Crown Binding by Munich Artists. What Binding Shall We do next?

A week ago, Munich Artists gathered for a wonderful afternoon of artistic creativity. We worked hard for four hours straight (No one really took a break) and created one or two crown binding books.   (NOTE: If I got the name wrong, I will change it tomorrow when I get to the studio and confirm book/name this information is not at my computer.)

Here is a short video showing some of the books:

Here are photographs of some of the books finished during the workshop:

Art Book by Katrin Klug



Artbook by Cornelia N.
Artbook plus story by Moushumi Sen Sarma
Artbook by Manuela Illera
Artbook by Bobbie Dunn
Artbook by Phoebe Lesch
Artbook by KaronlinaRamut
Artbook by Jessica Fuhrmann
Art Book by Rainer Schmitten
Artbook by Angie
Artbook by Brigitte Hoppstock
Art book made out of textiles by Claudia Ziersch
Artbook by Gabriela Popp
Artbook by Marion Hogl
Artbook by Uta Alexander


What kind of binding would you like to make next?  I was thinking a Piano Hinge with Skewers or a tunnel book something like the one below. (Not identical. You will use your own artwork.)   I will put a poll on our Facebook page or you can email me and let me know which you would prefer.


Tunnel book found on Etsy


Printing Using Rhenalon Plastic Sheets and Oil Crayons (Hand Press)

Gabriela Popp shared with us a printing technique yesterday at her studio.


Gabriela Popp – Artist and Art Therapist in Munich, Germany



Printing Supplies Needed:


1 Plastic sheets. We used .5mm  They are thicker than the plastic sheets used for overhead projection.



paper!  This was thin paper which was soaked in water and patted dry.



Water Soluble Oil Crayons – Any Brand.  This is the brand we used.
A sharply pointed etcher/embossing tool.  A piece of paper underneath your work and a photograph or art piece you want to use as your inspiration.



Detail shot of what you are doing.  The scratches you make in the plastic will hold the wax which will be transferred through the hand pressing process.



Finished scratching on plastic sheet
cover all the lines with the oil wax and remove all wax that you do not want on your print.


The wax in my scratch marks.  I had to go over a few lines after my first print because the scratches were not deep enough.



Covering the surface with oil crayon.




After going over my lines a second time, I used a pink wax crayon and printed.  I left the middle smudge to see what it would look like (experimenting during workshop)
This is after I put the damp paper on top of my drawing and started pressing.


For this press, I experimented using different colours




my workshop neighbour, Cut &  Tear, did this etching.
This is how you press the crayon wax onto the damp paper.



Here Gabriela Popp is wetting the paper.
Gabriela then took the paper and put it in between newspaper to take out some of the water.



  • As soon as you put the damp paper on your printing surface start pressing gently so that you don’t rip the paper. If you want to look the paper will dry and it will not take the print so well.
  • I tried spraying water directly on the plastic sheet and then putting dry paper on the plastic. The image does transfer. I left the image at the studio will add the photo tomorrow.
  • It takes a couple of hours to do this process.  Not sure yet how many prints you can make. I will be putting the plastic through a press tosee if it will work.


Art Books & Crown Binding – A Little Bit of Art. A little Bit Of Magic. January 28, 2017

We are going to start off the year with a fun event Entitled Beginnings.


  • DATE: January 28, 2017
  • TIME: 1400 to 2100 
  • LOCATION: North Schwabing —Lihotzky, Fritz-Winter-Strasse 10, Munich, Germany 80807
  • Why?  So We Can Create Art Books, Eat, Chat and be Happy & help make books for an installation.
  • RSVP at by January 24, 2016

For this event, we are the guests of Uta Alexander in the new artsy space in her neighborhood which is easily accessed by bus, tram, and metro.

Here is a photo of the space which can hold about 200 people.  Uta’s creative community has tables and chairs for us to use, a small bar which will have beer available for you to buy and a nice stage for music, readings, etc. (If you want to entertain each other.)


From 1400 to 1800 we will work on art books like this one:


The theme for the artwork/Books is Beginnings.

Here is what I want from you:


  • I want you to make 2 artsy books like the one above. You will leave one book with me for an installation and take one book home. I will photograph your books in a light box so you can use it for your portfolio and I can use it on the website.
  • I want you to bring 8 – 30x18cm art pieces on paper that you make in your studio. I will scan abstract art pieces that you bring into the computer for a collaborative book. You will use the artwork you bring as the pages of your books.

munichartists-artbook-crown-bindingimg_1756For the book you leave with me, if you are making abstracts, please make sure the abstracts must have enough negative space for people to be able to draw lines around the colours. (on the scanned version)  You can use any colour combinations you want.  There is no limit on colours for this project.  Just the requirement to have negative space.

All artwork must be on paper so it can go into a book. The paper I have in the example book above is bristol 120g which I printed on the risograph. The paper needs to be light enough to be held in place by the crown binding.


  • Please bring 1 piece of heavier stock piece of paper that is 32.5 x24.5.  My crown binding shown above is made with watercolour paper. The abstract on this piece will only be seen when your pages are not in the book so you can use a plain piece of paper if you want. I liked having art on it.
  • Lighter weight paper for the outside cover.  For the test book, I used a piece of wrapping paper from Manufactum cut to 30.5 x 43 cm.  I will be using abstracts for my final pieces created on thinner paper to make it easier to bind. You can make your cover using thin fabrics with abstract art on it.  Stay away from thick canvas.
  • 2 pieces of cardboard 38cmW x 20.5cmH.  I will have a few pieces in case you forget.  If you want to use something else for the cover, make sure that it will allow you to glue paper to it.
  • Everyone 14+ is welcome. We will have a table for the younger adults to work with each other.  You MUST RSVP.
  • All art styles are welcome to participate to make books.
  • Only books created at the event will be used for the installation. I will photograph all finished books and share them on the website.
  • Costs:  One finished book to be left with me.  There is no “Fee” for this event. We are Uta’s guests so the cost is whatever it costs you to make your artwork and whatever beer you want to drink.  I will not be charging you for attending the event and for helping you create the books but if you don’t bring your own supplies, I will have little kits people can buy for 20 Euro.(Let me know when you RSVP if you need a kit.)
  • Bring Food.  We will have a table set up for a potluck.  We have the space until 2100 so we can sit and chat and eat after we are done making books. I will be there from 1400 to 2100.
  • If you write stories, you are welcome to make a book cover to put a short story inside.  If you write a short story, the theme should be “Beginnings.”  You are welcome to read the story aloud and submit the story in your hand made book for the installation.  Please format your printed words to fit into the book to be glued on paper (That will be easiest).


Focus: Creating Artist Books

Theme:  Beginnings

Supply List:

  • Glue (Glue sticks)
  • Credit Card/Creaser – to make the folds in the paper.
  • Scissors
  • 8 abstract art pieces 30x18cm
  • 1 absract 32.5 x 24.5cm on watercolour paper for crown binding 
  • 1 light paper 20.5 x 43cm to cover the cardboard cover which is glued onto the crown binding.
  • 2 A4 abstracts to glue on the inside cover
  • Ribbon if you want to make a tie closure for the book.

Location: Fritz-Winter-Strasse 15, 80807.

RSVP at by January 24, 2016




Munich Stories Project Makes a Book

The idea was to take visual artists and match them up with a writer to create stories for a month.  This idea was brought to Munich Artists by Masha Baur who created a similar collaborative art project with a friend in Canada.

Screenshot 2016-10-21 08.53.43.jpg
artwork by Masha Baur for Munich Stories 2016 – Contrabass

I asked Masha if we could adopt the idea as a Munich Artists idea and she said yes so, in August, I invited artists and writers to join up as teams to create 8 stories over four weeks and called the project Munich Stories.(September 12 – October 16, 2016.)

For 2016, I invited writers I knew and I asked them to invite another writer.   I allowed the writers to pick the artist they wanted to work with and if they had no clue, I paired them with a Munich artist.

Each week the artists picked a prompt from a list and were allowed to pick topics off the list if both artists agreed to work on them. 2 topics were chosen each week.  The topics provided to the artists were:

empty spaces
coffee addiction
to swim/swimming
to fly
to create
difficult conversations
reading books
stupid headlines
time travel
traffic lights (svetofor) = Ampel
(spider) web

Each artist worked with one topic for three days and on Wed, they switched giving their writing/art piece to their partner to work with for the rest of the week.  We did this so that the artwork and writing would be influenced by each other and to offer a challenge to both the writer and the visual artist.

Munich Artists has a book launch planned at the Munich Readery for November 12, 2016.   The artists will talk about working with the writers and the challenges they faced illustrating stories. The writers will read a story or part of a story during the evening.

Munich Stories 2016 Artist Jaqueline cuts

Participating Creatives for 2016

Petra Winter (Writer)  & Natalia Zurakowska (Visual Artist)

Diana Radovan ( Writer) & Pung  Worathiti Manosroi (Visual Artist)

Nina Rye (Writer) &  Masha Baur (Visual Artist)

Steve Toase (Writer) & Hazel Ang (Visual Artist)

Sabine Magnet (Writer) & Jaqueline cuts (Visual Artist)

Lynn Hardaker (Writer) & Elizabeth Hughes (Visual Artist)

The artists come from all over the world.  The book is called Munich Stories because the project is based in Munich and the writers have ties to the city or someone in the city.  I’m (Emmy Horstkamp ) the organizer, editor, and backend creative for this book project and I’m very excited that the experiment worked.

Our tiny Munich Artists team is currently editing the book and we will have a limited first edition of 100 copies for sale starting on November 12, 2016, at the Munich Readery and on

The Result of our Experiment

We enjoyed creating this project and will make Munich Stories an annual project.  For 2017, we would like to give the writers more time to write (two months one story a week.) and more time to edit (2 months instead of two weeks.) So the project will begin in July 2017 (writing July/August – Editing September/October -Launch November 2017.)

Munich Artists will invite one writer to write a novella for 2017 and ask their teammate to create the book cover.  The writer/Artist Pair will be announced in December 2016.

If you have any questions about this project, you can email   If you are an artist and want to participate in 2017, let me know.  We will be basing our selection of writers on nominations from our 2016 writers and the writers will select their artist to work with on this project.

5 Days Left in Our First Munich Artists Kickstarter

Hi Munich Artists!  We are at 94% for our first Kickstarter.

This is a quick message to ask you to donate to our Kickstarter so we can reach our goal. This is our first time crowdfunding and we are so excited that you have been helping us out.    To reach 100% we need to sell a few more card decks or have someone pick our 150 Euro package which still have one card proof left.

I have a few more artists bios to share with you.  As I mentioned on our Munich Artists Card page, some very generous Munich Artists participated in our projects and have together created a wonderful deck.  I want to thank each and every artist for their hard work creating our first Munich Artists deck.  This is a collaborative project and each artist of the artists below has helped to make the deck a reality.

Alexandra Ritter
Angela Smets
Ines Seidl
Janine Voelkner
Elizabeth Hughes
Berit Opelt
Süyümbike Güvenç-Noris
Penelope Richardson
Isidora Romani
Angelica Zeller-Michaelson
Maximilian Lückenhaus
Brigitte Pruchnow
Emmy Horstkamp

If you would like to see the individual cards, here is a small slideshow of the deck:

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To help artists,  will be trying three other crowdfunding projects before the end of the year. One through Generosity, one through Indegogo and another project on Kickstarter.







Do You Want to Be Happy? Kickstarter Video #3 – Lucky Lions

My daughter Anna and I went out and made this video for you.  She’s an artist and  I try and show her as much as possible through Munich Artists how artists can collaborate, work together and support each other.  She is supporting Munich Artists by participating in this video.

I think that every parent must help their child by supporting their passions and helping them be prepared for the “real world.”

When your daughter or son is an artist, this preparation includes not only the development of artistic skills but the basic understanding of marketing, sales, production and one’s own skill set and limitations.  Not everyone is good at sales. Not everyone is good at bookkeeping.  Not everyone is good at cleaning their studio. But, the basics skills can be taught and with practice, those skills will be strong enough to make the artist child a productive and independent artist adult.

My daughter (one her own) has begun to sell her drawings.  She asks me questions when she wants advice.  I don’t get involved unless I see she needs some assistance.  She is wading into the art world and I want to make sure she sees productive, collaborative adult artists working together  (even when things are not so easy.)

Each one of us has our own path to follow when it comes to art.  The Munich Artists Playing Cards are a way of celebrating our artistic diversity and symbolically showing that our art may be totally different from one another but that together we all fit snuggly into the Munich art scene.

Please Support our Kickstarter.

The different Backing options in German are on the website right here.

