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Peace, love & AI - a sneak peak into exhibitions in 2024

This Summer will be colourful, hot and wild, that much is clear! Swarm out and be surprised: by Viktor&Rolf's high-fashion creations, concrete art, AI art of the future and female power from New York and Rosenheim. Impressionistic, poetic and human, heroic and flawed, participative and provocative - these highlights and insider tips await you from Lower Franconia to Upper Bavaria! Spitzweg, Lady Gaga and Wonder Woman are also included…

Viktor&Rolf. Fashion Statements

at Kunsthalle München (Munich Art Gallery), from 23 February to 6 October 2024

The first major retrospective of the Dutch designer duo Viktor&Rolf in Germany: Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren have been exploring the boundaries between couture and art with breathtaking virtuosity for over 30 years. Their masterpieces have been worn by artists such as Madonna, Tilda Swinton, Lady Gaga, Doja Cat and Cardi B and have been staged in ballet productions and an opera directed by Robert Wilson. Around 100 of the boldest pieces by this visionary and passionate duo are now being brought to life in a spectacular production. Many of the creations are being exhibited for the first time - together with numerous videos, sketches and handmade porcelain dolls dressed in the designers' iconic creations, as well as works by renowned photographic artists such as Andreas Gursky and Cindy Sherman.

The exhibition was developed in collaboration with Thierry-Maxime Loriot, who previously organised the sensational shows Jean Paul Gaultier. From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk (2015), Peter Lindbergh. From Fashion to Reality (2017) and Thierry Mugler. Couturissime (2020/21) curated.

Models in aufwendigen Tüllkleidern bei einer Modenschau
Andreas Gursky V&R, 2011 Cutting Edge Couture Ready-to-wear, S/S 2010 © Andreas Gursky, Courtesy Sprüth Magers / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024  Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024

Damien Hirst- The Weight of Things

Das Kunstwerk besteht aus drei hohen Glasvitrinen, die auf Abstand gestellt einen einzigen in Formaldehyd eingelegten Hai zeigen, der entsprechend in drei Teile zerlegt ist.
Myth explored, explained, exploded, 1993 © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved,DACS/ArKmage 2023; Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd.

at the Museum of Urban and Contemporary Art (MUCA) Munich, until 5 October 2024

For the first time in Germany, some of Damien Hirst's most iconic works can be seen in a major solo exhibition, such as "For the Love of God" (2007), Damien Hirst's famous platinum cast of a human skull set with 8,601 diamonds. The diamond skull embodies Hirst's fascination with diamonds and emphasises the inherent uncertainty about their value. It confronts the competitive nature of the diamond industry and the capitalist society that sustains it.

The skull will be shown alongside over 40 other works, including installations, sculptures and paintings, some of which have never been seen before. Also included are some of Hirst's famous series: Natural History (formaldehyde sculptures), Spin Paintings, Medicine Cabinets, Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable, Cherry Blossoms and Spot and Butterfly Paintings.

Find out more in our blog post (external link, opens in a new window).

HEX

Lila-rotes digitales Bild, das Muster zeigt
Tatjana Stürmer, The House, the Body, the Child – My corporeal, cereal phantasies (Pruduktionsbild), 2024
Das Bild in bunten Farben zeigt einen lila Teufel, der einer Frau im Bett ein Glas bringt
Marleen Rothaus, The Cure, 2021, 200 x 380 cm, Öl auf Leinwand © Foto: David Cabana Echaniz

at the MEWO Kunsthalle (MEWO Art Gallery) in Memmingen, until 14 July 2024

The image of the witch in art has changed from stereotypical, pejorative depictions to purely positive representations through the ambivalence of the figure. Nevertheless, the defamation as an ugly old woman, the sexualisation of the female body and the attack on the social power of women are not only topics of our time due to media hate campaigns. In the late 1980s, Memmingen was also the site of a trial on suspicion of illegal abortion, which gained national notoriety as the "Modern Witch Trial".
The exhibition 'HEX' presents three contemporary artists whose art deals with the topic of witches in its relevance for the present, especially from a feminist perspective: Emily Hunt from Australia, Marleen Rothaus and Tatjana Stürmer from Germany.

