Art exhibitions in Munich in December 2007

When I used to live in Munich I rarely took time to visit art museums and exhibits. This time, during my December holiday trip, I catched up...

Letterpress Prints

Poster with Letterpress prints. Written is the word 'Zeit' and other poems

At Muenchener Stadtbibliothek there is a show about letterpress prints made from plumb and wood lettering executed by the letterpress studio Fliegenkopf Muenchen.

Robin Rhode

At Haus der Kunst Muenchen Robin Rhode shows his work, he is a young South African artist. His mediums are photographic series, animations and film projects, slide shows, sculptures and wall drawings.

Outside of Haus der Kunst Muenchen with posters of current exhibitions

He works in series or chronological sequences. He also works as a performance artist inspired by the 60s and 70s, where he integrates objects into his work.

His subject matter mostly includes the street. His aim is to broaden the meaning of objects in a playful way.

Willie Doherty

At Kunstbau of Lenbachhaus I saw the individual exhibition of Willie Doherty named 'Stories'. He is a media artist native from Irland working with video, photography, sound, text installations to question the truth in messages transmitted by the media.

Table with tea glass next to other tables in the cultural centre Pasinger Fabrik

Max Beckmann

At Pinakothek der Moderne Pinakothek der Moderne I saw a couple of artists. There was a special show about Max Beckmann, a German artist from the expressionist period. The exhibition concentrated on the artist’s exile in Amsterdam, where he spent more then 10 years, after having escaped from Nazi Germany.

His style of painting was significantly influenced by his state of mind. During his exile he went through hard times: Some paintings are dark, other paintings show ideal scenes from the south of France that helped him to overcome his negative experiences by escaping into the ideal world of his paintings.

Exterior of the museums building Pinakothek der Moderne with sight from the park

Roman Ondak

I participated in a collective art piece 'Measuring the universe' by Roman Ondak, an artist from Slovakia. Visitors have to mark off on their height along with their first name and the date on which the measurement was taken on the museum walls.

Wall with writings that represents an art piece by Roman Ondak

Fiona Tan

Fiona Tan was represented by the exhibition '80 days'. The exhibition title references Tan's wide travel experience and her view of different cultural contexts. It is also influenced by Jules Verne's novel 'Around the world in 80 days'.

Indonesian born and in Amsterdam living artist works with documentary archive material, other people's photographs and her own film footage. Her body of work is situated in the border between documentation and fiction, as well as other people's and Tan's perception. Portraits from people of from different cultural and social contexts reveal their identities.

One of her installation's is 'countenance'. For this video installation Tan filmed around 200 full-face portraits of Berlin-living people at work. It is a sociological study of people, which are growing together between east and west. This black and white film refers to August Sanders work 'People of the 20th century'.

Video istallation by Fiona Tan showing a portrait of an individual

Video istallation by Fiona Tan showing a decription of the following portrait of an individual

Francesco Vezzoli

Francesco Vezzoli's collaboration with Sueddeutsche Zeitung Magazin was also shown: It is the performance 'A night in New York'. Hollywood Stars participate in his art videos.

Francesco Vezzoli

Table with tea glass next to other tables in the cultural centre Pasinger Fabrik

Photography in our grandparents generation

At Pasinger Fabrik there was a photography exhibition 'So jung kommen wir nicht mehr zusammen' about our grand parents' generation.Students of Hochschule fuer Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig, in Tina Bara's photographie class, presented their work. Apart photography students used mediums such as text, video light and sound installations.

Brigitte Schuster
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