PS: Our 500 Artists Play Cards event will be on October 16th. You need to purchase a set of Party Cards. The easiest way to do this is through the Munich Artists Kickstarter.


cover photo by Nino

Kickstarter Video #2

Please watch this video.

Now, please go to our kickstarter and pick a backing option. If you need to read the options in German, you can read the backing options in German here.

We appreciate all your help with this project.  You will be getting the link for the Kickstarter tossed at you for 19 more days and then we meetup for the 500 Artists Play Cards event on October 16th.  Then I will gladly switch modes and talk about Munich Stories and all the wonderful illustrators and writers I’m working with right now.

Current Project: Munich Artists Playing Cards – Kickstarter Starts Today!

Here is the link to our Kickstarter.  You have until October 9th!  Please Help Us Create Some Amazing Cards and Have a Great Event.

With the help of the above group of artists who were selected from our 500 Artists Say Hello Event, Munich Artists will be printing a party set of Munich inspired artists playing cards and a deluxe set of playing cards.   The deluxe version will be ordered after the kickstarter is completed.   The party version will be ordered this weekend.  What is the difference?

The party cards are smaller in size and are being created specifically for the event.  The deluxe version or American poker sized cards and will have that beautiful box that Elizabeth Hughes designed.  Why the two different versions?  Because I want you to play with the cards and you may feel like the deluxe are too pretty to play with at the event.

HISTORY of 500 Artists Play Cards

At the Beginning of the year, Elizabeth Hughes approached Munich Artists about creating a deck of playing cards.  I (Emmy) told Elizabeth, we could create cards as long as we could throw a Munich Artists Play Cards Party/art happening.  She was on board with the larger idea and she joined the project as a project manager for the creation of the card deck.  Over the last few months, Elizabeth chose the artists, curated their artwork, designed the box, the back of the cards and created all the files to send to the printer.

We have had to make a few changes along the way but the cards are almost ready to be printed on paper.  We are very excited!

Here is the Back of the Card design created by Elizabeth for the cards:

The back of the Munich Artists Card Deck

And here are three cards from the deck:


  • Our Kickstarter starts Today September 16th.  To attend our 500 Artists Play Cards Event, you must purchase your cards through our Kickstarter.  Our cards will be for sale at Haeppy Art but the kickstarter bonus gifts are only available on our Kickstarter.   For the event we are ordering a version of the cards called party cards.  they will come in a metal tin.  The deluxe versions ordered after the kickstarter will be in a box designed by Elizabeth Hughes.
  • The Kickstarter has bonus gifts which will not be available ANYWHERE ELSE.  I have permission from the artists to make prints of their work for the Kickstarter and I would love for you to get a print of some of these cards to put on your wall.



500 Artists Play Cards Art Event/ Art Happening

Hello!  This information is in English.  Here it is in German.  If you have any questions, you can email  Here is a list of the artists sharing their talents during the afternoon.  Here is information about the Playing Cards we created.Here is information about the Playing Cards we created.

Basic Information:

  • When:  October 16, 2016  1300 to 1800
  • Where: Einstein Kultur  Einsteinstr. 42  |  81675 München
  • What:  500 Artists Playing Cards Art Happening
  • Cost: 
    • Single ticket: 30 Euro (includes 1 deck of playing cards and a 1 stack of blank cards)
    • Family Ticket: 40 Euro – 2 Adults and their children (includes 1 deck of playing cards and up to 4 blank card bunches)

Maximum number of people we can have for this event is 200.


We have a sponsor for this event which is helping to keep costs down.  You will see their name on our playing card decks for the event and on wall posters and on every blog post and in our sidebar.  We love Sponsors and are grateful to Stadtsparkasse Muenchen for helping us with this project.

Details of the happening:

You will have the opportunity to purchase 1 deck of Munich Artists playing cards and will be given one deck of blank white cards. The blank cards are to be used at the event.  You  can open your Munich Artists Playing Cards or keep them to gift away for Christmas.

At the event, we will have 3 (three) rooms.

Room 1 is for video streaming and watching performances.  There are bleachers to sit.

Hall/Room 1 at Einstein Kultur

Room 2 is for Playing Cards –  The room is completely empty of furniture.

Empty Hall/Room  at Einstein Kultur

In room 2 artists can participate in creating a large 3d sculpture using their blank cards OR they can take their blank cards and draw artwork on them. It is up to them.  If they want to draw artwork, please bring  markers (edding/promarkers)  We may be filming Room 2 with a Webcam to stream after the event.

The space has concrete floors. If you are going to be spending lots of time drawing, you will need to bring a pillow or chair/drawing board BUT you can also meander to room 3 and sit on a pillow.

Room3 is for singing on a small stage, reading stories to the people in the room, talking, eating, sitting on benches and drinking.   This is not a quiet room. If you decide to read a story out loud in here, you better have a good stage presence to get people’s attention.  If you want to do a monologue, we can schedule it for room 1.  

Hall/ Room 3 at Einstein Kultur

Food and drinks will be located in room 3 OR in the lobby.  There is a bar in the lobby.

Lobby at Einstein Kultur

We will have access to the main lobby and the bathrooms.  The video loop of our 500 Artists Say Hello will be in the lobby and will be displayed during Kunst in Sendling. (the week before.)


Room 1 – Video Room  This room has bleachers.  I will create a video using video clips from artists who send a video clip to me.  The video will be entitled  “How to play with cards.”  The video you send does not have to be card related.   You can put the video clip in my dropbox for this project. Deadline for video clip submissions to be included is October 1, 2016.  Please submit a clip 30 seconds or less.

If you want to do a reading or monologue in Room 1 we can schedule it. Please let me know in advance so that I can create some kind of background in the loop for the time that you are doing your thing.

Room 2 – Playing Cards Room  We will have lots of space to create. This is a big empty hall. If you have something you want to create with playing cards, please let me know. You can create sculptures made from blank playing cards and bring them to show.  I will have the cards before the event and will be happy to have you pick them up at Frauenstrasse 18. Playing Cards will be picked up at the event.

If you want to make a short video, you also have the opportunity to do this in Room 2.  

Room 3 – Food Room – Everyone gathers where there is food.  This room has low benches with cushions. It is really comfy and a great place to hang out.  This space has a small stage which can be used for flash fiction reading.  I will ask the artists working on if they will read one of their stories that they have created during the challenge month (September 12 – October 15th)

If you want to sing or dance or perform, please let me know and we will work something out.

If you are a conceptual artist and you want to create something interacting with the card sculptures and the space, please let me know.

Unlike 500 Artists Say Hello, we don’t have an installation display on a wall BUT the walls are concrete so you are welcome to bring an A4 print of your artwork that we can tape onto the wall.  This will be an organic display. I will not curate it.  You are artists. I know you will make it look good. ( I need to double check that we can tape things on the wall.)

Balloons Through Munich and Recap of Fill the Void


Yes I am on a staycation from Munich Artists website but that doesn’t mean that I’m on a staycation from art.  This Hiatus meant that I kind of dropped the ball regarding my own art project. Sorry about that. I thought I told you we were going to play with balloons and drink beer but somewhere along the way I did not get this information on the website.

Fill the Void 

On Tuesday August 30th,  I filled the void at Lueckenfuelle with balloons.  We intended to have 1k balloons but  we had a mishap with one our helium gas tanks so I ended up with 500 balloons at the corner of Schleissheimerstrasse and Rottmanstrasse which looked cool but was not exactly what I imagined.  Welcome to the realities of being an artist.

Neighbours stopped by all day and asked what I was doing. I enjoyed meeting the people of this neighbourhood and will plan something for the park across the street in 2017 because this neighbourhood loves artsy things happening around them.

Balloons through Munich

I went back yesterday (August 31st) to pick up my dead balloons and found that 100 or so of the balloons were still in the space and not dead so I started gathering them and realised they would not fit in my car.


I thought about deflating them and then decided to walk to Frauenstrasse 18 with a large bouquet of balloons.

As I started down the street, there was a woman behind me so I tried to get out of her way and she said she loved walking behind so many balloons –  it reminded her of her childhood.   I liked that she was visiting a childhood memory and we exchanged a happy moment with Fill the Void balloons.

Next, I walked down the street and remembered the ring sculpture and decided it needed some company so the balloons and I walked over and I took a shot of the two art pieces together.  When I looked through the camera lens, I realised we had created the letter Q .

I can make a Q out of you.  Photo by Emmy Horstkamp Raw photo by Emmy Horstkamp

Walking past the ring, I saw this salt/sand dispenser and decided we needed a balloon dispenser for emergency purposes.

Emergency Balloons – Sprinkle on any blue day to avoid an emotional meltdown. Raw photo by Emmy Horstkamp

We continued through Munich and walked through Karlsplatz and down the shopping street resting for a moment on this bench.

Taking a rest downtown and filling a bench.   Raw photo by Emmy Horstkamp

Heading behind Frauenkirche, we did a bit of window shopping checking out the new dirndls for Oktoberfest and the Holiday season.

“We may be too round for you.” Thought the balloon Bouquet.  Photograph by Emmy Horstkamp
Maybe we need to be more green?  photograph by Emmy Horstkamp

We visited Marienhof because I wanted the balloons to interact with the public art piece located in the Hof.  The piece is land art and right now is full of wild flowers so you can’t really see the big holes in the ground.  Here the balloons are trying to fill one of the holes.

This is art Munich!  Filling a land art piece at Marienhof.   Raw Photo by that head at the bottom of the image.

I saw this man writing on a chair and bothered him. I have a few more photos of him but I liked this one because of the shadows.  The man was trying to have some quiet time and I think balloons are good company for quiet contemplation (maybe not Emmy and the balloons but he was tolerant of my shooting photos around him.)

Keeping a solitary man company.  He was not amused.  photograph by Emmy Horstkamp

We reached Frauenstrasse 18  a few balloons short (I gave them to anyone who asked for a balloon.)   Now Frauenstrasse 18  is filled with balloons.

Balloons can’t wait to get home.  Frauenstrasse 18

The Future of  Fill the Void Balloons – We walk more balloons on November 5, 2016

I really enjoyed the balloon walk and since I have more balloons, we will be doing another Balloon walk on November 5th, 2016.

We will have teams of artists blowing up balloons and taking their balloons for a walk and then meeting at the KloHaeusen for a party with all of our balloons.   I want you all to know how much fun it is to walk through the city and interact with Mingas. They really do love balloons.

The 5th of November is the opening of the KloHaeusen Spa installation and since it is an interactive installation by appointment, the 5th is just a party to celebrate the start of the installation and could use happy artists with bunches of balloons.

I want you to see the installation space, enjoy a balloon walk through Munich and sign up for one of the installation appointments (if you are in Munich and want to have a paraffin wax mask treatment.)

If you want to be one of the teams walking from Frauenstrasse 18 to the KloHaeusen, please let me know.  The event is open to everyone.   The groups will walk with balloons and will have to help blow up the balloons they will be carrying.  I will provide the materials and you are welcome to donate to the costs if you want.

You must be open to interacting with Munich and the people in Munich you pass by on the way to Sendling.

The balloons will be blue and white balloons (Munich Colours.)

I will post this information again on its own post and on my website and I will send out a notice to artists on my Munich Artists Newsletter.   My email is  and if you want to subscribe to the newsletter for Munich Artists, here is the link.

Do you think we can gather a  group together on Saturday around 1400?  The installation opens at 1800.  The balloons take 1 to 2 hours to inflate.  A walk to Sendling takes 40minutes.  So I think we start around 1300 and then walk to the installation space, have a drink and play with hundreds of balloons in Sendling.


Fill the Void – E. Horstkamp & Munich Artists Art Happening for August 30, 3016

Munich Artists wrote about Lueckenfuelle last week and then I emailed Maria, one of the visionaries, who suggested we do something before the spaces closes in September 2016.


I decided that I would create with Munich Artists “Fill the Void,” an art happening to fill the space and say farewell to the creative meeting point that will become a construction site in the next few months. (2 week turnaround… lets see how many people we can unearth during the holidays and drag out of their living rooms from the surrounding apartment buildings.)

Important Details to know:

Date: August 30, 2016

Location:  The corner of Rottmannstrasse and Schleissheimerstrasse, Munich Germany ) Very close to Stiglmaierplatz Ubahn just the other side of Dachauerstr. you will see a triangle park. the empty lot is behind it. You will see HNRXs big sausage high up in the air.

Time: 1900 to 2100 (I will be filling balloons earlier in the day so you are welcome to come and help me if you want but you don’t get a balloon until 1900.)

