MUNICH RE—A contemporary art partnership

Over the next three years, the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, Munich, will partner with the insurance group Munich Re.
We are very pleased that Munich Re devotes energy and resources to the presentation and communication of contemporary art in Munich. Curators from both institutions will work together on substantial issues and develop a range of exhibition, education, publication, and event formats at the Lenbachhaus with financial support from Munich Re.

As part of our partnership with Munich Re, we will create a new curatorial position. The “Munich Re traineeship for the promotion of young scholars” will be established for a period of three years as a pilot scheme designed to close the gap between academic education and the demands of professional practice. An art historian will receive training both at the Lenbachhaus and at the Munich Re Art Collection. He or she will thus enjoy a unique opportunity to become familiar with the operations of a traditional publicly funded art institution as well as a private corporation and its art collection.

In keeping with the Lenbachhaus’s guiding principles and Munich Re’s corporate citizenship concept, the cooperation will emphasize projects dedicated to the communication of contemporary culture and critical debate on issues of social relevance. The partners believe that the projects to be developed should emphasize novel and stimulating ideas rather than generally accepted ones. We will seek to communicate the substance of our work in a vigorous and sustainable fashion and decidedly hope to inspire a lively debate with the public.

There are manifold parallels between the Munich Re Art Collection and the Lenbachhaus’s own collection with its triple focus on the nineteenth century, modernist works, and contemporary art. To initiate our cooperation with a visible symbolic gesture, the Lenbachhaus and Munich Re exchanged works of art on mutual loan.

The Lenbachhaus received Rudolf Belling’s bronze sculpture “Triad” (1919; cast in 1969/70) from the Munich Re Art Collection. In “Triad,” Belling created the first nonfigurative and abstract sculpture in the German-speaking cultural sphere, a groundbreaking work of avant-garde art. The loan complements our holdings of figurative art by Belling. To the Lenbachhaus, an institution committed to the path of abstraction charted by Kandinsky, the arrival of this pioneering work of abstract sculpture is a major boon.The Munich Re Art Collection conversely received Joseph Beuys’s “Capri Battery” on loan. As a multiple, the work is the vehicle of an idea and an object whose serial quality allows it to reach large audiences, representing the flow of energies.

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