A new initiative, VARIOUS OTHERS, is currently making waves in the German art scene as its second edition is set to open this weekend on Thursday 12 September. VARIOUS OTHERS initiates cooperative and international art projects in galleries, off spaces and museums in Munich over the duration of one month, with a finely curated program inviting art lovers and art friends to explore the art gems of the Bavarian capital.
One of the honorary board members is Sarah Haugeneder, manager of exhibitions and public programming for Espace Louis Vuitton München with whom we talked about the initiative and what else you shouldn’t miss when in town:
Photo: Christian Kain
1. Why to Travel to Munich for the Arts this September?
Summer is not over yet – the most northern “Italian” city welcomes you with international relevant institutions, a fantastic gallery program and a vivid art scene including off spaces and project spaces. Get a glimpse of it or make a deep dive into it if you have a larger time budget and get a fantastic overview of both contemporary and historical art within 3 days before Oktoberfest madness starts!
Photo: Gunnar Lillehammer (from left to right: Tim Geißler Galerie Jahn und Jahn), Sarah Haugeneder (Espace Louis Vuitton), Johannes Sperling (SPERLING)
2. Highlights of Various Others You Better Don’t Miss?
Don’t miss the performance of Gregor Hildebrandt (Sep 13, 5pm at Ludwig Beck department store in its world famous music division on the 5th floor), afterwards head towards the opening of all the participating galleries from 6 to 9 pm, which are showcasing exhibitions with international partners from China, USA, GB, Portugal amongst others. After a dinner break join us from 11pm onwards at BLITZ Club. After a performance of Magic Islands we will dance with you all night long.
On Saturday, Sep 14, 7pm attend the panel discussions at Museum Brandhorst “Various Others Models” after having visited the galleries and off space you missed the day before. Please find our full program below:: https://www.variousothers.com/events
Sculpture. Exhibition view Deborah Schamoni:
KAYA (Kerstin Brätsch and Debo Eilers), Take Hell-Raiser (black), 2019, Kartell lamp epoxy, glass stones, drawn glass, 32 x 17 x 28 cm
3. Where to See Art?
Definitely all VARIOUS OTHERS participating galleries are worth visiting, make your choice according to the program!
Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle as one of the most established gallery and program (Thomas Struth, Andreas Gursky, Jeff Wall, Candida Höfer) never stopping discovering and exhibiting young talents, as well as Deborah Schamoni with her very international, edgy and young artist representations (Judith Hopf, “Preis of Nationalgalerie 2019” nominated Flaka Haliti, Amalia Ulman, Tobias Spichtig, KAYA) have to be visited.
Lenbachhaus with its wonderful collection of the “Blaue Reiter” in the historical Villa and their contemporary collection next to it is a must see (Senga Nengudi solo presentation opens at Sep 17).
Alte Pinakothek is heaven on earth for art lovers – Dürer, Rubens, Rembrandt and many others. A place to get lost!
And you shouldn’t miss the opening of Diamond Stingily (Sep 20) at Kunstverein München – the first exhibition curated by the newly appointed director Maurin Dietrich.
- Private Museums
A must see is definitely the renowned Goetz Collection, located close to the northern part of the English Garden. Take a bike ride there to see the iconic Herzog and de Meuron Museum (opened in 1990) building as well as the exhibitions showcasing the collection.
If you want to escape the city and also experience the stunning Bavarian countryside, make a trip to Stiftung Nantesbuch (Bad Heilbrunn): a foundation that focuses on the value of nature and art.
- Off Spaces
Loggia, Lothringer13_Florida, Ruine and Fructa are the most relevant ones in Munich. Follow their program and support them!
Work from Galerie Christine Mayer:
Trevor Shimizu, Posey Bear, 2018, Oil on Canvas, 76,5 x 55,5cm. Courtesy and Copyright the artist and Galerie Christine Mayer
4. Where to Have the Best…
- Girls Night Out
Get your blow dry at AMBA Hair, head to Dinner at Brasserie Chez Fritz, the Drunken Dragon or – if you are a sushi lover – to Izakaya. Have a Gin Basil Smash at The High and dance until the morning at Bar Charlie (official opening Party of Various Others there at Sep 14, 11 pm with Oda Haliti on the turntables). Don’t miss to put your name on the mailing list of the offsite parties of HYTOP – maybe you are lucky enough to visit Munich when one of those is happening.
- Art Shopping Break
All time favorite for a lunch break (menu changes every day) or an early apero is Schumann’s Tagesbar (closes at 7pm). For a coffee break go to the concept store Soisblessed – even during your break at their lovely day bar you can have a glance of their fashion and interior offer. To escape the city center and breath a bit of french savoir vivre take a 15 min walk to Cafe Dukatz (Klenzestraße) and taste their fantastic eclairs.
Definitely worth a try, the Weißwurst from the butcher Bauch. Get it there early in the morning and prepare it yourself (put it in hot – not boiling – water) and enjoy it with the original Händlmaier sweet mustard before 12am.
If you don’t have the chance to make the Weißwurst yourself go to Franziskaner. In case you show up after 12, I recommend to get a Leberkässemmel as alternative at this traditional place. Don’t sit down, just walk directly into their kitchen and get it there.
- Art Detox
For a “lunch break art detox” book a treatment at Aiyasha Spa – directly in the city centre. To get a break from the exhibitions for a few hours, relax at the Hamam (either Mathilden Hamam or Hamam Anatolia) and get a soap sud massage on a hot stone. And if you want to enjoy one day off visit the Monte Mare sauna and refresh yourself with a splash into the lake Tegernsee after your sauna session.
LOUIS Hotel next to Viktualienmarkt with beautiful designed rooms and a fantastic vegan breakfast.
If you like it cosy and close to the Munich Nightlife, sleep at Pension at Gärtnerplatz.
Detail from art installation currently shown at Kunstverein Munich: Diamond Stingily, Doing the Best I Can, 2019, Installation view, CCA Wattis Institute. Courtesy of the artist; Queer Thoughts