Action:  Artists/creatives fill a void.  I want to visually show how artists and creatives in Munich fill the void.  Artists love empty walls, empty spaces and are the first to see the potential for changing something with their creativity.   I want people of Munich to get to know the artists of Munich and to know that we can help fill that void in their lives with our energy, our art and ourselves.  There are thousands of us here, step away from your art practice or day job for two hours and let everyone know that you are a creative in Munich.


  1. Attendance.  If you are in the Munich area and you can be there on August 30, 2016 from 1900 to 2100, I would love to have you there holding a balloon and talking with other creatives and residents of Munich. You do not need to bring anything but pocket change in case you want to buy a beer or a drink at the local Vietnamese restaurant that will sell it to you for 1,50Euro.  There are tables at the location so if you decide you need to bring food, you can do that too.  The park across the street has lots of places to sit.
  2. What Void do you fill?  “I fill the void” will be written on all the balloons.  If you want, please write how you fill the void on a ballon.  Not necessary but it would be cool if you shared some positive life purpose.  If you don’t have one, you can use on of mine “I fill the void by creating art” or ” I fill the void by sharing positive energy with others.”
  3. Optional – Business Card or Visiting Card or Post Card –  I have a scanner app and i will use it to share your information.  If you are there and you let me take a photo of you with your balloon, I will use your balloon and contact details in my art project.  Here is an example of the “my True Self” happening portrait from our july 18th happening at the Odeonsplatz Subway.  These portraits will be shared at the”My True Self” installation at the long Night of the Museum:
  4. Permission – I’m a conceptual artist and I make videos and photographs.  Please, if you come I want you to be ok with me taking your photograph and capturing you on video.  If you come with children, I will ask permission before taking individual photographs. If your children are in the space during the event, they will have their photograph/video taking with the group. All individual photographs of people will be used for an art project but may also be shared on social media and on the Munich Artists and Emmy Horstkamp websites and may be published in the Installations book I’m creating for the year.
“My True Self” Art Happening Odeonsplatz Ubahn July 2016 mask created by Verena Friedrich worn by Marie Friedrich

After the happening, please keep your balloon and take a spare balloon to give to someone but please do not let the balloons go. I love that idea but we will have a lot of balloons and that won’t be good for the environment if we let them go.

Creating Photographs/ Videos/ Sketches/ Art

You are welcome to take photos of the balloons and videos of the balloons. You are welcome to make sketches of the balloons. You are welcome to dance and sing with the balloons.  After I’m done taking photos of the balloons, the balloons are fair game for your awesome creativity BUT please do not let them go up into the air because, as I stated before, that will make me very sad and may end up in the guts of some poor bird.

If you share your pics on social media Please use  #munichartists and #Fillthevoid when you share your photos.  If you are on Facebook like our Munich Artists page and let us know when you share your photos so we can share the public post. (I can’t share private posts.)


Want to help fund this art happening?   You can email if you are quick on your toes with making decisions.  I would love to have a Sponsored by ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: on the balloons.  If you come after the balloons are created, we can add a card to the balloons and I will let everyone know on the website. Thousands of people will know you helped an art idea become reality.

Want to create an art happening with Munich Artists?  We are open for great locations and money for expenses.  Give us a space and we will make something happen. 







Inspired 2016 Book—Inspired by Brigitte Pruchnow

Munich Artists created an art book called Inspired 2016.

For the first book, artists created an art piece inspired by this artwork by Brigitte Pruchnow.

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Inspiration art piece by Brigitte Pruchnow

A group of around 26  Munich Artists created art pieces based on Brigitte’s artwork.

The following is the tentative list of artists involved (A final list will be shared on the project page when all artwork has been submitted):

Hazel Ang
Anna Blumenkranz
Devaney Claro
Britta Eriskat
Christine Friebe
Emmy Horstkamp
Elizabeth Hughes
Manuela Illera
Angela Josupeit
Christina Corell
Anette Koch
Maximilian Lueckenhaus
Corinna Naumann
Berit Opelt
Niala Orsmond
Simona Petrauskaite
Brigitte Pruchnow
Elke Reis
Alexandra Ritter
Isidora Romani
Gabriele Rothweiler
Rainer Schmitten
Ines Seidel
ursula Singer
Allun Turner
Michaela Wuehr
The book will be published as an A4 Landscape. If you are interested in a copy of the book, please let me know.  We are only printing a limited number.  You can email me if you are interested. The cost per book will be 50 Euro.  We will only print one run per Inspired book.
If you are interested in purchasing an original piece of artwork from the book, please contact the artists directly.
We will continue working on the inspired series.  For 2017, we will be inspired by a physician’s comment about pain.

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!



Absolute Truth – Munich Artists Summer Installation #2

Collaborations are important to Munich Artists and for the summer we asked artists to collaborate on installations at the window at Odeonsplatz that interact with the people in the subway and/or reflect the subway station space.

For our second installation, Michaela Wuehr and I (Emmy Horstkamp) created the Absolute Truth installation which you can read about on the installation page. which is a photo booth of the absolute truth.

The installation will be at the window for two weeks and we hope you will go check out the installation.  If you are interested in purchasing the artwork, you can let us know. The contact information is on the installation page.

Emmy Horstkamp and Michaela Wuehr in front of The Absolute Truth Installation
The installation is located in the Odeonsplatz subway station near the cash machine. On the other side of the cash machine is the underground garden and to the right you will see a store and a bakery.
Two of the triplets arrive!  Michaela and Martin Wuehr bring the freshly painted triplets to the Odeonsplatz window for the absolute truth installation.


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Installation: Leave Me Alone? Emmy Horstkamp Installation

You have five more days to see  the first Munich Artists Summer Window Installation at Odeonsplatz.  The installation vacates the window on Sunday/Monday for the next Munich Artists Window Installation called Absolute Truth by Michaela Wuehr and Emmy Horstkamp.

The current installation was created by me, Emmy Hostkamp,  and is based on a story called “On Death” by Diana Radovan.

I created the installation and then experienced a near death situation with my mother which made writing about planning for your death and not being a burden a little too much like realty.   Neither one of my parents were planners and to create the artwork, I dug into my relationship with my own father and then, after it was installed, experienced my mother’s unexpected health crisis.

I’m feeling a little bit like I’m in some kind of twilight zone where the expectations of a Colombian/German child to take care of her parent are in conflict with her personal feelings.  I’ve followed my social/cultural obligation just like the daughter in the story and now, this piece resonates even stronger with me than it did before I created it.

The installation has two video components which have not been shared on the website but you can see them in this photo.


If you would like to read more about the installation, you can read about it on the Will God Leave Me Alone installation page.





Artsy Things to Do in Munich – May 29 – June 12, 2016

Radio silence is over!   I took off a week because we are going to blast you with content for the next three weeks and I thought we both needed a bit of quiet before the storm.

Today, we are sharing things for you to do for the next two weeks. If you are a member of Munich Artists and sent me an invitation by email I’m apologizing right now if I forget to post it here.  As I have told you many times, I love Facebook events. They make life easy for me.  Please consider using them.

SUNDAY – May 29, 2016 – June 18th  

Installation Odeonsplatz Subway Station – Will God Leave Me Alone? 

TUESDAY – May 31, 2016

Dada Dahoam – This event is open but you need to register so if you want to attend you better email them at get your name on the list.

The exhibition is organised by Bernhard Rusch, founder of Applaudissement and there will be artwork by several Munich Artists on the walls. Bernhard will be talking about the 100 years of Dadaism.  If you have not seen the state archive, now is your chance. I will be at this event taking some photos because I love Dadaists especially when they like organizing things!

Re-Constructions: Colours – Vernissage starts at 1900


Curator Lulia Grandinaru is having an opening for her new exhibition at the Galerie am Maxmonument located at Thierschstr. 42.  Heike Ratfisch and Roman K. Aivazian are the artists exhibiting abstract and expressionistic paintings.  If you want to read more, Lulia has a short description on her Facebook event written in a very artsy way.

CARMEN CUBANA STARTS TODAY.  I will be seeing it on June 1st.  I’m looking forward to a modern version of the story even if it means I have to venture out after dark.

THURSDAY – June 2nd, 2016

  • ArtMUC Begins.  Here are the hours so you can schedule some time to go take a look.  I will be there on Wed for the press tour and will share some photos with you so you can do a little planning.

Thursday, 02.06.2016 / 19:00 – 22:30 Uhr
Friday, 03.06.2016 / 12:00 – 20:00 Uhr
Saturday, 04.06.2016 / 12:00 – 20:00 Uhr
Sunday, 05.06.2016 / 12:00 – 18:00 Uhr

What artists will be there?  I have no clue really.  So far I have invites from Ines Seidel Bianca Artope, Martina Kolle & Betty Mueller.  I will share more information on Thursday. I do know that ARTMUC digital is curated by Betty Mueller so that will be super fun for me cause I’m a digital kind of girl 50 percent of the time and I like Betty Mueller’s work so I imagine I will like how she curates.

  • Werkshau Kunstrefugium

Ingrid Mueller shared this exhibition with me and told me if the weather is beautiful, Nymphenburg Schloss is the most awesome place to be.  The vernissage is on Thursday and starts at 1830 – 2100.  This is not a hop and a skip from ARTMUC but it is a hop skip and a leap across town. (Geranienhaus Schloss Nymphenburg 41.)

Here are the artists showing their work.



FAQ for 500 Artists Say Hello Event

Hello Everyone!  Here is a reminder of our open call:



Here are some questions people have asked me:

Q: How big can I make my art piece?    

A:  30cm x 30cm framed.

Q: What colors can I use?   

A: Any Shade of Blue, Black, White

Q: Does my artwork need to be framed? No. You do not have to frame your artwork BUT I must be able to hang it on a a gallery hook.  I cannot use nails.  Please make sure it is ready to hang using a gallery system like the one shown in the photo below.


Q: Why do I have to be there on April 23, 2016?   

A: The purpose of the 500 artist event is:

  • To meet other Munich Artists
  • To see artwork of other Munich Artists and pick artist you want to work with on collaborations.
  • To allow curators to see your work.
  • To Allow our project managers to see your artwork.
  • To show us you are interested in larger projects in the future. (Like a 500 artist exhibition where you exhibit art for sale.
  • To have the opportunity to be added to the Munich Art Market.

Q: Does my artwork have to use the word Hello?  A: No.  Your artwork does not have to say Hello. It must be an art piece that represents hello for you.  For example, my art piece is a photograph of rain.  I welcome rain and as a street photographer, rain says “Hello Emmy come out and take some cool photos.”

Q: Does my self portrait have to be a passport type photo?  A: I would prefer a passport photo/cv photo so people can find you at the event. If you are artistic with the photo I will still use it but people may not recognize you.

Q: Do I need to live in Munich?  A: No. Munich Artists is a fluid group of artists. I don’t care where you live as long as you are in Munich on April 23, 2016, follow all the rules for this event and are willing to be in Munich for whatever projects we plan for the next year.

Q: Do I need to be a professional artist?  A: You need to accept “artist” as your identity. If you work in another occupation to pay your bills, I will not hold that against you.

Q: Can I suggest an Idea for Munich Artists to develop? A:  We will have an idea box at the event.  You are welcome to submit an art idea with your name and contact details. We currently have ideas we are developing for 2016. I prefer to know the artist and have them manage the project they propose so, if you drop an idea in the jar, you better be prepared to meet me, manage the project you suggest and work hard to see it realised (help raise the money for the idea and build the team.)

Q: Will there be a catalogue for the event?  A: Yes. I am making an art book for this event. It will be black and white and maybe blue. It will be artsy. Each of you will get one copy and if you want, you will be able to buy more (If you like it.) It will have an ISBN number because Munich Artists has a publisher’s number. If you want to work on this book, you can let me know.

Q: Where do I drop off my art?  A: Frauenstrasse 18 at Munich Artists/Friday Gallery between 900 and 1500. The doorbell says Kyfio UG. You must walk through the green doors and into the courtyard. The Munich Artists name is written on the door in pink pen.

I will post on our Facebook pages the hours each week just in case I have to be away for a meeting.  You can email me and let me know you plan on visiting.  I will be at the gallery on Saturdays from 1300 to 1600.

Q: Where and When do we meet on April 23, 2016? A: Quiddestrasse 45, 81375

Between  1400 – 1800.  The location has the name Kunsttreff Quiddezentrum. Very easy to get to by car and public transportation.

Q: Why Quiddezentrum? A: Because it was cheap, big and available.  We are creating an event not an exhibition.  This event is for artists to meet artists. We can all get there for 4 hours on a Saturday afternoon and get home in time to hang out with our friends and family.

Q: Why is there a fee? A:To cover the costs of printing the book and organizing the event (room rental, person sitting in space, admin costs, gallery hooks)

Q Will there be food? A: There will be no food. If you need something to drink or eat, please bring something with you. (a picnic basket is a good idea.)

