Lenbachhaus Goes Yellow with KiCo

After visiting Lenbachhaus, I handed my daughter a very large yellow book and asked her to take a look. “If you like what you see in this book, I will take you to this exhibition at the Lenbachhaus.”

Zoe is wondering why I have a seriously big yellow book

My daughter is a talented artist who is anti-museum, anti-exhibition, anti-viewing other people’s work in traditional settings.  So far in her young life, she’s agreed to visit one exhibition of Maximilian Lückenhaus’s work in Munich and a few exhibitions in while visiting London.    

I kept my fingers crossed that the Big Yellow Book showing the Kico Collection would convince my daughter to visit another exhibition outside of her preferred viewing space (Instagram.)

Daniel Knorr at Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo

Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo

The heavy yellow book is the catalogue for the KiCo foundations collection which I picked up during the press conference for “Mentales Gelb. Sonnen Höchststand”  an exhibition of artwork from the KiCo Foundation showing at the Lenbachhaus until October 8, 2017.

As I walked through the exhibition, I felt surrounded by artists who were passionate about their art practices— their passion exuded into the museum space and added an energy that made me want to keep walking through the rooms.  I also had an urge to text the artists and send them hand clap emojis and ask them to hang out with me in Munich and create art.  That is how happy I was walking through this exhibition and seeing their finished art pieces.

The creativity, the feeling of immersion and sometimes the humour of the artist is evident in the pieces exhibited and it was exhilarating to walk through the museum with the curator and director who both were overflowing with information and excitement about the pieces from the KiCo Collection.

Olafur Eliasson Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo

The KiCo foundation works with the Kunstmuseum Bonn and focuses on the use of colour and light.   As we walked through the exhibition with the collectors, you could tell how happy they were with their art collection and, their love of collecting art is a bonus for Germany and the global contemporary art audience who have an opportunity to see the art pieces in exhibitions.

Because Kico began their focus in abstract art focusing on light and colour, the collection and exhibition contain, video, photography, digital prints, painting, installations, sculptures, and even spider webs.   Walking from one room to another, I felt like clapping my hands and cheering with what was chosen to be exhibited.  

Selected Art Pieces

Franz Ackermann

Franz Ackermann- Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo

I didn’t realize how much I loved this room until I got home and saw how many photos I took of the artwork.   The big wall shows artwork created by Franz Ackerman and the locations where he has traveled. (A wall travel journal) The smaller artworks are his inspiration for his larger pieces.

Franz Ackermann- Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo
Franz Ackermann- Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo
Franz Ackermann- Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo

Wade Guyton

I laughed when I saw this piece because I know what it feels like to print the digital colour field and have it streaked.  This art piece created in 2015 focuses on how a perfect digital piece can be printed multiple times and each time that it is printed it comes out flawed in some way even though the original file is perfect.

On the wall of the gallery, the collection displayed multiple gray colour fields that have all the errors created when the special canvas was put through a large digital printer.

From our own experience, the printing companies ask you not to have colour fields when printing digitally and they told us gray is one of the worst colours.  Knowing this, it was fun to see  Wade Guyton artwork blowing up this flaw in digital printing so we can enjoy the consequences of living in the real world and not in our computer files.


Wolfgang Tillmanns

Gertrud Fassnacht got caught in my shot of Wolfgang Tillmanns’ work. She provides art tours and is involved in the Sendling art scene.

Below are three of Wolfgang Tillmanns Tamayo Lighter art pieces which play with exposing light on paper.

Wolfgang Tillmans- Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo
Wald by Wolfgang Tillmans-Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo

Daniel Knorr

Daniel Knorr -Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo

This artist has a sense of humour and the exhibited piece makes a statement about  public art pieces that no one remembers why they exist.

Daniel Knorr-Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo

The museum has masked the Lenbach bust in the lobby and if you go into the garden you can take a selfie with one of the masked sculptures in the garden.  (You have to be kind of tall. I’m too short to take a good one without a selfie stick.)

Daniel covers the faces of the statues to make you pay attention to the sculpture. Who is it? Did you even know that the sculpture was there?  Many of our public art pieces blend into the scenery.  When the sculpture is gone, they know something is missing but they don’t quite remember what it was.  This is what Daniel is focusing on with his masks and the sculptures.   A grouping of Daniel Knorr photographs showcase the forgotten subjects and artists found by the artist.

Daniel Knorr-Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo
Daniel Knorr-Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo

Ceal Floyer

The Ceal Floyer piece combines colour in the electrical cord and light in the projection and the bulb.  A part of the installation is up on the corner of the ceiling and not in this shot (a looping video of hands). Ceal Floyer asks you to take a moment and look for the deeper meaning in the work.    Another piece entitled “Monochrome Till” also asks you to see the deeper meaning.  (The meaning has to do with colour.)


Monochrome Till Receipt (White) 1999 by Ceal Floyer born 1968
© Ceal Floyer, courtesy Lisson Gallery, London

Katharina Gross

Katharina Grosse -Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo
Katharina Grosse -Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo

Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter is the inspiration for many German artists.  The large Glitch art piece to the right was created using a portion of one of his abstracts.

Gerhard Richter-Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo
Gerhard Richter -Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo
Gerhard Richter -Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo

Tomas Saraceno

I know a few Munich Artists obessed with nature and would be fascinated with these art pieces created with spiderwebs.  In this piece below, the artist dipped spider webs in ink. The spider web is inside a box so the artwork doesn’t get damaged by the lights.

Here is a link to more of his spider work. but his focus is not on spiders. the artist is “exploring sustainable ways of inhabiting and sensing the environment.”   

Tomás Saraceno at Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo

Olafur Eliasson

“Round Rainbow” is Lovely.  I could have stood in this room for hours.  I did catch a bit of video of it rotating. you can see that on our facebook page.

Olafur Eliasson-Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo
Olafur Eliasson-Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo


When I arrived home, I found the book on the dining room table.  Walking over to my daughter, I unplugged her ear bud and asked if Sunday was a “thing.”  she nodded and put her earbud back in.

The Big yellow book contains all of the artworks in the current foundation and is available for under 40 Euro at the Lenbachhaus bookstore.

My True Self Installation Will be Presented at the Long Night of the Museum.

Munich Artists!  I had to wait, wait, wait and now I can finally tell you that our My True Self installation will be exhibited during the LNdM at Goethestrasse 53. (Münchner Flüchtlingsrat Goethestr. 53) which is an official location for the shuttle buses and an amazing location to display the My True Self installation.  This is our 3rd year exhibiting during the Long Night of the Museum and I want this installation to be amazing and fun and full of our creative energy.

What will be exhibited?   The video I’m creating of you and the white masks piled under the video and and a video wall of LNdM guests wearing either a white mask or a my true self mask.


  • Please bring your two masks.
    • 1 all white of your face
    • 1 mask that represents your true self.
    • Below is an example by Gabriela Popp.
Masks by Gabriela Popp
  • Please wear all black or very dark blue solid colour clothing as I want people focusing on the mask not the outfit or your body.  NO PRINTS, NO WORDS, Just Solid dark blue or black colors.
  • Please block off 4 hours 900 to 1200 on Sunday July 10th.  Although we may take less time depending on how many times I send you up and down the escalator to capture shots.  The video will show a stream of people going down in a single file so depending on how many people we have I may have you go done a few times in different orders to capture the shots so I can make it look like a streaming line of people or the same person having to go down over and over again.
  • We meet at the odeonsplatz Window where we show our installations near the cash machine, in the underground on the side close to SF coffee.  If you have no clue where the installation window is text me +4915129111465 and I will go find you near the SF coffee.
  • If you want me to use your white mask under the installation, please write your name somewhere on the mask so I know who to give it back to after the October installation.
  • If you want people man handling your “My true self” mask at the Long Night of the museum, I will use it for the display otherwise I will be making masks for this purpose because after 8k people play with them, they may be worse for wear but it will be fun to see lots of people wearing the masks and taking photos so it is up to you if you want them using your art that way.


See you next week!



Artsy Things To do on July 2nd, 2016

I will be traveling around Munich tomorrow attending some events and wanted to share what is on my Facebook event feed with you.  Please remember that if you have an event and you send me an invitation on Facebook, I will add the event to our Munich Artists event list.  The event must be on Facebook and must be public. If you don’t do those things, I will not be able to share and that is always a sad thing.

The photo above is a photo of the Container collective.  This will be a creative spot over by Ostbahnhof where we hope to visit many creative people and see many creative things. Now, the events for tomorrow.

This weekend I will be going to:

Saturday July 2, 2016


Pop Up 2/ Open art Riemerling – Petra Amstberg Hoffman is the owner and organizer of this space and on Saturday from 1500 to 2200, she will be having an exhibition of atwork from artists who attended the summer academy in Salzburg together.  For the artists involved it is a reunion and for Munich, it is an opportunity to meet Norbert Bisky and Markus Proschek.  If you plan on going, go by car.

(From Petra’s space, I will be heading to the open Studios at Oberfoehringerstr.  I don’t have a Facebook event for this to share, but I will share some photos next week of the artists who allow me to share their work.)

KHBi3 – I live in Sendling so I’m always happy when events are close to home!  The KloHaeuschen will be having their 3rd Biennal on Saturday. It starts at 2000. Go the bathroom before you go, there are no functioning toilets for you to use just art and creative people and some beer.


Sunday July 3, 2016

Odeonsplatz Window – Kult is organizing street artists to create an installation at the window at Odeonsplatz.  If you want to watch them do their magic or, ask them questions, they will be there from 1200 to 1600.  This is your chance to meet the creators of the Neuperlach Zoo and to spot a street artist.   I will be there some of that time and look forward to seeing their work!


My True Self – July 10th we are filming at Odeonsplatz.  I will be making a special post for this tomorrow.  We will be meeting at Odeonsplatz for the filming and I look forward to seeing everyone’s Masks.  2 masks made by you.  One white and one whatever the heck you are willing to put on your face that represents your true self.  More information can be found on our open call for the my true self project.  If you have not made your mask, July 2nd is a good time to make one or two.

Inspired by art book – Brigitte Pruchnow – Artists participating in this first book should be sending me their image files to emmy@kyfio.com. Please remember that the artwork must be 2 Lateral A4s. If your work is not the right size it will be cropped. There are no white spaces.  I will be sending you all a reminder email in a few days. If you don’t have a scanner, you can bring it to Frauenstrasse and we will scan the work.  This is by appointment only I love you all but I’m not around Frauenstrasse at any specific time during the summer.

500 Artists Play Cards – We will be starting a kickstarter for this project to fund our event in November 2016.  Our goal is to have 500 people playing cards.  I hope you will join us and support our Kickstarter campaign. I’m working on the video now and we will launch the Kickstarter next week.  Artists involved in this project, please send Elizabeth Hughes your artwork ASAP.  We have a printer selected and we want to send the work to the printers. The event is schedule for November 19th.  I’m still looking for a space for us to have this fun event.  If you have a space, you think will work, let me know! Must be int eh city. Must hold 300 to 500 people.

Mingaland –  I’m sorry.  My mother hand a massive stroke and this art project was the one that was not started and therefore shelved for a few weeks.  I will let you know when we are ready to launch.  Hopefully by August 1st.

Lifelines – This is a new project that I am starting this month.  I am finishing the first one now.






Silke Wagner Wall Installation – 8.November 1939

Sometimes  you are so busy in Mingaland, that you forget to look at the art gems right in front of your face. Yesterday, this fact was brought to my attention when a childhood friend asked me where he could see the Georg Elser memorial.

“What memorial?”

“The one that lights up every night.”

“I have no clue what you are talking about.”

Finishing our diner, my friend asked if I would go with him to watch the memorial light up. Since I had no clue what he was talking about and I hate not knowing what people are talking about,  I wandered with him up to Maxvorstadt to visit the memorial at 21:20.

This is what we saw:

This video doesn’t exist

Silke Wagner created the installation in 2009 memorialising Georg Elser’s attempted assassination of Adolf Hitler. The 5.1 meter art installation hangs on the wall of a building and remains unlit except for one minute each day at the moment the explosion.

I looked around at the people eating dinner and chatting at the local bars surrounding the memorial and wondered if we were the only ones that understood why the lights were flashing for the one minute shortly before half past nine.

If you are in the area, please go check out this wall installation dedicated to a very brave soul and created by an artist who wants you to pay attention to your past and Germany’s present.


Georg Elser Platz  – Tuerkenstrasse, Munich, Germany (Near Schellingstrasse)   If you still can’t find it, hunt down Cafe Zeitgeist. It is on the building right before this cafe.


Interview with Nir Altman – Nir Altman Galerie

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.

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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.”

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The next exhibition opening for the Nir Altman galerie is Noa Gur
Body vs Superstructure. Vernissage is on June 3, 2016 @1930

Kunst In Sendling Studio Visit – Ekkeland Goetze

Berit Opelt, the head of Kunst In Sendling, invited members of the group to visit the studio of Ekkeland Goetze, an artist working in the Fruchthof (Very close to the Kloehaeuschen.)

The studio is on the top floor of the 3rd building back and you must walk from the street through an arched driveway through two courtyards to get to the 3rd building.

Ekkland has been working for decades with screen printing and his favourite series uses dirt. Ekkland is the third artist I’ve met in Munich who is fascinated with dirt. Berit Opelt collects dirt when she travels and uses it in her paintings (the brown tones) and Trisha Kannellopoulos  over near the Isar, creates large colour fields using dirt.

