On the way back from visiting the Lenbachhaus, I passed this very large, very red sculpture and decided to hunt down the sign which shared the name of the artist.
Created in 1996, the Ring by Mauro Staccioli is a public art piece located next to the old botanical gardens in between the main strain station and the Museum district. (Corner of Elisestrasse and Luisstrasse)
Mauro Staccioli is an Italian sculptor who was one of the founding members of the gruppo di Iniziativa in Sardinia.
At the end of the 1969s Staccioli decided to focus his art practice on sculptures and delve into the relationship between art and society. Staccioli’s sculptures place an extreme importance on the location where the sculpture will be placed.
Mauro Staccioli prefers to use concrete and steel for his sculptures. In 1978, Staccioli created an 8M high concrete wall which hid the entrance to the Italian pavilion at the Venice Biennial.
The red rust Ring is part of a series of ring sculptures created by Staccioli which underline aspects of the landscape. The ring sculpture in Munich is positioned at the gateway to Munich’s museum district. The ring has a diameter of 12 meters, weighs 14 tons and is located in a field of gravel. The sculpture was a gift from the Munich Stadtsparkasse and cost approximately 80k Euro.
Staccioli is known for his environmental sculptures and sculptural interventions which look to transform the usual perceptions of people who come across them.
I always wondered why the ground in this area was just gravel and not paving stones or grass. Now we know. The gravel is part of the environment for the sculpture.
Notice how many people are ignoring the sculpture as they walk by, if this is you, pause next time and enjoy the view.
The monument is a recreation of one of the subway columns from the sendlinger Tor subway station with the inscription ” AIDS – for the decedents – for persons with HIV – for their friends- for their families – 1981 till today” ‘AIDS – den Toten – den Infizierten – ihren Freunden – ihren Familien – 1981 bit heute.’
The monument includes the two small benches which are placed to people may sit and stay for awhile near the monument.
Artist Wolfgang Tillmans
Wolfgang Tillmans is a german fine art photographer who lives in London and Berlin. His current work includes mainly digital photography and video. Here is an interview with Mr. Tillmans in German
and and a talk with Wolfgang Tillmans in English which shows works from the last ten years of his art practice.
And, if you like those, you might enjoy this lecture about Wolfgang Tillmans (starts at 12:12 the video has an artsy boring beginning.)
Sometimes you are so busy in Mingaland, that you forget to look at the art gems right in front of your face. Yesterday, this fact was brought to my attention when a childhood friend asked me where he could see the Georg Elser memorial.
“The one that lights up every night.”
“I have no clue what you are talking about.”
Finishing our diner, my friend asked if I would go with him to watch the memorial light up. Since I had no clue what he was talking about and I hate not knowing what people are talking about, I wandered with him up to Maxvorstadt to visit the memorial at 21:20.
This is what we saw:
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Silke Wagner created the installation in 2009 memorialising Georg Elser’s attempted assassination of Adolf Hitler. The 5.1 meter art installation hangs on the wall of a building and remains unlit except for one minute each day at the moment the explosion.
I looked around at the people eating dinner and chatting at the local bars surrounding the memorial and wondered if we were the only ones that understood why the lights were flashing for the one minute shortly before half past nine.
If you are in the area, please go check out this wall installation dedicated to a very brave soul and created by an artist who wants you to pay attention to your past and Germany’s present.
Georg Elser Platz – Tuerkenstrasse, Munich, Germany (Near Schellingstrasse) If you still can’t find it, hunt down Cafe Zeitgeist. It is on the building right before this cafe.
Hello Mingaland. Did you miss me yesterday? I spent the day visiting Stroke Art Fair 2016 and unveiling plaster masks with Hazel Ang at my Studio. Today, we are going to talk about stroke, tomorrow we will talk about masks.
STROKE ART FAIR 2016
We like stroke art fair because it is in Munich and we can walk there from the studio. This is version 7.0 and Stroke Art Fair is still attracting galleries with interesting artists but the art is shifting a bit towards contemporary so now the two are blended through each building like the plaid rug below. What. A plaid Rug? Yes, there is a rug underneath Viktoria Porkay’s painting “Prince Valentine.”