Q: How long will the artwork be showing?  About a week.  We have hired someone to be at the center while it is open Thursday through Sunday.  Because of the May 1st holiday, we will take the work down over the May 1st weekend.

Q: What do accepted artists need to bring with them on April 23rd?


  • Yourself.
  • A friend.
  • Food and Drink.
  • Business cards.
  • Digital Portfolio  (optional).
  • Camera (optional).
  • A pen to write notes.
  • Sense of Humour

Q: What is the Munich Art Market? A curated showcase to sell artwork and related services and whatever else seems to work under the name Munich Art Market. (We are flexible if you are.)

(Feature Image by Agnes Mayer for 500 Artists Say Hello)

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.

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.



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!



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.

“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.


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


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.













“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.

Monday Morning Blues With a Tinge Of Orange

“Waiting for you.” Digital photograph by Emmy Horstkamp

I had plans for the whole weekend and did not do much of anything because I’m been having respiratory issues.  Bummer.

The weather this weekend was not helpful – rainy, cold & windy.

I did run errands this weekend which required me to drive to the suburbs where I took two photographs. The one above and the one below.

I liked the photo above when I saw it on my phone and then when I got home and saw it larger, I fell in love with it.  I’ve ordered a print on art paper to see what it will look non digital and then I’m going to work on colour combinations to see if I can draining the colour from blue to monochrome because that’s how it feels for me to be waiting for someone I love.  I wait and wait and my emotions go from sad to a kind of numbness emptiness depending on how long I have to wait.  How long will you wait? I will wait until almost forever which is about fifteen minutes.

Anyways, at the same location I found a wall full of cracks. The wall is in a middle class German suburb where all the walls are shades of white so street art unless commissioned will not be decorating the walls anytime soon.


I initially wrote read between the cracks but then I realized that the original phrase “read between the lines” works wonderfully with this image.  I would love to go back and spray paint or add stickers to the wall to create this art piece.  Anyone up for doing the dirty work for me? Knowing my luck, I will create a piece of art there and then it will spur the people to clean and patch up all those wonderful cracks and paint everything a pristine white.

So is the life of a German urban artist venturing into the burbs.  What art did you create this weekend? Show me on Facebook.

If you want me to share information about your events or visit your studio in the city, please email  The easiest way is to invite me to a public event on Facebook. I have a tendency to lose my email invitations.   You can mail me an invitation to Munich Artists Frauenstrasse 18, 80469 Munich, Germany.



Emmy Horstkamp -Walking Through Munich on an Autumn Day

I will miss you. But, I will be back in one week.

While I’m gone, Munich Artists will be sharing their artwork in guest posts.  If you have any questions, you can email me at

I will be connected on Instagram sharing photographs from NYC.   Regular blogging will start again when I return on November 7th or 8th.

Emmy Horstkamp - Walk though Munich October 30 2015
Emmy Horstkamp – Walk though Munich October 30 2015
Emmy Horstkamp - Walk though Munich October 30 2015
Emmy Horstkamp – Walk though Munich October 30 2015


Emmy Horstkamp - Walk though Munich October 30 2015
Emmy Horstkamp – Walk though Munich October 30 2015
Emmy Horstkamp - Walk though Munich October 30 2015
Emmy Horstkamp – Walk though Munich October 30 2015

Review of Fotodok Raw Workshop Day 1 in Munich

Keep the Door Always Closed
What? Says the Artists at Belgrad Raw Workshop


I’m a sucker for a workshop and when a workshop combines two things I love, I’m smitten. Yesterday, I attended the first day of the Belgrade Raw workshop in Munich, Germany where we combined street photography and art books.

The Belgrade Raw workshop focuses on showing your city in a new way using documentary street photography.  The artists from Belgrade explained their interest in creating unexpected compositions to help viewers see photography and their city in a new light.

It is not an easy task for an artist to edit down 130 photos to 25-40. It is an even more difficult task when 12 artists with different aesthetics, ideologies and levels of professionalism put on their editing hats.

Luckily, the artists present at day 1 of the workshop were up for the challenge of jointly editing the photographs and shaping 12 views of Munich into one.

Some artists clung to their favourite photo compositions and asked to keep them in a specific way while other artists relished in removing photos from the white paper field as long as they were not their own.  It kind of felt like we were in a sociological test, a feeling that was enhanced by having a sociology PHD student sitting next to me during the workshop.

All the photographers on day 1 enjoyed arranging small versions of everyone’s photographs and creating compositions. The initial edit spanned over the entire table and reminded me of a disjointed jazz piece heavily influenced by the Dusseldorf School of Photography.  As a German/American raised in the US and influenced by American photography, the Dusseldorf aesthetic is a bit hard to absorb but I get it and have no problems playing along for two days.

Belgrade Raw Munich Workshop first Edit
Belgrade Raw Munich Workshop first Edit

Our workshop book will be three A3 pages in size so all those photographs spread over the table needed to be reduced down to a few compositions. Below, you can see the artists working diligently to bring some storyline to the compositions.

Munich artists FotoDoks Raw Workshop Book Designing

The general consensus among all the artists was that any photograph that screamed Munich would be set aside – Off went photographs of Oktoberfest, men in feathered hats and specific landmark buildings -Nothing too Munich or easily identified with the city would remain.

Munich Artists FotoDoks Raw Workshop Discarded Photos
Munich Artists FotoDoks Raw Workshop Discarded Photos

Figuring out a beginning and an end was problematic. The photographers faced the same problem writers face when deciding what should be the first line. The beginning of any art piece must be strong enough to keep people following through until the end.

As the hours passed, photographs were moved around the table and rearranged and rearranged again and new photos were added from the discarded pile or tossed off with regret.

Individual Compositions

During the workshop, each artist created a composition based on the photographs they submitted to the Fotodoks Belgrade Raw team.  This composition allowed the artists to see what could be done with their photographs. Below, two instructors and two artists played with the photographs of one artist trying to strengthen the initial layout.

The FotoDoks Workshop Team
The FotoDoks Workshop Team Critique a composition

The Belgrade Raw idea of  a photo documentary reminds me of film where you have clips that lead you into the scene and that add to the main shots – photos that strengthen the storyline. I submitted 15 main shots and no fillers. Now I know I should have sent in 10 filler photos and 5 main shots.

Below are the final 7 photos edited down from my initial 15. The Belgrade Raw team arranged the photographs to create an overall composition that tells a story of the city.  What does this composition tell you about Munich?

I will be using this idea to create weekly galleries for the Munich Artists website from the photos I take each week.  If you want to work on doing some of these, you can let me know.

Munich Artists Emmy Horstkamp Photodoks Raw Workshop final composition
Munich Artists Emmy Horstkamp Photodoks Raw Workshop final composition

Below are the photos I submitted to the workshop. You are welcome to print them out into business card sized images and figure out how to arrange them in a Belgrade Raw way. Use your own filler photos to beef up the story.  Please do not use the photos below for any other reason. If you do try to do this and send me your composition, I will share it in a gallery on Facebook.

Please note that I’m giving you permission to play with my photographs. These photos are NOT in the Creative Commons, they are photographs from my art series.

Below are members of the Belgrade Raw team cutting up the photographs used during day 1 of the workshop. More information about the team and day 2 will be posted tomorrow and next week, I will also post some photos of the poster/art book from this workshop.

The FotoDoks Raw Workshop Team
The FotoDoks  Belgrade Raw Workshop Team

Munich will be hosting the Fotodoks festival from October 13-18th @ the MaximiliansForum, Munich City Museum (Muenchner Stadtmuseum) and at Lothringerstr. 13 RGB 81667. I will sharing images from the festival next week on our Facebook page and on our Instagram feed. I hope you will have time to see some of the documentary photography being exhibited in Munich before you visit me at the long night of the museum.


I personally would have each artist create their own book using the group photos so that each artists different style and idea of the city could be represented.  12 versions of the book using everyone’s photos would have been interesting. So, Munich Artists, please be prepared to do something like this in 2016 probably as a workshop during Munich Creative Business Week.

Made Your Bed

Emmy Horstkamp - Installation - Made Your Bed
Emmy Horstkamp – Installation – Made Your Bed

Below is the installation website.  On October 17th, the site will go live. The installation includes an audio/video component and an opportunity to share with me your story of a bed you made.   I look forward to sharing this art piece with you and hope you can visit me at the Long Night of the Museum.  Goethestrasse 53  Stop #17 on the bus route.   More information about the Long Night of the Museum can be found here.

Artist: Emmy Horstkamp

Installation – Made Your Bed

Metal, paper, Encaustic medium, Wood, Ink, Digital Prints, Video, website.


Click here to visit the Installation Page – Installation begins on October 17, 2015.

Day 26 – 30 Day Self Portrait Challenge – Tor Tor Tor

Today’s Munich Artists 30 day Self Portrait theme is TOR.  We have only four days left in this year’s 30-day self-portrait challenge.  If you want to follow along for the last few days, please check out our challenge page.

Art pieces for sale at the Arte Caliente fest on Saturday at in Munich,Germany 

I was asked to create an “erotic” art piece and this is what I created using encaustic on wood. The grooves to the left are for you to run your fingers through… Both hands no thumbs.  The wax begs to be touched so I wrote the words giving the viewer permission to put their fingers on the surface of the piece. I stroked the wax all the way up to Schwabing. It feels soft like warm marble. I would love for you to get to experience the same thing. The surface can be wiped with a cloth cause it is encaustic= wax/resin. The art piece is on display at in Schwabing, Germany.

Artist: Emmy Horstkamp Title: “Touch Me.”  Material: Encaustic on wood. 40 x 40 cm Date:  August 2015. Price 450 euro.

The festival starts at 1600 on Saturday. Occamstr. 7 80802 Munich, Germany 

Manuela illera is organizing the fest which will also showcase fine art films. Here are two interior shots of the space so you can see what it looks like before art and movies.

 Dan one of the owners said the movies will be shown in the back room so you can sit up front, outside or in the darkened movie room. serves fusion food and still has that new smell (they opened in December 2014.) I will be there early on Saturday. Come have a drink with me and check out some art.

Day 16 – Munich Artists Self Portrait Challenge – Munich Artists Hit the Sidewalk

Munich Artists Jeffrey Ely - Sidewalk
Munich Artists Jeffrey Ely – Sidewalk

Happy Sunday.  The rain didn’t stop Munich Artists from going outside and taking photos on the sidewalk.  There are still plenty of hours in the day for you to go out and capture a unique selfie on the sidewalk. Don’t let the rain stop you!

We allow photoshop and app photos in this challenge so please go out and have some fun creating unique selfies.  The only requirement that we have imposed is that the self portrait photograph must be taken on the day of the challenge.  No archival photos should be used.

For my photo below, I used the multiexpo app on my iphone 6 plus. The raw shots are on my art website along with all the other versions I played with this morning. I have so many versions today because the app allows the user to merge 2 photos at a time and I had so much fun making different combinations from my photographs.

Nina used little toy men in two of her portrait shots and I was thinking it would be fun to make a challenge where we use lego/playmobil people and children’s toys.   I saw a recent art exhibition where the artist took photographs of children’s toy trucks and cars.  I really liked the idea of making that a 30 day challenge.

Thinking about the 30 day challenges,  I thought we could do 30 different fruits and vegetables.  30 different books.  30 different household objects. 30 different locations in Munich.  You get the idea.  We are making our lists for future challenges inspired by Munich Artists.  If you have a list of 30 that you want to try, let me know.

I also would like to do a graffiti challenge.  If you have a favourite piece of street art, please let me know. I will need 30 pieces of long term street art for that challenge. (work that will be around awhile so it can’t be on the regular graffiti walls or be small sticker art.)

If you want to participate in the 30 day self portrait challenge, you can find the themes on our challenge page.   If you would like to share a photo of your work, you can add it to the post on Facebook as a comment.  If you are an artist in Munich, you can also share your photo in our Closed Facebook group.


The Bavarian summer holidays started Friday which means that I will be spending more time away from Frauenstrasse 18 and hanging out in Sendling with my younger daughter.  If you need to see me or discuss a project, please schedule an appointment.  I look forward to seeing what you’ve created during your holidays!

Day 13 and Munich Artists are into Music Big Time.

Day 13 and Munich Artists dug deep into their treasure troves and dusted off instruments, records and even some cassette tapes.  If you want to follow along with our 30 day photo self portrait challenge, you can find the list here. 

Today the weather is beautiful outside. If you want to take a little excursion, go GEMA’s office in Haidhausen and take a selfie with enormous instrumental sculptures in their courtyard outside.  I’ve never been inside so I don’t know if they have sculptures inside.   Directions are below our music photo gallery.