In one of his stories, Ekkland told us about a trip he took to the US.  During his travels, he collected dirt at regular intervals along the interstate highway that runs through the middle of the United States.  Ekkland sent the dirt home by post but because of the bulk the German government wanted him to pay import tax.    I guess the three artists are right that dirt is a valuable art medium and the German government found a new way to collect property tax.

View into Office space. A lounge room of identical size is to the left.
Screen printing supplies takes up one whole wall.
Screen printing machine and accessories in Ekkkeland’s studio

It is rare to find an artist’s studio in Munich that can accommodate a screen print machine this size.  Ekkeland said that he sometimes teaches workshops and will print work on an hourly charge (He said printing was expensive but we all knew that already.)

Ekkeland sharing a story.
Ekkeland explaining how he uses dirt.

People always ask why I ‘m not going out at night to their vernissages and finissages and talks and whatever artsy things they organise in the evening.  Well,  I have a daughter living in my house and my daughter is very responsible but not an adult and even though I enjoy going out and hanging with artists, this is what happened last night:

The whatsapp message said “Ummm”   

So after a whatsapp exchange between my younger daughter my older daughter and myself, my younger daughter finally read the directions on how to use the oven and avoid burning down the kitchen.

Have you seen the Pink Panther II?  It isn’t a great movie but it does have a line where he says, “I am now leaving France. This is a bad idea.” For me it is, “I’m now leaving my house. This is a bad idea.”

I felt like that when I looked at my phone and saw a small fire in my kitchen but then I remembered this scene from the other Pink Panther and all was right again in Sendling. (I have no clue what language they are speaking but the video gives you an idea of how I feel when it gets late and people with strong accents are trying to understand my strong accent and we are all not drinking enough to make it funny.)

Risograph Printing For Print Day in May – An international Print Event

Munich Artists owns a Risograph. It is a monster machine taking up quite a bit of space in our studio but we fell in love with what Risographs can do and we wanted to experiment with the process.  To get other artists excited about Risographing, we opened Frauenstrasse 18 on Saturday May 7, 2016 and invited artists to come in and try the Risograph.

As we discussed in this post about our Risograph, our machine makes a print of your art piece with Soy ink and you can print about 100 prints before the master starts to degrade.

For art printing, the quality of the paper is very important and we suggested artists bring paper with different weights, textures and colours.

Each artists was allowed to make 20 copies of their work on various papers and they experimented using only the black soy ink.

Alexandra Ritter  took advantage of international print day and decided to print a Risograph on top of her screen print created at her studio.  In the image below,you can see our testing paper where we worked setting up the master so that it was as close to where she screen printed as possible.

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Alexandra seemed pretty happy with her completed art pieces.  Below she is holding one example which is a combination of screen print and Risoprinting. We tried printing her artwork on various papers with each paper changing the feeling of the artwork. It was exciting to see a Munich Artist throwing herself into the experimentation process and taking advantage of Munich Print Day in May.Munich Artists risograph for international print day photos may 2016IMG_0107

We had seven artists spend the afternoon printing and seeing the limitations and possibilities of printing with a Risograph machine.  Photographers, painters, and printers played with their artwork to create something different from their normal art practices.

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Elke Reis (L) and Brigitte Hoppstock (R) looking through Brigitte’s print work.

Print day in May is an international event started by MPCprintmakers. Munich Artists is the first group in Munich to join in on the international print day fun.   We will continue to develop this event in Munich and look forward to next year’s Print Day in May.

If you missed Print day in May, you are welcome to come by for a chat but we will not be doing printing until we have collected all of our coloured drums.  We will post an open call once we are ready to create artwork with the machine and we will post on the website when we have another Risograph workshop.

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From Left to Right:  Bobbie Dunn, Brigitte Hoppstock, Alexandra Ritter, Elke Reis, Gina posing with their risograph works on International Print Day.

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.








It is always exciting when a group of artists descend into Munich and get creative.  Here are a few new art pieces from Tumblingerstrasse & Candidplatz.


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After Stroke art Tumblingerstr. Street Art by STARE
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After Stroke art Tumblingerstr. Street Art by Pipsqueak. Please go see this piece before it is covered up. I’m super excited we got to have one of these on our walls even if it is for only a few weeks.


Candidplatz (Area)

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After Stroke art around Candidplatz by HNRX.  This corner is a Trifecta for HNRX. There are three in a row so worth going down under the overpass and check it out.

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After Stroke art at Candidplatz
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After Stroke art at Candidplatz by GZ (Guido Zimmermann)

I will be meeting with artists today and on Monday for mini interviews and shooting more Munich street art created in the Stroke aftermath.  If you are a street artist visiting Munich, please let me know and I will try and come meet with you and share a bit of your story.

If you are an international street artist, you might be able to get wall space from the city to create a masterpiece but you need to do a bit of planning.  If you are interested, read this page and lets get your awesome work up on Munich walls.


Artsy Things to Do this Weekend May 6 – May 8th 2016

If the weather is beautiful this weekend, everyone will be heading to the mountains or a beer garden or the Isar.  Just in case the art force is strong within you, I’m sharing some of the artsy things to do in Munich this weekend.

International Print Day


At Frauenstrasse 18 we will be celebrating international print day from 1400 to 1800 on May 7, 2016. Because it is a Saturday, you will need to ring the Kyfio UG doorbell.  Munich Artists welcomes you to come and create a Risograph print using our Risograph machine.

We are supplying the ink and you must bring your own A4 paper and your own black & white design/artpiece/photograph- it must be your own work and it must be black and white.   Make sure the paper is under 200g but thick enough to suck in some ink.   Max prints allowed will be 20 plus a few to share with the other artists. I will share whatever art is created on the website next week and on our Instagram feed.




This is the 31st  Dok.fest    If you like documentary films, you will love going to see the films during this festival. There are 13 film viewing locations just on Saturday so please go check out the website for more details.  Calendar can be found here. Go look and decide what you are going to watch. I plan on seeing EVA HESSE at the Pinakothek der Moderne on Sunday May 15th but you can see it this Saturday at 1600.

Stroke – The Stroke art Fair goes on until Sunday at the Praterinsel.   We talked about the current stroke here and here.  Munich Artists showing artwork at Stroke this year include:

Brigitte Pruchnow – Triptych Group

Andrea Peipe -Triptych Group

Petra Beeking -Triptych Group

Patrick Hartl – Calligraffiti Ambassadors vs Stroke Artfair

Hubert Juranek  – Munique_Art

Tanja Hirschfeld – Frida Gallery

Susanne Krauss – Sensored

Max Ott – Sensored

Lumenman – Lumenman



Martin Potsch – Martin is having an open studio tomorrow where you can see his glass art pieces.  Martin is a very versatile artist with a great sense of humour. Most of the time I’m showing his painting but Martin really really loves making art objects from glass.  Stop by his studio in Haidhausen and check out his recent creations.  Here is a link to his Facebook event.

Handmade Designmarkt

A market for handmade goods like bags and clothing and things for your house.  Location: Backstage Muenchen – Werk, Hale,Club, Werkstatt/Studio  Reitknechstr. 6 80639 Munich. I’ve never been to this so I have no clue what it is like but they are all over Germany so it should have some good stuff.


If you are a Munich Artist or are an art/design/cultural/hipster/urban event organizer  and I didn’t put you down on this list, then we must have not met or you did not tell me you were doing something this weekend.  If you want me to put you on the list, make sure we meet and send me a press release so I know you know about this website.  Also, Facebook Public Event invitations are always great if you want to get on the event list on Facebook.  We only focus on artsy things on Munich Artists but if you have something Munich related and want to participate in Mingaland, let us know.

Stroke Art Fair 2016 – Part II

PART II go here for Part I

Walk past the ISPO installation and enter the Ponyhof artclub room Displayed on the back wall are a few very large pieces. The one below is priced under 7000 Euro.  All the pieces by the artist Jakub Hubalek are monochromatic and I took a photo of the female portrait and a group scene. They both look like they are based on old photographs.  They look pretty straight forward but if you need more of a story, talk to the gallerist.

Artwork  by Jakub Hubalek Stroke Art Fair 2016
Artwork by Jakub Hubalek Stroke Art Fair 2016

In the same room, there are these two concrete blocks that I would have lugged home if I was looking for big sculptural pieces for a larger flat.  I like Valentina Murabito’s technique and the way she executed the work.

Stroke Art Fair 2016 – Valentina Murabito – Analog photograph, photoemulsion on Concrete



The artwork below is by Innerfields and I love Innerfields’ work.  Innerfields is a group of three street artists with a studio practice.  The cool thing about this group is that all three work on the artworks together and it really is seamless.  The work isn’t a collage of styles together but an Innerfields style.  The collection this year seems to be focused on the absence of the technology gadget – Let your brain insert the data.  Please don’t miss them.  The three artists are present I think. I saw two of them wandering around yesterday so I’m assuming the trio made the trip down from Berlin.

Innerfields – Stroke Art Fair 2016



We saw his work in two locations.  We’ve talked to HNRX and we want to make sure he continues making art so go buy some of his artwork.



Provenzano Fine Art

Below is an artwork brought all the way from Brazil.   The gallery is on the bottom floor of the main building in a corridor gallery space.  I really liked the work of Nick Alive but he didn’t fly to Munich from Brazil. You are welcome to talk to the two very friendly gallerists who are present and the other artists in the booth. I don’t have a price for you.. I think this piece was under 1k Euro.


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Nick Alive -Brazilian Artist at Stroke Art Fair 2016

For the Artists.  If you are part of Munich Artists or a Munich Artist and I didn’t capture your pretty face, I’m sorry. I didn’t realise there would be so many of you!  I went on the press tour and you or your artwork were not there yet or, you were so busy I didn’t get to talk with you, or, you didn’t scream at me to stop and pay attention.  I’m sorry. I love all Munich Artists and I’m encouraging people to go find you at the fair but, because of International Print Day, I don’t know if I will make it back out to the Island so we will have to do a little game planning for next year.

For collectors. I did a quick breakdown of the galleries present.

  •  14 galleries/art collectives are from Munich.
  • 10 galleries are from other areas of Germany.
  • 2  galleries are from Switzerland.
  • 10 galleries are from Turkey, UK, Netherlands, Brazil, Spain and the US. (Numbers are approximate, I’m an artist not an accountant.)

You will find excellent artwork at the fair and I’ve shown you photos of some of my favourites that were hanging or displayed when I walked with the press tour.

You will be happy with most of the prices. I’m not a big fan of paying high prices for unknown artists even those I love.  When you go, buy what you love and can afford. There is plenty of artwork to choose from and many of the artists have created artwork that is small and can be carted home on the subway without leaving you with a hole in your pocket. (Except for Valentina Murabitos Cement rectangles. You will need a forklift to get those home.)

If you are looking for more international artists, you may get a tad grumpy.  I pointed out the artists from Paris, Brazil, Turkey and Spain and you can hunt down the Polish and British  & Dutch artists.

If you are a street artist and I didn’t say hello, please email me and I will go photograph your work on the streets of Munich, Germany and share it on the website. If you are a street artist and you didn’t create street art pieces while in Munich…. shame on you.

Have fun everyone this weekend.  I wish the artists amazing sales and I wish the collectors a good art hunt.






Stroke Art Fair 2016 – PART I

Hello Mingaland.  Did you miss me yesterday?  I spent the day visiting Stroke Art Fair 2016 and unveiling plaster masks with Hazel Ang at my Studio.  Today, we are going to talk about stroke, tomorrow we will talk about masks.


We like stroke art fair because it is in Munich and we can walk there from the studio. This is version 7.0 and Stroke Art Fair is still attracting galleries with interesting artists but the art is shifting a bit towards contemporary so now the two are blended through each building like the plaid rug below. What. A plaid Rug? Yes, there is a rug underneath Viktoria Porkay’s painting “Prince Valentine.”

I found it funny that I saw this painting heading out from the gallery on my way to the studio. What fascinated me was the back so when I saw it at Stroke, I knew the universe wanted me to talk to the artist.  Ms. Porkay painted the painting on a rug/carpet. That fact isn’t so obvious from the front but very obvious when you see how the painting is attached to the frame.

Viktoria is a “young” artist.  I don’t think this fact matters but is seemed to matter to the Galerie Flash and that is how they described her… young and talented.  FYI – I don’t care how old you are, I care how talented you are. Stop associating talent with age. What matters to Munich Artists is that the work by Viktoria Porkay is creative, contemporary and in Munich.

Of course, as a female artist,  I loved that a female artists created the portrait and the artwork wasn’t labeled female art by the gallery – Very good sign for Viktoria and contemporary female artists.

Prince Valentine is one of my favourite pieces from Stroke this year. As you can see, it isn’t street art but a very contemporary portrait by a talented artist.  Go Viktoria!  We will be cheering you on your climb up the art career ladder.

Artist Viktoria Porkay – Prince Valentine

A press release came into my inbox from a greek gallery and I put it on my to do list to see their work.  To get to their booth, I passed this booth getting ready and I thought you might enjoy seeing all the work they put into a wall that is now hidden by lots of stencil art.

