential to become an art destination and he wants to make it a reality by investing his time and his resources “I want collectors to come to Munich to buy contemporary art. I want them to trust me in selecting artwork and artists for their collections.”
Growing his gallery is important for Nir who believes that art is an investment and needs to be shown to collectors in the way the artist intended. ” We talk with the artists we represent about how the artwork should be presented and try to show their work in the best way possible. For example, in our next exhibition, we have invested in digital equipment to make sure that the presentation of the work is as close as possible to the artist’s intention.”
Having grown up with art, Nir feels very secure in his choice of artists. “I must believe in the artists I represent and we have to have a connection. This connection is important because I want them to partner with me in building their art careers and selling their work. I have nothing without the artists so our relationships must always be a win/win situation.”
Although Nir represents a list of artists, he is always looking for artists that will fit with his gallery concept no matter where they are from. “I will continue to look for artists that I connect with and believe are serious about their art careers. Currently I find them through associates, other artists, art fairs and through the internet. I have artists from Germany Israel and from Scotland and my focus is on talented emerging artists, not a particular nationality.”
Although Nir sees the importance of online galleries, he feels that art fairs are more interesting for his gallery’s growth. “I plan to attend several German and international fairs and will probably go with a small group of artists that I currently represent. Art fairs are a perfect place for collectors to see hundreds of artists at the same time and a great opportunity for galleries. Over the next few years, we will work on getting space at fairs like Art Basel, Frieze and Art Cologne.”
In Munich, the Nir Altman Galerie will focus on installations, video art, sculptures, conceptual artwork, paintings and drawings. “I have a long term plan for the gallery. We have made the investment in the gallery space and look forward to sharing it with Munich through artists talks, exhibitions and special events.”