Susanne Wagner – A Conceptual Munich Artist Creating Public Art -Inklusionspunkt

“Emmy, what is that art piece at Viktualienmarkt?”

“I don’t know but I want to know  who created that cool piece of art up on the wall!  How did they get it up there? It is official right, that isn’t street art?  What are those round circles made out of? Why is there a new piece of art on the wall downtown? Why only until November?”

See, this is the mind of this Munich Artist.  Something new shows up and my brain starts spinning and asking questions and wanting to know the answers.  For the art piece at Viktualienmarkt, the city helped answer some of the questions by putting out a utilitarian yellow box that screamed official paperwork rather than get your cool artsy info here.

Because I was hunting for information about the art piece and, I’ve lived long enough in Germany, I knew that I needed to read the label on the box and there it was.  The artist’s name was Susanne Wagner and the name of the art piece was Inklusionspunkt.

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But, when I looked up Susanne Wagner on the internet, I found a website full of really well made video art and no sculptures.

Was the video artist Susanne Wagner, the sculpture artist Susanne Wagner? I sent her an email to find out and a few days later, I had my answer.  Yes!  Susanne Wagner is a conceptual artist working in video and 3 dimensional objects.

Here are a few examples of Susanne’s Videos:

For Susanne’s video art, she focuses on portraits of herself and other people.  The first video is Susanne, the second video is a video of an abstract artist, and the last video is about a stuntman falling down lots of stairs.

Susanne does not shoot her own videos or throw her own ceramics.  Susanne Wagner hires craftsman to help realise her sculptures and cameramen to shoot her videos.

For the last few years, Susanne has been creating different types of sculptures including a few Alters for Bavarian churches. In my hunt for Susanne Wagner, I found this interview with her which added to my confusion. Was she a religious artists?

Luckily for Munich Artists, Susanne had time to stop by Frauenstrasse 18 for a chat and she explained that she enjoyed making videos but was drawn to making sculptures and commissioned alters (she has made 3).   No matter what idea she is working with, her main focus is conceptual so she does not feel confined to a specific medium.

For Inklusionspunkt, Susanne Wagner worked with a ceramic studio to create circular ceramics that hang in a circular pattern on the wall near Viktualienmarkt.

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The art pieces on the wall is temporary and all of the disks are for sale for 290 Euro each on the Inklusionspunkt website.

Because Susanne was paid to create the art piece, she decided that the funds from the sale of the individual ceramic pieces would go to fund Including WG am Kegelhof which is a housing development where young people with disabilities will live with young people without disabilities.

If you have not seen the art piece, you have until November to make your way to Viktualenmarkt 6 to see the disks colouring the wall.

Now, the question is, will they make this firewall a rotating exhibition space with different artwork every year?

If that is not the idea,  I think the public art piece by Susanne Wagner would make an excellent addition to the downtown area and should remain. Maybe people can buy the individual disks and then they just remain on the wall (Like when you buy a star in the sky.)

Susanne was telling me that they can make more disks to sell and raise money for the housing facility.  I thought Susanne Wagner should take her disks around to other cities as a traveling public art piece.  She could make different size circles depending on the space given to her by the host city.  Wouldn’t that be cool? If you have a city with a blank wall that you would like to use to host an Inklusionspunkt, let Susanne Wagner know. You will need to fund the creation of more disks and maybe Susanne’s time to create the new installation to fit your special wall.

I can see Inklusionspunkt being a “thing” can’t you?

 

Ring by Mauro Staccioli-Munich Public Art

On the way back from visiting the Lenbachhaus, I passed this very large, very red sculpture and decided to hunt down the sign which shared the name of the artist.

Created in 1996, the Ring by Mauro Staccioli is a public art piece located next to the old botanical gardens in between the main strain station and the Museum district.  (Corner of Elisestrasse and Luisstrasse)

Mauro Staccioli is an Italian sculptor who was one of the founding members of the gruppo di Iniziativa in Sardinia.

At the end of the 1969s Staccioli decided to focus his art practice on sculptures and delve into the relationship between art and society. Staccioli’s sculptures place an extreme importance on the location where the sculpture will be placed.