The gold of the Akan. Courtly gold jewellery from West Africa

Goldene Schmuckscheibe mit einem Frosch in der Mitte
Schmuckscheibe mit Frosch, Gold, D: 5,5, cm, Leihgabe: Museum Liaunig © Museum Liaunig
Antike goldene Maske mit roten Augen
Schwertemblem eines menschlichen Kopfes, Gold, Höhe 15 cm, Leihgabe: Museum Liaunig © Museum Liaunig
Goldenes Schwertemblem in Löwenform mit großen Zähnen
Schwertemblem in Form eines Löwen Gold, L: 20 cm Leihgabe: Museum Liaunig © Museum Liaunig
Vergoldete Krone mit Löwenfiguren
Krone eines Regenten Holz, Goldblatt, H: 19 cm, Leihgabe: Museum Liaunig © Museum Liaunig

at the Knauf-Museum (Knauf Museum) in Iphofen, until 10 November 2024

The West African culture of the Akan, native to the republics of Ghana and Ivory Coast, has a long tradition of using gold for jewellery and cult objects with great skill. The majority of the more than 300 exhibits in the exhibition date from the 19th and 20th centuries, although some pieces are much older.

Heroes & Heroines

Streetart Wandbild, das eine Krankenschwester mit Mundschutz und Superman-S auf der Brust zeigt
© VKR GmbH Rosenheim
Der Superheld Batman im schwarzen Fledermauskostüm vor seinem schwarzen Batmobil
© VKR GmbH Rosenheim
Comic-Zeichnung der fliegenden, blonden Superheldin Faith Herbert
© VKR GmbH Rosenheim
Ausstellungsplakat, das eine Frau, halb antike Statue, halb Mensch mit wehenden blonden Haaren, zeigt
© VKR GmbH Rosenheim

in the Lokschuppen Rosenheim (Engine shed Rosenheim), until 15 December 2024

Legendary. Popular. Selfless. From heroic myths to modern everyday heroes - heroes have always inspired us! We encounter them as fictions, but also as real people: They fascinate, polarise and are omnipresent today. What characterises heroes and heroines? Who creates them and why do we need them? The Lokschuppen will be epic: learn all about their deeds and stories, but also about their darker sides.

Be a hero yourself: Are you strong and/or clever? Are you a team player and do you have special skills? Embark on a virtual hero's journey with your avatar and experience your own personal adventure. Monsters? Secret traps and labyrinthine labyrinths? No problem for you in the engine shed!

Every era has its heroes and heroines! The Lokschuppen Rosenheim (Engine shed Rosenheim) exhibition centre presents the world of the heroic on more than 1500 square metres: From Heracles to Jeanne d'Arc and Marie Curie to the heroes of Bern, Wonder Woman and Batman. Around 250 exhibits, interactive stations and an innovative media concept make the exhibition an experience for everyone!

Read more about the exhibition in our blog post: Heroes and heroines at Lokschuppen Rosenheim (Engine shed Rosenheim) - Museums in Bavaria (museen-in-bayern.de) (external link, opens in a new window)

Operation Finale: The capture and trial of Adolf Eichmann

Foto von Adolf Eichmann

At the SMÄK in Munich, extended until 4 August 2024

A Nazi criminal in hiding, a secret pursuit and a spectacular capture: the exhibition "How to catch a Nazi" from the USA has been revised for Germany and shows how the Israeli secret service Mossad and the Hessian Attorney General Fritz Bauer tracked down Adolf Eichmann, one of the most notorious Holocaust perpetrators, in Argentina in 1960, how his abduction to Israel was carried out and how he was finally put on trial. It was the first major trial in which victims of the Holocaust testified to the crimes of the Nazis before the world public.

Animals in tim. Arts and crafts made from raffia by Else Stadler-Jacobs

eine Gruppe von Bastieren: darunter ein Reh, ein Pudel, ein Krokodil, ein Kakadu etc.
Tiergruppe aus der Bastowerkstatt © Else Stadler Jacobs. Foto: Christoph Sauter; tim | Staatliches Textil- und Industriemuseum Augsburg
Marienkäfer und Bachstelze aus Bast
Marienkäfer & Bachstelze © Else Stadler Jacobs. Foto: Christoph Sauter; tim | Staatliches Textil- und Industriemuseum Augsburg
Eisbärmama und Eisbärkind aus Bast
Eisbärmama & Eisbärkind © Else Stadler Jacobs. Foto: Christoph Sauter; tim | Staatliches Textil- und Industriemuseum Augsburg
Tiger aus Bast, einmal noch nicht fertig, einmal fertig
Tiger in der Entstehung © Else Stadler Jacobs. Foto: Christoph Sauter; tim | Staatliches Textil- und Industriemuseum Augsburg
Frosch und Storch aus Bast
Frosch & Storch © Else Stadler Jacobs. Foto: Christoph Sauter; tim | Staatliches Textil- und Industriemuseum Augsburg

at the tim - Staatliches Textil- und Industriemuseum Augsburg ( State Textile and Industry Museum Augsburg), until 28 July 2024

For half a century, a treasure slumbered undiscovered in an attic. Well stowed away in countless boxes, over 600 high-quality handcrafted animals made of raffia, a textile material, were stored there. It was the estate of Else Stadler-Jacobs, who produced countless of these animals as decorative objects from 1927 onwards and sold them worldwide under the name Bastowerkstatt.

