Lenbachhaus Goes Yellow with KiCo

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

Zoe is wondering why I have a seriously big yellow book

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

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

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

Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo

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

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

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

Olafur Eliasson Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo

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

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

Selected Art Pieces

Franz Ackermann

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

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

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

Wade Guyton

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

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

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


Wolfgang Tillmanns

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

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

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

Daniel Knorr

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ceal Floyer

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


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

Katharina Gross

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

Gerhard Richter

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

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

Tomas Saraceno

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

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

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

Olafur Eliasson

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

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


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

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

Interview : HNRX – European Street Artist

Munich Artists Munich street art HNRX April 201612986750_1011001038955043_632427628_oAn email arrived with a map and a message. HNRX would be painting a mural on a Munich wall and I was invited to visit.

Heading over to the wall, I watched the artist spraying paint from on top of a narrow metal ladder.  Catching his attention, the artist descended from his perch and we stood staring at his work in progress and talking about his life and art.

Why Munich?

I came to Munich because of Loomit.  My first time painting here was in 2013 and over the last few years, I’ve collaborated with several Munich based street artists.  I like the city because it is close to my home in Austria and it is a unique place to work.

How do you find the walls you’re going to paint in Munich?

Loomit invited me to paint pieces at the Kult Fabrik which is like a museum of street art. Some of the pieces are really old and Loomit will let you know what spaces are available for painting.

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In other areas of town, if I’m painting a larger piece, I will  let the city know that I plan to paint the wall and then I send in a proposed art piece.  My original drawing for this wall was vetoed so I sent in another drawing and that one was approved. I never run out of ideas so this kind of thing is never a problem. I feel that to be painting street art, you need to really want to do it and never give up.

For smaller pieces, I look around for a place where I can put a piece and where it may stay awhile.

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Do you find it easy to paint street art in Munich?

There are not that many areas around town where you can paint so I just look around and decide where I think a piece would work.   For the current piece, I called the police ahead of time to let them know I was starting my piece and that I had permission from the city but the police still came out to the wall.

At the beginning of the art piece, people are not so friendly. They don’t know what is happening and shout that I’m making graffiti.  The art piece at the beginning is a sketch and doesn’t look like the finished piece but my work is not graffiti, it is art and I spend quite a bit of time and money creating it.

Do you get paid for painting your large murals?

If the work is a commission, I get paid but for my own art pieces, I’m funding the materials myself which is expensive for large walls.  I’m working full time as an artist so I’m actively selling smaller works to raise funds for the large public artworks. The current piece is self funded. The city gave me permission to paint the wall but no funds to cover the costs.

Why do you make such large art pieces?

I enjoy making large artworks and working on walls. I love the texture and the flaws in the wall.  I prefer to have a painting surface that isn’t perfect. I tried painting on canvas and found it unappealing. I love the challenge of spraying on outdoor walls.

I also love connecting with the public.  I would never want to be isolated in a studio full time.  My urban murals ask people to pay attention and offers them some love and freedom.  Although I keep up with current events and I’m a vegan,  I don’t use my art to make political statements, people get enough of that from the media, they don’t need that from my art.

How long does it take you to paint the walls?

For the current wall, it took four hours just to roll the base coat on the wall.  I’ve scheduled 2 -12 hour days for painting the wall near Candidplatz.

Do you have specific themes?

I make art everyday and I have lots of ideas.  Right now I’m focusing on little things that people take for granted.  What they may overlook in their daily lives.  I’m also delving into surrealism.

Are you a trained artist?

My mother is an artist but I learned street art from creating street art and by doing it.  I attended architectural school but I don’t see that as part of my art training.  I found that I needed to let go of the straight precision of architecture to make my street art.  I love making art that isn’t perfect and where you don’t have to follow specific rules – you don’t have that freedom as an architect but in my art, I’m free to make things which are impossible in reality.

How do you feel when someone paints over your art pieces?

I’m making street art.  Usually it is up for a few days before it gets damaged or covered.  One time, I created a piece in London with a friend and the piece was tagged the day after we finished.   My friend was really upset because we spent two days painting the piece but I know that is just part of creating art on the street.

The street is open to all artists. You can’t be angry with other artists for doing to your piece what you have done to the piece that was there before yours.  That is street art. Covering is part of the process.

Do you make small artwork that people can buy?

I support myself through commissions and selling artwork painted on cardboard. I love using cardboard because it is easy to store and has an uneven texture similar to the walls .  I have a gallery in Innsbruck, Vienna and here in Munich.  I’m also have an exhibition in July at the Die Faerberei starting on July 15th.

HNRX painting details into his pineapple


Note:  The street art festival is happening soon.  If you want to see HNRX’s work down on Tumblingerstrasse, I suggest you head over soon to check them out.  Most of them have already been damaged but you can still see the pieces through the chrome. Here are a few more pieces of this art piece at Candidplatz


Labor Issues in the Arts – Post by Anabel Roque Rodriguez

This post is part of Anabel’s newsletter which I read last week. The subject is very dear to me and it is one of the reasons I started the Munich Artists project.  I asked Anabel if I could share her words with you and she agreed to allow the reprint.  If you like her words, you can subscribe to her newsletter by following the link at the bottom of this post.

Labor Issues in the Arts – Post by Anabel Roque Rodriguez

Last week we celebrated International Women’s Day. I got to open the exhibition I curated for GEDOK in Munich “Art as Labor or the Myth of the poor female Artist” and focus on issues around labor, professionalization in the arts, empowerment, women and success.

For centuries the question of how to find one’s purpose and make a living out of meaningful work has preoccupied not only the young, not only aspiring artists, but people of all ages, abilities, and walks of life.

While working on the exhibition, through observations of the past years in the art world, and the work ethic of young professionals in other areas, I came to the conclusion that there is a misconception with toxic working attitudes. There is a work ethic that tells creative workers to sacrifice themselves for the purpose of art, as if a certain amount of despair and pain would lead automatically to success.

Don’t get me wrong, I believe that working hard and continuously will lead to mastery and, eventually, to noticeably success, but if you loose sight of your work values, tasks that make you happy or rewards that come from within, all the pain might leave you burnt-out and numb. I became recently very skeptical about the glorification of unhealthy routines, like sleep deprivation, consummation of body boosting substances etc. It seems that there is an almost religious belief in the work world that we have to do penance in order to get on the path of the neoliberal definition of perfection, which then leads automatically to success. Women, in particular, seem to have become a center of this dogma. But seriously, how can we make negativity the center of any valuable success?

The relation with success is difficult, as Alain de Botton puts it beautifully:

“One of the interesting things about success is that we think we know what it means. A lot of the time our ideas about what it would mean to live successfully are not our own. They’re sucked in from other people. And we also suck in messages from everything from the television to advertising to marketing, etcetera. These are hugely powerful forces that define what we want and how we view ourselves. What I want to argue for is not that we should give up on our ideas of success, but that we should make sure that they are our own. We should focus on our ideas and make sure that we own them, that we’re truly the authors of our own ambitions. Because it’s bad enough not getting what you want, but it’s even worse to have an idea of what it is you want and find out at the end of the journey that it isn’t, in fact, what you wanted all along.”

Success is nowadays usually measured through the power to shape public opinion, a high salary, and I guess through the number of clicks in social media. These are indeed measurable parameters, but they do not tell anything about the long-term impact of actions, the person’s integrity, the values and attitudes, or anything about the contribution to a community.

Work and creative Labor
There is an essential difference between work and creative labor that we should honor and create a safe space for. Lewis Hyde put it very eloquently in his 1979 classic, The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World:

“Work is what we do by the hour. It begins and, if possible, we do it for money. Welding car bodies on an assembly line is work; washing dishes, computing taxes, walking the rounds in a psychiatric ward, picking asparagus — these are work. Labor, on the other hand, sets its own pace. We may get paid for it, but it’s harder to quantify… Writing a poem, raising a child, developing a new calculus, resolving a neurosis, invention in all forms — these are labors.

Work is an intended activity that is accomplished through the will. A labor can be intended but only to the extent of doing the groundwork, or of not doing things that would clearly prevent the labor. Beyond that, labor has its own schedule.

…There is no technology, no time-saving device that can alter the rhythms of creative labor. When the worth of labor is expressed in terms of exchange value, therefore, creativity is automatically devalued every time there is an advance in the technology of work.”

Creative labor is embedded in a process, sometimes uncertain when we get to the outcome we wish for. The ideation process is as an inherently ambivalent one, oscillating between creation, destruction, and purging. As Pablo Picasso stated, “inspiration finds you, but it has to find you working”. I think we have to overcome the idea of the suffering genius in the arts, in order to lead to a professionalization of the creative sector. The focus has to be to honor the process of creation and to set a pleasant environment up, where this labor is valued. Most successful artists develop daily routines to create a work rhythm and do not wait for ideal working conditions. The creative process is shapened through endurance, probably more than through mere talent. Pushing your own limits further for the purpose of an idea is a celebratory act that can be, without any doubt, exhausting, but the glorification of suffering has become an indicator for a sort of hidden productivity level. A certain level of thriving for more can be motivating, but not to the expense of loosing lifelong joy and devaluating a profession.

