Tollwood 2015

© Markus Dlouhy

Next Week in Munich – FilmFest, Tollwood & Kunstwochenende

Concert venues seem to have quietened down for the end of June, and there aren’t many individual gigs on. There is however, a whole lot else going on – a film festival, summer Tollwood and the Munich Art Weekend are all providing you with heaps of arts and culture.

Tollwood starts on Wednesday, signalling the start of summer proper in Munich. The full list of concerts is available here, and I’ll be posting more in detail in the coming days, but the big gig this week is German rapper Kollegah.

Also launching on Wednesday, the Rampenlichter is a dance and theatre festival in the Schwere Reiter designed especially for children. It will run until July 04, and you can catch dance performances, plays and improv (very brave!) over the course of the week.

On Thursday, the Lenbachhaus will launch the very first retrospective dedicated to French-Argentinian artist Lea Lublin. The Lenbachhaus are restoring several of the artist’s works at present, and the gallery hopes to introduce her work to a wider audience. The exhibition will feature her photographs, drawings, wall installations and videos, with a particular focus on her interest in dialogue and confrontation.

The annual FilmFest starts on Friday, and will run for just over a week, until July 4. If you’re still not sure what to watch, check out the full program online here. I particularly recommend Embrace of the Serpent, a Colombian film about colonialization and traditions:

In cooperation with Munich’s FilmFest, the Museum Brandhorst will host a Warhol exhibition from Saturday until the autumn. Many Warhol movies will be screened at the FilmFest, and the exhibition’s a perfect accompaniment to that.

Also on Friday, the Pinakothek der Moderne will launch an exhibition dedicated to Swiss artist Zilla Leutenegger. Alongside installations, the artist will also show brand new sculptures and prints, and the artist herself will also host a workshop for young people aged 17-22 over the course of the exhibition.

Zilla Leutenegger: Pinakothek der Moderne
© Zilla Leutenegger

The Haus der Kunst are launching a fabulous exhibition focused on 1980s German subculture on Friday. The Genial Dilletantes exhibition takes its name from a 1981 deliberately misspelled concert in Berlin, and focuses on a period of upheaval in Germany – the emergence of record labels, the use of electronic equipment in music-making, and lots of new galleries and clubs. Originally planned as a Goethe Institut touring exhibition, it’s been expanded considerably for the Haus der Kunst. It’s on until October 11, and should definitely go on your “to do” list for the summer.

Over the weekend, Munich hosts its annual Kunstwochenende, celebrating the city’s art and culture scene. The program’s available online, but if you’re planning on some city flânerie this weekend, it might be easier to grab a leaflet from one of the participating galleries. The warm-up party‘s being held at Lost Weekend on Wednesday, hosted by new art mag Reflektor M. Over the weekend, talks, book launches and vernissages will be held. Director of the Espace Louis Vuitton Munich, Anja Kaehny, will be giving a guided tour of the Cory Arcangel : Be the first of your friends exhibition, there will be guided tours of the Lea Lublin retrospective at the Lenbachhaus and the Museum Brandhorst will also host Warhol-related events within the scope of the art weekend.

And if all this art’s too much for you, head to Giesing, where Giesinger Bräu will host a street festival and barbecue behind the brewery.

Have a great week, folks!

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