Must-Visit Contemporary Art Galleries in Munich

Light Art, Munich
Light Art, Munich | ©Lieven Van Melckebeke/Flickr
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Munich is home to many artists who are garnering increased levels of attention on the international scene, which leads to a subsequently increased demand for exhibition spaces. We profile key galleries showcasing some serious German talent.

1. Galerie Sabine Knust

Galerie Sabine Knust works in tandem with the Maximilian Verlag publishing house, which means that first editions of art publications can be purchased on site. The gallery has shown the works of well known foreign artists such as Andy Warhol, Julian Schnabel, and Per Kirkeby. Sabine Knust has also worked with some of the most famous artists in the German contemporary art scene, such as Jorg Immendorf, who was a member of Neue Wilde, an anti-establishment art movement which arose in 1978. Younger, lesser-known artists also represented here include Ben Cottrell, Philip Furhofer, and Olaf Holzapfel.

Galerie Sabine Knust, Ludwigstraße 7, Munich, Germany, +49 (0)89 2916 0703

Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol | ©Andrew Moore/Flickr

2. Galerie Jo van de Loo

Jo van de Loo founded his gallery in 2011, focusing on contemporary photography and solo exhibitions. The gallery represents young German artists such as Philip Gaisser, Arno Schidlowski, and Regine Petersen, who studies the impact of meteorites through photography. Van der Loo also represents foreign artists, including UK-born and Munich-based Tim Bennett.

Galerie Jo van de Loo, Theresienstrasse 48, Munich, Germany +49 (0)89 2737 4120

3. Kunstraum München

Kunstraum is an association created in 1973 as a privately subsidized not-for-profit art club. Around 300 people from all sectors of the Munich art world finance this venue. In 1996, the gallery moved to the city center. Voluntary curators regularly choose talented artists to exhibit their work in the space; as a result, many local artists find sponsorship through Kunstraum.

Holzstrasse 10, Rgb., Munich,Germany, +49 (0)89 5437 9900

5. Matthias Jahn

School

Matthias Jahn grew up in the contemporary art scene. His father, Fred Jahn, is a well-established art dealer and gallery owner who specializes in art on paper. After studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, Matthias founded his gallery at Baaderstrasse in 1978, setting himself up in the storage rooms of the same address. Today, Matthias Jahn represents many of the artists he met at school, including Michael Biber, Ioan Grosu, and Matthias Lehrberger. Six to eight exhibitions are scheduled per year, many of which are artist collaborations.

6. Karen Wimmer Contemporary Art

University

Dr Wimmer is an art historian by training and besides setting up this gallery in 2014, she’s also a research assistant at the Ludvig Maximillian University of Munich. She is especially interested in bringing locally based artists, such as Elisabeth Wieser and Anja Buchheister, to wider attention. Her Young Art Space program showcases an ever changing roster of emerging young talent each month. Wimmer sits on the board of ARTMUC, Bavaria’s largest contempoary art fair and also advises private collectors and companies on art acquisitions.

7. Galerie Klueser

Museum

Isca Greenfield-Sanders Work at Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver
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Bernd Klueser worked with Adolf Beuys in 1970 while he was still studying law. In 1978 he opened his first gallery, and represented internationally-renowned artists such as Andy Warhol and Mimmo Paladino. The gallery has always collaborated closely with international museums, additionally involved in the publishing of art texts. Klueser published Warhol’s Lenin series, and co-authored The Art of Exhibitions – a guide to the 30 epoch-making exhibitions of the 20th century. In 2002 he opened a second gallery on Turkenstrasse, dedicated to supporting young artists such as Isca Greenfield-Sanders, Bernardi Roig, Conrad Shawcross, and Jorinde Voigt. He manages both galleries with his daughter, Julia.

8. Lothringer 13

Building, Museum

Founded in 1980, this gallery has established itself as one of the most exciting contemporary art venues in Munich. Lothringer 13 distinguishes itself through its multidisciplinary approach, and operates as a platform for the most innovative artists from all around the world to show off their talent. Social and political themes abound. In changing group exhibitions about social topics and discourses, works by emerging as well as established artists are brought into a dialogue and elaborated in a dense framework program. Lothringer13 Halle extends to the room in the front building, running a regular program of events and offering a selection of publications accompanying the current show.

9. Galerie Christine Mayer

Galerie Christine Mayer represents the Mahlergruppe Collective alongside young but high-caliber German artists such as Franka Kaßner. This up-and-coming work, presented in conjunction with internationally-established artists such as Dan Graham creates a diverse blend of artistic viewpoints. The artists represented and exhibited by the gallery work in a wide range of mediums. Artists that exhibit or take residence here work very closely with the gallery to unite their work with the space, creating a fluid relationship between the artist and curator.

Galerie Christine Mayer, Liebigstrasse 39, 80538 Munich, Germany

Dan Graham, Double Negative | ©Cecilia/Flickr

10. Weltraum

Art Gallery

This small, unpretentious gallery has one of the highest exhibition turnovers in the city. Here you can find a new exhibition almost every other week, starting with a Friday evening talk or lecture. Weltraum prides itself on giving young artists a space in which to evolve without the burden of having to pander to the commercial market or grovel for public subsidies. A bit rough and ready, Weltraum remains charming, and is well worth the detour if you’re looking for something slightly edgy or off-the-beaten-path. Join their Facebook group for updates on new exhibitions.
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