About Boundaries and Money in the Arts

  • Practice to doubt opportunities: Be careful if someone refers to a task as a prestigious opportunity. Usually that is a good indicator that the task or event is worthless; otherwise they would not need to sell it as prestigious opportunity for exposure. Think about if the thing is really aligned with your values and with what you want, if not, do not buy into the BS and say NO. Do things for love, passion, integrity or because you really believe in them, not for exposure.
  • Do not lower your expectations because of a status someone attributes you. Unjust treatment might be a way of negotiation, so ask for more if you feel underrated. Consider what you can tolerate and accept and what makes you feel uncomfortable or stressed. Professionalization is shaped through your clear communication of what you want.
  • A paycheck is a compensation for your time and an acknowledgement of your knowledge, it is never a thank you for all-nighters, over-commitment or extra-input. You motivate people with respectful treatment and honoring their excitement.

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Deutsch: Open Call 500 Artists Say Hello

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

Open Call: 500 Artists Say Hello

German Version of Open Call

500 Artists Say Hello

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

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

Save the Dates:

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

Open Call: 500 artists say “Hello”


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

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

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

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

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

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

How to apply

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

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

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

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

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

You will bring your artwork to:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Feb Installation Day 1 Process Video

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

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

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

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

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


Studio Riemerling – Visiting Britta Eriskat & Petra Amtsberg Hoffman

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

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


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


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

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

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

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


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



Here are works by Britta Eriskat:

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

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

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

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

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

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Artwork by Petra Amtsberg Hoffman image 3
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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.




Katrin Vogl – Animated Gif


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

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

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


“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 emmy@kyfio.com


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

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













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

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

Why apply for the studios?

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

Here is the link to the application.

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

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

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

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

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

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



February Installation: Ines Seidel and Allun Turner

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

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

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

Munich Artists Ines Seidel
Munich Artists Ines Seidel


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 emmy@kyfio.com.  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.



Art Studios – Hellabrunnerstr. 30 – The Greenhouses, Munich Germany & Andrea Matheisen in Waldtrudering


Tucked away near the Isar within walking distance of the Candidplatz Ubahn stop, is the Hellabrunnerstr. 30 studios which are housed in a group of greenhouses.

On Sunday, two artists had open studios so I hopped over the bridge from Sendling and stopped by to see their studios and current work.

The First artist I visited was Petra Beeking.  She was at Stroke and ArtMUC.  If you want to contact her directly, you can check out her website.  Here are a few shots of her studio and her current work on display.

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After visiting Petra, I walked around the garden houses and saw that Trisha Kannellopoulos was also open.


This was the first time visiting Trisha’s studio.  She has been an artist working in Munich for more than 40 years.12255608_929803887074759_1043216855_o

Trisha’s works are fairly large colour fields/abstracts using dirt from different areas of the world as pigment.

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If you are interested in seeing more of Trisha’s work, she will be at the Kunstmesse Regensburg this weekend.

Look how wonderful this area is for working.  I can see why Trisha has been at this location for so many years. If I had a studio like this, I wouldn’t be searching for another atelier…ever.

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After visiting the greenhouses, I went and checked out Andrea Matheisen’s studio in Waldtrudering.  For the last 3 years, 11 artists have participated in the open studios (Ateliertage-waldtrudering).  I will put this open studios in my calendar for next year so I can visit more than one studio.


From the artwork on display, I liked this series of people sculptures. We talked about Andrea’s people and animals earlier this year.  Unlike her animals where one would be enough, this sculpture series begs for you to take a few home.  I liked the arrangement of four against the wall. You could also put four of them in a stand so that they are freestanding and can be moved around. The way they were displayed in the studio, you would need about 1.5 meters to display the four sculptures together.  The people sculptures run around 2k Euro each. I didn’t snap a photo of the prices so if you are interested contact Andrea for an exact price.


Andrea displayed paintings but I think her sculptures are her strongest art form. If you want to see Andrea’s abstract paintings or more sculptures, go visit her studio. Andrea’s studio address is Von Erckert Strasse 30. If you are spontaneous and want to go see Andrea’s work without setting up an appointment, her studio is open on Thursdays from 1000 to 1400.

Time. Room. Put Them Together and You Have ZeitRaum – A German Furniture Manufacturer

I avoid leaving Munich.  I’m a staycationer and a city girl but on occasion, I will venture into the wilderness of Bavaria to visit an artist or to see a piece of architecture.


On Saturday, I ventured to Wolfratshausen to visit a ceramic artist and passed by a sign that said ZeitRaum Showroom.  A flash of something wonderful caught my eye as I sped by so I had to stop on my way out of the city to see why Zeitraum snagged my attention.

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Zeitraum. Is it a place to find more time?  A meditation center?  No, it is a furniture manufacturer.  The person I spoke with inside, said that Zeitraum started out making tables and have expanded into chairs, couches, and beds.

The pieces cost thousands of Euro and the quality is amazing.  I found myself touching everything like a toddler and wishing I had an unlimited budget to furnish my house and Frauenstrasse 18.

Zeitraum is at max production right now so you will have to wait about 2 months for a piece of furniture and maybe even longer now that we are closer to the Christmas season.


Here is a detail of one of the chairs.

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The front of this chair is a wool blend and the back is leather. You can have leather, suede, or another textile on the back. I personally loved the chairs with suede on the back in a contrasting colour. Beautiful in aesthetic and a tactile experience we should all incorporate into our households.

I’m in love with their loveseat called “Kanapee” which is part of their new product line.  A small couch designed for short conversations not afternoon snoozes. I’m not a fan of people sleeping on my couch or on my floor or anywhere near me. Work Artists work while you are up and if you want to sleep go find a bed.


I was surprised that I liked this design so much. Maybe it was the suede/textile combination or the very firm couch seat (Don’t plop yourself down, you may break your tailbone.)  The rep at the showroom said the dining room version of the couch is best if you have older clients or household members. The lounge version of the small couch has a dip that older people have a hard time climbing out of but if you want to torture your in-laws or offer an office bootcamp, go for the lounge.

if you are flexible about color,material and style check out the Zeitraum deals available on the Zeitraum discount site.

A leather/textile chair for around 1k Euro:



A Table made from American Walnut is around 3k Euro

01139_1_M_11_DESK_NussA really cool looking chair for around 700 Euro (regular price is 1k Euro)


The Zeitraum furniture can be ordered from the following stores in Munich or through your architect / designer.


Design Raum

Neue Werkstaetten

Robert Widmann

Collection 2

Thiersch 15

TK 33 Kremer

Design Funktion

Stein 11

Marcus Hansen

Fangirl is now getting off her fangirl platform and will go back to writing about the artists in Wolfratshausen. If you want to give me a nice Christmas present, think about getting me a Kanapee made from wood, NOT pastry.

Hello Munich Artists – The Sketchbook Project Begins. Lets get sketching.

This sketchbook project is based in Brooklyn, NY.  We heard about this sketchbook project from Hazel Ang

Page from Hazel Ang’s Sketchbook

Katrin Klug,

Sketchbook page from Katrin Klug’s Sketchbook

and Kerstin Klein

I loved looking through the digital sketchbooks and decided this would be a fun project for Munich Artists. The sketchbook project digitalises the sketchbook so you can share the link to the sketchbook/artwork with everyone you know.

As you can see, I had to pay an enormous amount of VAT for two sketchbooks sent from the US to Munich, Germany.  I had no clue 23 Euro would be added to the price of this project.  Luckily, I am not passing this cost on to you.  All you need to do is decide if you want to invest a few hours sketching in our joint sketchbook.

Here are the two sketchbook packages that I purchased. (One is for me personally).    
I’ve chosen Memoir as the theme for the Munich Artists sketchbook. 17 Munich artists can create a sketch over two pages based on this theme.  Two/three artists can work together on a two page spread if they want.  Each artist who works on the sketchbook shall create the artwork at my studio so that I can keep track of the book and post it off to Brooklyn by the deadline. (It can go offsite but only with lots of planning.)

I posted this once in our Facebook group and now, I’m going to start making the list of artists.  I’m keeping the sketchbook at Frauenstrasse 18, 80469 Munich.  You are welcome to work on the sketchbook During the week (between 900 and 1500 or over the Weekend.  You can come any T,W,TH or on an available weekend:

  • November 14/15
  • November 21/22 Manueal Illera
  • November 28/29
  • December 5/6 Penelope Richardson
  • December 12/13
  • December 19/20 Theresa Birkner
  • January 9/10
  • January 16/17 Brigitte Pruchnow
  • January 23/24 a. Echevarria
  • January 30/31 Choco Bot
  • Feb 6/7 Maximilian Lueckenhaus
  • Feb 20/21  Emmy Horstkamp (I’m going to fill in any gaps)

If you want to be one of the 17, please email emmy@kyfio.com or message me on Facebook. I will add your name to the following list:

  1. Emmy Horstkamp
  2. Manuela Illera (done)
  3. Brigitte Pruchnow
  4. Katrin Klug
  5. Yelena Vakker (done)
  6. Rainer Schmitten
  7. E. Echevarria
  8. Penelope Richardson
  9. Petra Winter
  10. Angelica Zeller Michaelson
  11. Edina Fischer
  12. Bobbie Komarek
  13. Choco Bot
  14. Dora
  15. Theresa Birkner
  16. Tanja Hirschfeld
  17. Maximilian Lueckenhaus

You can work during any of those weeks at my studio. I will gladly meet you at your art studio on one of the weekends for a four hour window as long as the studio is within spitting distance of Munich.  If you want longer than four hours, you’ll need to come to Frauenstrasse 18 to work on this during the day or Saturday evening.   We have 12 weeks and 16/17 Artists.  I have no problems having more than one artist per week or we can plan a group get together of artists to work on the book pages over a weekend.  I will scan your artwork/page so you have a digital version of your work but the original sketchbook will be kept at the sketchbook library in Brooklyn, NY

PS. I’m covering the cost for sketchbooks/Zoll. There is no compensation to artists for doing a sketch.  This is a fun international art project that I wanted us to participate in and share our work in their library.   I will share the artwork created by each artist on Munich Artists in a post the day the work is done and on a project page.