Mauro Staccioli prefers to use concrete and steel for his sculptures.  In 1978, Staccioli created an 8M high concrete wall which hid the entrance to the Italian pavilion at the Venice Biennial.

The red rust Ring is part of a series of ring sculptures created by Staccioli which underline aspects of the landscape. The ring sculpture in Munich is positioned at the gateway to Munich’s museum district.  The ring has a diameter of 12 meters, weighs 14 tons and is located in a field of gravel.  The sculpture was a gift from the Munich Stadtsparkasse and cost approximately 80k Euro.

Staccioli is known for his environmental sculptures and sculptural interventions which look to transform the usual perceptions of people who come across them.

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The Ring Sculpture by Mauro Staccioli
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Ring by Mauro Staccioli

I always wondered why the ground in this area was just gravel and not paving stones or grass.  Now we know.  The gravel is part of the environment for the sculpture.

Notice how many people are ignoring the sculpture as they walk by, if this is you, pause next time and enjoy the view.

Wolfgang Tillmans – Munich Aids Memorial by Sendlinger Tor

German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans, Düsseldorf, Museum K21/1 March 2013 by Hpschaefer
German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans, Düsseldorf, Museum K21/1 March 2013 by Hpschaefer

 

Commissioned Memorial in Munich

What is that blue Column by Sendlinger Tor?  The column is an AIDS memorial designed by the German Artist Wolfgang Tillmans.

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The monument is a recreation of one of the subway columns from the sendlinger Tor subway station with the inscription ” AIDS – for the decedents – for persons with HIV – for their friends- for their families – 1981 till today”  ‘AIDS – den Toten – den Infizierten – ihren Freunden – ihren Familien – 1981 bit heute.’

The monument includes the two small benches which are placed to people may sit and stay for awhile near the monument.

Artist Wolfgang Tillmans

Wolfgang Tillmans is a german fine art photographer who lives in London and Berlin.  His current work includes mainly digital photography and video.  Here is an interview with Mr. Tillmans in German

and and a talk with Wolfgang Tillmans in English which shows works from the last ten years of his art practice.

And, if you like those, you might enjoy this lecture about Wolfgang Tillmans (starts at 12:12 the video has an artsy boring beginning.)

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:

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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.

Location:

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.

 

Pursue. Persecute. Truth! Westend, Munich Germany Public Artwork by Cyrcle

I saw this over the weekend and went back today to snap a few photos.  The art piece is on a public building which makes it public art/ mural.

The art piece was created in July 2014.  It spans 500 square feet of a housing facade located at Bergmannstrasse 21, 80339 Munich/Westend, Munich.   Cyrcle is the artistic duo who created the piece in 10 days.  For more information about the art piece, check out the article on positive propaganda.

Persecute public artwork in westend, Munich, Germany
Persecute public artwork in westend, Munich, Germany
Pursue - Public artwork - Westend - Munich, Germany
Pursue – Public artwork – Westend – Munich, Germany

Panorama shots of the building in westend, Munich, Germany where you can find Pursue and Persecute Public artwork that scans the whole side of the building.

Positive Propoganda - Street Art, Munich, Germany
Positive Propoganda – Street Art, Munich, Germany

Munich Artist Stammtisch and other News for Artists and Designers

For the next phase of Munich Artists, I’m asking artists to step forward and actively help organise events under the Munich Artists Umbrella.  The events must be approved by Munich Artists before using our name or social media resources and must meet the overall concept of promoting artists and artwork from Bavaria.

The Stammtisch is an opportunity for artists to approach Emmy Horstkamp with suggestions and to hear about projects that are being organised.   We will be having one Stammtisch a month for this purpose.   The first Stammtisch will be at the Friday Gallery, Frauenstrasse 18 on Friday May 29, 2015.  I will have food, please bring your own alcohol.

Topics for Discussion:

• An exhibition of 500 artists to show the prismed zeitgeist of Munich.

• An exhibition called “Kimono Project” which is a project with a Japanese/Singaporean creative.

