In 2016 Munich residents and their guests will have the pleasure of enjoying numerous top-class events. In addition to the Pinakotheken, museums and galleries such as the Lenbachhaus and the Kunsthalle present a platform for exhibitions of international stature.
The blockbuster exhibition about the two pioneers of modern art “Paul Klee und Wassily Kandinsky” is still on display in Lenbachhaus until January 24. Starting mid-February 2016 the complete Blue Rider collection can be seen in a new presentation there. Spanish art is one of the principal topics of the Kunsthalle this year: In spring the paintings by Joaquín Sorolla (Mar. 4 – Apr. 19) will bring southern lights to the Kunsthalle. In winter an exhibition about Spanish painting and sculpture of the 17th century (Nov. 25, 2016 – Mar. 26, 2017) will follow suit. Until late summer 2016 a show of the internationally renowned Munich born and based designer Konstantin Grcic will be the prelude for a new format in the Neue Sammlung in the Pinakothek der Moderne (Nov. 12, 2015 – Sept. 18, 2016).
Valery Gergiev, Mariss Jansons and Kirill Petrenko, three top-class podium stars, have put their mark on the classical orchestras of the city: the Munich Philharmonics, the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Broadcasting Association and the Bavarian State Orchestra. They not only play for an enthusiastic audience in Munich, but also serve as popular ambassadors for the Bavarian capital city on their worldwide concert tours.
The opera festivals (June 19 – July 31) and the classical open air concert “Classical Music at Odeonsplatz” (July 16 – 17) impressively testify to the musical quality of Munich orchestras. A highlight of rock music is Rockavaria (May 27 – 29). The festival first took place in 2015 with mega acts such as Metallica, Kiss and Muse and will go into its second round in the Olympic Park this year. The first headliners announced for the second instalment of the festival are Iron Maiden.
Actors, media professionals and movie buffs meet at the 34th MUNICH FILM FESTIVAL (June 23 – July 2), the second largest film festival in Germany after the one in Berlin, where they present international novelties and exchange ideas in a relaxed atmosphere.
Munich beer has always been synonymous with unadulterated enjoyment: For 500 years beer has been brewed in Bavaria, and thus also in the Bavarian capital city, without any chemistry or additives. Reason enough also for Munich’s guests to convince themselves of its quality during the beer festival which is celebrated between July 22 and 24 in the city center.
Background information on the Purity Law will be provided within the framework of three exhibitions about this topic at the Stadtmuseum (April 8, 2016 – January 8, 2017), at the Jewish Museum (Apr. 13, 2016 – Jan. 8, 2017) and at the Bier- und Oktoberfest Museum.
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