Gema where are you?  In Munich, GEMA’s instrumental sculptures are located here.  Rosenheimer Str. 11, 81667 München. It is behind the Gasteig heading into Haidhausen.  There are a few sculptures so go have fun snapping photos.

photo by Alessandro hansschnier

Alessandro took this shot.

Day 11 and We are Looking for Chairs – My Chair and Me is the Theme.

We are heading towards the midpoint of our challenge and the pressure is on to finish.  Munich Artists are not breaking a sweat and sent in lots of photos today of themselves with chairs.  If you want to join in on the fun, follow the themes on our 30 day self portrait challenge page.   Look forward to hearing about your work on our Facebook page.

Day 9 String – Finding a Nicer Way to Say With String

Sunday morning and I need to do a self portrait with string. I decided to focus on my weakness. I’m not so good at telling people to *uck off so I played with string to see if I could make it more palatable. 

"With string on Top" Munich Artists Emmy Horstkamp
“With string on Top” Munich Artists Emmy Horstkamp

"With string on Top II" Munich Artists Emmy Horstkamp
“With string on Top II” Munich Artists Emmy Horstkamp
Here are a few more examples of how other Munich Artists, explored the theme of string and self portraits.

Day 6 Umbrella me please for the Munich Artists 30 Day Self Portrait Photo Challenge

Today the challenge is to shoot a self portrait using an Umbrella.

If you live in Munich, you may have found yourself carrying an umbrella this morning just in case last night’s torrential storms continued to pour water down on the city.  Leaving my car and walking to the studio, it was pretty easy to snap a shot of myself, a puddle and my umbrella.  Some artists did not have rain so they used the umbrella as a prop or chose the alternate theme – sunglasses.  Lets see how a mixed weather day inspires Munich Artists and what kinds of self-portraits they decide to create.

Gabriela Rothweiler Day 6 Umbrella



Nina Schmid Umbrella day 6
Nina Schmid Umbrella day 6


Day 5 – 30 day Munich Artists Self Portrait photo challenge – Phew that is a long name abbreviated it would be MASPPC

My Titles are getting longer and longer.  Today is day 5 of the Munich artists self portrait photo challenge.  The theme for today is lines.  I don’t think you need an explanation for lines – It’s very straight forward.  Yes, it is going to be that kind of day so settle down and start snapping some photos. Here are a few examples of what Munich Artists have been sending in to me today.   They get to send photos to me until 1200 so I will be adding a few more after lunch.  If you are an artist, feel free to join in on the fun.  Artists who finish the 30 days will get a special treat. Maybe a beer at the beergarden after the summer holidays? If you want to share your images, it is best to join our closed group on Facebook.   If I don’t know you, please be aware that I will share images on the website, on Instagram and on Facebook. Also, if I don’t know you, send me a message before trying to join or ask a Munich Artist already in the group to add you.  We do this to keep spammers out of the group.  Also,  If you don’t want images shared, please let me know. Not everyone loves the internet as much as I do and I want to respect your artwork as much as possible.   Here is a link to day 1, 2, 3, 4.  From today onwards I will give you the links to a couple of days before unless you want a list of numbers at the end of each post.  That could be kind of funny. The link to all of the themes for the challenge can be found here.

Day 3 mirror reflections

For Day 3 of the Munich Artists  Self Portrait Challenge, Go find a reflective surface and use it for your self portrait.  Here is an example.  I only look at the mirror in the morning when I’m getting ready so I decided to take photographs during my morning routine.

In the first photograph, I used my iphone as my mirror by reversing the camera so that it is photographed me instead of what was in front of me.  This allowed me to use the phone as a mirror and I applied my mascara.

Emmy Horstkamp - mascara-iphone as mirror Next, I recorded myself using the mirror to put on my foundation.  The problem with this shot is that my toothbrush is in there glowing like it is nuclear active. Very strange and a bit distracting.


When I was done in the bathroom, I sat in my hallway and snapped a few photographs leaning against the mirror in the hallway. I liked this shot because it reminded me of the German idea of people having a chocolate side.  The sweet side.  I titled the photograph, “Which is your chocolate side?” and I’m using it as my photograph for day 3.   For your day three, experiment with reflections and how you use mirrors or interact with glass during your day and keep snapping photos even after your done with your first idea, you may like the unplanned shot more.

Which is Your Chocolate Side Photograph by Emmy Horstkamp
Which is Your Chocolate Side? Photograph by Emmy Horstkamp


Day 2 self portrait challenge- high contrasting on a Sunday

This is the progression of shots as I waited for a plane to land at the airport.  As you can see, the sun came out strong.

More shots while I waited are on my personal website. Have fun taking photos and staying cool on a sweltering day. If you forgot where the information is for the 30 day challenge, you can find our daily themes on the challenge page.   With today’s sun, it should be pretty easy to get a self portrait photo that fits with the theme and your personal style.  I’m a street photographer so no studio bare bulbs for me. I’m all for the outdoors but if you need to be surrounded by the familiar, you can forgo the sun and use your lamps. I promise not to judge.  If you missed out on day 1, here it is.

Lets Create Some Encaustic Artwork in Munich – Here is how to get started

This week, I talked with an artist (you know who you are) who wasn’t aware that wax could be used for fine art painting and mixed media.  The subject came up in our discussion over my current collage work. I explained that I was taking my collage work in a new direction where I use an encaustic wax mixture to fuse the collage pieces together.  He said that German art schools do not teach encaustic wax techniques. The last time he used wax was when he melted candles in grade school.

Because encaustic art is not popular in Germany, I’m teaching myself using the internet which offers many short tutorials on the basic processes. (Some videos are included at the end of this post). I am not using candles but an encaustic medium which is a mixture of tree resin and wax.

Finding the supplies to create encaustic artwork is not easy.  The art stores in Munich do not carry encaustic supplies and Boesner has only a small encaustic selection of paints.  You can find all the supplies you need on Amazon or at everything encaustic.   I purchased Buffet warmers and a single hot plate for melting the encaustic medium through Amazon.  If you are wanting to try creating encaustic artwork,  here is a basic list of supplies you will need:

  • Work space
  • Heat Gun (purchased at Aldi) used to melt paint off of things, in encaustic you use this to fuse the wax between layers or to melt a layer of wax to manipulate it.
  • Encaustic medium – I purchased this at Boesner.  It comes in a fairly large bag for 100 Euro.  You can make your own encaustic medium by melting together bees wax and Damar Resin.  Here is a link to some encaustic medium recipes.
  • Heat Plate – You can buy this heat plate at Boesner or by buffet warmer plates on Amazon.  I’m using the buffet warmer because it is 20 Euro versus 150 Euro.  I may invest in the expensive art one if the buffet warmer doesn’t hold up.
  • metal containers – I’m using little pans but as you will see in the videos, artists use all kind of metal containers depending on the amount of wax they are melting.
  • Color- I’ve experimented with pigment and oil paint.  In the videos, you will see how the artists added color to the wax.  If you do not add any color to the wax, your art piece will be a creamy color (the color of beeswax.) You can also use inks on the wax and shellacs.
  • Brushes – You need a set of brushes for each color wax you will be using.  The wax will be inside the brush and you will not be able to use the brushes for anything else but wax.  I bought some brushes at Schachinger and also at the hardware store.
  • Wax cutting tools.   You can carve into the wax and do all kinds of texture on the wax before it hardens.  All wax and ceramic cutting tools work well.
  • Tape – Painters tape to tape off the edges if you want to have a clean edge. So far I’ve been letting it run all over the place because I like how that looks.  In the paintings below, you can see that Nicolet used the encaustic on the sides of her art pieces.

Nicolet Boots is one of the Munich Artists who is using encaustic.  She is a Dutch artist living in Germany.  Here is a link to her page with more examples of her encaustic work.   At her last open studio, I took this photo of Nicolet in front of one of her encaustic pieces.

IMG_0089 IMG_9949Nicolet mixes encaustic medium with oil paints. In the art piece above Nicolet carved the lines of the circle into the wax and then she filled the lines with black oil paint.


  • Wax – The type of wax used. Usually filtered but unbleached bees wax.
  • Encaustic Medium – The bees wax mixed with Damar Resin.
  • Encaustic – The Medium with pigment added.


Below is an example of art paper embedded into the wax on a white gesso board.  I made the art piece over the weekend. (You need to use a special gesso with encaustics. Do not use acrylic gesso.)

I’m experimenting with the techniques before creating larger pieces using my photographs.  So far, I’ve tried art paper, printed illustrations, oil paint, markers and pigment.  Tomorrow, I will be experimenting with inks and digital photographs. When I get a bit braver and have a fireproof table, I will try burning the glue/shellac.

emmy horstkamp encaustic

If you would like to start creating encaustic art pieces, watch the videos below.

Here are a few vimeo videos which also share information about encaustic.

Here is an example of an encaustic Journal

Here is an example of Encaustic Monotype

Here is a juried exhibition of encaustic artwork:

News From Munich Artists


Andrea Peipe, Emmy Horstkamp and Susanne Krauss are Competing for the Emerging Talent Award. The competition accepts all types of photography which means that there are hundreds of interesting photographs in different genre’s to look through.

I announced the deadline in our closed Facebook group. If you would like to receive those kind of announcements, I suggest asking me to add you to the group (you must be a member of Facebook.)

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Elasse won the Ignite Creativity contest on Instagram sponsored by Huawei Device Competition.  Here is an example of light paintings:

Munich Artists 30 day Drawing challenge ended. We will be posting the galleries over the next couple of days.   An exhibition of selected drawings will be at Chilis in Neuhausen.  We will have a party on July 17th, 2015. Since we are supposed to have a Stammtisch on the 17th, I suggest we just incorporate that into the speech part of the party.  You are welcome to come meet the artists who drew their hearts out during the month of June and check out some of the projects we are developing for Munich Artists.  All Artists and art lovers are welcome.  A formal event will be posted on Munich Artists Facebook page.

Munich Artists Post Card Series

I’m working on a postcard series for those postcard racks that I have for the markets.   If you are interested in making postcards, let me know.  I’m looking for whimsical, Munich focused, hipster feeling art.  People love photographs so a combination of photography and illustration would be great.I don’t want anything sappy or generic or just photographs of your artwork. Street photography or graffiti cards would be cool too.

The artist will be compensated on the sale of the cards and whatever work you provide us must not be used someplace else.  Like I don’t want to see it in every store.   If we like the artwork you provide, we may also suggest having limited edition prints made available etc.

Parts of these images from the postcards will also be used in our colouring books.   We are calling them Bookzines because they are not magazines but they are not books. They are something combined.   Each book will have a theme. The theme of the first book is the fact that it is the first Munich Artist’s Bookzine.


We have been invited to do an indoor market on July 18th where we will sell our postcards and have photographs available for purchase.  Bookzine will not be ready.   If you are an artist and would like to showcase your work at this market, please let me know. I will not be taking original art pieces except for my own but you are welcome to bring your own original artwork and hawk with the best of them.  I will connect you with the organiser so she can arrange a table for you.


We are on instagram.  Please follow us to get bonus photographs as silliness that I send out throughout the day.  It is a fun place where we can play with street art and have a chat.   You are talking directly to me (Emmy) on Instagram so keep it Vanilla and friendly. I blush easily and I don’t like heavy handed flirting.

More tomorrow. I’m being kicked off my computer by my daughter who won a Bavarian prize for art today so I must bow down to the winner and give her time to practice her art skills on my Wacom drawing board.

Munich Artists Collage Workshop at Art in the Park

Photo to use for collage art piece

Today Emmy Horstkamp will be having a collage workshop at the Art in the Park tent in Sendling.  The workshop starts at 1700 and goes until 1900.   We will supply the photographs and artwork to be cut up and collaged, scissors, glue and pencils/markers.

The image above is one of the CC images we will be using to create an art piece.  There are a variety of images to choose from or you can use the available materials to create an abstract collage piece.   We will be focusing on collage composition and telling a story or sharing an emotion with our collage pieces.

The cost is free.  We only have 8 chairs so bring a folding chair if you are planning to come a bit later.  We have plenty of tables.

We still have workshops on Monday, Tuesday and Wed.  All three will be lots of fun!  More information on the workshops can be found on our art in the park event page.

We got a write up in the SZ paper.  It is exciting to know that people are enjoying what we are doing.  Thanks Munich for your support and we look forward to creating more events to share the talents of Munich Artists.

