The Lenbachhaus owes its worldwide renown to its unrivaled collection of “Blue Rider” art with works by Marc, Klee, Kandinsky, Münter and others. In addition to the Munich School of painters, treasures of Art Nouveau and works of the New Objectivity, the museum also showcases vital tendencies in international contemporary art and influential artists working today.
Taking Berthold Brecht’s radio theory as its starting point, Radio Activity explores the artistic and political collectives of the 1920–30s and the 1960–70s who created their own dispatch channels and lines of communication. Curated by Karin Althaus and Stephanie Weber.
Radio Activity. Collective Approaches to Art and Politics
18/02/20 – 13/09/20
It.. Matters is the first solo museum exhibition of Indian artist Sheela Gowda in Germany. For her sprawling installations, Gowda uses distinctive materials from her native country whose nature, colors, and scents endow her works with narrative as well as metaphorical force in a meditation on urban and rural life in India. Curated by Eva Huttenlauch.
Sheela Gowda: It.. Matters
31/03/20 – 18/10/20
Various formations of ash lie on steel mesh panels. They are made from a dough of tree bark powder and charcoal – materials from which incense is traditionally produced. The dried dough formations are lit and burn. They crumble to ashes, but maintains their original form. The burning of the material leaves residues and creates an intense smell - an experience of multiple senses. The symbolic content of materials from everyday Indian life and ritual acts, as well as the reflection on working and living conditions, plays an important role in Gowda’s work. For example, she reports that incense is a material that is ubiquitous in India. Women workers make several thousand incense sticks by hand for around 50 cents a day. Curated by Eva Huttenlauch.
Sheela Gowda - Collateral
11/09/20 – 27/09/20
St. Lukas Church, Thierschstraße 28, 80538 München
The title Looking at the Sun at Midnight is borrowed from a cycle by Katharina Sieverding, who began working with large-format photography in 1975, when few women in the art world chose this medium. She was also ahead of her time in terms of the subject matter she chose, which reflected truly big pictures: politics, German history, gender, and the power of the image in the digital era. All of the works in the exhibition address questions and conflicts concerning the conditions of communal life, including personal and societal relationships as well as persistent global structures.
Looking at the Sun at Midnight. Contemporary Art from the Lenbachhaus and the KiCo Foundation
29/09/20 – 01/08/21