Exhibition Documentation 1990—1999

Here you will find the exhibitions of the 1990s. Following the renovation of the building, 1992 marked the establishment of the "Stiftung Haus der Kunst GmbH”, which was based on the model of public and private funding. Its first director, Christoph Vitali, was appointed in 1993; his opening exhibition, "Elan vital. Das Auge des Eros" [Elan vital. The Eye of Eros], was exemplary for a program that centered on Modernism while simultaneously considering selected positions of contemporary art.


Mike Kelley — Catholic Preferences.

11.02 – 17.04.95

Mike Kelley has with his installations and performances driven a thorn into the flesh of contemporary American art. More


Serious Games — The spirit of Romanticism in German art 1790-1990

04.02 – 01.05.95

The exhibition presents German Romanticism as the beginning of modern art in Germany and the artistic avant-garde since 1900 as the second age of Romanticism. More


Brassai — From Surrealism to the Informal

21.01 – 26.03.95

The photographs of Gyula Halász, who called himself Brassaï, lead us into the Paris of the 1930s, where he initially worked as a journalist and later, inspired by his acquaintance with his idol Eugène Atget, became a self-taught art photographer.More


Per Kirkeby — Anticipation of the North Pole

16.11.94 – 15.01.95

The exhibition was developed in cooperation with the "Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin" – which, in its annual November edition No. 46, presented a kind of graphic novel consisting of a cycle of pastel drawings that the artist created especially for the publication.More


Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry 1853–1919

18.11.94 – 29.01.95

Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry (1853–1919) is considered one of the greatest Hungarian artists and one of the most original painters of his time. More


A Keen Eye — Contemporary Art in Munich

10.09 – 30.10.94

With the title "Scharf in Schauen" ("A Keen Eye") – a quote from Lion Feuchtwanger's novel "Success" – Haus der Kunst has devoted an exhibition to contemporary art in Munich.More


Roy Lichtenstein — The Retrospective

14.10.94 – 08.01.95

Lichtenstein, like Andy Warhol, has been regarded as a founder of Pop Art, the path for which had been paved by Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns. More


Réserve du Patron — From Gauguin to Baselitz

08.07 – 28.08.94



Elan Vital, or the Erotic Eye

– 14.08.94

As a reflection of the concept of life as a unified yet ramified flow, the exhibition thematically explores the phenomenon of organic abstraction in Kandinsky, Klee, Arp, Miró, and Calder from 1920 to 1945. More


Jenny Holzer. Where women are dying, I am wide awake.

16.11 – 12.12.93

Haus der Kunst presents the works on paper from the series "Where Women Are Dying I Am Wide Awake" by the American conceptual artist created for edition No. 46 of "Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin". More


Resistance — Thought Pictures for the Future

11.12.93 – 20.02.94

In times of increasing nationalist tendencies, the National Gallery of Modern Art and Haus der Kunst felt obligated to take a stand, which found its expression in this collaborative exhibition.More


Wounds of Memory

06.05 – 28.05.95

With "Wounds of Memory", organized on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the liberation from Nazi dictatorship, Haus der Kunst wanted to draw attention to the war's horrific banality. More


The Glory of the Farnese

02.06 – 27.08.95

The rise of the Italian noble family Farnese began in 1493 with Alessandro Farnese's appointment as cardinal and later when he became Pope Paul III. More


The Never–Seen Works of the Barnes Collection

23.06 – 22.10.95

The legendary collection of modern art that Alfred C. Barnes amassed and housed in his private museum in Merion, Pennsylvania, is presented for the first time to an international audience as a major traveling exhibition. More


Pierrot — Melancholy and the Mask

06.01.70 – 03.12.95

The melancholy comic figure Pierrot has fascinated artists for nearly 400 years. The multifaceted character, is the focus of this exhibition, attesting to its continued relevance today. More


Well on its Way — Current Art in Munich

08.11.95 – 21.01.96

Second exhibition of the series that presents positions, each of which stand for a specific range of the city's artistic production. More


Sigmar Polke — Bulletproof Holidays

17.11.95 – 21.01.96

To coincide with the publication of "Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin" issue No. 46, Haus der Kunst presented the original works on paper from the photo story, supplementing them with recent works on paper. More


Corot, Courbet and the Barbizon Painters

04.02 – 21.04.96

Two-hundred and fifty paintings, watercolors, drawings, and graphic works attest to a new perception of nature, which laid the foundations for Impressionist and Modernist painting in Europe. More