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


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

Artists involved from Munich Artists:

Emmy Horstkamp |

Suzanna Treumann |

Jenny Schminke |

Ewald Wildtraut |

Brigitte Pruchnow |

Rainer Schmitten | Rainer Schmitten Website

Artists involved from Kunst in Sendling:

Niko Jahn I Malerei I

Katrin Nodop I Fotografie I

Berit Opelt I Transfer-Lithografie I

Christophe Schneider I Fotografie I

Monika Vesely I Schmuck  & Objekte I

Barbara von Taeuffenbach I Schmuck & Objekte



Day 1 Munich Artists Drawing Challenge

Welcome to the Munich Artists 30 day drawing challenge.  Today we would like you to draw your soul.  In the last challenge, artists were asked to draw their portrait but I thought it would be better this year to go a little deeper. If you don’t have a soul or believe in souls, you can draw that too.  The list of Drawing Challenges can be found on our current challenge page.   If you are doing more than one a day, please only share Day 1 with us.  You can post your image on instagram and tag it with #munichartists and #30daychallenge so that I can find the work… try using #heyemmy too just to make sure. Chilli, a gallery in Munich, offered to create an exhibition of the challenge artwork and throw a vernissage/celebration party.  The exhibition will start in July after the challenge is completed. We will be selecting pieces which are shared on Instagram, through our closed FB group or which you share on our daily posts on FB.  How do you share on our Facebook page?  It is easy.  Click on comment to respond to a post and you will see a little camera button.  Use it to add your photo.  You cannot create a new post on our Facebook page but you can comment. If you enjoy the challenge, please share it with your creative friends.

Here is a video artist who painted her soul.

I would love to have a big group of creatives working on the challenge this year because I love seeing what you create. If you have any questions, you can message the Facebook page or email me at

The First Munich Artists Stammtisch May 2015

Last night we organised our first Munich Artists Stammtisch.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss our current projects and to get feedback from artists regarding our current plans and what they want to achieve over the next year. Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing our projects on the website and placing open calls for two of them.

The following Munich artists attended our first stammtisch:

Rainer Schmitten
‘Scotland’, mixed media on canvas, 140 x 175 cm, Rainer Schmitten 2015

Rainer Schmitten

Roy Hessing

Roy Hessing

Andreas Hirsch

Andreas Hirsch

Hubert Juranek

Hubert Juranek

Berit Opelt

Berit Opelt

Markus Maria Wendland

Markus Maria Wendland

Chris Tomas

Chris Tomas

Angela Smets-print-2015

Angela Smets

Munich Artists Sonia Boening

Sonia Boening



Julia Rößle


Maximilian Lueckenhaus

Nasser Ash

Florencia Chueke

Ursula Singer


Emmy Horstkamp Plan B Dorothy 2015 collage
Emmy Horstkamp

Day 15 Munich Artists Lent Challenge – Make a Duplicate

Artist Demotivation:  You think your idea is new? Artists have been doing that for centuries and you labeled it craft.

Entrepreneurial Motivation:  There are no new ideas just new versions of the same old ideas.  Think about how Germans love insurance and find a new way to offer insurance and tap into the German’s need for security.


Duplication.  Insurance allows a person to replace something that was lost or make sure they don’t lose something they already have.  Insurance offers a sense of security.

There is no security for artists and no insurance that guarantees that an art piece you are creating will turn out the way you want or when it is created that anyone will want to buy it.

Today lets play with the idea of security by taking an idea and creating it twice.  Artists throughout history have done this, taking an idea and replicating it over and over again.  If you are not sure how, you can do this using an overhead projector, a light box or like famous artists from the past, a camera obscura.

Camera Obscura

Prismed Zeitgeist Speech – Behance Portfolio Exhibition, Munich, Germany Feb 26, 2015

 Prismed Zeitgeist by Emmy Horstkamp

Exhibition Speech for Feb 26, 2015

Behance Portfolio Exhibition

An Artist can show something that other people are terrified of expressing.

Louise Borgoise

Zeitgeist:  Art by its very nature reflects the culture of the time and a place. Culture and art are intertwined, but the idea of a zeitgeist is problematic when a region is socially and culturally fragmented or too diverse.

When I returned from Asia, I wanted to interact with other artists and wanted to immerse myself into the zeitgeist of Munich.   I wanted to share ideas and be inspired by the artwork of Munich based artists and to tap into Munich culture.  I thought contemporary artists in Munich would be the zeitgeist – a product of their time in history.

Global websites which attract artists from every corner of the world could not help me tap into the Munich Zeitgeist. I needed to find a way to immerse myself in their process of Munich based artists and understand the way of Munich Artists.  I wanted to see the artists environments, to see what influenced their choice of mediums, subject matter and overall artwork. I wanted to know what it was to be an artist in Munich,Germany.

I wanted to know the hows and whys questions that many artists do not spend time pondering and could not easily answer – Munich based artists were immersed in their artwork  and so I needed to wade into their worlds and let myself sink down and experience what they were experiencing.

So I sank down and as I submerged I wondered if the artists I met were experiencing just one Zeitgeist.

The German artists in Munich were surrounded by their Heimat and like a warm blanket, their culture offered them a level of comfort from which they expressed themselves. They were secure in expressing themselves through traditional channels that would be understood by their fellow Germans.  Their zeitgeist matched the traditional idea of the artist reflecting the culture of their time. But, for artists coming from other cultures, could they also tap into this same German zeitgeist?

Artists who are from everyplace else immerse themselves in Germany but they do not have the keys needed to open the doors of understanding for themselves or the German who look at their work. They lack the cultural understanding that comes from a native ethnocentric viewpoint.   A foreigner’s artwork is an expression of the time, a zeitgeist, but can not be classified in the same category as the German artist’s work.  The foreign artist works outside his or her comfort zone and this discomfort their native cultural vocabulary refracts a zeitgeist very different than a German born artist.  The foreign artist finds a need to communicate more intuitively rather than culturally. There artwork is influenced by their ability to connect with the German audience.

A third group of artists are German and something else (the others).  German by blood, they are welcomed back to Germany as German but they do not contain the same cultural references or vocabulary. Their artwork falls in-between foreign and domestic. These artists, whose numbers ballooned with the unification of Germany and current international political changes, have various cultural identies and may not have a dominate cultural vocabulary.  The others have vocabularies which are a fusion and do not fit in with German artists nor with foreign artists.  Their artwork refracts differently the zeitgeist and may feel familiar to the German viewer while at the same time feeling alien.

The artists living in a global society may integrate global ideas but those ideas will always be reflected through an ethnocentric self ensuring that any zeitgeist will always be prism ed. 

The zeitgeist is not only refracted by the three type of artists but also by the viewers who may or may not have the proper artistic and cultural vocabulary to understand the artwork.  Explaining an art piece is essential in an era of refraction and artists must accept misunderstandings of their work if they are unwilling to provide a proper translation for the viewer even within their own cultural “heimat.”


The prism ed zeitgeist provides German based artists with an opportunity to search out artists with similar ethnocentric viewpoints or opposite viewpoints to explore ethnocentricity, cultural vocabularies and the idea of the art and artists representing the culture of their time.

Day 5 Munich Artists Lent Challenge – Locked Door – Universal Key

Artist Demotivation:  When the German door of opportunity opens, you better shove your foot in or find yourself locked out and wishing for a universal key.

Entrepreneur Motivation: When a German door opens, feel welcomed.  Germans don’t open their doors to strangers, door to door salesmen or even some of their friends.

Create a Universal Key 

I’ve locked myself out of my German house twice.  The German door system automatically locks you out your house if you don’t have your key  You can’t turn or push the handle down to open the door, you must have the key in the lock for the door to open.   My daily routine is to ask myself if I have a key so that I can get back into my house, gallery space or art studio.

“Do you have your key?”

Artists never ask themselves if they have the key to open the door of opportunity. In Germany, artists need the right key (CV) to open a traditional career in the arts. Artists who do not have the right key (CV)  must find another way of opening the door to opportunity.  What is that other way? That depends on the artist and that isn’t the focus on my challenge.  The focus of the challenge is to give artists a visual motivator in the form of a universal key.

For day 5, please make a universal key that will unlock all the doors to all the opportunities in the German universe.  This key should be available to you at all times so that when a door (opportunity) is in front of you, you can pat your pocket/purse/iphone and say, “yes I have the key.”

PS  In Germany, if the door is shut, so is the window. The phrase, “When God shuts a door he opens a window,” does not apply in Germany. Windows are only opened for specific reasons and only if there is no chance of a draft which may make them sick.


Munich Artists Lent Challenge Day 3 – Napkins



Aritst Demotivation: Germans treat their napkins like hidden treasures. What makes you think they want an art piece made from one?

Entrepreneur motivation: Go! Fill that market niche with a treasure for consumers to find. (Even if it is a recycled idea.. spin it and maybe they won’t notice.)

During my childhood, napkins were piled up on every American countertop inviting you to take a handful, but in Germany napkins are allocated on a need by need basis. You will be lucky to have one napkin per person at a table or available on the countertop.  If a napkin is incapable of handling the job created by your dripping ice cream cone or sloppy sandwich filled to the brim, you will be hard pressed to find another one. You, my friend, will be hunting down one of Germany’s hidden treasures.

For today’s creative moment, take a napkin/paper towel from the vaults and create a piece of art with it.  Germans will not want to buy it because it is a used napkin, not archival Hahnemuehle paper and you are not an art academy graduate with permission to make crap. With this valuable knowledge,  feel free to cut the napkin up with scissors or doodle and dribble ink on it. A napkin is made to be thrown away so don’t be afraid to experiment with this fragile piece of paper and do something wild.  When you are done, take a photograph of your creation and then dispose of the napkin in the nearest empty hole and share the photo with us on Facebook.

If you want to start from day 1 of this challenge, you can find the challenge page here.  If you want to read yesterday’s post about confetti, go here.


In our art studio, the artists go through paper towels at an alarming rate.  Is it a normal American rate (three out of the five artists are American)?  Or, has my German blood taken over and declared that napkins are not disposable? Maybe I just work in the Bermuda triangle for paper towels and napkins.  Does the process of creating art require more than one paper towel per painting?  These questions are posed to the universe, not you. Because of spammers, readers are not allowed to respond or comment to anything on this blog. You can respond to the questions in your head, on Facebook or to my face. (My face = Emmy Horstkamp and I currently live in Munich, Germany but I will be in London for an art fair March 27-29th.)



Munich Artists Going to the MUC Food Lovers Market on Sunday Feb 15, 2015

On Feb 15, 2015 from 1100 to 2000, Munich Artists will be at the MUC food Lovers Market.  The following Munich Artists will be showcasing their artwork and interacting with visitors doing participatory art projects (projects will cost between 7 to 20 Euro).

  • Gabriele Rothweiler (Photograper/Painter) – Gabriele will have people jump on a trampoline and take photos of them flying. For Sunday, she will be printing them right on the spot with her portable printer for a small fee.  Here is an example of her work.
  • Andreas Hirsch is a creative working in various mediums. He will be selling screen prints and watercolours at the market but will be making buttons with visitors. Here is an example of one of his screen prints:

Angela Smets will be selling her illustrative blocks and small charms.

Emmy Horstkamp will be selling her original art magnets.

Manueal Illera will be displaying her linocut prints and charcoal drawings.


Move Over Flowers, Here come Munich Artists on Feb 15th with a Bunch of Food Trucks

Being an artist means you can grab hold of opportunities and take risks like going to the Blumenmarkt on Feb. 15th and selling artwork next to food trucks.   Will this work in Munich?  I don’t know.  If I were an accountant I might wait six months but being an artist, I can jump in with both feet.  For the first market, five Munich artists have been asked to participate and will be selling art at the food market from 1300 to 2000.  We will hanging out in the art section.  Will you come join us? You can find our Facebook Event page here with all the details about finding us.

The artists bringing artwork to the market are:

Gabriele Rothweiler (she will let you jump on her trampoline and then shoot you in the air) Gabriele will also have some of her photography/painting artwork on display.

Andreas Hirsch (He’s going to be the Button maker)  Andreas will have his illustrative work at the market. I’m so curious to see what kind of buttons people make.

Emmy Horstkamp (My Guardians are going to market) I will also have some of my digital prints with ink on display and a series of magnets I’m making like the ones I made for the theatre installation.

Manuela Illera (Linocut series) She will also have some charcoal drawings (we still don’t know how these sell in Munich. I’m very curious to see if she sells any of them. The linocuts are cool a photo booth with different sayings on them. ( I will post some photos on Facebook.)

Angela Smets (printing) Angela is an oil painter but when she isn’t in her serious art studio, she is busy making illustrations and printing them using all kinds of techniques.

If everything goes well on Feb 15th and the artists sell work, we might do it again.  The organisers are testing it out with us so keep your fingers crossed that the test is successful and everyone is happy when Feb 16th rolls around.

