The Städtische Galerie in Lenbachhaus has entered into a collaboration with Munich Re on contemporary art | 2013
Since April 2013, Joseph Beuys' "Capri-Batterie" has been on
exhibit in the reception area in Munich Re's Main Building in
Königinstrasse in Munich. The work of the
artist, who died in 1986, is on loan from the
Städtische Galerie in Lenbachhaus, and is
thus a visible gesture symbolising the launch of the
In keeping with the guiding principles of the Lenbachhaus and the
corporate citizenship concept of Munich Re, the collaboration will
focus on projects devoted to the communication of contemporary
culture and critically address relevant social issues. The
partnership between Lenbachhaus and Munich Re has initially been
concluded for three years. The curators of the two institutions
will work together on its contents and devise various formats for
exhibitions, teaching, publications and events, which Munich Re
will also support financially.
In addition, Munich Re will create a research position. The Munich
Re traineeship for promoting young scientists is a trial model
aimed at bridging the gap between academic training and
occupational qualifications. For the duration of the collaboration,
an art historian will be trained simultaneously at Lenbachhaus and
in the Munich Re Art Collection. This presents a unique opportunity
for the trainee to become acquainted with both a publicly financed
traditional art institution, and a corporation and its art
Rudolf Belling's "Dreiklang" in the Städtische Galerie in Lenbachhaus.
Photo: Orla Connolly
Matthias Mühling, Head of Collections of the Städtische Galerie in Lenbachhaus and Director as from 2014, and Nikolaus von Bomhard, Chairman of Munich Re’s Board of Management, sealing the partnership at the reopening of the Städtische Galerie in Lenbachhaus in May 2013.
A symbol of this partnership is also visible in Lenbachhaus: the
abstract bronze, "Dreiklang" by Rudolf Belling from the
Munich Re Art Collection.
With his work, Belling created the first non-figurative, abstract
sculpture in German-speaking cultural spheres, putting him at the
forefront of avant-garde around 1920. For the
Städtische Galerie in Lenbachhaus, with its
commitment to abstraction in the meaning of Kandinsky, it is a
great asset – as is Joseph
Beuys‘ "Capri-Batterie" for Munich Re. The
sculpture exchange has now been planned for one year.
To launch the collaboration: the sculpture exchange in April 2013. Matthias Mühling, Head of Collections of the Städtische Galerie in Lenbachhaus and Director as from 2014, Susanne Ehrenfried, Curator of the Munich Re Art Collection, and Astrid Zwick, Head of Corporate Responsibility at Munich Re.