Review: WunstKunst in Munich – Reminds me of American Trinket Machine

Did you know we have a Wunstkunst Machine in Munich?  It is on a wall with some very cool Streetart by Mister TONA.   I went over to Corneliusstraße to shoot the Greenish wall with children’s portraits and noticed that the cigarette machine was not dispensing cigarettes – It was dispensing artwork.


I dug through my pockets and found that I did not have 3 two Euro coins in my pocket.  I had 2 two Euro coins and change. Looking around, I saw a guy standing at the bus stop and I asked him for a change exchange.  He heard my accent and responded to me in English that he will gladly give me a two Euro coin in exchange for the equivalent in smaller change so we swapped and I had the correct coinage for the machine.  So much work…


Back to the machine, I plunked in six Euro and opened one of the drawers to withdraw a package.  I hoped it would be like the US cigarette machine artomat where you get a tiny piece of original artwork. If you want to get involved with them, here is the link.

Artomat US Art-Cigarette Machines

This machine by Berlin based Wunstkunst is not like the US machine.

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The package is an old cigarette case. I was hoping that the box would hold a little treat like my soap cow that I bought from Micheko Galerie in Maxvorstadt for around 100 Euro.  (Would I ever have 100 Euro in 2 Euro coins in my pocket?)

Saya Irie Cow Soap
Saya Irie Cow Soap in a box

The little box from Wunstkunst did not have art inside.


I got the following:


I was hoping those little pieces of paper were stickers that I could put on the light posts but they are just little ads or collector cards. I’m still not sure who is the target audience for this cigarette package but the best part of the package is the little written note and the confetti. I’m actually thinking of taking all of the pieces and using it in an encaustic art piece. or pimping the whole thing and then putting it out for Free Art Friday.  Why didn’t they just give me some stickers instead of a 6 Euro coin/keychain holder which is neither art or good design or something I would even give to my child to use.


The feeling I’m left from this experience is the same feeling I got they toy machines you find next to the cigarette machine. As a child, I would stick a few coins into the machine and out would shoot a plastic ring or a plastic something or other that ended up at the bottom of my toy chest filling the crevices until my mother got annoyed and did a massive spring cleaning of my “treasures.”

In the package there was a little plastic card that you can use to download a “gift” from the website.  My gift was an MP3. (Value = 99 cents.) Wunstkunst offers something similar for free on soundcloud (go here to listen).

If you wander past this machine to see the street art by TONA, remember to keep your expectations in check if you have the correct change for the machine and decide to support this art group.


PS: Lets strike a deal. You can have my Wunstkunst box for 10 Euro. I’ve packed everything back in and have not used anything. It is in its original condition.  Mint.  This is a sale between you and M.E.  No professional companies involved.  I paid full cash for this little box and it belongs all to M.E.   I will throw in a few stickers and a few of my postcards worth 6 Euro.  Good deal. Good deal. Just email emmy@kyfio.com and we can meet for the exchange. 

TONA. TONA. Munich’s Got a TONA. Go See Our Green Wall And DON’T Lean Your Freaking Bikes On It!

Last week, our street art experts posted on Instagram a photo of this street art by TONA.  I was so happy to see a large piece downtown that I went there yesterday and shot this series of photographs memorialising the piece before it gets mucked up by tags and people who have no clue what it is.

Wall Mural by TONA in Munich
TONA photo by Emmy Horstkamp
Wall Mural by TONA in Munich
TONA photo by Emmy Horstkamp
Munich Artists Visit TONA in Glockenbachviertel
Munich Artists Visit TONA in Glockenbachviertel photo by Emmy Horstkamp
Tona detail 1 Munich Mural
TONA Detail 1 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
TONA Detail 2 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
TONA Detail 2 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
TONA Detail 3 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
TONA Detail 3 photo by Emmy Horstkamp – I have a post reviewing the Wunstkunst box coming up tomorrow.
TONA Detail 4 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
TONA Detail 4 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
TONA Detail 5 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
TONA Detail 5 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
TONA Detail 6 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
TONA Detail 6 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
TONA Detail 7 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
TONA Detail 7 photo by Emmy Horstkamp – Please don’t lean your bikes on our TONA.  We are lucky to have one of these in Munich in a central location. I know your child would appreciate it as much as I do.

Just in case you don’t know where this is, here is a map:

Note: If you find a cool piece of street art you think I should share on the website, please send me the address to emmy@kyfio.com and I will go snap some photos before it gets painted over or tagged or altered or scraped up by parents with baby strollers too big for city living. (I’m a mom so I can comment of parents with baby strollers the size of small caravans.)

ARTISTS: Lets Think About Christmas and Creating Colouring Pages

If you also are getting into the Christmas mood, how about using that good feelings and making an A4 drawing to share as a colouring page.

Here are the themes.  You can create one or 12.  If you have a specific day you want to draw, please email emmy@kyfio.com so I can put your name down as one of the artists working on the theme.  The deadline to send me a piece to be included in the colouring book will be November 15th.

Who can participate?  ANYONE  (Please email emmy@kyfio.com and add your name to the doodle.)


  • 1 – Red Squirrel in an apple tree
  • 2 – subway mice
  • 3 – pretzels (Brez’n)
  • 4 – Weisswurst  (reserved for ML)
  • 5 – Golden Lions
  • 6 – Cameras snapping
  • 7 – City Bikes in motion
  • 8 – City Bridges for painting
  • 9 – Dirndls a dancing
  • 10 -Isar Rocks for skipping
  • 11 – Dachshund sniffing
  • 12 – Church Bells Ringing


A4 – Portrait


Line Drawing, Street Art, Illustration, Comic.  No abstracts please.


November 15th


Artwork must be a Line drawing so people can colour it.  the image can be computer drawn or hand drawn and scanned. Please send a 300 DPI file to me so that when I make the PDF and people print it, the lines are clear.

You Must give us permission to use the image in a Munich Artists Colouring Book for commercial purposes and allow us to post it online for download by the public for personal use only.

Look forward to seeing your art.



Photo: CC George Eastman House

Artsy Things to Do October 19th – October October 25th

Here are a few Artsy things to see this week in Munich, Germany:

Art group – Club 7

Online Only – Artist Nikita Knikta wants you to offer him themes for his drawing project. Go here to let him know what he should be drawing. (I submitted Conflicted.)

1509906_1125918514103283_296737999749621578_nOctober 22nd – October 25th.  Säulenhalle München, Arnulfstraße 62, Munich, Germany. Dress warmly, the building is not heated. The Munich Artists who have sent me invites to this event are:


October 23 – 25th Herbstrot – Wiede-fabrik – 3 Days – Wiede-Fabrik Rambaldistr. 27, 81929 Munich Since the summer was killer warm, the Wiedefabrik added an autumn event. Go check out works by the artists hanging out at the factory.  Elli Hurst sent the invitation. Thanks Elli!  The following artists will also be showing work:

  • Elli Hurst
  • Anja Bolata
  • Valeska von Brase
  • Oliver Diehr
  • Anica Glavas
  • Claudia Groegler
  • Simon James
  • Kerstin Meyer Oldenburg
  • Milan Mihajlovic
  • Patrick Oexler
  • HC Ohl

Sautrday October 24-25   The Frog King at the Carrousel du Louvre.  Will you be in paris this weekend?  Go visit Tiago Azevedo at the Louvre.  Very posh place for an exhibition Tiago!!!

Did I miss anyone? Did you send me an invitation on Facebook? If not, why not?

NOTE: Lots of this stuff is in very cold places which doesn’t mix well with my bronchitis.  I will try and get out and see you all. If I miss you because I’m traveling at rocket speed and you see me, grab me and slow me down for a chat.  I tend to have tunnel vision when going to these things.  If I don’t see you, please share your artwork with me so i can share it with others.


Review Fotodoks Workshop (2015) Raw Munich – Day 2 – Documentary Photography

PS…Did you read Day 1 of the Fotodoks Workshop


Workshop Day 2

When I arrived at the Fotodoks offices, Belgrade Raw was showing a box of their work.

The Belgrade Raw group does not give individual artistic credit. Once photos are submitted to the project, they become Belgrade Raw photos. Self-curation is the general rule and keeps the quality and the voice in line with what Belgrade Raw wants to achieve.

After checking out their prints and looking through their postcards, we migrated back to the table where our work from the day before waited.   The Belgrade Raw group asked us to reexamine our choices and see if we wanted to make any changes.

Belgrade Raw Munich Artists Final Composition
Belgrade Raw Munich Artists Final Composition

A few artists wanted to add more photos that represented Munich and laid photos on top of other photos without taking the step to discard someone else’s choice hidden below. I thought that was funny. The new photos chosen were interesting but still did not add a stronger Munich context to the book.   After yesterday’s selection process,  I was over the idea of having this book represent Munich in a concrete way.  I decided that this book represented the weekend process of creation and collaboration among artists in Munich and the melding of 12 people into three booklets.  This decision freed me up to just have lots of fun playing with photographs.