I think it is really funny that we started and then get invited to sell art at a market.  I have no problems with this wonderful coincidence and hope these kind of opportunities keep showing up on our doorstep. Munich artists loves to have interesting opportunities to showcase Munich artwork.

Open Call for January 2015 Munich Artists Project – Art Installations for David Russo and Jasmine Morand Theatre Production

Remember me?  Remember getting together in December? Lets start 2015 with a bang by creating some art together. Here are LOTS of details:

Date: 13.1.2015 through 18.1.2015

Location: Schwabing/Maxvorstadt Munich at a Theatre Complex

Invited Artists: Munich Artists Group organised by Emmy Horstkamp

Project: Art Installation in association with David Russo and Jasmine Morand Theatre production

Information about David Russo’s and Jasmine Morand’s theatre production

Name: Grounds (s) Diptychon – Ground(s) is a diptych. Two pieces which exploit novel technologies in order to bring out specific atmospheres through the relationship between gesture and image, where motion, light and graphics operate in an inter-dependent and symbiotic way.

Underground –  Underground is an installation inspired by peep shows and danced in real time by a woman and a man in a confined, intimate space. Set in a semi transparent structure with diagonal slits through which you can see clearly, the piece is inspired by Japanese bondage art. Inside the structure, a man and a woman move slowly, maintaining distance at first, restraining their energies until their bodies are finally confronted with each other. The tangled bodies move slowly at first, then gently crescendo into a frenetic pattern, where fragments of full- blown eroticism can appear, perceived as quasi subliminal images. The action unfolds in almost complete silence, where any noise from the dancers triggers the lights to switch off. This effect enforces a strangely breathtaking kind of intimacy, where people are invited to watch something which is both minimal and aesthetic, while being witness to something truly intimate, humanistic.

Playground – Three dancers are involved in a reflex game with increasingly complex rules which eventually turns into war-like conflict when an “object of desire” is introduced.Playground is at the cross-roads between performance and dance, using fully interactive video-mapping as a dynamic scenic tool, combining gesture, sound and image in a synergetic way.

At first, the piece developed as a simple reflex game between three dancers. Slowly the rules become more complicated, and transform the dynamics between the characters. The “playground” itself evolves and becomes a terrain where other, new rules develop and take over. Amid this, a cylindrical element is introduced and becomes an object of desire for these dancers and, naturally, the source of tensions and conflict. Invisibly, the playground becomes a war-game. The goal becomes to possess, win, to impose, to triumph. Gradually, as the alliances between the dancers are in turn made and undone, the fight for victory takes on more importance in the dynamic. As the rules and original causes of the conflict vanish from the game, the ultimate victory is taken by the dominating light and graphics which fight a war of shadows across the whole stage, dwarfing the embattled dancers by sheer size and intensity, underlining the absurdity of the conflicts unfolding on stage.

The video projections and sound-scape are influenced by the cylindrical element’s position in space, and react dynamically to movement. The graphics created and used in giant video projections were loosely inspired by the geometry of a chessboard and the constant opposition of light and darkness.

What happens when you take a popular game that everybody knows and modify one single element? Ryota Kuwakubo

Information about the Munich Artists Visual Artist Project

Munich Artists will create an art installation on the walls of the theatre foyer and the hallways leading to the two performances located in two different areas of the building.

All artists will be invited to come into the space on Tuesday and Wed to create artwork for themselves while the theatre artists are doing dress rehearsals.  The directors want you to be inspired by their artists and the theatre performances.

Installation : Group Wall Collage

The artists who decide to participate will be encouraged to drop some artwork into a box (box is part of the theatre concept) and those artworks will be collaged and hung on one wall where the book will be located (A very big wall.)  The artwork dropped off ideally will be created based on the visit to the space but artists will be encouraged to bring in old sketch books, art pieces, or found art to be ripped up and used for the collage.   All artists will be offered the opportunity to collage and add layers until the performance ends on Sunday.   All artwork brought to the theatre must be paper or canvas so that it will be light enough to hang from the wall without too much support.

Artists will be allowed to paint and draw on the collaged pieces. The only limitation for this collaborative art piece is that the subject matter must relate to the performance and whatever you add must make sense to the rest of the collage. (no bandstanding, advertising or tagging.) We will do minimal curation to remove inappropriate materials.

All supplies must be supplied by the individual artists.  If you want to paint on the collage, please use acrylics. NO spray paint or oils.  If you are a messy painter, bring a drop cloth. You will not be able to keep your selected art piece on the collaborative collaged piece.  all collaged art becomes part of the whole and will not be returned specifically to you.

Installation: The Black Line

Selected artists’ artwork will relate to a black line that will be taped across all the walls and will connect the theatre rooms. The line will be continuous but not straight. The black line must be incorporated into the art pieces of the selected artists.  The artists who create artwork off the line will be able to take their artwork home with them. All rights remain with the artists creating the pieces coming off the black line.

This part of the project is not open to all artists. If you want to be one of the ten artists working along the black line, please send an email to  emmy (at)  (If I don’t know you, please add a link to your portfolio.)  We started choosing artists to fill the space and I will make the final decisions over the weekend based on how the artwork will flow together through the available space. (If you want to work as a team that is ok but you must show me artwork that you created already as a team of artists.)

All artwork should relate to the ideas described above about the play.  Please do not use already created artwork. The directors want the energy to be from this specific site and performances.

Artists Book

Each registered artist (who comes in during the week) will be allowed to add a finished art piece based on the performance to a book which will be on display during the weekend.

The book will be a gift to David Russo and Jasmine Morand who are the theatre performance originators.  All pieces attached to the book will be no larger than an A4 size (or will have to be folded up and inserted into the book).  The artwork attached can be high quality digital prints of a piece created by the artist during the week or an original art piece. No art pieces attached to the book will be returned.  No exceptions.

The book and the wall collage will be open to all Artists but you must register to work on the art piece and get access to the theatre space. Sign up sheets will be posted on the website on January 6, 2015.

Please do not go to the theatre unless you have signed up for a specific day.  Please do not fret if I don’t pick you for one of the walls, you can work on the collage and put an individual art piece in the book for people to see. Please respect the performers preparing for their show. This is a stressful time for them and we are lucky to have this opportunity to invade their space.

Tentative Schedule

13.1.2015 Tuesday -Artists create art in space, add artwork to book and work on collage wall

14.1.2015 Wed –  Artists work on their selected spaces, create artwork based on the performances, work on collaged wall.

15.1.2015 Thursday – Art Exhibited

16.1.2015 Friday – Art Exhibited

17.1.2015 Saturday – Art Exhibited

18.1.2015 Sunday – (Take Down Art Pieces)


I will be making signup sheet where the artists will need to sign up for the days they would like to come in and do work. That way we know who is showing up and how many artists will be participating.  I will post the signup sheet tomorrow January 6th 2015.

The theatre will open up early on performance days so people can come see the artwork before the show. (If your friends and family want to see the artwork but do not want to attend the theatre event.)

For the ten artists working on the black line, All artwork must be removed at the end of the performance on Sunday. If you want to take your artwork home, please reserve this day to take it down otherwise you release your rights to the art pieces you created and I can toss it or keep it.  I will not hold artwork for anyone. (The space is just too big and I have a small car.)

If you want part of the group collage, I will be cutting the collage up into squares.  All artists who participated in the event can have a square but they must be registered and leave a physical address for the piece to be mailed.  No unregistered artists will receive recognition or a piece of the collaged artwork.  No exceptions.

The hallway leading up to the peep show needs to encourage viewers to be quiet.   This is a challenge for the artists given these walls to display their artwork.

I will be posting photos on January 6th of the space so you can see the walls we are working with for this installation.

Once you sign up for the project, you will be giving the location of the theatre.

David will have a press conference for the event and will talk about the artwork in addition to his theatre performance.

If you have any questions, please email emmy (at)


Emmy Horstkamp

Art News From Everywhere But Munich – Can Your Art Last Half a Million Years?

First piece of art was Graffiti

How did a piece of art last half a million years without being in a museum? The artwork was on a shell that is how.  So artists Go!  Run out and buy some shells or add shells to your artwork. That way you know your work will last more than a hundred years even if your name may fade into oblivion.  According to the article, the first “artists” etched zigzags onto shells. How do we know this wasn’t done by a monkey?  This image also makes me think. Maybe this shell originally was painted like the Greek Statues and over the centuries the paint flaked off.  Maybe this art piece was covered with jewels or, maybe, those zig zags were created by a child waiting for its mother to finish cooking oyster soup.

Would you recognize this missing masterpiece? I’m guessing the art historian’s child really liked watching this film about a little mouse.

Thank you set designers for having good taste and sharing it on the big Screen.  One US set designer found a missing Hungarian masterpiece which was “discovered” by an art historian while watching the movie Stuart Little.  In the Article,  it states that the missing art piece was purchased for 500 USD at a local antique store by a set designer. Now it is in the hands of a collector who returned the art piece to Europe where it will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. With this nice story attached, I’m thinking the art piece will be sold for much more than 500 USD.

Art Basel Miami

What are you still doing here? You should be on a plane for Art Basel in Miami. Here are some parties you may want to attend or crash if you are down in the southern US where it is hot and muggy and filled with people looking for your artwork (which is stored in Munich, Germany).

I will be hanging out in Munich with Michaela Wuehr and Martin Potsch on Friday showing images of recycle bins.  I’m sure they would sell well in Miami but the cost of the flight and hotel would be more than the art pieces combined.  Better to stay in Munich and bring Art Basel here don’t you think?

Submitting a Request for a Permit in the Morning

Do you know the movie “My fair lady?”  In the movie, there is a musical dance scene near the end of the movie where the father is singing about his life and celebrating because he’s getting married in the morning.  Well, we are a bit nervous because this will be our first time trying to get a larger group of artists together and we are celebrating that the paperwork is filled out and a bit nauseous because we are submitting the paperwork in the morning.

Luckily Munich Artists have stepped forward to help manage the crowd and get them in order.  As soon as our permit is approved, I will share the list of captains.  Because we want everyone to have fun but keep things organised, all artists who want to participate must sign up on our online Doodle so we can assign them to a captain. If you are signing up as an art collective or group, please let me know so I can put you with the same captain.  All artists of all mediums are encouraged to participate. Because of the inspiration for this event, there is no sound.  You will need to be able to express your art visually in the form of a photograph, art piece, CD, musical instrument (without playing it.)

If you are an artist in Munich, please join our closed Facebook group for more information or email to get access to our secret page on the website.  Some of the information for the event will be made public once our permit is approved but for now, we need to keep what we are doing a little under wraps.


I ran out of time this weekend to post a page of Christmas markets/popup events.  If you have one, please email it to so that it can be added to the page (photos are appreciated).


Photo of dogs





Monday Thoughts – Installation updates and Fair Use in Germany

Welcome Monday. I’m so glad you are here and that I don’t have to be wait for you anymore.  Here are some links and thoughts about art from the weekend and why I am saying fair use is an American fairytale based in no German reality.

  • Creating floor stickers takes twice as long as I estimated. In my project timeline for the long night of the museum, I reserved two days for the sticker creation but the process is taking four days. We will be printing the floor stickers today. They look great at 6 inches but will the artwork look great at 1.5 metres?
  • I don’t know what two sculptures look like for the installation. (No reference shots from the artists and no time to go check them.)  Should this drive me crazy?  The artists have set rules that the pieces must be 2 metres high, vertical and light fixtures but I’ve left it open how they created the piece so that it would reflect their style and whatever ideology/process they wanted to highlight. When I walked into the gallery space this morning, I found Katrin Vogl’s piece waiting to be transported to the exhibition space. Katrin’s sculpture fits perfectly with her focus on Afghanistan and is very different from and Malte Dinkela’s art piece or mine.  This is what I wanted and the reason we have a floor sticker to bring the art pieces together as an overall art idea hopefully reflecting what I wrote about the installation.

Here is a photo of Malte Dinkela’s sculpture which he posted on his blog

Malte Dinkela - Sculpture Long Night of the Museum
Malte Dinkela – Sculpture for Long Night of the Museum

For the installation, we have videos which will be available through augmented reality and on a screen in the space (In case people are unable to access the online version.) One of my videos focuses on Russia and I wanted to have it timed with the light in my sculpture so that the light moves with the music on the video. Because it is not part of the overall installation, I can’t play the music out loud but the lights will be moving to music you can’t hear unless you are standing next to me and I turn on the phone sound up loud enough for you to hear.


