Must-See Art Guide: Munich

This week’s guide includes Otto Piene, Oskar Kokoschka, and others.

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Leif Trenkler, Sonne (2013). Courtesy of Galerie Karl Pfefferle.
Sonia Leimer, Schwarzes Loch/Black Hole (2014). Courtesy of Barbara Gross Galerie.
Craig Yu, Negative Form 9 (2014). Courtesy of Häusler Contemporary.
Eleni Mylonas, The royal wedding. Courtesy of Françoise Heitsch.
Christoper Winter, Cubist Bunny II. Courtesy of Galerie Lichtpunkt.
Günther Uecker, Poesie der Destruktion. Courtesy of Walter Storms Galerie.
Otto Piene, Tandem (1983–1984). Courtesy of Galerie Koch.
Gerhard Merz, Linienbild (1973). Courtesy of Walter Storms Galerie.
Oskar Kokoschka, Asiatin (1913). Courtesy of Galerie Richard Ruberl.

Munich’s most famous event, Oktoberfest, is over, but this city in Bavaria, Germany has a lot to offer this week if you are interested in art. The third most populous city in Germany, home to Arnold Schwarzenegger and internationally successful soccer team Bayern Munich, is world renowned for its art collections, on display in public and private museums, as well as in its numerous galleries. The Münchner Stadtmuseum is showing a permanent exhibition titled “Typically Munich!” where you can explore the trials and tribulations of the city. Currently the museum has on view a special exhibition, “Rumford. Recipes for a better Bavaria,” about Sir Benjamin Thompson, also called Count Rumford, the creator of Munich’s famous park, the English Garden; be sure to take a long walk through this picturesque part of the city. In the immediate vicinity of Munich’s art collections, in the well-known Theresienstraße, the Barbara Gross Galerie has the first solo exhibition of Italian installation artist Sonia Leimer. Works by young contemporary artist Craig Yu can be found in the collection of another large museum in Munich, the Pinakothek der Moderne, and are also currently in the showrooms of Häusler Contemporary.

Art enthusiasts have the chance to see selected artworks of German and international artists at two art fairs. During the first weekend in November, the 59th edition of the Kunstmesse München is happening at the Postpalast. At Germany’s oldest art and antiques fair, 38 art dealers from Europe, such as Galerie Brockstedt and Galerie Koch, are showing works from their inventories. There is also HIGHLIGHTS—International Art Fair Munich, which was founded in 2009 by 19 international art dealers. Beck & Eggeling and Galerie Richard Ruberl are just a couple of the selected art dealers participating in this art fair, with masterpieces ranging from classical antiquity to modern art.

So enjoy the art and, if you have the time, the German Gemütlichkeit in one of the beer gardens during your stay in Munich.


Exhibition: “Leif Trenkler: Opal Colour Day

When: September 11–October 31, 2014

Where: Galerie Karl Pfefferle, Reichenbachstraße 47 – 49, Munich, Germany


Exhibition: “Sonia Leimer: Lack of a Proper Word

When: September 12–October 30, 2014

Where: Barbara Gross Galerie, Theresienstraße 56, Hof 1, Munich, Germany


Exhibition: “Craig Yu: Negative Form

When: September 12–October 30, 2014

Where: Häusler Contemporary, Maximilianstraße 35, Munich, Germany


Exhibition: “eleni mylonas, the town crier

When: September 12–October 31, 2014

Where: françoise heitsch, Amalienstraße 19, Munich, Germany


Exhibition: “CHRISTOPHER WINTER | Double Vision”

When: September 13–November 1, 2014

Where: Galerie Lichtpunkt, Lothstraße 78a, Munich, Germany


Exhibition: “5 Jahre Schellingstr. 48

When: September 16–October 31, 2014

Where: Walter Storms Galerie, Schellingstraße 48, Munich, Germany


Exhibition: “Rumford. Recipes for a better Bavaria”

When: October 31, 2014–April 19, 2015

Where: Münchner Stadtmuseum, St.-Jakobs-Platz 1, Munich, Germany


Art fair: 59. Kunst-Messe München Postpalast

When: November 1–November 9, 2014

Where: Postpalast, Wredestraße 10, Munich, Germany



When: November 5, 2014–January 31, 2015

Where: Walter Storms Galerie, Schellingstraße 48, Munich, Germany


Art fair:HIGHLIGHTS—International Art Fair Munich

When: November 6–November 12, 2014

Where: Residenz Munich, Residenzstraße 1, Munich Germany

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