After we signaled that we were done messing with the layout, the Belgrade Raw team took a look and did their jazzy thing creating the composition below.

Belgrade Raw Munich Workshop final outlay
Belgrade Raw Munich Workshop final outlay

Can you see the difference?  In our initial layout, we have a variety of compositions but they are not talking to each other or interacting in any definitive way with each poster. The Belgrade Raw team took our photos and moved them around so they lead the viewer through the space and shared a story. Not a linear story but a surrealist or DaDa story focusing on stirring feelings and viewpoints.

The Belgrade Raw team, like musicians, have learned how to work together. They know each other’s strengths and how each member thinks. The politeness of strangers is not present or hindering their work, and they are able to nod at each other, point at a photo and swish it off the page making for stronger and more interesting compositions without an extensive discussion or worrying that they are hurting the other member’s feelings.


After the Belgrade Raw team moved photos around, we questioned the changes and then approved the final three posters.

Phase III –   Booklet Layouts

The Belgrade raw team grabbed all the photos again and distributed them over three tables.


The artists were assigned a table and asked to choose up to 8 photos for the pages of one booklet.


My table went through the photos and removed any photos used in the posters.  From the remaining photos, we picked our favourites and put them together in the book.


After we chose our initial photos, Mane, came over to our table and said we should play some more. (In more blunt terms, our book was boring.) Our table thought about this. What could we do to make our book more interesting using the photos we liked?

Using Mane’s feedback, we looked back at the photos and removed any photo that repeated the same message.

We chose to split a photo in half and use it as the front and back. A photo that could easily represent the beginning and the end.  We altered the sizes and locations of photos and ended up with something interesting that our group believed represented Munich, the raw photo style and reflected a little bit of our group.


The three groups finished their books and then came back together to decide what order to show the booklets.

One issue we faced was that each booklet started out with a very stark image of Munich, there was no other choice but to start out with a very strong visual /gritty image of the city.  Book 2  ended up in the middle because it had a blank page at the end and the group did not want to end the book with a blank page. Our book contained the half photo which was better than no photo and so the order was decided.  The blank page would be a pause between the second book and our booklet.

After a few comments about production challenges and ideas for the cover, the final order for the book and posters was decided and documented.  After seeing the final selection,  I wondered if we mixed the books from other cities together with our books, would people be able to find Munich through this raw and opaque lens?  The books do feel German and European but are they Munich?

 The books were presented at a Talk/Lecture @ Lothringerstr. 13, 81667 München – In the bookstore.  



Please check out the documentary photography in town this week.  Your interaction is important to keep art festivals happening in Munich, Germany.  A few suggestions:

  • The opening vernissage and exhibition of “Past is Now” is at the Muenchner Stadtmuseum  starting at 1830 on Tuesday October 13th, 2015
  • Wed – Exhibition at Lothringerstr.13,  I really like the photographs on horizantal LED boards on display in a metal box frame.
  • Thursday, October 15th, 2015 @1830 Panel Discussion about the pleasure of digging in archives. Maximilians Forum
  • Saturday Long Night of the Museum. Buy a ticket for 15 Euro and visit me at Goethestrasse 53 and then the Munich City Museum exhibition and then every other museum in Munich. (I never make it to more than three.)
  • Sunday Presentation of “Munich Raw” and “Der Greif” workshops.

If you want to know more about documentary photography before visiting the Photodok exhibitions, here are a few links to visit so you are up to speed.

If you are inspired by my posts about this form of photography and want to get started on creating documentary photography, here are a few tips (until you can sign up for a BelgradeRaw Workshop)

Are you curious why I refer to jazz music when referring to Belgrade Raw? Here is a jazz musician talking about how he does improvisational jazz.  See if you can see why it resonates with Raw photography.

NOTE:  The workshop was worth taking and now I need to create a photo library that holds both my main shots and those filler shots I toss into my reference and inspiration file.

Roy Hessing Hunts Down ShabbyShabby Apartments in Munich, Germany

Shabbyshabby Apartments ist ein Kunstprojekt der Münchner Kammerspiele, von raumlaborberlin und ARTE Creative. In Zusammenarbeit mit der Technischen Universität München, Fakultät für Architektur. Gefördert durch die Bundeszentrale für politische Bil
Foto: Roy Hessing

Have you seen those strange little buildings around town?  I see the one above every time I head into the office. At first I thought it was a hunter’s perch transplanted by some Bayerish teenagers into town. Then I saw the one below at Gartnerplatz and knew something was up.

Shabbyshabby Apartments ist ein Kunstprojekt der Münchner Kammerspiele, von raumlaborberlin und ARTE Creative. In Zusammenarbeit mit der Technischen Universität München, Fakultät für Architektur. Gefördert durch die Bundeszentrale für politische Bil
Foto: Roy Hessing
Apartment: BELAFOU

If you have not seen them, you have until October 13th to hunt them down and snap a photo for your personal use. Roy Hessing has permission to snap photos from the organisation and is sharing the photos on his Flickr account.  I asked Roy if we could share his photos on the website and he said yes which made me super happy. (You know Roy, he published a book about Munich Street art and will be creating one of the art books for Munich Artists about art studios.)

Here are a few of Roy Hessings  Photos of ShabbyShabby Apartments Munich. If you want to see all of them, please visit his Flickr account.

Shabbyshabby Apartments ist ein Kunstprojekt der Münchner Kammerspiele, von raumlaborberlin und ARTE Creative. In Zusammenarbeit mit der Technischen Universität München, Fakultät für Architektur. Gefördert durch die Bundeszentrale für politische Bil
Foto: Roy Hessing
Apartment: AU GOLD HOUSE
Shabbyshabby Apartments ist ein Kunstprojekt der Münchner Kammerspiele, von raumlaborberlin und ARTE Creative. In Zusammenarbeit mit der Technischen Universität München, Fakultät für Architektur. Gefördert durch die Bundeszentrale für politische Bil
Foto: Roy Hessing
Shabbyshabby Apartments ist ein Kunstprojekt der Münchner Kammerspiele, von raumlaborberlin und ARTE Creative. In Zusammenarbeit mit der Technischen Universität München, Fakultät für Architektur. Gefördert durch die Bundeszentrale für politische Bil
Foto: Roy Hessing
Shabbyshabby Apartments ist ein Kunstprojekt der Münchner Kammerspiele, von raumlaborberlin und ARTE Creative. In Zusammenarbeit mit der Technischen Universität München, Fakultät für Architektur. Gefördert durch die Bundeszentrale für politische Bil
Foto: Roy Hessing
Chamaeleon Konzept
Shabbyshabby Apartments ist ein Kunstprojekt der Münchner Kammerspiele, von raumlaborberlin und ARTE Creative. In Zusammenarbeit mit der Technischen Universität München, Fakultät für Architektur. Gefördert durch die Bundeszentrale für politische Bil
Foto: Roy Hessing
Shabbyshabby Apartments ist ein Kunstprojekt der Münchner Kammerspiele, von raumlaborberlin und ARTE Creative. In Zusammenarbeit mit der Technischen Universität München, Fakultät für Architektur. Gefördert durch die Bundeszentrale für politische Bil
Foto: Roy Hessing
Give and Take
Shabbyshabby Apartments ist ein Kunstprojekt der Münchner Kammerspiele, von raumlaborberlin und ARTE Creative. In Zusammenarbeit mit der Technischen Universität München, Fakultät für Architektur. Gefördert durch die Bundeszentrale für politische Bil
Foto: Roy Hessing
Homoasch A Trois
Shabbyshabby Apartments ist ein Kunstprojekt der Münchner Kammerspiele, von raumlaborberlin und ARTE Creative. In Zusammenarbeit mit der Technischen Universität München, Fakultät für Architektur. Gefördert durch die Bundeszentrale für politische Bil
Foto: Roy Hessing
Apartment M6
Shabbyshabby Apartments ist ein Kunstprojekt der Münchner Kammerspiele, von raumlaborberlin und ARTE Creative. In Zusammenarbeit mit der Technischen Universität München, Fakultät für Architektur. Gefördert durch die Bundeszentrale für politische Bil
Foto: Roy Hessing
Apartment: Parking Loft
Shabbyshabby Apartments ist ein Kunstprojekt der Münchner Kammerspiele, von raumlaborberlin und ARTE Creative. In Zusammenarbeit mit der Technischen Universität München, Fakultät für Architektur. Gefördert durch die Bundeszentrale für politische Bil
Foto: Roy Hessing

Interested in seeing the inside of the spaces? You can rent the apartments until October 13, 2015.  The cost of renting the space is 35 Euro for one person and 28 Euro per person if there is two people in the space.  You can contact the box office Munich Kammerspiele at Maximilianstr. 28, 80539 to reserve a space or call them at 089/233/97224.

Here is some background text about the project:

Munich is not always part of the avant-garde, but with the prices for living space it has reached European top level. Many people pay more than 50% of Their Income For their apartment. Residents without a continuous cash flow are Endangered always having to leave the city. It is hard for Small Businesses to survive. Most artists can not afford a studio. No one can afford to hang out in public space. Currently the real estate market drains our cities from everything we love about them, CityLife Becomes shopping life, Becomes WorkWorkWork.

