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When it comes to contemporary and street art, Munich has become the place to be
You wouldn’t expect it from Munich, but the Bavarian capital was a pioneer in the German graffiti scene. Thanks to the city’s geographical location, the trend has infiltrated from neighbouring regions. Both street art and contemporary art have become an integral part of Munich’s cityscape, with museums and art galleries devoting much of their space to it.
To prevent unwanted graffiti on the facade of residential houses, Munich has made an entire wall available to street art artists, which can they can spray at will. Located in the Tumblingerstraße, you can’t miss it if you’re nearby. The exciting thing about street art is that it is ephemeral; different artists take turns creating temporary, short-lived pieces in an ongoing and exciting cycle.
The Galerie Kronsbein has emerged from a private collection and has consolidated its place in the art scene. Founded in 2009, it specializes in Urban Art and Pop Art – the kind of establishment where you’ll find works by Banksy. The collection is constantly expanding with new artworks – most of which are available for purchase.
MUCA (museum of urban and contemporary art) is the first museum of its kind in Germany. The museum’s creed it that, since street art is a transient art form, space must be created to preserve it. It enables young, undiscovered artists to showcase their work to a broad public. The rooms are intended as a meeting place where new art formats are welcome. In addition to exhibitions, readings and guided tours take place. If you’ve built up an appetite here, you can feast on modern dishes in the affiliated restaurant Mural.
The Kunsthalle München is located in the Fünf Höfe, very close to city centre. The venue has a difficult task despite its ideal location, because in order to constantly offer visitors something new, it must regularly reinvent itself. And under the direction of Director Dr. Roger Diederen, the Kunsthalle achieves this time and time again. The year 2018 was declared the year of the Faust, written by author Goethe. Under the motto “You are Faust”, visitors are guided through an itinerary following the plot of Germany’s best-known work of literature. Every room fascinates and surprises with outstanding works of art relating to Faust, through topics such as youth, madness, and egoism. The exhibition runs until the end of July 2018, after which The Kunsthalle München will likely reinvent something radically different and exciting.