As you can see from the layers on the ground, this wall was super stenciled. It looked cool and I thought they were going to sell that panel which I thought was a great idea but then, when I walked by later, the whole wall was covered by little art pieces.  It was a sad realisation that all that work they put into the wall was just to showcase the tiny pieces.  I would have preferred the stencil wall and maybe a2 versions of the stencil wall that I could buy or maybe I could create a stencil using their stencils and take it home with me but this was a German gallery and that isn’t quite how German galleries work… yet.


Across from the covered stencil wall is a new gallery visiting from Turkey.  The Mixer Gallery  brought one of their famous street artists CINS (hiding behind the artwork below.) He is a very modest man who happens to be all over the walls of Turkey.  I asked CINS if he was going to put himself all over the street art walls of Munich but no one had asked him and he was flying to Berlin to have fun with people who want him to join in on the party. This made me sad. I want him to join my party, here in Munich and I would love to have one of his art pieces on our walls for a few weeks… Hello? Where is our street art welcoming committee?

CINS enjoys very organic shapes and he created collaged paper cutouts for Stroke Art Fair. CINS was very clear that he wasn’t upcycling paper but using art paper to create the coloured paper pieces.  The collages are not a planned but if you see a face in the image, it is their on purpose. Each collaged piece is priced under 900 Euro. They were doing a quick translation between Turkish Money and Euro in their heads to give me a price so if you are quick and get over there, maybe you can get a deal if you buy more than one piece. I think they are bringing a bit of Turkish business sense with them so you may have lots of fun discussing prices and buying art at this booth.  If you don’t like haggling, just go in and shout at Hazal Altun, the gallerist, “I will pay 900 Euro for that!” She speaks fluent English and is a bubbly petite woman. Nothing to be afraid of in this art booth. Go meet her and ask her about her twin sister living on the other side of the world. (Conversation starter in case you need one.) 

After talking with the artist, I was curious to see his street art so I looked him up on the internet and I found him making a street art piece that looks like one of the drawings at Stroke.  You can read the article about CINS here. (Turkish, use google translate.)

CINS Painting on the Street
CINS Street Art  (I want this in Munich)

Calligraffiti Ambassadors

I was on the press tour so lots of artists were still trying to figure out how to hang their work on the walls but Patrick Hartl was on the ball so he gets to have his photo in this article. Patrick did the organising for Calligraffiti at Stroke Art Fair and he is a Munich based street artist with a studio practice.

I own Patrick’s work and I’m a fan of the series below. The artwork is collaged and street art influenced.  Patrick started this series by taking work from his studio and ripping it up and layering it.  So it is all Patrick.   This series is priced under 600 Euro (at least at his last exhibition please consult with him and bring a few extra hundred if you plan to buy one.)

PATRICK HARTL – Calligraphy Collage work – Stroke Art Fair 2016

2WEI Art

This is an art collective showing the work of four artists.  Kaldea Nakajima’s artwork glows in the dark. The figures are have an Asian makeup flair and in her new series, she is making female figures based on different native cultures.

Kaldea will have a flashlight on hand for you to see how she has integrated the glow in the dark feature so hopefully she will remember to show you how her artwork changes with the light. Kaldea may be putting some street art out on the streets of Munich, Germany on Monday. I asked her to let me know if she does so I can go photograph it.  If you are a Munich Street artist, please go grab her and her boyfriend and show them where they can paint. Please make them feel welcome so we keep getting more cool street art in Munich.

Kaldea Nakajima – Street Artist from Paris – 2016
Dingo Babusch – Street Artist with a Studio Practice.

I loved this piece below because it combines so many things that I enjoy. It is  decades of paper layered. The artist found an advertising cylinder in Stuttgart that was being thrown away and cut out sections of it.  He took a saw and cut into the cylinder paper and created these rectangles of paper to be then stenciled.  The piece is standing like a sculpture in the display space.   This couldn’t happen in Munich. The Ads are ripped off so frequently that we only get maybe a year’s worth of ads on a circle round. They would never get thick enough to look like a plank.  If you are looking for a piece of Germany, this would be it. Priced under 2k Euro.

Artist Marok 189 – Stroke Art Fair 2016
Artist Thomas Meinicke

The ISPO installation that we talked about earlier this year is at Stroke. You  now can purchase the clouds for around 100 Euro. There are some cool ones so go get one!  The money from the sale of the clouds goes to a charity.

Next to the cloud is some small artwork by Ines Seidel for under 300 Euro

Ines Seidel 2016

Part II will be posted later today. I will also try to make a part III on Friday but I’m not sure I will be able to get over there again until Sunday.


Artwork from the Deadline Urban Art Festival and Schlachthof

Did you get over to the Deadline Urban Art Festival?  If you didn’t here are a few photos of the interior artwork at the Schlachthof which is right next to Tumblingerstrasse which is why I put all the photos together in this post. If you have photos from the festival you would like to share with me, I will post them in an additional post and give you photo credit. If you don’t I will have to meander over there and snap a few more later this month.

Schlachthof May 2016
Schlachthof May 2016
Schlachthof May 2016
Schlachthof May 2016
Schlachthof May 2016

Now, the artwork from other areas of the Schlachthof (not part of the festival)

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Schlachthof May 2016

Outside walls on Tumblingerstrasse:

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Tumblingerstrasse May 2016
Tumblingerstrasse May 2016

And Then The Ray Demski’s Photo Wall Began – I AM REAL LIFE

I went to the show last night featuring 5 dancers, a sketch artist, a musician, a writer and a photographer and I encourage you to go this evening.

Why am I asking you go to the theatre? Because I loved the interaction between the photographer and the dancers and I want you to see this. It is worth spending an hour in the theatre.

The photographer Ray Demski took photos and they were instantly projected on the wall and the prior photos showed as ghost image in the new photos.  I loved how the dancers interacted with the photographer and the images on the wall and each other.

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I AM REAL LIFE Photo credit – Photo: Ray Demski
I AM REAL LIFE Photo credit – Photo: Ray Demski
I AM REAL LIFE Photo credit – Photo: Ray Demski
I AM REAL LIFE Photo credit – Photo: Ray Demski

As a writer, I like any activity that includes a writer and last night, a writer got to be on stage with her words. During the performance, the writer wrote text and the text was projected onto a wall. The Writer interacted with what the dancers were doing and through her interaction influenced the decisions of the dancers.  It was interesting to watch this interaction especially when the dancers decided to make her mobile or when the writer decided the dancers needed to do something and then this would be captured by the photographer.

After seeing last night’s performance, I think a digital drawing board would help the drawing artist be more integrated into the performance maybe by using the photos as a starting point for his drawings.  It also would be interesting to have two or three photographers taking photographs and having them projected on the three walls of the theatre since each photographer would have their own visual voice.  Hopefully someone will continue to explore this idea because dancers and photographers belong together on stage.

Please go see the performance and let your creative minds explore the opportunities while enjoying the dance performance and some amazing live photography by Ray Demski.

Here is the blurb the artists sent me to share:


I AM REAL LIFE. Is a live performance of art creation in Munich Germany at Schwere Reiter – Tanz Theater. Featuring 5 dancers, a sketch artist, a musician, a writer and a photographer co-creating in a 60 min performance.

The theme of the project investigates how different artists can take the same material ‘the dancers’ and create different lasting impressions.

What is it you see? What do you think you see? What do you relate to? What evokes what? What remains. Join us in the moment art is created.

  • Schwere Reiter
  • Fr. 29. und Sa. 30. April | 20 Uhr |  12€ |
  • Dachauerstr. 114, 80636 München |

Artists: Christina D’Alberto/ Christof Kreutzer/ Daphne Weber / Helmut Ott/ Jasmine Ellis/ Josip Pavlov/ Katrin Schafitel/ Manuel List / Martina Missel/ Moritz Ostruschnjak/ Nik Bury/ Ray Demski

In cooperation with der Tanztendenz München e.V. und Schwere Reiter Tanz München


I AM REAL LIF eine Live-Performance, die den Entstehungsprozess von Kunst ins Zentrum rückt.

  • Schwere Reiter
  • Fr. 29. und Sa. 30. April | 20 Uhr | 12€ |
  • Dachauerstr. 114, 80636 München |
  • In Kooperation mit der Tanztendenz München e.V. und Schwere Reiter Tanz München und freundlicher Unterstützung von Tanzbüro München


5 Tänzer_innen

1 Zeichner

1 Musiker

1 Schreiberin

1 Fotograf

Sechzig Minuten, die zeigen, wie Künstler_innen, die sich in verschiedenen Medien bewegen, das „Material“ tanzender Körper wahrnehmen, unterschiedliche Eindrücke gewinnen und das Erfahrene in ihren Ausdrucksmitteln reformulieren.

Was siehst du? Was glaubst du zu sehen? Wer oder was, beeinflusst wen oder was und was bleibt?

Werde Teil des Moments, vieler einzelner Momente, in denen Kunst entsteht.

Artists: Christina D’Alberto | Christof Kreutzer | Daphne Weber | Helmut Ott | Jasmine Ellis | Josip Pavlov | Katrin Schafitel | Manuel List | Martina Missel | Moritz Ostruschnjak | Nik Bury | Ray Demski



What Are Your Artsy Plans For the Weekend? April 29 – May 1, 2016

The rush of artsy things has begun.  Today I will be going to the dance performance I AM REAL LIFE that  we talked about earlier this week.  I will take some photographs of the artwork created by TMNK.  The dance Performance is today and tomorrow at the Schwere Reiter – Tanz Theatre Musik Dachauer Strasse 114, Munich Germany.

Women’s Work – If you are not into dance, maybe you are into meeting women artists at the Frauenforum.(In a platonic way of course.) A few Munich Artists including Lidia Cordeiro, Bobbie Dunn, Nutan Jaeger, Julie Olsson and Angelica Zeller-Michaelson will be showing select pieces on the theme Women’s work. Their vernissage starts at 1900 today. Here is the Facebook page for the event. The show is open for a few weeks in case you are unable to make it to the party.


Artup Store is happening at the FRIDA GALLERY.  You can enjoy Whiskey and Art together for one day more because today is the last day for this Whiskey Art Mix.  The artwork on the wall is Leonie von Carnap, Tanja Hirschfeld and Christoph Grothgar. The event page says it goes on until Friday at 2300 so swing by and take a swig of whiskey and check out the art.  Baaderstrasse 15, 80469 Munich, Germany. (Please note this is not the Friday Gallery but the Frida Gallery like the artist a few blocks away from the Friday Gallery like the day.)

Deadline Urban Art Festival is always a good choice too if the weather stays nice.  We talked about the festival here.

Curator Lulia Gradinaru has organized an exhibition at Galerie Am Maxmonument Thierschstraße 42 D-80538 München.  I don’t know the opening hours for this weekend but I’m sure Ms. Gradinaru will tell you if you ask nicely.


UAMO Festival 2016 “Fortress” is going on this weekend.  Their image tells what is exactly going on. If you can’t read the tiny type, you can visit their Facebook page.  I plan to see that art battle on Sunday at 1500.


Art Garage on Wilhelm Riehl Strasse 13 will be having the annual exhibition of the Blende 1 Fotoclub e.V.  This is the 27th time so that is something to celebrate! Their vernissage is today at 1900 in the Westend.  They will have a whole lineup of events happening on April 3oth so check out their Facebook event page for details.


See, what did I tell you… so many things to do on a Friday.  Now on to Saturday…


Diessener Ateliertage April 30 & May 1st.  This is an open studio event  outside of the Munich City limits. You will love heading into the Bavarian countryside and enjoying an artsy weekend outing to Diessen. Here is a link to the Ammersee art website for more information.

Ateliertage web


If you have an event this weekend and I didn’t put it onto our Facebook page listing did you send me an invitation to a public event on Facebook?  I add events that are open to the public and when I have time, I make a post like this for the weekend that are art related.  If you give special discounts to Munich Artists, you may get an individual post about your event. Note: Sending me an email invitation or an invitation by post makes it harder for me to share the content. Make life easy for me and I will try to share your event with Munich. I also tend to forget to put invitations sent by post into my calendar so, lets use Facebook.



500 Artists Say Hello Installation Artwork 2016

We celebrated our first 500 Artists Say Hello event on Saturday April 23, 2016 and are proud to share with you the installation artwork displayed at Quiddestr. 45.  Thank you to all the artists, family, friends and supporters who attended our gathering yesterday and thank you to Art in Motion and Paata (Nino Khundadze’s husband) for performing during the afternoon event.

We will be organising another 500 artists evening event on November 19th to celebrate the creation of our artists playing cards…so save the date!

If you would like to see the installation, the location will be open on Wed, Thurs. & Friday of this week from 1500 to 1900.  If you would like our Hello 2016 booklet, you can email me at Emmy @kyfio.com. The booklets is 10 Euro.

Artsy Things to Do – April 18 – May 19, 2016

It’s been awhile since I’ve told you what to do. Did you miss that? If you did, you will like this post about the artsy events happening in the next month.