Shabbyshabby Apartments is not an answer to this problem, it’s asking questions: How can we remain lazy, creative, political, helpful and Charlie? How can we show hospitality? Should architects go on building for the market? We need low cost housing in our cities. Space is not a luxury – space but a necessity! Housing Should be a Public Value That Relates to other common goods. We have to reinvent the idea of ​​housing, ground and soil. We need new ways to build without using up the world’s resources. We have to find ways to to work and live together, to welcome people, to make experiments.

Want to know more? Go visit the shabbyshabby Apartment project website and Facebook page. I’m sure we will be seeing more of this kind of project as the prices of property in Munich keeps going up, up, up!

( Thank you universe for bringing this interesting project to Munich, Germany.)

Artsy Events for October 9,10 & 11 – Get Your Sneakers on for a Marathon Weekend of Art

I don’t know why they do this…. have so many open studios in one weekend in October before the long night of the Museum but they do and I’m always scrambling to see as many as I can. Hopefully you will have time this weekend to visit some Munich Artists studios and see their current work.


Here are a few Munich Artists showing their work in Sendling this weekend.


  • Ulli Schmeling will be showing some of her photography and sculptures at Kidlerstrsse 3.
  • Katrin Nodop will be at the SPD Bürgerbüro located at Daiserstrasse 27.

Einladung KiS 2015

  • Berit Opelt will be showing her artwork at the SPD Bürgerbüro in der Daiserstrasse 27

After you run around Sendling, head over to Neuhausen and check out the artists opening their studios for the weekend.  Here are a few of the Munich Artists showing their works in Neuhausen:

Brigitte Pruchnow Swimmer

  • Brigitte Pruchnow will be showing her artwork at München leuchtet, Landshuter Allee 39, 80637 München


For a full list of artists showing their work, download the Kunst in Sendling Flyer and download a flyer for Kulturen in Neuhausen here.

Einladung LANDLUFT-1
C. Kirmse, Elsass & B. Auspitz, Chiemsee
  • If you like landscapes, you will enjoy this exhibition of Contanze Kirmse’s artwork at Vergolderei Ehmer, Notburgastr. 6, 80639 Munich, Germany.  Constanze and Brian Auspitz will be showcasing their artwork starting this Friday October 9, 2015 until January 2016.  The vernissage starts at 1830 and goes until 2100.
  • On Sunday, if you can still see straight, sit down and have a chat with Dinkela and Corinna Naumann, they will be having an artists talk on Sunday @ 1600.

If you are an artist and you want me to share your events, please make a Facebook event and invite Munich Artists or Emmy Horstkamp and I will add you to our event list. Make sure the event is public. I can’t add private events or events on private pages. (Create an art page for your art practice please.) I try and add the events to the website but that is a hit or miss depending on how busy my week is and how zen I am finding data entry.  This week data entry is a nice excuse to get away from the “Made Your Bed” installation which is overtaking my living space while I figure out the best way to “install” it.

NOTE: I will be at the FotoDoks Munich Raw workshop this weekend on Saturday and Sunday. Here is a link to Fotodoks. They will be having a documentary photo festival from the 13th -18th October. I will make a separate post later this week. I’m so excited about this workshop.  They have a waiting list so it is too late for you to apply (I did mention this earlier … maybe just on social media.. which is another reason for you to join us on Facebook.)  Fotodoks offers other workshops that may interest you. Let me know if you sign up for one.

Candidplatz – Munich Street Art

Organized by MUCA and supported by the city of Munich, streets artists created artwork on the pillars of the bridge spanning over the Candidplatz Ubahn stop.  The project is part of an effort to beautify the Untergiesing area and bring Local and international street artists together on the walls and public spaces of Munich, Germany.  The title of the project is “Building Bridges” and is part of the MUCA on tour project.  If you would like to read more about their project, you can go here.

The artists with artwork at Candidplatz are:



Kelbebande Berlin


It is worth taking a bike ride down the Isar to Candidplatz or hopping on the U1 subway and getting off at the Candidplatz stop.

Here is a map to show you where you will be going…

Street Art – Tumblingerstrasse – The Graffiti Walls of Munich – September 2015

September 2015 Street Art, Munich, Germany

It is always a pleasure to see new urban art in Munich.  I tried to capture the full images so you can see the names of the artists on the works. I’m not that great at “reading” the signatures, so if you are the creator of one of these works, and you want your name on the photo, please send me your data to emmy@kyfio.com. Thanks!

Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany photo by Emmy Horstkamp
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-1
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-1 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-2
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-2 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-3
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-3 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-4
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-4 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-5
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-5 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-6
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-6 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-7
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-7 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-8
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-8 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-9
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-9 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-10
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-10 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-11
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-11 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-13
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-13 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-15
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-15 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-17 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-17 photo by Emmy Horstkamp


Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-20 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-20 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-21 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-21 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-23 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-23 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-24 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-24 photo by Emmy Horstkamp

This Weeks Art Competition to Enter – Graphic Arts Prize Linocut today – 2016 – Galerie Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany


For Linocut Artists – I know there are a few Munich Artists interested in Linocut.  You have until December 4, 2015 to enter this competition.  Exhibition: July 16 to October 3, 2016 Opening / Vernissage: presumably Friday, July 15, 2016, at 7 p.m. Contact detail: galerie@bietigheim-bissingen.de  Note: Photographs and/or computer print-outs and the completed participation forms should be sent to Städtische Galerie Hauptstr. 60-64 D-74321 Bietigheim-Bissingen Germany.

Run Jane Run Away From Dick and Spot. Find a quiet place Within Munich Artists 30 Day Photo Inspired Challenge

Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat’s up doc. Put your head down and do something creative today so you can be a part of the BCA Munich Artists challenge. (The image is down below)

Don’t worry if you didn’t do everyday before today. Don’t worry if you can’t do any other day.  Don’t worry that there may be a dangerously balanced woman sitting next to you reminding you that you are an accountant or consultant or international something or other.  

Download the image below and play with it on your smart phone or offline in a doodle kind of way.   Fill all the sky with the thoughts that are passing through your head.  Scribble on the pillars surrounding your view.  If you have more advanced digital skills start collaging and enjoy the process of creating something new that wasn’t there before.

Whatever you decide to do, you are welcome to share your images with us on the  BCA challenge closed Facebook group and we might upload them to the website and share them with everyone else. (only if you are ok with that.)

Day 18-buildings-blue-sky
Day 18-buildings-blue-sky

Here are the art pieces created by Munich Artists using the image of a girl running in the subway.   If you didn’t know, we share some of the images on Instagram with a quote to make instagrammers happy and we share the images on our Facebook pages for Munich Artists and the BCA Art Challenges.

Today We Have a Handful – 30 Day Munich Artists Photo Inspired ChallengeF

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day 17-unsplash-child-running-on-tracks
Munich Artists Michael Pitschke - Grapes
Munich Artists Michael Pitschke – Grapes
Munich Artists Katrin Klug - Grapes
Munich Artists Katrin Klug – Grapes
Munich Artists Gabriela Popp - Grapes
Munich Artists Gabriela Popp – Grapes
Munich Artists Angelica Zeller Michaelson
Munich Artists Angelica Zeller Michaelson
Munich Artists Angelica Zeller Michaelson
Munich Artists Angelica Zeller Michaelson
Munich Artists - Angela Josupeit - Grapes
Munich Artists – Angela Josupeit – Grapes
Munich Artists - Dean Pasch - Grapes
Munich Artists – Dean Pasch – Grapes
Munich Artists - Emmy Horstkamp - Grapes
Munich Artists – Emmy Horstkamp – Grapes
munich artists Sam Malviya - Grapes
munich artists Sam Malviya – Grapes
Munich Artists Bobbie Dunn Komarek Grapes
Munich Artists Bobbie Dunn Komarek Grapes

Day 11 – He’s Watching You – Munich Artists 30 Day Photo Inspiration Challenge


So many possibilities with this image.  I got over my ennui with digital manipulation and have continued to play with layering images. Over the last two days, I’ve taken drawings and doodles photographed them and plugged them into my digital collage work.   Have you tried working with any of the photographs?  We are on day 11 of the challenge but creatives are encouraged to do what they can which means you can jump in at anytime and create an artwork using one of the images. Here is the link to the challenge page and a link to the Facebook group where we are sharing our images. Want to look at more galleries? Here are day 9 and day 8 artwork from Munich Artists and here is the gallery for Day 10:

Tuesday News From Someplace Else – NYC Artist Evan Desmond Yee Creates Pin Wheel of Death, Berlin Art Week, London Homeless Photographers


When I get an invitation to visit an exhibition in a city that I don’t live in my first response is, “Why don’t I live in (insert city name.)

If you are in NYC, go visit Fueled Collective located at 568 Broadway, 11th Fl | NYC.  The collective has turned one of their conference rooms into an exhibition space for Mr. Yee who will be showcasing his exhibition “The App Store” for the second time. It initially exhibited as “Start-up” at gallery 151. (Just giving you a heads up that it is the same artwork in case you missed the first show.)

