The exhibition “FAVORITES: New Art from Munich” has been opened tonight, July 25, 2016 with a shortened opening because the Bavarian capital has announced a week of mourning following the events of the past weekend.
Munich boasts a long history as a birthplace of great art. The city entered the twentieth century when the Blue Rider appeared on the scene; after the devastations of World War II, it reemerged as a vital place of artistic and political debates, thanks in no small part to the artists’ group SPUR, whose works mark the point of departure for the new installation of art after 1945 at the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus. The teachers and students of the Academy of Fine Arts exemplify the ways in which developments in the local arts scene resonated in the international art world. Part of the Lenbachhaus’s mission is to present contemporary art made in Munich at regular intervals.
The new exhibition “FAVORITES: New Art from Munich” seeks to capture the scene’s atmosphere in a representative selection. Nurtured by the local Academy of Fine Arts, a new generation of young artists seems to be taking the lead in contemporary art in Munich, with stylistic innovations that may also manifest a different mindset—the show will explore this nascent shift in depth. Hoping to launch an initiative that other art institutions in Munich may seize on, the curators have undertaken extensive research before selecting twelve artists from different generations who they believe embody the essence of the local young arts scene. The selection will not be intended as a normative choice, but rather as the attempt to distill the prevailing mood among the city’s creative spirits.
During the exhibition, the participating artists, as well as the curators and guest authors will create a blogsite, which is both an extension and documantation of "FAVORITES III". There are also going to be guided tours of the exhibition on Sun, July 31, August 7, August 21, September 18, September 25, October 2, October 16, October 23 and October 30, at 2pm.
Artists: ANDREAS CHWATAL, BABYLONIA CONSTANTINIDES, ROBERT CROTLA, HEDWIG EBERLE, BEATE ENGL, PHILIPP GUFLER, FLAKA HALITI, FLORIAN HUTH, STEPHAN JANITZKY, ANNA MCCARTHY, CARSTEN NOLTE, FRANZ WANNER
Curated by Eva Huttenlauch and Stephanie Weber.