Must-See Munich Museum Exhibitions This Spring

NS-Dokumentationzentrum | © Roanna Mottershead
Photo of Roanna Mottershead
26 April 2017

With over 80 museums to choose from, there’s always something new to see and learn in Munich. With special exhibitions changing all the time, Culture Trip has pinpointed the top exhibits you need to see this spring. Whether you’re into minimalist paintings, modern jewellery, or the energy challenge, there’s an exhibition for you.

Wade Guyton – Das New York Atelier

Until April 30, 2017

The striking Museum Brandhorst is featuring this new series of paintings as a whole for the first time. Guyton’s base in New York heavily influences his works, and you’ll see pictures of his studio and snaps of The New York Times thrown in amongst more abstract symbols, letters and stripes. Usually known for his monochromatism, this collection is more diverse, including over 30 pictures on linen, some drawings, and two video projections. Catch it quick – it’s only running until the end of April.

Museum Brandhorst, Theresienstraße 35a, 80333 Munich, Germany, +49 89 238052286


Until June 08, 2017

The moving and often shocking NS-Dokumentationszentrum is currently hosting a special exhibition – situated on the first floor – on anti-Semitic and racist stickers from 1880 to today. The displays make a simple yet powerful point: though something as small as a sticker may seem harmless, they can help familiarise and integrate racial prejudices into everyday life, almost normalising them. It’s a bilingual exhibition with captions and quotes in both English and German. Entrance is free for all museum visitors; the rest of the museum is well worth a visit as well.

NS-Dokumentationszentrum, Brienner Str. 34, 80333 Munich, Germany, +49 89 23367000

NS-Dokumentationzentrum © Roanna Mottershead

NS-Dokumentationzentrum | © Roanna Mottershead | © Roanna Mottershead

Tone Vigeland: Jewelry – Object – Sculpture

Until June 11, 2017

The design museum section of the Pinakothek der Moderne is hosting a unique opportunity to see Tone Vigeland’s work. Sometimes known as the ‘grand dame’ of Scandinavian jewellery, this will be Vigeland’s first solo exhibition in Europe outside of Scandinavia. When it comes to jewellery, the 80-year-old has an eye for strong geometric patterns, often in stark monochrome metals. You’ll be able to see 150 of her designs as well as other objects and sculptures this spring.

Pinakothek der Moderne, Barer Str. 27, 29 & 40, 80333 Munich, Germany, +49 89 23805360

© Pinakothek der Moderne

Korea: Design + Poster

Until June 18, 2017

Over at the Pinakothek der Moderne, there’s the opportunity to be transported to Korea this spring. Korea: Design + Poster explores modern Korean craftsmanship and the philosophies behind it through the lens of design. Featuring the stories behind everyday items we now take for granted, such as the camera, it’s a collection of both industrial and handmade objects pulled from the design museum’s extensive collection. Together, they showcase what design means in and to Korea.

Pinakothek der Moderne, Barer Str. 40, 80333 Munich, Germany, +49 89 23805360


Until August 19, 2018

Looking for a thought-provoking exhibition? Head over to the imposing Deutsches Museum for their special exhibition on energy. Keeping the question of how we’ll meet our energy needs of the future in mind, the exhibit covers a whopping 1,000 square metres (10,764 square feet) of space. It’s both interactive and educational, covering everything from how energy is generated and distributed to who are the global stakeholders in energy production. There are plenty of different formats too, and you’ll be able to experiment with models, watch demonstrations, and interact with media stations dotted throughout the exhibition.

Deutsches Museum, Museumsinsel 1, 80538 Munich, Germany, +89 21 79 1

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