  • 500 Artists Say Hello event.  
    • April 23rd, 2016 from 1400 to 1800.
    • Quiddestr. 45 Neuperlach (they say it is like Munich’s Brooklyn. We are going there because the space was cheap and near an subway stop. I think Sendling is Munich’s Brooklyn but Sendling is no longer cheap… just like Brooklyn.)
    • More than 600 people say that they are Munich Artists and I wanted to see them. I’ve organized a time and a place and artists are bringing food and their artsy selves, their dance shoes and some guitars.  We are also:
      • Focus on talking, brainstorming, sharing and getting to know more Munich Artists.
      • Showing an art installation of Hello artwork.
      • Picking artists to work on the playing cards that will be used for the 500 Artists Play cards scheduled for November 19th.
      • Picking artists for Brigitte Pruchnow’s artbook project – We will be creating artwork based on an art piece she created. Her art piece will be the cover of the book. This is a first in a series.. if this works out.
      • Signing up artists for our Risograph book project. We are printing limited edition art books using a risograph with limited colors (I only have black, blue, red & Purple.)
      •  Application for Munich Art Market. We will accept applications only at our 500 Artist events. The Munich Art Market is curated marketplace. (30 Euro application fee.)
      • Formal membership cards for Munich Artists (membership 20 euro fee)
      • Voting for artists to be featured on the website during the rest of 2016.
      • Brainstorm projects and signup to work on projects scheduled for this year.
  • Deadline Urban Art Festival


  • April 28 – April 30th
  • Tumblingerstr. 29, 80337 Munich

This is near my house so I will be there but if you live in another area of town, plan to visit Tumblingerstr. and enjoy the new street art created during the festival.   The event starts this weekend so head over there after the 500 Artists Say Hello  for the evening party.  It would be fun to take hundreds of artists from one end of Munich to the other. Shall we do that?

Here are the hours:

Monday – Thursday 16:00-23:00 Uhr
Friday 16:00-00:00 Uhr
Saturday 23.04.2016 16:00-00:00 Uhr
Saturday 30.04.2016 11:00-00:00 Uhr
Sunday  13:00-21:00 Uhr

There is a free concert, a beer garden, free children’s program and crafts fun.  Street art is for everyone so go enjoy yourself and take your kids.

  • Stroke Art Fair


We all love Stroke. It used to be all street art and design but now it is a mix of contemporary, street art and design.  There are lots of Munich Artists showing their work at Stroke and I promise to share their work with you after I attend the press tour.

Did you have a whopping big event that I didn’t post here?

We post art events on our Facebook page in the events section. If you have an exhibition you want people to know about, send me a Facebook invitation to a public event and I will add it to the page.  I can’t add private events and I don’t always have time to transfer invitations sent to to me by email or snail mail.

If you are organizing a big whopping event let me know. I like knowing those kinds of things and sharing if it is art related.


Unpainted 3.0 Feb 18-21, 2016

I posted the open call for this in December and now, here is more information about the event.  I’ve bought my ticket to go see the digital artists and support our local digital art fair with a good mix of local and international artists.

The following artists will participate (I’ve highlighted the Artists from Munich)
American Artists (NY), Andrea McGinty (NY), Aram Bartholl (Berlin), Arent Weevers (Hengelo), Arthur Elsenaar (Den Haag), Betty Mü (München), Birthe Blauth (München), Ekin Onat (Istanbul), Felix Hőrhager (München), Florian Freier (München / Barcelona), Giovanna Olmos (NY), Giulia Bowinkel & Friedemann Banz (Düsseldorf), Gretta Louw (München), Holger Lippmann (Berlin), IN TRA (Schweiz), Leonie Link (Offenbach), Maja Kalogera (Zagreb), Manuel Rossner (Ittlingen), Martin Reiche (Berlin), Mathis Nitschke (München), Michael Mandiberg (NY), Miltos Manetas (London), Natalie Bewernitz / Marek Goldowski (Kőln), Niko Abramamidis (München)
Nora Renaud (London), Ole Fach (Berlin), Pia Myrvold (Paris), Ricardo Morales-Hernandez (Puerto Rico), STATION ROSE (Wien), Stefan Saalfeld (München), Susanne Rottenbacher (Berlin), Tatjana Tanja Vujinovic Kusej (Ljubljana), Theodore Darst (NY), VT ArtSalon (Taiwan), zeitguised (Berlin)

Beat Brogle & Tom Früchtl (Berlin)
Manuela Hartel (München)
Lumenman (München)

Info about the Program:
Artistic director Dr. Annette Doms is responsible for the selection of the artists and the program of UNPAINTED Lab 3.0. She has invited New York curator Nate Hitchcock, co-founder of East Hampton Shed and former co-curator of Rhizome (NY) who will support her in arranging the artistic program of UNPAINTED lab to 3.0.

Hitchcock has already developed exhibitions for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and at the Honor Fraser Gallery (Los Angeles) in the past with artists like Jeremy Blake and Marisa Olson and curators like Jordan Rhoat and Dain Oh. ‘There will be a dynamic program on display that will reflect the media art of today in terms of content, technically and formally,’ explains Annette Doms.


February, 18-21, 2016 (Before Munich Jewellery week.)

Katharina-von-Bora-Strasse 8a
80333 Munich

Opening hours:
Thursday, Feb 18, 5 to 10 pm (Vernissage)
Friday, Feb 19, 12 to 9 pm
Saturday, Feb 20, 12 pm to 1 am (Late Night with Performance an DJ set)
Sunday, Feb 21, 12 to 6 pm

Get your early bird ticket now!
Day ticket: 13 Euro

UNPAINTED is a unique art fair and platform for digital art. It was first held in 2014 by the co-founders Dr. Annette Doms, Benedict Rodenstock & Irmin Beck Rodenstock and attracted more than 6,000 art enthusiasts and professionals that enjoyed over 600 artworks of 60 international participants in the Bavarian capital. Each of the three co-founders of UNPAINTED brings the best from their respective area of authority: Dr. Annette Doms (responsible for concept and content), Benedict Rodenstock (Managing Director and investor), and Irmin Rodenstock Beck (responsible for the overall spatial concept). UNPAINTED is strongly supported by the City of Munich and by the patrons Josef Schmid (2nd mayor of Munich) and Dr. Ludwig Spaenle (Minister of Education in Bavaria). There are international curators and thought leaders, art collectors, gallerists, and artists, as well as an interdisciplinary team, which understands the challenges of these new art forms. All are united by a love of art, innovation and the changing times.

Introducing Anabel Roque Rodriguez

Dear Munich Artists, over the last few months, I’ve mentioned an art historian who may be helping Munich Artists as an adviser.  Now, I’m pleased to announce that Anabel Roque Rodriguez has agreed to help Munich Artists with some of our projects.

Anabel Roque Rodriguez is an independent curator and art historian. In the past she has been working for different institutions e.g. the Peggy Guggenheim Collection Venice, Platform Munich, 52masterworks and the Gallery MUCA. Currently she is part of this year’s art education team at Art Karlsruhe and will curate an exhibition on the topic “Art as Labor or the myth of the poor female artist” for GEDOK Munich in March. She works in the field of contemporary art with a focus on the relation of art and the social, the financial crisis in the Mediterranean, community based art practices and feminism. One of her interests is developing new display formats and facilitating a broader dialogue between the artist and the audience, and she is particular invested in long-term projects. Her articles are frequently published in magazines and online platforms. She lives and works in Munich and St. Gallen (CH). Anabel is joining forces with Munich Artists to help make the Munich Artists network more visible within the city structure and communicate it to a bigger public.


Anabel Roque Rodriguez ist eine freie Kuratorin und Kunsthistorikerin. In der Vergangenheit arbeitete sie für verschiedene Institutionen wie z.B. die Peggy Guggenheim Collection Venedig, Platform München, 52masterworks und der Galerie MUCA. Derzeit ist sie Teil des diesjährigen Vermittlungsteams auf der Art Karlsruhe und kuratiert im März eine Ausstellung zum Thema Kunst als Arbeit oder der Mythos der armen Künstlerin für die GEDOK München. Sie arbeitet im Feld der zeitgenössischen Kunst mit einem Fokus auf Kunst und das Soziale, Kunstpraktiken mit gesellschaftlichem Schwerpunkt und Feminismus. Ein besonderes Augenmerk legt sie auf neue Ausstellungsformate, welche die Öffentlichkeit und Künstler zusammenbringt, insbesondere in langfristig angelegten Projekten. Ihre Artikel werden regelmäßig in Zeitschriften und online Plattformen veröffentlich. Sie lebt und arbeitet in München und St. Gallen (CH). Anabel wird Munich Artists dabei unterstützen das Netzwerk innerhalb der Stadtstruktur sichtbar zu machen und es einer größeren Öffentlichkeit präsentieren.


Deutsch: Open Call 500 Artists Say Hello

Hallo, mein Name ist Emmy Horstkamp und ich bin die Gründerin von Munich Artists.
2013 habe ich mich entschieden, Munich Artists zu etablieren. Ich war auf der Suche nach lokalen Künstlerinnen und Künstler, die mit mir bei Projekten zusammenarbeiten, die Spaß an Installationen haben und die versuchen, ihre eigene künstlerische Identität zu finden und dieser Gehör zu verschaffen. Über die vergangenen drei Jahre hatte ich die Freude mit vielen von ihnen zu arbeiten und gemeinsam eine künstlerische Gemeinschaft in München und Umgebung mittels Munich Artists zu schaffen.
In diesem Jahr werden wir nur eine einzige öffentliche Ausstellung organisieren. Diese Ausstellung wird 500 lokale Künstlerinnen und Künstler beinhalten. Die ausgewählten Künstler werden auch präferiert für andere Projekte und Installationen angesprochen und werden exklusiv von April 2016 bis Februar 2017 in unserem Künstlerverzeichnis Munich Art Market (www.munichartmarket.com) vermarktet.
Öffentliche Ausstellung “500 Künstler sagen Hallo”
Wie der Name schon sagt, werden wir 500 Künstlerinnen und Künstler präsentieren. Die 500 ausgewählten Künstler werden zudem für ein Jahr im Munich Art Market unter www.munichartmarket.com exklusiv vermarktet. Die Ausstellung wird es den Künstlerinnen und Künstlern ermöglichen, sich untereinander zu vernetzen und sich in München (weiter) bekannt zu machen. Das Künstlerverzeichnis (Munich Art Market) zur Ausstellung wird im ersten Jahr nur die teilnehmenden Künstlerinnen und Künstler beinhalten und einmal pro Jahr neu aufgelegt. Formulare dafür werden beim Ausstellungsevent ausliegen. Nur diese Formulare werden akzeptiert – es gibt keinen anderen Weg zur Aufnahme in den Munich Art Market. Munich Artists wird zudem weitere Fotos von Kunstwerken von den betreffenden Künstlerinnen und Künstler hinzufügen.
Warum findet diese Ausstellung statt?
Networking, Visibiltät für die teilnehmenden Künstlerinnen und Künstler und die Vorstellung eines neuen Ausstellungsraums.
Wie funktioniert die “500 Künstler sagen Hallo” Ausstellung?
Alle Künstlerinnen und Künstler werden ein Kunstwerk in der Größenordnung 30cm x30 cm erschaffen, dass “Hallo” in der jeweiligen Kunstform sagt. Es kann alles von Fotografie über Gemälde, Skulpturen, Keramik, Video, Schmuckkunst bis hin zu Flash Fiction etc. sein.
Das Kunstwerk kann das Wort “Hallo” in der jeweiligen Muttersprache beinhalten oder durch ein (persönliches) Symbol dargestellt werden, dass für den jeweiligen Künstler das Wort “Hallo” repräsentiert. Egal welche Kunstform gewählt wird, das jeweilige Kunstwerk wird NICHT versichert sein. Sollten Sie Video als das gewählte Medium nutzen wollen, dann bitten wir darum, die Größe eines entsprechenden Bilderrahmens (30cm x30cm) nichts zu überschreiten.
Die Kunstwerke müssen in Blautönen oder Schwarz-Weiß erstellt werden
Das jeweilige Kunstwerk wird Teil einer größeren Installation sein. Dies bedeutet, dass jede Künstlerin und jeder Künstler seine Bereitschaft abgeben muss, das jeweilige Kunstwerk bei Bedarf und Nachfrage für eine weitere Ausstellung dieser Installation zur Verfügung zu stellen.
Wie bewirbt man sich?
Bewerbungsschluss ist der 10. März um 18 Uhr. Bis zu diesem Zeitpunkt sind folgende Unterlagen per Email an emmy@kyfio.com einzureichen.
  • zwei 300dpi Fotos: eines von dem vorgeschlagenen “Hallo” Kunstwerk und eines vom (eigenen) Lieblings-Kunstwerk der jeweiligen Künstlerin oder des Künstlers.
  • ein Selbstportrait Foto
  • ein einziges Wort, das die jeweilige Künstlerin bzw. den Künstler am besten beschreibt – ein einziges Wort
Alle Künstlerinnen und Künstler werden per Email kontaktiert. Die für die Ausstellung ausgewählten Künstler müssen das Kunstwerk bis zum 20.März in der Frauenstr.18 in München bei Munich Artists einliefern.
_ das Kunstwerk darf maximal 30x30cm sein
_ das Kunstwerk muss hängend an der Wand angebracht werden können
Bei Abgabe des Kunstwerks müssen die Künstlerinnen und Künstler ein Formular ausfüllen und unterschreiben, dass den Namen und die Kontaktinformationen beinhaltet als auch eine Bestätigung, dass das jeweilige Kunstwerk bei Bedarf und Nachfrage für eine weitere Ausstellung dieser Installation zur Verfügung steht.
Die Kosten für die Ausstellung und die Aufnahme in das Künstlerverzeichnis Munich Art Market betragen 20 EUR. Dieser Betrag ist bei Abgabe des jeweiligen Kunstwerks zu bezahlen.
Wir werden uns um das Aufhängen und die Anordnung der Kunstwerke im Ausstellungsraums kümmern. Die Kuration der Kunstwerke obliegt ausschließlich Munich Artists, die Künstlerinnen und Künstler haben hierbei kein Mitspracherecht.

