Art Highlights in Spring 2023 Exhibition Recommendations for Munich

Tuesday, January 31 2023

From virtual time travel to antiquity to modern pop culture: Munich's museum landscape will once again offer a wealth of exhibitions worth seeing and fascinating work shows in 2023.

Whether sculpture, object or painting: our top 4 exhibitions for the new year show you which genres, epochs and artists will make a particular splash this year.

Click on the orange marked names to find out more about the individual locations!


Neues Licht aus Pompeji

How aesthetic and mystical at the same time the play of light and shadow, brightness and darkness can be is shown by the exhibition Neues Licht aus Pompeji in the Munich Collection of Classical Antiquities (which, by the way, also houses a great café!).

Among the 180 bronze originals from the lost Roman city at the foot of the Vesuvius volcano are lamp sculptures and previously unknown finds from the National Archaeological Museum in Naples. They give visitors an insight into the art of Roman lighting and the nightlife of the ancient world.

This can be particularly experienced in the "Virtual Triclinium" room. There, with the help of VR glasses, you can immerse yourself in the world of yesteryear and experience artificial light in Pompeii. 

Charming: the exhibition also includes modern works by the Munich lighting designer Ingo Maurer and makes references to contemporary lighting design.

Neues Licht aus Pompeji.
Until 02 April 2023 at the Staatliche Antikensammlung Munich

Staatliche Antikensammlungen und Glyptothek | 
Katharina-von-Bora-Straße 10 | 80333 Mü

Philip Treacy, London, um 2010 © Bayerisches Nationalmuseum Foto Bastian Krack

Heads up - Hats, Hoods, Hip Hop Caps

The Bavarian National Museum near the English Garden, known as the treasure house on the Eisbach wave, is currently offering a foray into the cultural history of headwear.

The exhibition Heads Up shows around 250 hats, bonnets, caps, veils and other headwear from the Middle Ages to the present day - and runs until the end of April 2023.

Highlights: the headgear of fairytale king Ludwig II and modern designer hats made by Dior, Saint Laurent, as well as unique pieces by Philip Treacy - shrill and beautiful at the same time!

Heads Up - Hats, Hoods, Hip Hop Caps.
Until 30 April 2023 in the Bavarian National Museum

Bayerisches Nationalmuseum | 
Prinzregentenstraße 3 | 80538 Mü

Dante Gabriel Rossetti Venus Verticordia, 1864-1868 Öl auf Leinwand, 81,3 x 68 cm Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

Flowers Forever - Flowers in Art and Culture

Red roses as a symbol of love, lilies as a sign of mourning: flowers have always had their own language and expressiveness.

The new exhibition Flowers Forever at the Kunsthalle München tells the story of how flowers evolved from a status symbol to a mass and decorative product.

With objects from art, design, fashion and natural science, the floral exhibition is the first of its kind to focus on the art and cultural history of flowers from antiquity to the present day.

Flowers Forever - Flowers in Art and Culture.
03 February - 27 August 2023 at the Kunsthalle München

Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung | 
Theatinerstraße 8 | 80333 Mü

Nicole Eisenman, The Darkward Trail, 2018 © Nicole Eisenman. Courtesy die Künstlerin und Hauser & Wirth

Nicole Eisenman. What happened

Queerness meets pop culture: New York artist Nicole Eisenman is considered a sensitive, humorous enlightener of her time. She knows how to pay homage and, at the same time, criticise her own subject.

For the first time, the Museum Brandhorst is showing the entire spectrum of Nicole Eisenman's work in painting and sculpture, which spans three decades. 

She contrasts the traditions of European painting history with queerness and pop culture. She playfully transforms ideal-typical body images into gigantic and grotesque sculptures. And everyday situations are portrayed in a humorous and, at the same time, compassionate way.

Nicole Eisenman. What Happened.
24 March - 10 September 2023 at Museum Brandhorst

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