Frank Stella — The Retrospective

10.02 – 21.04.96

Frank Stella is a classic artist of the second half of the twentieth century. In the advancement of abstraction, Stella is a radical reformer.More


Carl Philipp Fohr

25.04 – 20.07.97

Carl Philipp Fohr (1795–1818) is one of the most important artists of German Romanticism and is considered the epitome of the precocious artist.More


Frantisek Kupka and Otto Gutfreund — Two Pioneers of Modernism

15.05 – 20.07.97

The exhibition presents more than 200 works by Kupka from all of his creative phases. Kupka's symphonies of color are juxtaposed with 18 bronze sculptures by Otto Gutfreund.More


Deep Storage — Arsenals of Memory

03.08 – 12.10.97

The exhibition presents the works of more than 40 internationally renowned artists from three generations in which they explore collecting and archiving objects and the storing information in various ways. More


Master Drawings of the Age of Goethe

06.09 – 09.11.97

The exhibition refers to the two artistic temperaments and counterpoints that frame the era around 1800 in the German-speaking world and that are represented by central works in the collection. More


Ellsworth Kelly. Retrospective

17.10.97 – 20.01.98

Ellsworth Kelly is a part of the generation that went beyond Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s and developed a new pictorial language. More


Joel Shapiro

24.10.97 – 18.01.98

Joel Shapiro is among the most important contemporary American sculptors. Eleven of the artist's works will be shown at Haus der Kunst, illustrating his development from 1993 to 1997. More


Julião Sarmento

24.10.97 – 18.01.98

Julião Sarmento is regarded as one of the most important contemporary Portuguese artists. With close to 80 paintings, the exhibition at Haus der Kunst offers an overview of his work to date.More


Christian Boltanski — Lost in Munich

14.11.97 – 11.01.98

The installation, created for Haus der Kunst in collaboration with Edition No. 46 of the "Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin", leads exhibition visitors to a temporary branch of Munich's lost and found office. More


Albert Renger-Patzsch — Retrospective

01.02 – 13.04.98

Alongside August Sander and Karl Blossfeld, Albert Renger-Patzsch (1897–1966) is one of the most important representatives of photography in Germany.More


Symbolism in England 1860-1910

01.02 – 26.04.98

Symbolism arose around 1860 thanks to a newly awakened enthusiasm for psychology and fantasy, and became a cultural phenomenon throughout Europe.More


A Journey to the Unknown

06.02 – 03.05.98

Munich is the crossroads at which the threads of the artistic biographies and evolutionary lines of Arnold Böcklin, Giorgio de Chirico, and Max Ernst converge.More


Berlin — Capital of the Republic

24.04 – 12.07.98

Shortly after the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961, the 22-year-old photographer Bernard Larsson moved to East Berlin. He lived there until 1968 and, using his Swedish passport, worked as a "wall jumper" for Western television and magazines, including "Stern" magazine, a German newsweekly.More


Emil Schumacher — Retrospective

08.05 – 12.07.98

The paintings of Emil Schumacher (1912–1999) are considered a high point in German postwar art.More


Venus and Mars

23.07 – 11.10.98

The famous Medieval Housebook is a unique collection of handwritten texts on practical issues and splendid drawings illustrating various events.More


Expressionists. The Buchheim Collection

29.07 – 18.10.98

In the center of the exhibition are works by the great Expressionists, such as Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Erich Heckel, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, and Max Pechstein.More


Lyonel Feininger

01.11.98 – 24.01.99

The first comprehensive retrospective of Lyonel Feininger's paintings follows the career of the artist, who was born in 1871 in New York, lived in Germany for 50 years and returned to the United States under pressure from the Nazi dictatorship.More


The Night

01.11.98 – 14.02.99

This exhibition traces the development of the night image in Western painting between the fifteenth and twentieth centuries. More


Angelika Kauffmann

07.02 – 18.04.99

Angelika Kauffmann received an unusually broad education for a girl at that time. When she was 12, Kauffmann painted her first self-portrait and received her first portrait commissions.More


Art Beyond Borders

07.03 – 30.05.99

"Art beyond borders" is an appropriate description for the Swiss Josef Müller's collection, which is one of the most important private art collections in the world. More


Shift I: The Dream of the Ego

30.04 – 24.05.99

"Shift" presents the approach of younger contemporary artists who work with existing situations. An installation by Sabrina HohmannMore