Open Call: 500 Artists Say Hello

German Version of Open Call

500 Artists Say Hello

Hi my name is Emmy Horstkamp and I’m the founder of the Munich Artists Group.

In 2013, I decided to create Munich Artists so that I could meet more artists who wanted to collaborate on projects and have fun being artists, while building a serious art practice and developing a unique artistic voice.   Over the years, I’ve worked to find ways to connect with fellow artists and celebrate their art creation in motivational and community building ways. This year we are having 500 artists say hello.

Save the Dates:

  • April 22 – May 2nd Exhibition
  • April 23rd Munich Artists Event from 1400 to 1800

Open Call: 500 artists say “Hello”


As the name suggests, “500 artists say Hello,” will show 500 participating artists. The selected artists will be featured on the Munich Art market website for the whole year 2016 and beginning of 2017.  This opportunity will facilitate artists to connect and be visible within the city structure.

The directory will only be open to artists who attend the event so admittance to this directory will happen once a year. I will have forms for you to fill out at the exhibition event.  Only these forms will be accepted for the art market website.  Munich Artists will add photos of your work we photograph throughout the year to this site.  The cost is 20 Euro.

Here is how the “500 artists say hello” art event will work:

All artists will create an art piece 30cm x 30cm which says hello in your art style. It can be a photograph, painting, sculpture, ceramics, video, art jewellery, flash fiction etc.  The art piece will be blue, shades of blue or monochrome (black and white).  I will not accept pieces with other colours.  Your piece must be mostly blue. You may use black, gray & white as the neutrals.  The colour blues you use is up to you.

Your art piece can use the words “Hello” in any language and in any medium or symbol that says hello for you personally or abstract that is entitled Hello. It can be sculpture, ceramic or video but please keep in mind that the space we will not insure your at piece. If you use a video screen it must be photo frame size. (I have four at the studio we can use.) 

The 500 art pieces will be used as part of an installation. If someone asks to show the installation again, you must allow us to use your art piece in the installation.  

How to apply

By March 10, 2016, you will send emmy@kyfio.com the following content by email:

  • Two 300 DPI images of your original artwork:
    •  1 of your hello art piece
    • 1 of your favourite art piece.
  • A photo self portrait – Front view so people can see your face please like driver’s license or a profile photo. (for the video so people can see you. If you are unsure, look at my Mingapill portrait I used in the video. (It was shot with my ipone.)
  • A word you feel represents you.  One word.

Artists will be contacted by Email.  The accepted artists will deliver artwork to the Friday Gallery by March 20th:

The Art piece must be maximum 30cm x 30cm. Larger pieces will not be accepted. If you frame it the piece must be a maximum of 30cm x 30cm

The artwork must hang on a wall and must be finished to hang on a gallery hanging system.

You will bring your artwork to:

  • the Friday Gallery, Frauenstrasse 18, 80469 Munich, Germany.  
  • Monday – Friday 10 until 1500.  Saturday 1 – 1500.  
  • I will be take the work to the exhibition space and hang it.
  • The curatorial responsibility for how the artwork is shown remains with the organizer (Munich Artists) for the sake of the exhibition/installation unity.

The German version of this post will appear on Sunday/Monday.   

The cost:  20 Euro per artist paid at the time the artist brings their artwork to the gallery.

PS.  I have the Odeonsplatz window again in July and will be creating a video installation using your artwork photos, words and self portraits.  Because it will visible to many people I want to make sure you pick:

  • your favourite art piece,
  • your favourite self portrait
  • Your favourite word. (You can explain if you want.)

Only the 500 artists from the exhibition/installation will be included in the video installation.


  • The total size of the piece is 30 x 30 including framing if framed.
  • If you frame, use black/white/gray/blue. No browns will be accepted.

Feb Installation Day 1 Process Video

2016 is the year of installation for Munich Artists and the Friday gallery .

We started the year with at installation by Emmy Horstkamp & TMNK at Odeonsplatz and continue our exploration of collaborative installations with Ines Seidel and Allun Turner at the Friday Gallery.

We will be sharing Their creative process As They work within the Friday Gallery space.

All the videos will be on our website for you to watch and, I want to edit them together at the end of the installation. This is not a classic documentary but a recording of how the three of us are dealing with the creations process within the Friday Gallery – two artists and the owner of the space.

Now, please watch Ines Seidel & Allun Turner talking and creating art.


Studio Riemerling – Visiting Britta Eriskat & Petra Amtsberg Hoffman

DSC00613I agreed to visit Britta Eriskat at her studio space on the other side of town where I thought I had been but where I have never been and today I was thankful for GPS to lead the way to Studio Riemerling.

After parking my car, I walked across the street and started looking for art studios (I’m always surprised where art studios are hiding.)


I walked passed this dumpster around the building and into the garden and saw this tire swing. That could belong to an artist….


Passing the swing,  I saw ten kids running through the grass and knew that I was not going in the right direction. Turning around, I headed back to my car to check the address. Friedrich-Hofmann-Str. 8.  The number was written very big on the building but the people in the window in front of my car were busy cooking and the back side was a kindergarten with a bunch of kids.

I opened the door to the kitchen, walked in and asked the two men sitting at a table, “Do you know where the artists are?”

The boss looked at me and said, “I’m an artist.”

His employee rolled his eyes and walked me outside and guided me to a church like building and told me to walk around it.


Rounding the corner, I saw Britta in a window but I had no clue how to enter the building. Britta realised this and came out into the yard to get me and brought me into the studio. (They are in the process of making directional signs to help future visitors get to the front door (which is tucked into that white part of the building.)



Here are works by Britta Eriskat:

Britta Eriskat work in progress 2016
Britta Eriskat Work in Progress 2016
Britta Eriskat Work in Progress 2016
large work ink on paper – Britta Eriskat – 2800 Euro (2M or larger ask Britta for exact measurements )
Britta Eriskat Ink/paint on photograph (I love this one.)

Britta rents her studio space from Petra Amtsberg-Hoffmann who is an artist and the owner of the whole darn building including the church, land & garages.  Here are some photos of the complex:

Studio Riemerling view of inner courtyard
Studio Riemerling backside of church
Studio Riemerling – they have their own bell
Studio Riemerling Inside – large walls to display large artwork
Studio Riemerling Outside entrance area
Studio Riemerling – Church
Studio Riemerling – Inside courtyard
Studio Riemerling – Inside balcony area
Studio Riemerling – lower level
Studio Riemerling – Lower level

Petra rents studio spaces to artists of any field so the building is full of musicians, craftsmen and painters. She does not have empty studio spaces but Petra is willing to host some Munich Artists events so what shall we do?  A summer festival/picnic/art sketching/ just for us? Some Land art?  A Weekend workshop series? Bring your ideas to the Stammtisch on Feb 23rd. This offer came in today so lets do some brainstorming with Petra and figure out something cool at the end of July before everyone leaves for vacation.

Petra’s studio building will be hosting a high profile exhibition the first weekend in July and Norbert Bisky will be in attendance. Petra will be sending more information in a bit and I promise to share.

Artwork by Petra Amtsberg Hoffman image 2
Artwork by Petra Amtsberg Hoffman image 3
Artwork by Petra Amtsberg Hoffman image 5
Figurative artwork by Petra Amtsberg Hoffman – 2016
artwork by Petra Amtsberg Hoffman – 2016
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Photo by Petra Amtsberg Hoffmann of Emmy Horstkamp, Petra Amtsberg Hoffmann and Britta Eriskat 2016

FYI – Both Petra and Britta live on the other side of town.  Britta takes the Sbahn out to the studios from near Sendling and Petra from a little further out. I’m very impressed that they make the commute for their art.

Flying Fish of Sendling – Flying Days of February

Fish Flying in Munich

For a few months, I’ve been passing this sticker on my way to the studio.


Da Tut sich was…  means Something is happening (I think)

The sticker is very close to the Grossmarkt hall and the klo Haeuschen which is a tiny tiny gallery in the old public toilets of the Grossmarkt hall (all cleaned up of course)

The space where the sticker is posted was at one time a fish market and then the fish market was kicked out for renovation but the space stayed closed and unrenovated for a long time.

Late in 2015 they renovated the space and it has been empty until this month.  I thought it was funny to have this sticker on the building. I hope they keep it there as a nod to what the space was in the past.. but if you follow my photos, you know what Mingas do to stickers…

Shadows Do Not Impress Dogs

“I don’t get it.” Said Lucas being stubborn and not putting his head down so the shadows could artistically fall across his face.

The dogs don’t care about shadows.  I used those shadows in the current installation at Odeonsplatz. I saw someone on instagram using shadows like these on a model.  Artists love shadows but dogs don’t care.

I answered the Phone

I never answer my phone unless a name appears but I was busy writing this post and pressed the button without thinking and said “Hello” as I kept writing about my dogs.

An artists invited me to her exhibition. I guess the universe wants to drag me to Gauting to look at art on a Saturday afternoon so,

If anyone is in Gauting on Feb 13th and wants me to visit their studio, please let me know. I may be in the area visiting Aqsa Owais’s first solo exhibition in Munich, Germany. Her artwork will be up for a month. I have no clue what it looks like yet but she said it is fabulous. (not really. She didn’t hype her art.)

Remember, if you are trying to get me to leave the city, you better make it worth my while. If you have an art event, I will share your event page on our Facebook page. Just send me an invite to a public event page and I will add it to Munich Artists Facebook page.

If you want daily content, it is best to like our Facebook page or follow me on instagram.  Tomorow, I will share images of Allun Turner and Ines Seidel as they begin installing “the Talk.”

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


Visiting Munich Artists at ISPO Trade Fair

This morning I went to ISPO.  What is ISPO?  It is sports and business connected and it took up six exhibition halls for a few days in Munich.


I went to see the installation in exhibition hall 6 because Ines Seidel gave me a ticket. In her instructions, Ines told me to come through the East entrance but I entered through the entrance near the shopping mall and walked through all 6 exhibition halls to reach the cloud installation. Six exhibition halls full of visual stimuli trying to attract buyers prepared me for an art booth filled with clouds.

Do you believe me?

It was easy to spot Ines’s artwork because it did not look like sport equipment nor did it flash at me or try to get me to try it on (even though it was on a hanger.)  After checking out Ines’s new work I headed over to the installation and then

Artwork by Ines Seidel – January 2016

I approached the Artist Miquel Panadero who was busy working on one of his installation pieces. We didn’t talk in art speak but rather spoke like artists and talked about the logistics of creating with a group of five, the execution of an installation in a relatively open space and getting an idea working in reality.  Those are topics you too can ask Miquel when he returns to Munich later this spring.

Miguel Panadero is very happy to be creating art in Munich for a few days before heading back to the Canary Islands (I’m jealous except my Spanish sucks right now so I’m just a little bit jealous but not jealous enough to move to Spain.)


Miquel Panadero and Moreno Tapia have been creating installations at ISPO for three years.  The first year, they created one just by their lonesome – a big birdlike creature that rose high into the sky.  After a successful first installation,  the Spanish artists decided to try working with more artists. (I think because they are two men who like a challenge and are not into siestas.)

This year, five artists created an installation piece of clouds in the front of the exhibition booth space and then displayed their artwork in cloud like formations on the walls surrounding the installation.

The artists for this year’s installation are:

  • Adam Harthshorne (UK)
  • Majilina (Italy)
  • Miguel Panadero
  • Moreno Tapia (Spain)
  • Ines Seidel (Germany)

The installation developed during the exhibition so if you arrived on the first day, you would have seen just white clouds and if you arrived today, you would have seen the installation as I photographed it below.   The installation pieces will be auctioned off to benefit Movember so if you want a piece, please ask Miquel Panadero, Moreno Tapia or Ines Seidel where to bid on the pieces. I have no clue so don’t ask me.

Here is the full installation in monochrome:DSC00175

Here is the installation in colour:DSC00225

Here are two pieces created by Ines Seidel for the installation:

installation art piece by Ines Seidel
Installation art piece by Ines Seidel



Miquel Panadero is an artist with many interests.  Although he was showing his installation and illustration skills at ISPO, he also works with paint and clay and other mediums to realise an idea.  Miquel uses his brain database to create his illustrations and to express himself in art form. Photography was not one of his mediums… yet.

Miquel works in a studio in the Canary Islands and flies all over to show his work so if you love his artistic style/installation/name/Spanishness, just let him know and he will fly to you if he can fit it in his schedule.


Moreno is the other artist who hatched the idea for the installation and managed its creation.

Here are Moreno’s smaller works: DSC00182

Here are Moreno’s larger works ….and his shoe.

Here are Moreno’s larger works and his foot.   Munich Raw Fodder.

So here is the deal with the big pieces.  The pieces were hanging on the wall (by chance right behind the installation.)  People ignored the art pieces thinking they were part of the installation but they were not.  The artworks were large art pieces by Moreno – A waterfall of mixed media abstracts.