This is the second office space we’ve heard about in NYC being turned into a creative space.  If you know of more, please let us know. I like that companies are seeing their conference rooms as rooms for intellectual discourse rather than rooms to drain intelligence. (meetings are productivity killers.)

artist Evan Desmond Yee
iFlip by Evan Desmond Yee
App Store Exhibition by artist Evan Desmond Yee
App Store Exhibition by artist Evan Desmond Yee


What an interesting idea. 100 cameras were given to homeless people to document their version of London.  The film cameras were collected and then the images printed.  A current exhibition showcases some of the work.   A collection of the photographs will be used for a calendar.   Currently funds are being raised through a kickstarter campaign.  Click through to see the pledge options. (With this paragraph, I’m mimicking a robot.)  My favourite pledge option is the A4 photograph with certificate and the calendar. Buy the calendar as Christmas present for a photographer in the family interested in social causes and I will stop writing like a robot.


Berlin art week begins on September 15th.  If you’ve had your fill with Oktoberfest, you may want to head up to the capital for the weekend.  Here is a list of the events.

Photography by Camilo Brau, 2014
Photography by Camilo Brau, 2014

Day 2 Munich Artists 30 Day challenge – Photo and Illustration Inspiration

day 2-hands-with-green-pine-needles

Day 2.  Can you see them? All nestled together in a pair of protective hands. The image above inspired me to illustrate this idea of trust and protection and I will be working on this after I finish working my day job.   I’ve set myself a time limit of one hour to finish an art piece each day that is offline. My digital art pieces have a time limit of ten minutes. I could spend hours tweaking colors and layers in photoshop but I wanted to challenge and encourage you to take a coffee break and create a piece of digital art.  By sharing artwork that I do in ten minutes using iphone apps, you can feel free to play with your photos while sipping your coffee and sharing your mini masterpieces with me on social media.

Please remember that when you create artwork using iphone apps some of the images are small in size and will not reproduce well when printed.  If you want to import the images into photoshop, you will be limited on how large you can make a printed piece.  If you are going to spend hours working on a digital piece, make sure the resolution and file sizes are appropriate for your intended output (digital web presentation, printing, publishing offline). Because I know the files are too small to use for large digital art pieces, I set myself a time limit of 10 minutes so that I’m happy with the art piece and don’t feel like I’ve wasted my time.

If you would like to participate in the current 30 day challenge, please read the rules of our Munich Artists challenge page and don’t worry that we already started.  We are flexible.  The point of the challenges is to set the goal to create artwork everyday. Someday you may actually reach this goal.  Luckily, I live in Munich, Germany where artists are inspired to create even during the holiday season and artists like, Michael Pitschke, have been creating artwork everyday for years.

Below are a few of the photos shared in our Facebook group.  I’ve created a group specifically for our challenges and you are welcome to join the group and share your artwork there.  I’ve created a Public Page where I will also share the artwork.   Please remember, any artwork you share with me, will be used for social media and may go into our challenge book series.

Have fun creating.  I look forward to seeing your artwork.

Munich Artists Challenge Starts Monday August 31st

Are you Ready?  Below are the photos for the challenge.  You can download the photos from the Munich Artists Photo Inspired Art Challenge page.

Please read through the challenge.  

We are using creative commons photos so you have permission to use the photos to create artwork without referencing the artist.  There is only one image by a German photographer in the extra photos where you will need to reference the German photographer in the final art piece you create. She is the only photographer you need to specifically reference.  Everyone else has released their rights to the images so you can play with them as much as you want without using their names.   I picked the photos from the Creative Commons on Flickr and from a weekly email I get from Unsplash.   We will be doing this challenge again next year so if you want us to use your photos, you can send them to me and I will put them in a special file for the challenge.

All finished art pieces which are sent to me, may be shared on Facebook, Instagram and Pintrest and other social media channels and associated websites.  If you do not want to have your artwork shared, please do not send it to me.  If you have any questions, you can email me at emmy@kyfio.com with the subject line – photo inspired art challenge.

Munich Artists Self Portrait Challenge – The Theme Today is Museum – Are You a Work of Art?

Munich Artists Nina Schmid Museum
Munich Artists Nina Schmid Museum

Nina Schmid is an Insomniac and spends many late nights creating art.  For today’s museum theme, I assumed photos would trickle in when the museums opened but Munich Artists are more creative than that.  When I woke up this morning there was already a photograph by Nina Schmid posted at 4 a.m.  No musuem is open at 4a.m.  Nina used her creativity and made herself one of the art pieces in the Schmid Museum of art.  I like how she has all the angels pointing arrows at her head and how she incorporated the one element that goes against our whole challenge – the do not take photographs sign.

Nina has been setting the bar high for the other artists during this challenge which is exactly what I want artists to do.  I want them to push each other and me to make more interesting artwork.  Jeffrey Ely, Katrin Klug and Berit Opelt also excelled with the self portraits challenge sending in very unique shots and compositions.  If you are new to our challenges, we post the challenge themes on a challenge page and then the artists share their work with us on our closed Facebook group.  We have one day left in this challenge but you can still send in a photo if you want.  I don’t mind people catching up, I just don’t want them working ahead or digging in their archives. If you are creative, you can be creative everyday for 30 days.

The last day to send in photos is tomorrow which is the last day of the challenge.  I will be taking the challenge photos and creating a Munich Artists 30 day self portrait challenge book.  I want to thank all the artists who participated in this challenge and their great contributions. I look forward to seeing more museum photos as the day progresses. (Now I’m going to head off and rethink my shot for this theme!)

One of Nina Schmid's nocturnal art pieces. Ladybug is watercolour the background is a print created using wallpaper and acrylic.
One of Nina Schmid’s nocturnal art pieces. Ladybug is watercolour the background is a print created using wallpaper and acrylic.

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

Friday August 14, 2015

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

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

Saturday August 15, 2015

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

Within Driving Distance of Munich

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

Sunday August 16th  Puppet theatre workshop at Lebenbachhaus.

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


abstract art workshop

Thursday August 20, 2015 

Friday August 21, 2015 Inge Frank

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

Saturday August 22, 2015 Marion Weigel – 1800 to 0025

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

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 is Essential – Go Buy Some

Is that a blunt enough statement for you?    No matter what your budget, you can find the right artwork for your home. Just remember the following:

Wall Art in NYC
  1. Buy artwork to fit your space.   This is just practical and I’m not in cahoots with a bunch of interior designers. Don’t buy artwork and then wonder where the heck you are going to put it.  We talked last week about a German collector who built her own museum for her art. If you don’t have the resources to store artwork, don’t buy large pieces of art.  Support the artist in another way by promoting their work, funding an art project they want to do (through kickstarter or indegogo). Buying art is not the only way to support an artist. (sharing their posts on Facebook is a great way to support artists.)
  2. Decide what art you love before buying artwork. There is no secondary market for 90 percent of the art on the market. If you buy an art piece, make sure you really want to have it around for a very long time.   I believe democracy already exists in the art market.  if you want to buy art you can. If you want to sell it you can.  Whether the two will agree on a price is another matter.  Which means…
  3. Know how much you want to spend before visiting an art studio.  I know one artist who sells artwork for 10k Euro and another who sells artwork for 150 Euro.  Both are excellent artists but they have different buyers and sell at a different volume.  Know how much you want to spend and then look to see what you can buy in that price range. If you are willing to pay on instalments, the artists are open to the idea.  If you don’t have cash in pocket and don’t like instalments or using credit, don’t be afraid to ask people to give you cash for your birthday or for those special holidays to be used to      buy artwork.munich-artists-stand-for-your-art-december-13-a-290x218
  4. Buy it and then move it around – After six months, you stop seeing an art piece. The impact of the piece is no longer there so plan on moving the art around your house or rotating large art pieces every six months (If you have storage).  I like buying drawings, prints and flat pieces of artwork that I can switch out of frames. I have drawings by Cyril Mariaux, Brigitte Pruchnow, Ines Seidel and Anne Trieba and myself.  I can slip unused artwork into a storage case that fits under my bed and happily rotate the artwork out as long as I have appropriate matts for each art piece.  Having said to move your art around, I don’t move my canvas painting in my entrance way. It has been there for three years.   The painting is a painting of a midwestern American field. This is a reminder that when I’m home, I’m home and I don’t seem to get tired of the reminder.   I have a few small oil and acrylic paintings By Hazel Ang, Michaela Wuehr, Martin PotschAnne Trieba, and Angela Smets.  I’m still trying to figure out what to do with them.  Right now they sit on a few display shelves.  I’m allergic to book mold so two art pieces that I own can’t be anywhere near me and are located at a friend’s house and I have a huge drawing by Jenny Schminke that will cost about the price of a car to frame. (What did I tell you about buying art?)

    Elke Haertel (photo with filter)
    Artist Elke Haertel (photo with filter)
  5. Take Your Time – Except for the birth of a Jenny Schminke Fox painting or drawing, which happens only once or twice a year,  most artists have enough stock of a style you will like for you to pick your way through and find the perfect piece. If you have no clue what you want, get out of the studio and stop wasting the artist’s time.  Go home, get on the computer and do an image search on pintrest based on what you think you would like.  Do you like to have a calm environment in your home?  If you do , you will not want loud art like Ray Moore but you will be happy with something created by Birgit Abt or Berit Opelt. If you like photography, we have excellent photographers in Munich creating artwork in all different genres.  The artist has no problems if you don’t buy art on the first visit. The artist may not answer the door on the 5th visit but you do have a handful of chances to snag a piece before being categorized in the non collector category.
  6. There isn’t a right art to buy.  It is your house.  Buy artwork you want to live with or that makes you happy.  Don’t buy artwork because you think that someday it will be worth lots of money. What artist you decide to support is a personal decision. If you love dogs grabbing balls underwater, support the artist Seth Casteel and buy a photo or his book but don’t print this image out and frame it. That is very, very bad.  (Support artists by protecting the rights is a good starting point for all humans on this planet.)