I found it funny that I saw this painting heading out from the gallery on my way to the studio. What fascinated me was the back so when I saw it at Stroke, I knew the universe wanted me to talk to the artist. Ms. Porkay painted the painting on a rug/carpet. That fact isn’t so obvious from the front but very obvious when you see how the painting is attached to the frame.
Viktoria is a “young” artist. I don’t think this fact matters but is seemed to matter to the Galerie Flash and that is how they described her… young and talented. FYI – I don’t care how old you are, I care how talented you are. Stop associating talent with age. What matters to Munich Artists is that the work by Viktoria Porkay is creative, contemporary and in Munich.
Of course, as a female artist, I loved that a female artists created the portrait and the artwork wasn’t labeled female art by the gallery – Very good sign for Viktoria and contemporary female artists.
Prince Valentine is one of my favourite pieces from Stroke this year. As you can see, it isn’t street art but a very contemporary portrait by a talented artist. Go Viktoria! We will be cheering you on your climb up the art career ladder.
A press release came into my inbox from a greek gallery and I put it on my to do list to see their work. To get to their booth, I passed this booth getting ready and I thought you might enjoy seeing all the work they put into a wall that is now hidden by lots of stencil art.
As you can see from the layers on the ground, this wall was super stenciled. It looked cool and I thought they were going to sell that panel which I thought was a great idea but then, when I walked by later, the whole wall was covered by little art pieces. It was a sad realisation that all that work they put into the wall was just to showcase the tiny pieces. I would have preferred the stencil wall and maybe a2 versions of the stencil wall that I could buy or maybe I could create a stencil using their stencils and take it home with me but this was a German gallery and that isn’t quite how German galleries work… yet.
Across from the covered stencil wall is a new gallery visiting from Turkey. The Mixer Gallery brought one of their famous street artists CINS (hiding behind the artwork below.) He is a very modest man who happens to be all over the walls of Turkey. I asked CINS if he was going to put himself all over the street art walls of Munich but no one had asked him and he was flying to Berlin to have fun with people who want him to join in on the party. This made me sad. I want him to join my party, here in Munich and I would love to have one of his art pieces on our walls for a few weeks… Hello? Where is our street art welcoming committee?
CINS enjoys very organic shapes and he created collaged paper cutouts for Stroke Art Fair. CINS was very clear that he wasn’t upcycling paper but using art paper to create the coloured paper pieces. The collages are not a planned but if you see a face in the image, it is their on purpose. Each collaged piece is priced under 900 Euro. They were doing a quick translation between Turkish Money and Euro in their heads to give me a price so if you are quick and get over there, maybe you can get a deal if you buy more than one piece. I think they are bringing a bit of Turkish business sense with them so you may have lots of fun discussing prices and buying art at this booth. If you don’t like haggling, just go in and shout at Hazal Altun, the gallerist, “I will pay 900 Euro for that!” She speaks fluent English and is a bubbly petite woman. Nothing to be afraid of in this art booth. Go meet her and ask her about her twin sister living on the other side of the world. (Conversation starter in case you need one.)
After talking with the artist, I was curious to see his street art so I looked him up on the internet and I found him making a street art piece that looks like one of the drawings at Stroke. You can read the article about CINS here. (Turkish, use google translate.)
I was on the press tour so lots of artists were still trying to figure out how to hang their work on the walls but Patrick Hartl was on the ball so he gets to have his photo in this article. Patrick did the organising for Calligraffiti at Stroke Art Fair and he is a Munich based street artist with a studio practice.
I own Patrick’s work and I’m a fan of the series below. The artwork is collaged and street art influenced. Patrick started this series by taking work from his studio and ripping it up and layering it. So it is all Patrick. This series is priced under 600 Euro (at least at his last exhibition please consult with him and bring a few extra hundred if you plan to buy one.)
This is an art collective showing the work of four artists. Kaldea Nakajima’s artwork glows in the dark. The figures are have an Asian makeup flair and in her new series, she is making female figures based on different native cultures.