Now, we visitors are sometimes sheep and our brains have a hard time adjusting.  All the other artists had cloud formation for their artwork so, logically his whole wall piece did not fit into the equation of cloud formations and therefore was not an artists specific work.  Naughty brains.

Seeing the problem, Moreno took down his large waterfall piece and hung up a cloud formation like the four other artists and that made sense to visitors. People stopped and asked him if they could buy some of the cloud.

The downfall of taking the work off the wall was that Moreno had to rollout his waterfall for me to see it and it is kind of hard to see a waterfall in the horizantal (It was a river with a rapids at the end just like my photographs show you.)

Moreno loves old newspapers and old papers and he also loves to take his older works and rework them into his current artworks.  At the installation space, Moreno had a stack of abstract art pieces under his cloud. I think you can get the feel of his abstracts by looking at the waterfall spilling all over the installation floor.


Adam Harthshorne

Adam was sweet to answer my one question about his work.  I only asked one.  I’m blaming the lack of questions on a lack of caffeine and my meeting all of the artists at the same time. (This is never a good idea.)  Adam uses different techniques to make his images. A little bit of this print/transfer technique a little bit of that. I did not write them down but you are artists so you should be able to tell from looking at his work how he made it. (No screen prints, that was my one question.. Sorry Adam, I will ask you more questions next time.)




The fifth artist contributing to the installation is Majilina, an Italian artist. I didn’t ask her any questions nor did I remember to take a photo of her work (which I liked, I just did not take a photo.)  Luckily, I texted Ines and she forwarded me this photo to share with you.

Here are Majilina’s animal clouds:

artwork by Majilina


Ines told me there was more artwork at ISPO in a big black box so we walked down the exhibition hall and found the box and walked inside and met Lumenman a/k/a Bernhard Rauscher.

As we sat down on the wood benches, I expected a video installation to begin but Bernhard said, “You are my first model of the day!”




After about ten minutes of watching Bernhard set up his equipment, he asked me to stand up and strike a pose. Ines suggested that I fly (into the cloud) so I threw my arms up into the air and Bernhard did his magic, circling my body with his light wands as his camera took the image.

Bernhard asked me to stand very still… if you have met me, you know that standing still is not something I like to do, but, I did accomplish it for the length of his photograph and someday, in the near future, I will have a light piece to show you.  For now, you can look at the light pieces on his website and the one below that Lumenman made for the colour turquoise (part of our Munich Artists challenge).  I will have a few more photos from Lumenman for you in a post tomorrow.

Artwork by Lumenman for the Munich Artists  14 day Colour challenge. January 2016

NOTE: We are nearing the end of the colour challenge. If you want to play along, you can find the colours on the 14 day colour challenge page.




Manuela Illera “Splaining” Her Painting “Listen to the Flow of Life”

Manuela Illera plunged head first into her painting and surfaced with the following splaining thoughts:

Emmy Horstkamp’s Studio tucked behind the Friday Gallery -Munich, Germany

Thoughts about the process of “Listen to the Flow of Life” art piece

The beginning of an art piece is always a challenge. Sometimes I’ve spend weeks organizing what I need to start a new painting. Lately, this “beginning syndrome” has decreased to about two days of just doing nothing in front of the surface.

For this commissioned art piece my parameters were simple – Positive vibes and nothing pornographic. I started sketching.

Manuela Illera Sketches and first layer of art piece -December 2015

The painting is for Emmy Horstkamp, a writer and an artist and the founder of Munich Artists. Emmy commissioned the work and allowed me to use her studio space – a fantastic spot right in the city center.

The studio is a magnificent atelier with everything needed to create art and when I say everything I mean everything: drawers and shelves filled with tapes, paintings, tools, brushes, sprays, markers, books, papers, pencils and more.

Here I was, working downtown, with my painting clothes and “The Heliocentrics” playing in the back.

With big pieces or commissions there is always some factor that could alter my approach to the artwork. When it comes to sketches and free drawings I flow, I’m like a fish in the water. But when it is something bigger, which is my favorite way to work, some insecurities and fears come out.

Munich Artists – Manuela Illera

Thoughts, emotional states, problems, desires and questions aren’t separate from the painting in that particular moment of creation. Even breakfast and weather will play a specific roll in the feeling of the painting. Sometimes it is really mental; my focus is in the technique, composition, and colors. Sometimes after a joint and a bottle of prosecco it can get rather mystical…

Manueal Illear – Work in Progress

“Listen to the flow of life” is the name I chose for this piece. It just came to my mind in a moment of complete peace and satisfaction, in a moment when the painting and I, were the same thing, when I realized that the canvas was just an extension of my body and my soul.


Painting is like making the puzzle of myself.  The way I organize the pieces and forms to fit them together in the right way, is the same manner in which I make a map of my psyche and my emotions. Just when I’m painting I can see and perceive myself in that particular form.


It is peculiar, but most of the times this feeling of satisfaction comes in the middle of the painting. At the end it is different, at the end a weird suspicion arises, because even a finished piece is still a process of something else, it is one more step towards something that to me, still remains uncertain and unveiled.

Manuela Illera.

Manuela Illera

Emmy’s Comment about the commission & the artwork:

I like Manuela’s work and I’m a big fan of raw canvases so I gave Manuela a raw linen canvas and allowed her to work in my space during the month of December 2015.

You learn a lot about an artist when they work in your space and I could tell it was not easy for Manuela to tackle a large canvas commission.  Many artists find commissions trying which is why I made the parameters simple asking only for an art piece that was happy and free like the smaller pieces that Manuela created at the end of 2015.

After Manuela finished the commission (Which is at the Friday Gallery,)  Manuela created a another piece on an A3 piece of wood.  The smaller piece was a present for a friend and contained an energy that was interesting and drew you into the piece- An energy missing from the larger artwork.  For the smaller piece, Manuela respected the medium and integrated the wood into the art piece allowing her personal artistic style to shine through.  With the A3 artwork Manuela was within her comfort zone and free to be creative without letting doubt creep into the equation.

I’m glad I commissioned the larger piece.  If you would like to see it, it is at the Friday Gallery.

If you enjoy Manuela’s work,  I will have a few more pieces from Manuela to show you in March 2016.


An Art Fair in Ulm? March 12 -20th 2016


If you have been following our art challenges, today’s colour is Yellow! Go forth and create a mapplethorpe and piss a little art for me baby but only after you read about the Ulm Art Fair.



This is the fourth year.  Why have I not heard artists talking about this?  Is it because Ulm is 90 minutes away?  Regenburg is 90 mintes away and I hear artists talking about the art fair in Regenburg. Why is there a radio silence about Ulm?  Are you just being snobby artists or are you keeping all those 80k visitors to yourselves?

If you are an artist and would like to exhibit your work in Ulm, the booth prices are reasonable.  Here is a link to the Kunstschimmer website. The fair is for 9 days (two weekends) and you can be an absentee artist for an additional fee.  FYI: Your art will not sell if you are an absentee boothlord.

Here is the German blurb sent to me by the organizers:

Die große KUNST MESSE in Ulm sucht wieder Teilnehmer! Der „Kunst Schimmer 4“ findet erneut im Donausaal der Donauhallen, auf fast 1000 Quadratmetern, als autonomer Teil der Frühlingsmesse “Leben, Wohnen, Freizeit” statt – Die Frühlingsmesse zieht jedes Jahr ca. 80.000 Besucher an und ist die größte Messe der Region. Die Messe beginnt am 12. März und dauert insgesamt 9 Tage. Künstler aus allen Bereichen, Kunstvereine und Galerien sind herzlich willkommen. So schnell wie möglich bewerben! – Bitte weitersagen!

Are you feeling Ulmy?  I’m waiting to hear about an art fair that is at the end of March that I already applied for in the US.  If that one falls through, then I will plan on this one and I will go over the weekends.  There is a penalty fee if you are not in the booth for at least 5 day but the prices is reasonable enough that you can rent your own booth for the 9 days and just go for two or four days and pay the penalty fee.

80k visitors is a respectable number and with that many people you may sell enough art to break even or have enough left over to buy more art supplies or take a trip around the world. (Depending on how expensive your art is.)

Here are a few photos by T. Brem of the 2015 art fair.








Friday is For Finding Something Purple

Day 5 and the color is purple.  I played with my camera and made something with purple. This is not high art. There is no deep meaning other than taking an ugly stylized fish from the side of a building and adding some color and playing with my iphone and finishing today’s challenge. It is an example of how you can use your creativity just to play and have fun because…

Sometimes this girl just wants to have fun and playing with my iphone is fun and a great way to start the day.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you can check out our 14 day Colour challenge here. 


The reason I’m not going heavy duty with purple is because I’m preparing my installation for the Odeonsplatz Window for February 2016.  My inspiration for this installation is Alice in Wonderland (rabbit’s hole), the Matrix (red/blue pilll) & This display at a sock store.


The installation is titled “You pierced my heart and shattered my soul.”  My tribute to Valentine’s day.  I will give a “splaining” of the piece after it is created.  Right now, I’m experimenting with hanging the pieces at the Friday Gallery and figuring out how to deal with those bright lights in the space.

There are 23 pieces in the process of creation but maybe I will reduce it or mold it into one assembled piece.  We will figure that out when the artwork is installed on January 31st. (Great Sunday Morning activity.)  I still have not decided if I want to add a video component to this installation but I might experiment with how to add it this weekend when I take a break from Alice.

The Friday Gallery will be closed until February 1st as I use the gallery space to work on the installation. If you need to meet with me, please make an appointment.

Friday Gallery February Installation

Ines Seidel and Allun Turner will begin installing their “Talk” installation at the Friday Gallery in February. I will post the days that they are at the gallery installing pieces.  The gallery will be open Monday – Saturday from 1100 to 1500 during February so you can come see their installation and I will post when they add new elements along with an explanation of their talk.


You have one more week to see the January Crush Installation at Odeonsplatz.  In a few days it will be crushed into storage tubes and moved to the Friday Gallery.

Here is a video of the installation( In case you have no desire to visit Odeonsplatz but are curious about our first installation of 2016.)  Want to read a little about this installation, you can go visit the Crush splaining page.




Orange You Happy to be Creative?

Take a Pill -Photography by Emmy Horstkamp 2016

Orange is the color of the day and the words to think about are vibrant or courage or timid or fear.

I posted on Instagram this morning a photo of Petra Winter and her sketchbook page from our Munich Artists Sketchbook project because she used orange and it fit with the theme of the day.

My own personal photo is from this morning as I walked to the Crush installation at Odeonsplatz.  I walked by it this morning and it was right in my face.   I decided to have bikes disappear into the orange but when I went into my editing program, I desaturated (as I like to do with most vibrant photos) and I loved the image and wanted to show the two side by side.  Like here is your courage pill, here is your chill pill.   I will be taken this and making something out of it. I absolutely love it and am really happy that I’m a creative and that today’s colour is orange.

If you would like to share your challenge images with us, please join our challenge group on Facebook.  If you need to play catchup, you can find the list of colours on our 14 day colour challenge page.



Green is the Thing on Day 3 Munich Artists Colour Challenge

Munich Artists 14 Day Colour Challenge

The words for today are Lucky, healthy or jealous, bad…. or, whatever you want because we want you to play with green not get stuck trying to fit green into a word.  I picked the following Green videos to inspire you on day 3.


If you are getting into the swing of the challenge, don’t forget to share your colour image on our Facebook challenge page or in our Munich Artists Facebook group.  If you want to plan for the next 11 days, you can find the colours and associated words on our Challenge page.

Remember, you can use any medium for the colour challenge.  The goal is to finish 14 pieces of artwork that have meaning to you and when you share them, you can say, this piece is entitled “Green…” and it is infused with the energy I felt as I contemplated the word luck/health/jealousy.   I’m using the colour challenge to play with words on my photographs and maybe doodling like on day 1.

Remember, we do splaining posts and if you want to “splain” your 14 day challenge you can let me know by emailing me at emmy@kyfio.com

Have fun with Green.

Katrin Vogl – Animated Gif


Katrin Vogl is an artist studying at the academy in Munich.  We worked with Katrin for one of our Long Night of the Museum installation in 2014 where she created straight video art for the installation. Now, Katrin is venturing into digital manipulation.

Last week Katrin sent me an example of her current super short videos and I asked her to take the video and make an animated gif to share with you.

So here you go! Have a happy Tuesday staring at Katrin Vogl or hunting something black to capture for day 2 of our art challenge.  If you want to see more animated Gifs, let me know on Facebook.  I’m sure the digital artists in Munich have something in their archives their willing to share.


Black Day – Munich Artists Color challenge Day 2

For day 2 of our 14 day colour challenge, you will be playing with the colour black.  Drama, Grief, Delight and Joy are the words I’ve associated with this colour.  You can pick one word or try and incorporate as many as you want into your composition.

I decided to share a few photos for day 2.

My first photo focuses on delight and joy.  The photo is of Jenny Schminke who has been at the Friday Gallery working on a large scale paper piece.  Jenny is studioless right now and   I know what that feels like so I offered Jenny a wall at the gallery to work big for a few days.

Jenny has been enjoying the freedom that comes with space and has been happily sketching the first of a series of large scale drawings.