Munich Artists Self Portrait Challenge Day Day 25 – Subways

Subway, Tube, Underground. Whatever you call it, we want you to think about the subway today as you create your self portrait. If you don’t live near a subway, you can go to a subway restaurant like Jeffrey Ely or take a ride in a car or taxi.  We have only five days left in our challenge. If you would like to play along, the themes are located here.

News from Someplace Else – Taking Empty Spaces and Making Site Specific Exhibitions

This morning I read an article on yahoo about No longer Empty, a non profit organisation in NYC that fills empty spaces with site specific exhibitions.  The organisation is given space for free and transforms them for public view.  The exhibitions are free, open to the public and offer a variety of art related events associated with the site and the exhibition theme.  No longer Empty works to inspire a lifelong interest in the arts through access, involvement and inclusion.

Here are a few things that No Longer Empty does for NYC neighborhoods.

  • Neighborhood Maps.  After extensive research, maps are designed to focus on New York City’s diverse trove of neighborhoods. The maps encourage visitors to explore the surrounding areas and interact with creators and locall businesses. No Longer Empty created maps for: Sugar Hill Harlem, Long Island City, the Bronx, West Village.
  • Urban Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tours. Asking visitors to stay and interact with a community in a fun way before or after visiting an exhibition.
  • Storefront Design. The organisation provides creative strategies and art installations to businesses to help them attract attention and hopefully strengthen their opportunities to succeed.
  • New Opportunities. No Longer Empty helps open doors for other creative organisations by establishing channels of communication between property owners and local organizations.

Their Current exhibition is Called “Bring in the Reality” and is focused on the them of Free Speech.  If you are in NYC, the exhibition is open until September 17. 2015.

Here are the details:

Location: Nathan Cummings Foundation, 475 Tenth Avenue, 14th Floor
Viewing Hours: Monday-Friday, 10am–4pm, by appointment only. To view the exhibition, please contact the Nathan Cummings Foundation at exhibits@nathancummings.org.

If you would like to get involved as a curator or an artist, here is the link to their website. They have a curatorial program and offer a variety of interesting opportunities to get involved.

Friday in August. What Artsy Thing Will I Do This Weekend in Munich?

Nina Schmid – Produce photos for Munich Artists Self Portrait Challenge

What to do. What to do.   Here are a few things that you can do over the weekend.

Friday August 7, 2015

fountain fest viktualienmart
fountain fest viktualienmart

Annual Fountain Festival at Viktualienmarkt. – Starts at 1100 to 1700

Decorated Fountains and Singing Musicians.  ( I love Munich in the Summer. This is definitely a reason to be at Viktualienmarkt at 1100 today. I will take some photos and post them later!

A Walk in the Park Exhibition – Schloss Nymphenburg 43, 80638 Munich, Germany

The two painters Barbara Schricke and Florian Weingärtner show recent works in geraniums house in Nymphenburg Palace Park. The contrast between the abstract (Schricke) and figurative painting (tenants) of artists, both with studies among others, Markus Lüpertz, shows very different positions in the debate with color and canvas but also with the translation of experiences and emotions, and the appearance of these. Thus creating the two painters an interesting tension in the light-flooded exhibition space of geraniums house, right next to the Castle Cafe at the Palm House of the Nymphenburger Palace. Opening the exhibition is open daily from 10-18 clock. The artists are alternately present. Vernissage, Friday, 08.07.2015 18-20 clock associated with the invitation to a sundowner.

Showing the Unsayable. Artists as Warner and Wiitnesses – First exhibition at the New National Socialist Documentation Center “Show the unspeakable.” 120 works by well known and unknown artists.

City Museum  – Stadtmuseum – New York 60s – Sepp Werkmeister – From 31st July to 27th September 2015  St.-Jakobs-Platz 1 80331 München

An exhibition just opened at the Munich City Museum “Muenchner Stadtmuseum” As a street photographer, I’m super happy to see an exhibition of Sepp Werkmeister’s work from the 60s and 70s.  The museum always has interesting photography exhibitions and I’m sure this one will be just as Fab.  I plan on going next week. Because the weekend is going to be so warm, I would suggest seeing the exhibition and then having a cool drink in the outdoor cafe found right outside the museum doors.

Saturday August 8, 2015

arte caliente fest

Art Caliente Fest

SO.CAL Drink & Dine is hosting the event Which unites local and Latin American artists.

Three young filmmakers will present Their Short Films – two premieres and a piece selected at the Cannes Short Film Corner 2013. The art exhibition will feature artists from Germany, the United States, Chile, and Colombia.

Gastronomy, arts, and music meet to create in intercultural environment with film in the afternoon and food and drinks at night. Arts, California cuisine, and cocktails together make a perfect evening!  € 5 with a frozen cocktail.

PROGRAMOPENING EXHIBITION ARTISTS: Andreas Hirsch, Alejandra Hernández, Brigitte Pruchnow, Emmy Horstkamp Jessica Dettinger, Manuela Illera, Miguel Canal, Santiago Figueroa, 

SHORT FILMS 17h LOS VIAJES DE JUNIMARÉ El Sueño Del Chontaduro Mama film / 21 min / 2015 (BOG) A SOLAS Valentina Romero & Esteban Rivera / 30 min / 2013 / (BOG) RIOTLoida García, Ariadna Lagarsi & Javier Grajales / 15 min / 2015 / (BAR) DJ GONZÁLEZ 100% vinyl! (Kúmbale, electropical label)

Munich Radlnacht starts at 1700 at Odeonsplatz.  Thousands of cyclists will be touring the city starting at Odeansplatz.  The tour goes around the old town ring which is about 12km.   This is an excellent opportunity to take your camera and photograph bikes, people, Munich and a summer evening.   I will share with you some of the photographs I take after the Art Caliente Fest.


cindy sherman red

Goetz Collection
Oberföhringerstr. 103
81925 München
Tel. 089-95 93 96 90
Fax 089-95 93 96 96 9

  • Thursday & Friday: 2 – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Here is the Press Release:

The staging of female role models is the central theme of Cindy Sherman’s work, in which the American artist explores stereotypes of the collective visual memory in a media-driven society. With her photographs, Cindy Sherman (born 1954 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, U.S.) has had a lasting influence on 20th century art. Much like an actress, she portrays herself in different roles before the camera. Although Sherman’s photographs are self-portraits in the traditional sense, they do not reveal much about the artist’s personality. Rather, her primary concern is the deconstruction of gender roles and stereotypes. Sherman developed early in her childhood an obsession for disguise and masquerade, which she further pursued at the Art Academy in Buffalo. The artist became known with her black and white series, Untitled Film Stills (1977-1980), in which she embodied stereotypical female characters from fictional scenes of the 1950s. Later, she created large-format color photographs, which explored topics such as fashion photography, fairytale characters, horror scenes and society ladies. The Goetz Collection has extensive work groups from nearly all phases of Sherman’s artistic career. With approximately 60 works, the retrospective, which was designed in close collaboration with the artist and is presented in the Gallery Building, provides an excellent overview of her entire work.

Sunday August 9, 2015

It is going to be warm this weekend I plan on creating art. If you are stuck and don’t know what to do in Munich on a Sunday, go to the Museums between visits to the cafes and beergardens.

Day 19 Munich Artists Self Portrait Challenge – Square

The theme challenge for today is square. If you are following the Munich Artists self portrait challenge or would like to participate, check out the themes on our theme page.    Here are a few squares that filled my inbox this morning.

I’m still working on my idea for square.  I took the photo this morning but I think I’m going to snap a few more throughout the day.  If you are a Munich based artist, you can share your image in our closed group.

My initial idea for square was a city square or  German “platz” but I know that we have artists living outside of the city limits who may not be able to find a city square to photograph. As you can see, leaving the interpretation open allows artists to get creative and send in some wonderful photographs to share with you.

Note:  During the month of August, I will be working on our  Munich Artists Self Portrait Challenge book and setting up the next challenge which Starts in September.  If you have something specific you want to focus on, please let me know.  We will have one or two more 30 day challenges this year and then we will do a few shorter challenges during the holiday season. (Maybe make them group photo events at different Christmas markets.)

Art pieces for sale at the Arte Caliente fest on Saturday at so.cal 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 so.cal 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.
So.cal 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 17 – Munich Artists Self Portrait Challenge -Trees

This morning, Nina Schmid and Katrin Klug sent in some great photos of themselves with trees.   If you are participating in our 30 day self portrait challenge, today’s theme is… trees.


The month of August is Vlog everyday.  I used to vlog quite a bit but then I stopped for personal reasons.   For the month of August, I’m going to make short videos about Munich and share them on our Munich Artists Instagram feed and on Youtube.  If you are a vlogger, let me know!  I will be vlogging for Munich Artists, Vivamb and then my personal vlog during this month.  All vlogging will be done on my iphone 6 plus because I don’t have time to play with final cut pro during my vacation!


