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May 30 – July 30, 2017
different places throughout the city

During Charles Simonds stay in Munich he is creating Dwellings throughout the city for his own imaginary civilization – the Little People. Since 1970 Simonds has been constructing Dwelling places for the Little People who are migrating through streets of neighborhoods of cities throughout the world. Each Dwelling tells part of the story of the lives of these people, where they go, what they do how they live and what they believe.

From May 30, to July 30, 2017 Charles Simonds creates different Dwellings all over the city of Munich. Did you find a Dwelling? Send us your picture via Facebook!

Curated by Beate Engl, Luise Horn (Kunstraum München), and Stephanie Weber (Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus).

Book Presentation and Talk

Dwelling Munich: A project by Charles Simonds and young locals in shop windows and the nooks and crannies of Munich
with Charles Simonds, Beate Engl and Stephanie Weber
Thu, November 30, 2017, 7pm
Free admission

The Little People have accompanied the New York-based artist Charles Simonds for decades. He has been constructing miniature dwelling places out of unfired clay for this imaginary civilization in neighborhoods allover the world. Together with Simonds and as part of his project entitled Dwelling Munich young people from Munich have created their own fantasy landscapes between May and September of this year.

In mid-May, a first open-air workshop with students of the Gisela-Gymnasium took place at Habsburger Platz. At the Technical University of Munich (TUM) architecture students and kids from the Wittelsbacher Gymnasium worked together on their dwelling places for the Little People; in Hasenbergl students of the Willy-Brandt-Gesamtschule built a landscape in the window of the neighborhood's Municipal Library. In an exhibition that took place at the local nonprofit Kunstraum in July of this year, all the students's landscapes were brought together in one big collective Dwelling. Currently, the Dwelling built by teenagers of the Carl-August-Heckscher-Schule can be viewed around the clock in the window of the kbo-Heckscher Klinikum at Deisenhofener Str. 28. Don't miss it!

During his sojourns in Munich, Simonds has built his individual Dwellings around town: at Giesinger Bahnhof, it disappeared after a couple of days while the Dwellings at Nikolaiplatz, at Schwanthalerstraße and Freudstraße might still be there. Let us know if you come across them.

At Lenbachhaus Charles Simonds, Beate Engl and Stephanie Weber will talk about the experience of Dwelling Munich. The eponymous publication, launched that day, can be purchased during the evening.

For further information about the project, please click here.

A project from the series Kunst im öffentlichen Raum – ein Programm des Kulturreferats der Landeshauptstadt München.

In collaboration with Kunstraum München, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München, the Chair of Visual Arts at the Department of Architecture at the Technical University of Munich, the Municipal Library Hasenbergl, the Cultural Center Giesinger Bahnhof, the diner »Alles Wurscht«, Gisela-Gymnasium, Willy-Brandt-Gesamtschule, Wittelsbacher Gymnasium, and Carl-August-Heckscher-Schule.



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