Jenny Schminke Work in Progress January 2016 photo by Emmy Horstkamp

The image below is of the new snowfall on one of Munich’s  cobblestone streets.  Snow for me is a joy/delight but it also symbolises grief/death. The earth sleeps and rests waiting for spring buried under the white and exposing only the essentials; The earth is “dead” waiting rebirth.  In my photo black is buried under the white but, always there… good/evil/ day/night. Lets dig deep, or not.  It is your choice when playing with black.

“white over Black” Photo by Emmy Horstkamp 2016

If you are taking part in this challenge you are welcome to post your image/artwork on our BCA Munich Artists Challenge page  or as a response on our Munich artists post on Facebook.

Look forward to seeing black today.

The 14 Day Colour Challenge Begins with Blue

A little Blue – photograph by Emmy Horstkamp 2016

Today is the first day of our first 14 day challenge for 2016.  The colour for day 1 is blue.

As stated on the challenge page, I would like you to focus on the meaning behind the word blue as you take the photo or create your art piece in blue.

Here are the words to incorporate:

Positive:  Intelligence or Trust

Negative: Doubt or Ignorance

You can incorporate all of the words or just one of them but I do need you to focus on the feeling that you want to express with the colour not just the shade of blue you are going to use.

The photo above was taken Saturday Morning.  I will be working on a drawing in blue today focusing on Doubt or maybe take another photo if I see something on the way to Frauenstrasse 18.

Another Way to Play with Blue

I took the photo below in 2014 of a blue Munich tram and blue paper recycle trash cans. People who live in Munich knew the photo was a vibrant blue even though there was no blue in the desaturated shot. It was a gray day and I wanted the photo to feel that way but the objects I photographed are so blue that people’s brains filled in the colour and saw a photo filled with blue.

A Little Bit of Blue – photograph by Emmy Horstkamp 2014

This type of mind trick only works if you know the items are supposed to be blue so only people who live in Munich see blue, everyone else in the world sees a gray shot.  You can play with colour this way too if you want because, our challenges have no rules except that you challenge yourself and share your work with me (which can be a challenge for artists.)

Please post your challenge photo in our Facebook group or as a response to the post on our Facebook page if you are not living in Munich.

We also have a challenge group in case you are not comfortable sharing your challenge work with hundreds of artists.  The people in the challenge group share only images from the challenges I promise to populate both for you in case you hang out only in the small group.

REMINDER.  The challenges are not for art critique. I will not provide constructive criticism during a challenge.  The challenges are only for creativity and art production.  Art challenges are about getting yourself to create everyday so that you get over that idea that art is only for when you have time or, when you are inspired.   Art inspires me and sparks the creative process. I believe art will help you be more creative and appreciative of your life.

Happy Creating!



Current streetart Tumblingerstr. Munich, Germany January 2016

Current artwork on Tumblingerstrasse.  If you would like to see the works in person, you can park your car at Tumblingerstrasse next to the graffiti or take the U3 to Poccistrasse and walk a block. Remember Street art on this street is legal and does not stay very long because artists love to create artwork. This street is also curated so contact a street artist in Munich BEFORE you go doodling your way into trouble. If you don’t know a street artist in Munich, head to the other side of this wall and work your magic.

Lando Graffiti – Bowie – 2016
Lando Graffiti Detail photo of Bowie 2016
City Slickaz (below) and HNRX (Above)
HNRX (above)
City Slickaz tag (love it.)
Subtwo Street Art Portrait 2015

Lettering 2015 (There is more lettering but I took a shot of one example)
Marc Sumo Street Artist from Luxembourg (above)?

Shattered Walking to Frauenstrasse 18

Today as I walked back to Frauenstrasse 18 from the Odeonsplatz Installation Window, I passed by this shattered window and decided I wanted to take some photos.  As a self portrait, this shot is really a self portrait of my phone.

I positioned myself in the middle and decided I would use this shot for my encaustic photo/mixed media art pieces.

Emmy Horstkamp Self Portrait January 2016

I took the center of the shot and deleted the content and then created a second layer so that when I coat the photograph with encaustic, the second photo will be able to “shine” through the lighter image.

WIP for You Shattered my Soul January 2016 by Emmy Horstkamp

Since I’m printing these pieces in a larger size, I’m not sure if it will work with encaustic so I ordered a print with the middle white so I could draw in my shattered soul.

WIP for You Shattered My Soul 2016 By Emmy Horstkamp

After capturing the image of myself in the shot, I decided I wanted to capture other people in the shattered window.  I took a few shots which have a very aggressive feeling (stabbing people in the back) and then I captured this man walking my way and I felt a jolt of happiness.  He is looking at me and the glass is piercing him.  With my composition, I’ve pierced his heart.

I Pierced Your Heart – January 2016  By Emmy Horstkamp

and so now, I have the inspiration for the February installation at Odeonsplatz which will once again be some variety of large scale drawings and video but I think I will use the A2 format if the light frame/printing/encaustic works out.

If you would like to be creative with us, our next 14 day challenge begins on Monday.

The Friday Gallery 3.0 – Exporting the Munich Artists Brand


This week will be the first week that the Friday Gallery has a distinct space separate from my studio.  See below, behind that wall of curtains is my desk and storage shelves and creative energy.


In 2016, the Friday Gallery 3.0 will focus on exporting the Munich Artists Brand overseas. The physical space at Frauenstrasse 18 will host installations and exhibit our current projects & ideas.

The Friday Gallery will no longer hold vernissages or Finissages.

Our current Installation exhibition is in a Window at Odeonsplatz and our February Installations will be in the window & at the Friday Gallery. (We will have two in February).

Here is the Friday Gallery Information:

  • Opening Hours – Tuesday through Friday from 1300 until 1600 or by appointment.
  • Phone – +4915129111465
  • Email – Emmy@kyfo.com
  • http://fridaygallery.com



Our Next 14 Day Challenge Starts January 18th

Back to work!

Today we sat down and created the 14 Day Munich artists challenge page focused on color and its symbolism.

Starting on Monday January 18th, we will be sharing with you artwork focused on the following Colours:

  • Blue
  • Black
  • Green
  • Orange
  • Purple
  • Red
  • Yellow
  • White
  • Silver
  • Turquoise
  • Pink
  • Brown
  • Gray
  • Gold

I picked specific works for the colours and the opposite if you feel challenged to try and show a scene playing with people’s assumption of what colours mean and how this meaning influences how they see the artwork.

We will share the information here on Munich Artists and on our Facebook groups.  If you would like to share your artwork, please join our BCA Munich Artists Challenge Group.

With your permission, I will share some of your images on our instagram feed.


“Crush” Installation by Emmy Horstkamp & TMNK January 2015

We installed the artwork  by Emmy Horstkamp and TMNK “Nobody” at Odeonsplatz this week.

Crush Installation January 2015
Artwork by Emmy Horstkamp and TMNK ” Nobody”
TMNK “Nobody” in front of Crush Installation

There are a total of four art pieces on paper and a video art piece included with this installation.  Ideally, the back two pieces will be seen slightly through the front artwork. This worked perfectly when I tried it at the studio but, the lights in the display window are scorching bright so the LEDs don’t have a chance.

I debated turning off the overhead lights but the window is in the subway and the brightness of the window does draw your attention to it and the pieces tucked inside.

I discussed with TMNK moving the back pieces but I’m leaving the two back pieces where they are behind the two individual figures because the images change the Crush story if they are shown next to the individual figures instead of behind them.  Below are the two TMNK pieces which are not really visible but are on the walls at the subway:

All artists want their art in front of the public but street artists only get this opportunity for a short period of time before the art piece is covered over by another art  piece or painted over white/gray/beige.  Sometimes when you walk by a graffiti wall you see a fragment of what was there before but the viewer has no way of flipping the front piece up to look what is behind.

In the Crush installation, the front pieces could be flipped up if presented in a gallery space.  The viewer knows there is another piece and will be tempted to look at it. I know from a prior experience with multiple layers of canvas that viewers will flip to see what is behind even when the art piece is presented in a gallery space and there is no signage saying flip or keep your hands off.

TMNK Adding to Emmy’s Artwork

TMNK  is known for marking over other artist’s street art with his X, Crown and Love.  I found the following manipulation of another artist’s street piece in my photos from November 2015.


Although artists are creating street art which is “temporary,” there is a feeling of ownership even though the piece is not legal. The owner of this piece would be the city of NYC.  Neither TMNK  nor the Pandabear artist would be able to say, “it’s mine” because the canvas they chose to use was not owned by them… such a lovely legal argument regarding intellectual property and property rights. In my conversations with TMNK, he admitted that artists got upset that he changed their work but that possessive energy belong only in the gallery on personally owned art materials, not on the streets.

Experimenting with this idea, I asked TMNK to work on top of my photographs in a continued effort to bring a sense of reverence to my digital photography.

Here is an example of the two pieces he created last week:


The artwork has the feel of graffiti from the streets but is totally legal because I allowed TMNK to manipulate my photographs. This is unlike the other American artist who forget to communicate with the photographer before  using his artwork. TMNK cares about how other artists feels in the studio and he asked before drawing on the photos. I wasn’t sure how I would feel when he was done but at the moment I offered, I was curious and happy to experiment BECAUSE IT WAS A PRINT OF MY DIGITAL artwork and I could print another.

When he finished drawing, I liked what he did and decided to take the idea one step further. I asked TMNK to work over two of my digital prints on canvas from my Project T series.

TMNK “nobody” Working over my T Series art pieces

How did I feel when he worked over the pieces which were digital with a bit of my own original artwork?  I felt happy.  No issues whatsoever.

BUT, I realised that I didn’t want TMNK touching my Plan B Dorothy art piece in the installation window. In fact, I didn’t let him see it until I was getting ready to hang the piece.

Why do I have this gap in my emotional attachment to my different art forms?  When I create the artwork with my two little hands, I’m very possessive of the piece and I don’t want it altered unless I trust the artist to complement my style and not overwhelm it.

After watching TMNK work on the four art pieces for the installation, I realized that his style was not really adding but reinventing the piece and taking it over.  By taking it over, it was no longer mine or ours… it was just his and that made me possessive of Plan B Dorothy.

I did not have this feeling with my digital work.  When I look at the above image of our combined work, I see them as our combined work and  I’m happy with what he decided to create. I had no say in what he created except by offering him the initial composition of Project T Banker and Project T Intellectual.

I especially love what TMNK decided to create with my street photographs.  Those images made me very happy. I’ve been trying to get Munich Artists to think like TMNK in regards to my photographs but they can’t. The idea of drawing all over my photographs is very stressful for a German artists and only Brigitte Pruchnow has been able to do it.

If you are interested in seeing what TMNK created while he was in my studio, please visit the Friday Gallery.  All his works created during his visit to Munich will be for sale at Frauenstrasse 18 which looks like this now:


The Gallery will be officially reopened next week on January 11, 2016.  I still have to put a coat of white paint on the walls but all my studio materials are now contained and separated from the gallery space by these lovely dividers.


ProMarkers Are Back in Production – Melted Word Series May Continue

This is what Santa brought me. He brought Promarker Back from the dead.

Yesterday, I went to Gerstaecker to pick up a 10M roll of drawing paper and right in the front of the store, there was this display.12388269_947120048676476_706881864_n

I’m in heaven.  Promarker went out of business awhile ago and I stopped making my melted words series because I didn’t have the right markers to melt with the acetone.  If you ever wondered why an artist changes their focus in art, sometimes it is because the supplies they were using no longer exist or are unavailable. That is what happened with “melted words.” Promarker disappeared from Munich.

“P. She’s Always in Between 2014,” Oil paint with promarker on top smeared with acetone. By Emmy Horstkamp

Now, Winsor & Newton purchased the intellectual property  for Promarker and reincarnated my favourite markers so I can continue this series of oils with promarker and experiment making large paper pieces like the “Crush” installation for January 4th.

Most German artists who use these Promarkers create Manga art but Promarkers were designed to work on all surfaces including metal. You can remove the promarker ink with acetone and I will test the new markers after the holidays to see if they still work in the same way.


The most exciting thing about the spinning display at Gerstaecker was the Pigment markers I found on the opposite side.

I’ve never used Winsor & Newton Pigment Markers. I’m going to try them out over the holidays and show you what I create in the new year. I bought only four ( 5 and 6 Euro each) because my cart was already full of  Promarkers (around 3 Euro each) and I wanted stay within my art supply budget.


When I give the splanning for “Plan B Dorothy II” on Monday, I will share with you all the materials that I used to create her.  If you want to explain how you made an art piece, please read my splanning post and email me at emmy@kyfio.com

Happy holidays!

Street Art Collaboration Inside The Friday Gallery

Art Collaboration

This week we started the non video segment of our window installation. The installation will be installed on January 4th at Odeonsplatz, Munich, Germany.  I will make a tiny video showing you exactly where it is so you can visit it on your commute through town.  The two artists creating artwork for this installation are Emmy Horstkamp (me) and Street artist with a cool street art name. ( I don’t have a cool street art name.)

Initially, the installation was planned as a continuation of the madeyourbed series, but on Monday, I had a surprise visit from an American Street Artist at the Friday Gallery and after an interesting conversation my plans for the installation changed.

I didn’t tell the street artist what I was calling the installation nor did I tell him what to draw on the different segments of the installation.  I wanted the pieces to feel like the a graffiti wall and be filled with a collaborative synergetic energy.

To inspire him, I made the first layer by transferring my photographs of Munich  onto the paper so the paper was no longer blank. From the abstracted shapes on each art piece, the street artist began painting with black and red ink using his iconic motifs to fill the space.