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 14 – Self Portrait Challenge – Dress Up

Dress up. What does it mean for you?  Jeffrey Ely sent the image below:

jeffrey ely - munich artists - day 14
Jeffrey ely – Munich Artists – day 14 – Dress Up

But other Munich Artists saw Dress up in a different light.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

30 Day Self Portrait Challenge Starts July 18, 2015


The Next Munich Artists  30 Day Challenge: Photos – Self Portraits

Starts July 18, 2015. 

For this challenge, you can use any camera, use any style but it must be a self-portrait. For the photo to qualify, it has to be taken by you and feature YOU in the photo, you can have more people but you must be in the shot. No taking photos of just your personal belongings.  The photo must contain a part of your physical body in the shot. I want to make this into one of the photo books so please think about that when you are taking your shots. We have a group of great photographers who will be shooting artists and their studios (each with their own book) but I want one of the books to be artist self portraits. Each of the 30 days will be themed and those themes are shared below and on the challenge page.  I know we have some digital wiz kids in the group so If you go crazy on photoshop for 30 days that will be ok but the photo of you must be taken that day and fit in with the theme.  If I find out the photographs are from your archives I will get grumpy, you don’t want that.

Here are the themes for 30 days:

  1. Encounter (meeting)
  2. Hi Contrast Black and White
  3. Glass
  4. Words
  5. Lines
  6. Umbrella
  7. Tools
  8. Sleep
  9. Ribbon
  10. Ritual
  11. Chair
  12. Bag
  13. Music
  14. Dress Up
  15. Hallway
  16. Sidewalk
  17. Tree
  18. Paper
  19. Frame
  20. Produce (Groceries)
  21. Beer Garden
  22. Isar
  23. Bridge
  24. Tram
  25. Subway
  26. Tor (Isar, Sendling)
  27. English Garden
  28. Bike
  29. Museum
  30. Studio (your own studio and artwork)

A more detailed description will be posted on the Challenge Page.  I look forward to doing this challenge with you.  Photo is much more my thing.

Wiede – Fabrik Open Studios Summer 2015

July 2 – July 5, 2015

I went to the party last night and survived.  As a natural introvert, it goes against my nature to seek out large groups of people drinking alcohol and mingling.  I’m more of a coffee in the morning kind of person but the weather forecast made the decision for me.  If I wanted to see the artwork at the Wiede -Fabrik, I would need to head over while the heat was tolerable and my resolve strong.

Snaking along the street to find an available parking space, I squeezed my car into a small space and walked carefully back to the Wiede -Fabrik.  Upon entering the first studio I was surprised to find:

Artist Andrea Matheisen

I live in Munich and my  lovely apartment filled with dogs does not make a suitable environment for sculptures or ceramics. As I wandered around Andrea’s sculptures, I was tempted by the birds to make the two work.  The small sculptures start around 1k Euro and are birds carrying people on their backs – people who look like they are having an awesome time.  On Facebook yesterday, Hazel Ang, a Munich Artist at large,  shared this photo of an Eagle carrying a crow.

Walking into the studio and seeing all of the people on top of birds, this photograph flashed through my head. Unlike the photograph, which depicts an aggressive act by the smaller bird, the sculptures by Andrea Matheisen felt light and full of joy.  This feeling is enforced by the outstretched hands and the whimsical interpretation of the fowl.  Having visited the Kunst Kiesserei, I know how expensive it is to cast a sculpture in bronze and how much effort it takes to make this kind of artwork.

Andrea is a guest artist at the studio of Claudia Groegler and her Bronze sculptures filled the room with their presence.  Luckily all the pieces displayed could fit inside a Munich Apartment.  If you can’t make it to the Weide- Fabrik to see her work, her studio is located at Von-Erckert-Str. 30, 81827  and Andrea Matheisen’s website offers more examples of her work.

Peter Riss  

A few months ago, a big storm rolled through Munich killing many trees.  During the cleanup, I gathered a bunch of broken branches for a sculpture.  It looks like Peter Riss also found some branches that fascinated him.   Peter Riss’s sculptures looked dipped in Resin and are fastened to the wall with braces.  The two sculptures are not small space friendly.  They are like Rose bushes that need space all to themselves. I didn’t talk with the artist so I don’t know what the motivation is behind the coloured pieces.  If you are interested, stop by and chat with him this weekend and find out.

Simon James

We love Simon Jame’s work and I was happy to see new pieces on the walls.

simon james wiede fabrik summer 2015
simon james wiede fabrik summer 2015

I forgot to take an overall shot of the river bed piece but you can see two detail shots of it below. Simon layers gesso on Canvas and Board to create his art pieces. On the river bed piece, Simon sanded the gesso until it loosened from the canvas but before it fell off. (Simon said the glue is strong enough to hold the gesso in place.)

As you know, I worry about how things will hold up. Will a digital print fade, will those pieces of sand stay on, can you combine those mediums to last more than a few years?  Will this gesso chunk remain in place?

Simon said this piece is so heavy that he can barely lift it which means that it is moving away from a painting to more of a vertical sculpture.  At this time, there is only one piece in his studio like this so bring a moving company if you decide you need to have it. Both of the closeup shots are close to the colours of the piece.

The first shot is a closeup of the cracks near the centre which have a darker brown top layer and the second shot is from an area where the top layer is more reddish brown.  The piece really does look like a dried up river bed.   Simon said the piece was originally purple before going brown. Try to find the purple when you look at the piece.  I personally would love this piece with a black ebony on top or a reflective mirrored surface.  Oh all the different ways he can go now that he has let the gesso let go of the canvas.

Angela Smets

Angela has been working like a fiend on a series of prints using a new technique where she layers small screens created from her drawings.  She takes these screens and combines them into these limited prints (I think there are three to each series.)  The price range of this art work starts in the mid 300s and each print comes matted and framed. I really like this change in her work and I hope you have time to go see her new series in person.

Anja Bolata

Anja’s studio is tucked away in the back sort of like grandmother’s cottage in Little Red Ridinghood. Luckily there isn’t a big bad wolf inside.  Walking into the space you are surrounded by her delicate paintings of animals, feather, fruit and other nature themed still life paintings and drawings.

The atmosphere of her studio is very calm and serene like her artwork.

anja wiede fabrik

Milan Mihajlovic

Would the other artists be upset if I say Milan is the head honcho of the Weide Fabrik?  Maybe. Milan’s studio is one of the first when you walk into the space and most of his work is large scale.

I do really like the painting at the entrance when you walk into the studio. I think it is the piece he worked on during the world cup exhibition? I’m not a big football fan but even I would hang this work in my house but not next to my Simon Jame’s piece.  Maybe next to Jenny Schminke?

Milan's studio

Oliver Diehr

I love Oliver’s work.  Everytime I go to the Wiede Fabrik I photograph it.   I really like when artists let the raw canvas show itself. I’m not living in a make believe world where the art is not on a canvas.  Art is art and I don’t mind being reminded of it.   This trend is a nice contrast to photo realism.  Maybe photo realists should add raw canvas to their repetoire. It would add a kick and be a bit of a shock for the eye maybe making the pieces more interesting for art historians.

Anyways, back to Oliver’s work.

My favourite of the three pieces on display is this image of two girls with their packages which are not quite baggage.  Get it… the two girls are not filled with disappointments that they have to carry around.  My words not Olivers. I may just be reading way too much into the composition.

I have no clue what Oliver was thinking about when he made this painting and right now I don’t care because I like my interpretation and I want to keep it. As I mentioned before, I’m finding this disconnect between my viewing an art piece and how the artist desired it to be interpreted disconcerting. I sometimes wish I had the ability to mind meld.

The Vernissage Obeservation

It was ok going to the party.  I may even do this again if I can get there after the speeches.   While mingling around Angela Smet’s studio, I met a lawyer and she made the following observation:

“Did you notice how many women there are?”

I looked around and she was right, we were swimming in women.

“If I were a man,” she said, “I would be chatting them up.”

I didn’t realise that this kind of event was a women thing.  Up to this point, I avoided the vernissage openings of an exhibition/open studios because of my introverted personality but now I’m trying to be more proactive in getting photographs to share with you so that you can go see the artwork while it is on display which means I must leave my studio and go out and see the exhibitions/vernissage/studio openings and swim in a sea of women. Good lord, as a single straight woman, that is kind of a nightmare. I will keep you posted if this is a fact of vernissage life or if this was just an anomaly.

As I waited to say goodbye to Angela, a man in bicycle shorts and a helmet walked into her studio and immediately started asking questions about the prints on the wall.  Angela showed him the price list and then he contemplated the prints some more honing in on a few of my favourites.   A good sign for this new series by Angela who will be taking this body of work to Hamburg in November for the Affordable Art Fair.

I think that is enough for this post, don’t you think?  If you want to go to the Weide- Fabrik, you can get their easily by bike, car or Sbahn.  The address is Rambaldistrasse 27, 81929 Muenchen


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The Sky Over Munich – Photos Snapped on July 2nd by Munich Artists

It started with my daughter’s whatsapp feed from school.

“Look at the sky.” My daughter said as she moved her phone towards me.

“hmmmm.” I said as a bunch of cloud photos streamed by my view at super sonic speed.

I didn’t think about the clouds again until we headed for the car.

“I can see why your friends are all snapping photos.”

It was the clouds.  The sky looked like hundreds of puffy cotton balls on a blue cloth.  munich artists sky

By the time I got to work, the sky looked like this and I snapped this photograph:

frauenstrasse 18

Sitting down at my computer, I asked Munich Artists to send me photos of what the sky looked like where they were in the city and this is what I got: