Must-See Art Guide: Munich

This week's guide includes Larry Clark, Nicholas Nixon, and more.

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Marc Quinn
Harriet Korman
Harriet Korman, installation view. Courtesy of Häusler Contemporary.
Marc Quinn
Marc Quinn, San Fernando Valley Falls (2010). Courtesy of Galerie Thomas Modern.
Dennis Koch
Dennis Koch, installation view. Courtesy of Sabine Knust Galerie Maximilian Verlag.
Thomas Ruff
Thomas Ruff, neg-nus_15 (2014). Courtesy of Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle.
Stephan Balkenhol
Stephan Balkenhol, Mann in weißem Hemd. Courtesy of Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle.
Johannes Wende
Johannes Wende, Atlas (Aus der Serie „Eine Reise um mein Zimmer“) (2014). Courtesy of Galerie Biedermann.
Galerie Tanit
Installation view. Courtesy of Galerie Tanit.
Larry Clark
Larry Clark, Heroin 5 (2014). Courtesy of Galerie Karl Pfefferle.
Haiying Xu,
Haiying Xu, Die Reise 10 (Detail) (2015). Courtesy of Galerie Andreas Binder.
Karin Sander
Karin Sander, Apfel (Kitchen Pieces) (2012). Courtesy of Barbara Gross Galerie.
Jacqueline Ditt
Jacqueline Ditt, The Bridge of Happyness (Die Brücke der Glückseligkeit) (2014). Courtesy universal arts Galerie Studio GmbH.
Charles Pollock
Charles Pollock, Rome 9 (1963). Courtesy of American Contemporary Art Gallery.
Nicholas Nixon
Nicholas Nixon, The Brown Sisters, Truro, Massachusetts (1984). Courtesy of Pinakothek der Moderne.
Petri Niemelä
Petri Niemelä, The Pool (2015). Courtesy of Galerie der Moderne Stefan Vogdt.
Richard Vogl
Richard Vogl, Laendliche Szene (2007). Courtesy of Galerie van de Loo Projekte.
Jonathan Bragdon
Jonathan Bragdon, Looking toward les dents du Midi, Val d'Illiez. Courtesy of Galerie Klüser.
Klavdij Sluban
Klavdij Sluban, Hauteville House, Guernesey (2013). Courtesy of Galerie Klüser.
Eadweard Muybridge
Eadweard Muybridge, Throwing an iron disc, from ‘Animal Locomotion’ (1887). Courtesy of Pinakothek der Moderne.

Perhaps best known for its annual Oktoberfest celebration, the largest folk festival in the world, Germany’s third-largest city has recently experienced an uptick in tourism, particularly in the summer months, which kick off with NIGHT ART. Situated on the banks of the River Isar, Munich has the benefits of a small town, offset by the prestige of its world-class sights, in particular its art galleries and museums.

The $120 million, 22,000-square-meter Pinakothek der Moderne museum doubles down on photography this month, with shows by pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge and renowned American artist Nicholas Nixon. When viewed side by side, these two shows are an exercise in complimentary contrasts, with Nixon standing at one end of a legacy whose groundwork was laid, in part, by his 19th-century predecessor. Thomas Ruff‘s photography, on display at Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, more directly pays tribute to its roots, referencing historical techniques through an appropriation of the female nude. In these works, Ruff scanned old photographs, digitally inverted the color scale, and created blue-tinted images the size of the original negatives, deliberately calling attention to the digitalized world and the disappearance of analogue materials. Also featuring photographic works is Galerie Klüser, with a series by French-born artist Klavdij Sluban. The exhibition, “Hauteville House Guernsey,” presents haunting black and white images, which are the result of the year spent by Sluban at Victor Hugo’s former home on the Channel Island of Guernsey. At the same time, the gallery is presenting panoramic, expressive drawings of the Swiss mountains by contemporary artist and expat Jonathan Bragdon.

After making stops in Paris and New York, Larry Clark‘s acclaimed solo show “They Thought I Were But I Aren’t Anymore” debuted at Galerie Karl Pfefferle last month, with works spanning his career from 1961 to the present. For a change of pace, stop by Galerie Andreas Binder, featuring paintings by Chinese-born, Munich-based artist Haiying Xu in which she combines personal memories of China with her experiences of life in Germany.

Whatever brings you to Munich this month, there is plenty to see. So enjoy your Weißwurst with a side of art.

Exhibition: Harriet Korman: Developing Format – Malerei und Zeichnung 2010–2014
When: March 19–May 23, 2015 (last call)
Where: Häusler Contemporary, Maximilianstraße 35, Munich, 80539 Germany

Exhibition: Marc Quinn: Frozen Garden
When: April 17–May 23 (last call)
Where: Galerie Thomas Modern, Türkenstraße 16, Munich, 80333 Germany

Exhibition: Dennis Koch: World is square (knust kunz editions)
When: April 29–May 31, 2015
Where: Sabine Knust Galerie Maximilian Verlag, Theresienstraße 48, Munich, 80333 Germany

Exhibition: Thomas Ruff
When: April 17–June 6, 2015
Where: Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Amalienstraße 41, Munich, 80799 Germany

Exhibition: Stephan Balkenhol
When: April 17–June 6, 2015
Where: Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Amalienstraße 41, Munich, 80799 Germany

Exhibition: Johannes Wende: Kabinettstücke
When: February 26–June 10, 2015
Where: Galerie Biedermann, Barer Straße 44, Munich, 80799 Germany

Exhibition: Christian Eckart – Herbert Hamak – Adrian Schiess: Reflections of Light
When: March 19–June 13, 2015
Where: Galerie Tanit, Maximilianstraße 45, Munich, 80538 Germany

When: April 23–June 13, 2015
Where: Galerie Karl Pfefferle, Reichenbachstraße 47-49, Munich, 80469 Germany

Exhibition: Haiying Xu: Du und Sie und Wir
When: May 8–June 20, 2015
Where: Galerie Andreas Binder, Knöbelstraße 27, Munich, 80538 Germany

Exhibition: Karin Sander
When: May 21, 2015–June 20, 2015
Where: Barbara Gross Galerie, Theresienstraße 56 Hof 1, Munich, 80333, Germany

Exhibition: Jacqueline Ditt & Mario Strack – Edition 14
When: October 11, 2014–June 27, 2015
Where: universal arts Galerie Studio GmbH, Orffstraße 35a, Munich, 80637 Germany

Exhibition: CHARLES POLLOCK. Works from the 1950s and 1960s
When: March 26–June 30, 2015
Where: American Contemporary Art Gallery, Maximilianstraße 29, Munich, 80539 Germany

Exhibition: Nicholas Nixon: The Brown Sisters: 40 Years
When: March 23–July 5, 2015
Where: Pinakothek der Moderne, Barer Straße 40, Munich, 80333 Germany

Exhibition:Petri Niemelä: The Essence of Beauty
When: May 8–July 29, 2015
Where: Galerie der Moderne Stefan Vogdt, Kurfürstenstraße 5 und 7, Munich, 80799 Germany

Exhibition: LÄNDLICHES SCHARMÜTZEL. Ein Rencontre zwischen Heinz Braun und Richard Vogl
When: May 20–July 31, 2015
Where: Galerie van de Loo Projekte, Gabelsbergerstraße 19, Munich, 80333 German

Exhibition: Jonathan Bragdon
When: May 21–July 31
Where: Galerie Klüser, Türkenstraße 23, Munich, 80799 Germany

Exhibition: Hauteville House Guernsey: Klavdij Sluban | Victor Hugo
When: May 21–July 31
Where: Galerie Klüser, Georgenstraße 15, Munich, 80799 Germany

Exhibition: Eadweard Muybridge. Animal Locomotion
When: April 23–October 4, 2015
Where: Pinakothek der Moderne, Barer Straße 40, Munich, 80333 Germany

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