The extensive oeuvre of Else Stadler-Jacobs (1899-1997) is unique in its abundance and originality. Over the years, she created over 100 native and exotic animal species from coloured raffia in a wide variety of sizes - from two-centimetre chicks to two-metre-high jungle scenes. Else Stadler-Jacobs created her very personal animal world with humour, creative spirit and a great love of detail.

The tim is showing most of the animals in its permanent exhibition, telling the remarkable story of the entrepreneur Else Stadler-Jacobs for the first time.

Find out more in our blog post!

24! Questions for the concrete present

at the Museum für Konkrete Kunst (Museum of Concrete Art) in Ingolstadt, until 22 September 2024

and at the Museum im Kulturspeicher Würzburg ( Museum in the Culture Granary Würzburg), until 22 September 2024

To mark the 100th anniversary of the term "Concrete Art", the works of 24 young artists will be on display: Concrete Art - according to tradition, the Dutch artist, architect and theorist Theo van Doesburg (1883-1931) first formulated this term in 1924 and used it for his own works. Even if the art movement thus labelled is committed to precision and unambiguity, the history of the origin of its name cannot be clearly verified. 100 years later, the unofficial anniversary nevertheless provides a suitable opportunity to question today's generation of young artists, who are stylistically close to this movement, in detail about their relationship to Concrete Art. What influence do its beginnings have on their own creative work? Are the concept of Concrete Art and its principles still relevant?

The Museum für Konkrete Kunst in Ingolstadt and the Museum im Kulturspeicher Würzburg (Museum in the Culture Granary Würzburg) have invited a total of 24 artists from Germany and abroad born from 1980 onwards to provide detailed information about their relationship to Concrete Art. At around the same age as van Doesburg in 1924 and other important pioneers of the movement, they seem to be particularly suited to report on the current status of the art movement and to look to its future. The works on display demonstrate how unchanged, contemporary and changeable the over 100-year-old principles are today.

Tassilo, Korbinian and the Bear. Bavaria in the early Middle Ages

Plakat der Ausstellung mit Abbildungen von Heiligen, einem Bär und barocken Engeln

Bavarian State Exhibition 2024 at the Diözesanmuseum Freising (Diocesan Museum Freising), from 7 May to 3 November 2024

A ruler with a chalice, sword and sceptre, a rival king and a saint who tames a wild bear ... this could be the stuff of a Hollywood blockbuster. For now, it's our story for Freising. In the Bavarian State Exhibition 2024, we will travel with you to the early Middle Ages. With Tassilo, Korbinian and the bear, we travel to a land that stretched as far as South Tyrol, Upper Austria, Carinthia and Slovenia. A mighty kingdom was then within reach...

Let yourself be captivated by the stories of the treasure and fate of the Agilolfing Duke Tassilo III, with whom the Frankish King Charles clashed. Who might "the Great" be from a Bavarian perspective? The Haus der Bayerischen Geschichte (House of Bavarian History) is organising the state exhibition together with the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising in the new Diözesanmuseum Freising (Diocesan Museum Freising) on the Domberg.

Rebecca Horn

Kunstwerk mit blauen Schmetterlingsflügeln
Rebacca Horn, Schmetterling, 1990  © Foto: Peter Raue

at Haus der Kunst House of art ) in Munich, until 13 October 2024

Spanning six decades, the transmedia life's work of Rebecca Horn (b. 1944, Germany) explores the theme of existence and the blurring of boundaries between nature and culture, technology and biological capital, and the human and non-human. Whether the artist is labelled an inventor, director, author, composer or poet, above all she sees herself as a choreographer. Horn describes her practice as precisely calculated relationships between space, light, physicality, sound and rhythm that form an ensemble. Machine becoming, animal becoming or earth becoming in her performative, sculptural and filmic works aim at a presence of a visible, tangible and audible existence that can be experienced by bodies.

Further exhibitions at Haus der Kunst (House of art)

The exhibition recommendations are curated by Nathalie Schwaiger and Bianca Faletti, Infopoint Museums & Palaces in Bavaria. The exhibition texts are based on the press releases of the respective museums and exhibition centres.