Below you can see the street artist adding the second layer of drawing to one of the art pieces.


A friend helped us by adding some colour to one of the art pieces. (Bonus for hanging out with us for HOURS.)

This week I will begin layering the  paper pieces at the Friday Gallery to see how they overlap and where I need to make cuts and add encaustic medium.

I want to make sure that the top layer integrates our styles and the feeling of a graffiti wall so I will be adding shadows around the main figures, some stencil work and some collaging … along with the word CRUSH.

The idea of this installation is to share the feeling of a graffiti wall dissected.  The artwork of some of the pieces will not be fully visible as if the artwork was done on a graffiti wall.

Wax will be used to add structural elements to the pieces and also to make the paper translucent so you can see parts of what is on the piece behind. Without being backlit, the wax will just add a texture to the piece.  With backlighting, the paper will be see through allowing you to see the piece behind.

I started cutting holes in the pieces and will walk by Tumblingerstrasse all week to get inspired by the layered graffiti and street art so that I capture the graffiti wall feeling in the installation.

I decided to name the installation CRUSH to represent not only the the love themes of this street artist but the actual crushing of artwork by layering the pieces closely together, pushing them together and crushing two very different art styles into one space.

The video part of the installation  will share a word story called Crush.

I will post an update of the installation at the end of next week. If you have any questions, you can email me emmy@kyfio.com


Our Feb Installation will be Ines Seidel and AllunTurner entitled “The Talk”which they will start at the beginning of Feb and will be ready for  Jewellery week at the end of Feb beginning of March 2016.

If you have a window you want to share with Munich Artists for an Installation, please let me know. We are looking for a space for March 2016.













The Competition Begins – Baumstr Art Studio Applications Are Open For Submission

24 Studios are up for grabs.  24 spaces at Klenzestr. 85a RGB / Baumstr. 8b. Such a small number when you think of the hundreds of artists looking for space at a reasonable price but at least there are 24 studios opening up which is good for us and sad for the Munich Artists who must leave and find new spaces to create artwork.

Why apply for the studios?

  • The studios are right in the centre of town.
  • The studios are  in an industrial building with lots of good artsy energy inside.
  • The studios at a price most artists can afford.
  • Lost of people will wander by during open studios to check out your work.
  • You can put it on your CV and it will matter.
  • You will be surrounded by other working artists.
  • You might find remnants of Ray Moore’s art there or he may come back and camp in your studio for old time’s sake.

Here is the link to the application.

Remember everything sent to the city must be in German.  If you don’t write in German have someone translate it for you.  I don’t want you to miss this opportunity to work in the city centre just because I shared this information with you in English.

The deadline for your application is Feb 2, 2016.  Please do not wait until Feb 2 to submit your application.  Please read the instructions and fill out the forms and please listen to what the city wants.  One page CV.  A portfolio sized A4 of your current work with titles with descriptions. The application form filled out with 3 studio choices picked from the provided PDF.  If you are a video artist, you may be able to send additional information.  Once you send in your packet that is it. No additional information will be added to it.

As an artist whose art practice has taken over her house & gallery space, the idea of having an art studio right near the Munich Artists space is very dreamy.  I know I’m not the only artist whose family would be very appreciative if her art studio was removed from the living room/kitchen/bedroom/installation space.

Good luck to all the artists who apply for the studio spaces.  It will be fun to see who gets to call Baumstrasse home from 2016 until 2021.  I wish all Munich Artists could be chosen but since there are only 24 spaces, I know that 24 Munich Artists will be in those spaces because…

You must live within the Sbahn area of Munich to apply.  If you live farther away, you will need to relocate your apartment quick.

Once you are within the proper range of Munich, submit your application but then, please, leave the city alone. The city  will be making decisions in March/April 2016 until then, there will be radio silence as they sift through all the art portfolios of hopeful artists wanting to have studios at Baumstrasse.



February Installation: Ines Seidel and Allun Turner

I invited Munich Artists Ines Seidel and Allun Turner to create an installation called “The Talk” during Feb. 2016.  Both artists create art Jewellery and I asked them to incorporate art jewellery into the installation.

If the artists get into the swing of things, their artwork & jewellery will interact and expose how the different sexes use jewellery to communicate ideas, emotions, status etc.

I will be documenting the installation and sharing it with you on the website. The two artists have started working on an idea and I can’t wait to hear/see/experience their “talk.”

Munich Artists Ines Seidel
Munich Artists Ines Seidel


Some Art You Might Never See – Rainer Schmitten Pixels

Here are two pieces of artwork you will not see at a Munich art fair, a Munich exhibition or at the Friday Gallery after December.

Rainer Schmitten

The first piece is by Rainer Schmitten.  It is very expensive.  It takes up the whole wall of his hallway.  It is way too big for his house.  It deserves a new home with lots of room to actually see the image.

When I walked up the stairs, I saw blocks of colour but I could not tell what the image was. Rainer suggested I take a photo.

When I looked at the photo, I was surprised, “Oh my goodness, It’s a woman licking her lips.” The only artwork I’ve seen from Rainer were his abstracts and some pen and ink illsutrations. Rainer said he thought about doing something more intimate but now he is glad he didn’t because he has two small children and he wants to keep his house appropriate for children.

The approximate size of the piece is 3 M x  3 M. Rainer lives in a traditional Bavarian styled house with three levels and no huge rooms or walls except in the narrow hallway. This piece deserves to be showcased on a wall and appreciated from the right distance.  Do you have a big house with large enough walls to hold a 3M piece of art?  If you do, contact Rainer and buy this piece.  For around 25k Euro, it can be yours.

Rainer Schmitten with his Pixel Painting.

Jenny Schminke

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Jenny Schminke Portrait Series

I met with Jenny Schminke last week and bought  a set of animal portraits which are now residents at the Friday Gallery.  This is  one of the pieces dismantled.

If you are interested, stop by the gallery and have a peek. Manuela Illera is also at the gallery painting during the month of December. I asked her to paint a painting and she is painting a painting.  I will post photos in the splaining section after she sends me her 500 word post about her process.

Here is my schedule for the rest of this week:

Wed – 900 – 1500 at Frauenstrasse 18

Thursday – Visiting an artist. If you want to see me on Thursday, I will be working in Sendling after my meeting with a talented Munich artist.

Friday – 900 – 1400 at Frauenstrasse 18

NOTE: If you have an art piece that is too big to exhibit in a Munich gallery but you want people to know about it, please let me know and I will talk about it.  I will only post photos with price tags.  Don’t make me guess about the piece. give me exact information including a price. If the collectors love it, they will pay what you are asking or negotiate you to a price they are willing to pay.   You can also send me some cash if a collector buys it because Munich Artists wants your money to do creative things (like the stuff on our projects page.)

PS  The last time I talked about Rainer and Jenny in the same post was during our Art in the Park project last summer.

PSS.  Do you know the story of the poster of the dog in my feature shot?  She has been missing since 2014 and her poster was everywhere for almost a year.   Man’s best friend lost in Munich.



“Splaining” Let’s Go home – Photograph

I am working on an idea that would be  a continuation of the installation I created for the Long Night of the Museum.

As I sat down in the subway car, I tried looking out the window and noticed it was terribly dirty but dirty in a beautiful way so I snapped a photo and there was my self portrait.

“Let’s go home.”  December 2015 by Emmy Horstkamp

I was not in the mood to look at myself especially when it was an unintentional selfie showing a woman who was tired and wanted to go home.  I took another shot and another until I got a shot without anyone looking out the window and without my reflection.

Reflecting on a Friday by Emmy Horstkamp December 2015


I fell in love with this composition.

I edited the photo slightly and placed it in my portfolio. It represented for me a moment of time in Munich captured with my iphone 6 plus. It was created because I saw how a dirty window made an interesting composition.



“Splain” is an oversimplified explanation of the process of artists in Munich.  If you want to read about splain, you can read about this new word here.

Apology & Artsy Things in Munich To Do This Weekend

Apology for Radio Silence

Sorry.  I was in Munich and I was on the computer working on the Friday Gallery website which died when I switched servers and I did put up a draft blog posts for our art challenge but I did not press the publish button.  Instead, I talked with artists all week and shared all that information with you on social media but forgot to repeat myself here.

As an apology, here is a photo of Simon James’s Current work:

Simon James 2015

If you look to the right, you will see Chris Tomas, Angela Smets and Simon James all have little galleries. How did they do that? How did they get me to show their artwork on the side of my website?  I asked them to send me photos and they did.  They know me.  They shared their artwork with me. They invited me to exhibitions I didn’t attend and they invited me to their studios where I gladly wandered in and poked around.  If I’ve wandered through your studio and you would like a gallery widget in 2016, please let me know.  You must be actively selling artwork. You must be in Bavaria. The online gallery spaces are filled for 7 months of 2016 so I have a couple of spots left.



  • Exhibition – Square – Elke Rice and Liz Walinski
    • Vernissage: Dec 4, 2015 19-21 clock
    • Duration of the exhibition:. 5 Opened December 11, 2015, Saturday and Sunday 12-18 clock
    • Location – Artists project Lot62 Schleißheimerstr. 62
      80333 München  www.lot62.de   ( Elke sent me at art-speak description of the exhibition which I couldn’t share.  I ‘m a simple cave woman.  Your art world sometimes scares me… anyone get that reference?)
  • Short Term Gallery is open.  We announced this before but want to make sure you support this project organised by Elli Hurst who is an artist/gallerist.  Every year she creates a popup gallery selling artwork by Munich based artists.
  • Applaudissement art magazine Exhibition is open for you to browse for artwork. No party this week just art for sale at Nibelungenstr.3, 80639 Munich, Germany.

The artists exhibiting at this sale are:

  • 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 Rothweiler
  • 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 artwork is displayed salon style so take a deep breath before heading into the space.  We talked about applaudissement here.  I’m Friends of the Dadaist but I’m not one, I just play one on TV. (TV reference, if you get it let me know on Facebook or in person.)
  • Ray Moore is having a closing party today for his exhibition.  Starts at 2000.  Miao Dachauerstrasse 14, 80469 Munich, Germany. Ray Sings, Dances & Paints. Multi-talented American in Munich.  Did you know he has his artwork on some jeans? I love that fact.



  • Martin Potsch is one of the nicest artists I have met in Munich. He loves creating art, he loves helping other artists create art and he is working hard creating art all week long. Martin loves the whole process which means his pieces are infused with this happy go lucky energy and will make you happy to own them.

Martin has a passion for glass and even though he is known as a painter, he has been sneaking off to the German forest to learn how to create glass pieces. If you would like to see his newest art medium and his greatest passion, go to his studio on saturday and celebrate his new body of work.

  • Location: Pariser Strasse 25/Rgb. 81667 München. Party starts at 1900.

It is a German art party. No one will talk to you unless you know them. Push your way in and hunt down the tallest guy with blonde wavy hair and glasses. That is Martin. He will talk to you.  He is super nice.  I will not be there cause I’ve got a holiday dinner to attend.



The list of exhibitions will be dwindling to nothing soon because of CHRISTMAS MARKETS.  I learned the hard way last year that end of the year exhibitions are a terrible idea. Our December vernissage last year turned out to be a private party with lots of good wine and food but no sales because people are too busy to go look at art but have plenty of time to eat good food and drink good wine.

This year, we will be joining the throngs at the Christmas markets and finishing our gallery remodel so that we can show some artwork in 2016 through installations cause I want something interesting to video/photograph & talk about and I’m not an evening throwing lots of parties kind of artist.

If you go to the Christmas markets, help hunt down artists and send me directions. Like wild animals, artists are roaming and bit skittish about saying where they will be. As art hunters, we need to track them down and wrestle art from their hands before they decide to repaint it, rip it up and use it for kindling or bury it back in their studios.

If you are an artist, don’t forget the artists challenge.  24 days. 24 hours.  24 shots with your camera.  This is a fun challenge, no stress but if you take it up a notch, I might make an exhibition from the 24 hour challenge because I love this idea alot.

TGIF!!!!  I’m now off to purge more things from the studio so that it doesn’t spill into the Friday Gallery.  the division of space has been successful. I love it and I will share photos at the end of the month.

If you did not get your stuff on the list, did you invite me to you event on Facebook? If you are not Facebook Friendly, did you send me an email making sure I knew it was something to post? I get lots of email and I need something that triggers the reflex to open the email like, “Emmy Open this email.”

There is quite a few events next week. I will be posting them in a separate post on Tuesday/Wed because this post is long enough as it is.

Meeting Munich Artists or Emmy Horstkamp

If you want to meet me, I will be working at the studio/gallery space preparing the installation for January 2016.  I will be working but you are welcome to talk to me while I work but no portfolios please. I make art decisions based on what I see in studios not portfolios. 900 to 1500 are the hours I’m available for a short chat/introduction. Buyers are always welcome.  We love art buyers especially when they want to buy my art but I do sell other Munich Artists especially the ones I accept for exhibitions.  If you want to know who they are, check out the list on the Friday Gallery.   I’m not a traditional gallerist so my stable of artists is not just those artists. My stable is Munich and if you have a specific artwork you want or an artist, I will hunt them down because I’m a hunter type of gallerist  (and artist).

Enough babbling for the day Go, Live long and prosper.  (Last one for the day.)