• Art in the Park for 2016. Art in the Park will be on June 12 -18th in Sendling during the City Festival. (This is a test to see if Munich likes this kind of concept)

• Munich Art Market – This is a website we want.  For this project we will be having an open call for locally produced products by artists and designers for the Munich Art Market website. The website will NOT focus on original art pieces.

If you are an artist/designer/art historian who would like to work on the organising side of these projects please attend the Stammtisch.  If you are an artist or designer with a project idea please attend the meeting. (Ideas must be related to Germany we are not interested in projects focusing on other countries).

Organising does not mean you will be picked for the Kimono project or Prismed Zeitgeist.  These two projects will be juried and open to German based artists (Kimono Project) and Munich based artists (Prismed zeitgeist -Munich).

–OTHER NEWS–

  • Because of the way our group is evolving, we feel that our resources are better used for a monthly Stammtisch. We have asked artists this year to create their own parties for the exhibitions hosted at the Friday Gallery which we share in the closed Facebook group and on our social media accounts.   The remaining exhibitions for this year include:
    • Andreas Hirsch May 22nd – June 11th. Vernissage May 22 @1900
    • Nina Schmid June 19th – July 8th Vernissage June 19th @1900
    • Gunther Meliton – July 9th – 23rd, 2015
    • Katrin Klug – August 16th – September 3rd
    • Julie Olsson September 10 – 24
    • Christ Tomas September 25 – October 7
    • Ines Seidel October 8 – 22
    • Munich Artists Book – October 23 -November 5
    • Andrea Peipe – November 6 – 17
    • Jenny Schminke November 18 – December 3
    • Munich Artists Christmas Market – November 27 – December 18
  • In 2016, the Friday Gallery will be focusing on installation work which will be broadcasted online on our website with a webcam and through social media.  We will only pick artists we feel are up for this challenge.  You are welcome to submit an installation idea. There will be 12 installations in 2016 which will be group installation and individual depending on the idea. This is not open to all artists and we will only pick ideas that I can handle living with for a month (I am working in the space full time now).
  • Our newsletter has been on hiatus while we make changes to Munich Artists and shuffle around where content will be shared. The newsletter will start again on June 1, 2015 with a new look and purpose.
  • Starting in July 2015, our Munich Art Market will be opened for artists to sell their designs/products.   This market is not open to original artwork. We will continue to share original artwork on Munich Artists and the Friday gallery but our e-commerce site focuses on selling items between 10 -800 Euro.(retail price) We will be placing an open call once the website is completed. All work must be manufactured in Germany and be designed by artists living and working in Bavaria.

Public Art in Sendling, Munich – A pair of lost wings?

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This week we started a Public Art Photo Challenge on our Munich Artists Facebook page/group.  Munich Artists are posting in our closed group public art they find in their daily lives.  This piece of Munich Public artwork is located in Sendling.  It has a matching wing on the other side of the highway. Do you know who created it? If you do, please let me know so I can share the information.

Editorial: Munich Should Have Stolpersteine

When I lived in Berlin – Mitte,  I would walk along the streets sprinkled with bronze memorial stones.  The stones are memorials to German citizens who were victims of National Socialism and lost their lives During the Holocust.

The memorial stones made sense to me when I lived in Berlin and I feel it would be important to Munich to embrace this art projects and join in with the other European cities who have embedded the markers. This type of memorial would integrate into the lives of Mingas in a seamless way and would show unity with other German cities who have embraced this art project.

Munich already set precedent for this kind of memorial with the bronze cobblestone memorial called “Detour” near Odeansplatz created by Bruno Wank memorializing civil resistance against the Nazis.

Gunter Demnig  creates the 10-centimeter squares, called Stolpersteine or “stumbling stones,” which  provide the name of the Holocaust victim, their date of birth, and the name of the camp where they were murdered.  It is a project that continues to grow and is found in more than 18 countries.

The citizens of Munich who were killed during the holocaust, deserve to be added to this worthwhile art project.

The cost per stone is 120 Euro and there is a whole process is set up to make it easier for cities to implement the project.

If you would like to read more about the Stolpersteine art project go here.