Mythos Weimar

15.05 – 27.06.99

On the occasion of poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's 250th birthday in 1998, the photographer Ute Klophaus walked around Weimar in the poet's tracks and created a portrait of the city.More


Shift II: Links of a Broken Chain

29.05 – 20.06.99

"Shift" presents the approach of younger contemporary artists who work with existing situations. An installation by Christoph BrechMore


Max Ernst — The Retrospective

12.05 – 12.09.99

Max Ernst is one of the most enigmatic artists of the twentieth century. The retrospective focuses on Ernst's role as a media artist. More


It Doesn't Always Have to be Rembrandt

02.07 – 01.08.99

On the occasion of its ninetieth anniversary in 1999, the Kunsthistorisches Institut München (Art History Institute) exhibits its impressive collection of prints at Haus der Kunst.More


Three Windows — Hommage à Robert Lax

06.08 – 26.09.99

The American poet Robert Lax is one of the last of a generation of modernist poets that included figures like Dylan Thomas, T. S. Eliot, and Allen Ginsberg.More


Odysseus — Myth and Memory

01.10.99 – 23.01.00

At the turn of the millennium, Haus der Kunst presents four exhibitions – covering antiquity, the Renaissance, modern, and contemporary art.More


Paul Klee — In the Mask of Myth

01.10.99 – 09.01.00

The exhibition presents an overview of Paul Klee's complete oeuvre and offers a new perspective on Klee's approach to depicting mythological creatures and simultaneously hiding himself behind them – as if behind a mask.More


TALK. Show

08.10.99 – 09.01.00

The title "TALK.Show" refers to the conversation format from the kind of entertainment programmes we know from television. The literal meaning includes the aspects that are key to the exhibition: "Speaking.showing". More


Leonardo da Vinci: Joseph Beuys

15.10.99 – 09.01.00

Two of the most influential artists of all times in dialogue: Leonardo da Vinci and Joseph Beuys.More


The Second Face

14.02 – 27.04.97

As a collection of African sculpture, the Barbier-Mueller Collection documents the Dark Continent in all its creative richness as hardly any other museum does. More


Francis Bacon

01.11.96 – 26.01.97

Following the Second World War Francis Bacon became the most important innovator of figurative painting. In an era dominated by Abstract Expressionism and Informel, he concentrated entirely on the reinterpretation of the human being.More


Richard Prince

15.11.96 – 06.01.97

Richard Prince first achieved success with "re-photographed" images from the media, which – as with his "Cowboy" series – adopt motifs from the consumer world and stylize these into myths.More


Hughie O'Donoghue

10.01 – 11.02.97

Like Francis Bacon before him, Hughie O'Donoghue concentrates on the human body, its carnality, vulnerability and sensual power. More


Lovis Corinth — Retrospective

04.05 – 21.07.96

It was in this ambivalent position between tradition and modernity that the rich diversity of Corinth's work unfolded, with its wide range of subjects.More


Michail Wrubel

08.05 – 20.07.97

Michail Wrubel is considered a key figure of Russian Symbolism, whose struggles with himself and his work made him legendary during his own lifetime. More


Richard Lindner

07.02 – 27.04.97

Richard Lindner fled the Nazi dictatorship and left Germany in 1933. In the 1940s, he developed – diametrically opposed to avant-garde trends – his unsettling oeuvre. More


The Russian Avant-Garde

10.05 – 04.08.96

Costakis initially bought artworks from impoverished collectors; beginning in 1946, he focused on the Russian avant-garde, which had had its heyday in the years surrounding the 1917 revolution.More


Dance in Modernism — From Matisse to Schlemmer

07.02 – 27.04.97

Early 20th century artists were avid patrons of vaudeville and exotic dance performances, gaining important impulses from their encounters with dance. More



24.05 – 28.07.96

Along with Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Otto Umbehr, known as Umbo, is considered to be one of the great photographers of the Weimar Bauhaus.More



16.11.96 – 26.01.97

In 1914 in England, a group of artists and writers evolved that – with modern theories – rebelled against the establishment and an art entangled in the Victorian spirit. More


Imi Knoebel

23.08 – 20.10.96

Born in 1940 in Dessau Imi Knoebel is one of the most important German painters of the generation after Joseph Beuys. As the artist's first major retrospective, the exhibition presents all the major phases of his work.More