Kaldea will have a flashlight on hand for you to see how she has integrated the glow in the dark feature so hopefully she will remember to show you how her artwork changes with the light. Kaldea may be putting some street art out on the streets of Munich, Germany on Monday. I asked her to let me know if she does so I can go photograph it. If you are a Munich Street artist, please go grab her and her boyfriend and show them where they can paint. Please make them feel welcome so we keep getting more cool street art in Munich.
I loved this piece below because it combines so many things that I enjoy. It is decades of paper layered. The artist found an advertising cylinder in Stuttgart that was being thrown away and cut out sections of it. He took a saw and cut into the cylinder paper and created these rectangles of paper to be then stenciled. The piece is standing like a sculpture in the display space. This couldn’t happen in Munich. The Ads are ripped off so frequently that we only get maybe a year’s worth of ads on a circle round. They would never get thick enough to look like a plank. If you are looking for a piece of Germany, this would be it. Priced under 2k Euro.
I will be posting an interview with HNRX over the weekend (Cause he was nice enough to send me coordinates where to find him.) While you wait for me to finish writing, you can grab your calendar and jot down the following information:
Date: July 15, 2016
Time: 2000 to 2400
Location: Die Faerberei Claude Lorrain Strasse 25 RGB 81543 Munich
For three days, HNRX will be selling artwork on cardboard to some lucky Mingas. Go support HNRX so he can share more artwork on our city walls.
Most of HNRx’s walls are self funded and Munich Artists likes to encourage you to support artists chasing their dreams onto the streets of Munich.
After looking at your finances and setting aside 100 to 1k Euro for the July exhibition, head over to Candidplatz to see HNRX’s new very large art piece. If you take the subway, you will exit and head over towards the little creek.
Please enjoy HNRX’s work while you can. He is a guest in our city for only a few more months and then he will be off hunting for new game walls in another European city.
After 3 years of motivating artists and creatives in Munich, Kyfio UG is ready to launch the Munich Art Market as an e-commerce site.
The Munich Art Market will be curated and focused on fine art & design products from Bavaria Germany (and our neighbours closeby.)
Each artist will have the opportunity to present their artwork/product lines and explain their concepts.
What are we looking for in products? We are looking for artwork and design that say:
Hey! I’m unique… as in you don’t fit in the above categories but you are so cool I’m lucky that you live in my city. (In a modest way of course.)
Urban ( I love urban and street art).
Munich without shouting Munich at me. Your artwork/design can shout Munich but I also need artwork that shouts just you and not the city. We need both cause some people like wearing Munich on their sleeve and others just want Munich in their hearts.
Selected products will be showcased at our space downtown and people will be encouraged to reserve pieces online and pick them up in person.
The application fee for artists and designers will be 20 Euro. The artwork and design items for sale will be Curated by Dr. Emmy Horstkamp, Founder of Munich Artists. If you like our Munich Artists site, you will be happy with Munich Art Market site/store.
The application fee for the website is 20 Euro. Each artist who participates in the 500 Artists event will be submitted for review. Artists without work on the walls of the event are encouraged to come on April 23, 2016 and register for the Munich Art Market.
Registration for the website will only happen during a 500 artists say Hello event. We will not accept applications outside of the event. No exceptions.
Being accepted to the Munich Art Market is a non exclusive representation by the website. We encourage you to continue selling your work around town but ask that your work presented to Munich Art Market not be sold in another location downtown. (sell other designs not the ones you give us to sell.)
We may offer licensing arrangements for art/design that we think would be great as a Munich Artists product. All other work presented in the Market will be offered on a commission basis which means you bring it to us, we sell it and take a commission from the price. Prices for your products will be discussed during your portfolio review so that the commission doesn’t hurt so much.
Munich Art Market is for Artists living and working in Germany and neighbouring regions.
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.
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.
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.
This week we started a Public Art Photo Challenge on our Munich Artists Facebook page/group. Munich Artists are posting in our closed group public art they find in their daily lives. This piece of Munich Public artwork is located in Sendling. It has a matching wing on the other side of the highway. Do you know who created it? If you do, please let me know so I can share the information.
We are raising funds for Doctors without Borders and Munich artists are coming forward with some beautiful pieces for our art swap. Here are the list of artists who have donated pieces of art for the art swap game.