  • Below is the initial music I wanted to use for the light dance. It is available on youtube for remix but because the performer did not email back and the composer has not been dead long enough, I decided it was safer to use a Billie Holiday song available through the Creative Commons for the online video.
  • Although the song by Paul Ben Haim is exactly what I wanted, I’m not interested in complicated licensing for this installation or dealing with a German artist who may not want their work remixed. The reality of being an artist in Germany is that fair use is not a feasible option like it is in America. In Germany you must pay or have explicit permission to use another artist’s work.
  • I watched the video below so that I could comment about it while discussing street artists. If you would like to talk about it, please watch the video and then meet me so we can discuss street art hype and what should still be considered street art.

Monday for Munich Artists – Lets Play Catchup About What Munich Artists are Doing

  • Organising Groups to Create Fine Art books –  a Munich artist decided he wanted to create fine art books and approached us to help create small groups to work together on fine art books.  Always up for collaborations, we organised the first band of artists which met on Saturday.  The artists currently involved in a black and white fine art book are:
    • Brigitte Pruchnow
    • Rainer Schmitten
    • Emmy Horstkamp
    • Adriana Hernandez
    • Isi Dina
    • Britta Eriskat
    • Jelena Opačak
    • Newsha Djavadipour-Sigari
    • Birgit Abt
      • Update About the book: The book got stallllllled.  I’m trying to get the images back so I can incorporate them into the January video.
  • More fine art book groups will be created and each group will be focusing on a different style of art book.  If you are an artist and would like to be involved in an art book, please let us know.The Munich Artists Weekend Newsletter is once again postponed due to my inability to write on the weekend.  This change from Monday to Friday is not going smoothly. I’m hoping that I get into the groove by this weekend. (Keep your fingers crossed.)
  • Terri Lloyd is an artist working with clay. Here is a piece she made while experimenting for her art piece that will be on display for the Munich Creative Group exhibition Fernweh which will be exhibiting November 7th through the 9th in Schwabing at atelier Caveau Tengstrasse 25.


Munich Artists Projects – Long Night of the Museum Installation

The following artists are working on the Munich Artists installation which will be showcased at the  Büro des Münchner Flüchtlingsrates, Goethestr.53 Erdgeschoß.

Emmy Horstkamp

Florencia Chueke

Martin Stonard

Corinna Naumann

Malta Dinkela

Karin Vogl

The installation focuses on the connection and disconnection of asylum seekers representing the asylum seekers symbolically through video, augmented reality and sculptural art forms.

There will be six videos placed in an augmented reality images.  Each video will represent a country of an asylum seeker.  Each sculptural pieces will represent ideas associated with asylum seeking as interpreted by the above artists.  We are letting the visual artists pursue their ideas on 2 m lighted columns and we will share their artists statements online and in a brochure so that you can understand each sculptural piece and how it relates to the overall theme of the installation.

I’ve asked the artists to keep the artwork in column form but they are welcome to manipulate the light element, the height (must be a minimum of 2m), and the materials used for the column.

Only a small percentage of the population knows how to use augmented reality.  We are using this technology in the exhibition to show the struggles asylum seekers face learning new skills needed to integrate into German society.  Augmented reality also points to the need for specific tools to connect the asylum seekers to German society.

A WordPress site will house the images of the sculptures and the videos so visitors can see the different elements of the installation together online.    

The exhibition will be organised as a circle of columns that represent trees.  The outer five trees will represent German society towering and rooted.  The middle column will be shorter and have no roots.  It will be images/words whitewashed to represent a new start and will contain a Zoetrope showing a simple scene. The zoetrope will need to be hand spun to work.  You must pass through the other sculptures to reach it.

This zoetrope sculpture represent the asylum seeker who is sheltered by Germany but has not roots and no German story yet to tell/show.  All is within the Asylum seeker and one must look closely to see what is inside. The zoetrope is a simple scene representing one of the needs requested by valid asylum seekers in Germany.

We will continue posting information about the installation each week. Next week, I will share some images of the different elements of the installation.

Here is our page for the Long Night of the Museum Exhibition Connected- October 18th, 2014 (Lange Nacht der Museen October 18 2014) which will be posted under Munich Artists Projects.

What’s Happening with Munich Artists – September 17, 2014

This morning, I wondered what ransom I would need to pay to get the sun back from the fog. As I walked over the Isar, I saw this moody image of Munich and decided that the sun could stay away for a bit longer.

Art Challenge News:  Munich artists are doing a collage challenge. There were some images here but when I moved the blog they disappeared.  Maybe, someday, I will find them again.  If you want to look at our challenge work, please visit the challenge page.

We will be showing several of the collages on Friday at the Friday gallery in combination with Emmy Horstkamp’s T-project.   If you don’t know Emmy, come and visit the gallery on Friday and say hello.

Munich Artists News:

Munich Artist Brigitte Pruchnow is having a busy autumn.  Last weekend she attended the Rotterdam art fair and she has been accepted into a gallery in Japan (The gallery will be taking her artwork to a Tokyo art fair in the spring).  If you want to see Brigitte’s work, her art is scattered around Bavaria in group exhibitions like this one and she will be having a solo exhibition at the Friday gallery in 2015.

Roterdam Art Fair

If you have time this weekend, plan a trip to Landsberger Lech to visit the long night of art which starts at 1800 and goes until 2300. If you would like a brochure which includes a map you can download it by clicking 140825 Flyer Kunstnacht 2014.

Gabriele Rothweiler will be one of the 70 artists displaying work during the evening.  Her paintings will be on display at Asam-fashion in the Schlossergasse 376.  Gabriele will also have her artwork on display at her gallery during the open studios in Neuhausen if you don’t want to leave Munich this weekend or have made other plans for this Saturday.

Emmy Horstkamp will be showing the Title pages from her T-project at the Friday gallery starting on September 19th. The series is based on the idea that women like to see their romantic partners as projects to be fixed up or manipulated. The title pages are the initial architectural idea of what each man should be.  The series continues with a blueprint for each man and then the final man created in a mixed media format which may be nothing like the ideal (Just like the difference between what the architect designs and what the builders actually create.   The art pieces are made using photography, digital printing and acrylic paint on art paper and canvas.

Munich Artists Friday Gallery for June 27, 2014

I’m lucky to have a great selection of work this week from graffiti to jewellery created by artists in Munich. I spent the morning visiting Anne Trieba’s studio. Very talented woman and I look forward to seeing more of her work in the coming months.

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Stroke Art Fair 2014 Recap

This was the first year that the Friday Gallery invited artists to share a booth at the Stroke Art Fair.  Here are some immediate thoughts about our experience:

  • It was very smart to have a talk with the creative director of Stroke about how we should use our limited space with five artists.  His advice was excellent and very helpful to a novice art fair booth organizer.
  • I’m very happy we showed original work. The artists were able to sell originals which brought in more cash. I would have loved to have limited edition prints of Mr. Fox and will focus on having limited edition prints of our showcase piece next year.  It was funny to hear people say “There he is!” as they rounded the corner and saw the fox painting.  People were happy to see the fox and we enjoyed hanging out with him for the fair.
  • There was no price point that sold best.   The artwork displayed ranged from 170 to 800 and we sold artwork at all price points.  We found the grid installation worked really well for each artist.
  • Each artist that actively participated sold their work.   Michaela Wuehr, Brigitte Pruchnow, Jenny Schminke and Emmy Horstkamp sold work, were present everyday and were happy to talk with people interested in their artwork. (most of the artists are introverts so talking to strangers for five days was a big thing.)

  • The buyers really liked being able to go pick up artwork at the artists studios.  Only two people picked up artwork at the fair.  Most the other buyers put down deposits and made appointments with the artists to pick up the artwork.  

  • Five days at stroke meant five days away from the computer. This made it difficult to share information about Munich Artists especially from a concrete cellar.  Sorry about the internet silence.  Hopefully next year we will have staff who can help report back on a more regular basis.
  • I must remember that we live in Germany.  I ordered a catalogue for Stroke within the appropriate amount of time but forgot the holidays which closed down business for many days.  The catalogs arrived today which is two days after Stroke.  The catalogs are nice and I have a large box of them sitting in my living room waiting to be sent out to collectors and anyone else who we think might be interested in a catalog.
  • We plan to attend Stroke 2015.  I’m looking forward to organizing Munich Artists for more events like this. If you know of an event that we should attend, please email me at with the subject line: Possible Events
  • Here are a few of the images we took during Stroke:

What Can You Say in 100 Words? A Munich Art Collaboration

Munich and London artists walking around Munich on Saturday afternoon

Here is our newsletter where we discuss why London artists are in Munich for a few weeks at the Platform (located at Kistlerhofstr. 70.)

Anna Blumenkranz with two Munich based illustrators

 On Saturday, Munich artists walked around the city with London artists sharing ideas and information in preparation for the 100 word pilgrimage collaboration project.

Munich Artists Deconstructed Installation

The first Munich artists Installation was a success and it was great to see Munich artists collaborating for the pure joy of being creative.

Several of the artists who participated in the Munich Artists Installation brought more than one piece of art. Ines Seidel, who creates mixed media pieces, brought pages where she had cut out circles, boxes she’d made from books and a few mono prints.

Hazel Ang, who enjoys creating with oil on paper, brought three pieces of art which were political in nature. Hazel is a news junkie but she isn’t a political artist. The three canvases expressed her feelings but were tucked away in her closet where they took up valuable space.

For Hazel, taking her art pieces and using them to create a new art piece on Friday was Cathartic-A final release of the feelings trapped within the original art pieces. Although many of the artists found it exciting, energising and even cathartic to deconstruct, some artists were experiencing deconstruction for the first time and finding changing their perspective about their work challenging.

As we ripped and cut and glued canvas from various art pieces, one artist walked over with her canvas where she had created a small hole.   She was inspired to make the hole while watching us but when we talked with her about taking the canvas off the frame her eyes grew big.  She wasn’t ready to deconstruct her art piece and we didn’t push her.  This artist had taken the first step in releasing the reverence placed on a finished piece of art by altering the work she has laboured so hard to create. By the end of the evening she had made several more holes and her work was added to the window installation which is on display in Neuhausen for the next 8 weeks.

If you would like to see the installation, it is at the arthaus Neuhausen.

Artists involved with the Deconstruction Construction Installation:

For more information about what is going on with Munich Artists, read our newsletter.

Internet Art and the BCA Munich Newsletter are not the Same Thing

BCA Munich Artists Emmy HorstkampI know. Munich artists and our newsletter are both located on the internet but both would not be considered internet art… yet.

What would be considered internet art?

Internet art depends on the internet for its existence. If an art piece can exist outside of the internet it isn’t internet art.  Artists who create internet art can create art pieces using domains and then art collectors can own the domains which form the art piece if they are for sale.   The main point to remember is that internet art pieces are created using the internet and will not exists offline.

Would you like to see examples of internet art? Check out these website hosting what would be considered internet art.




If you want to see more digital art, you can go through this directory and see what artists are creating on the world wide web.


Office Warming Party and Art Swap Fundraiser December 12, 2013

BCA Munich Fundraiser


We are raising funds for Doctors without Borders and Munich artists are coming forward with some beautiful pieces for our art swap.  Here are the list of artists who have donated pieces of art for the art swap game.

  1. Michael Pitschke – Watercolor cartoon drawing
  2. Jenny Schminke –  Study of a Bird
  3. Ines Seidel – Mixed Media
  4. Emmy Horstkamp – Mixed Media – Guardian series
  5. Markus Brackelmann – Digital Art
  6. Mahirwan Mamtani “Serigraphs” (silk-screen)
  7. Britta Eriskat  Pen wash on paper
  8. Gunther Meliton – digital art
  9. Katrin Klug  – Body Stencil
  10. Gabrielle Rothweiler – Mixed media
  11. Willi Hoppe – Painting
  12. Rysz Merey- watercolor and ink art piece
  13. Ray Moore -Painting and print
  14. Ulli Schmeling – Sculptures
  15. Cornelia Kloess – Sculpture
  16. Brigitte Pruchnow – Pen and Ink
  17. Andrea Senyk – Photography
  18. Agnes Mayer – Digital Art/ Photography
  19. Angela Smets  – Arcylic painting
  20. Cyril Mariaux – Mixed media monograph

We missed a few artists over the weekend so as their work trickles in over the next two days, I will add the names of those artists to the list.

If you would like to have an opportunity to play the game and get a piece of art from one of these artists, don’t forget to purchase your ticket on event brite.  Here is the link.

BCA Munich Friday Gallery November 29, 2013

This week BCA Munich rented an office space!  In January, we will start showing selected artwork from our weekly gallery at Frauenstrasse 18, 2013. The artwork will only be displayed for a week and most of the pieces will be for sale at auction.  If you see an art piece in our Friday gallery and would like to see it in person, just let us know by emailing emmy at kyfio dot com.

(Gallery on Facebook page).

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