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Various Others initiative

Munich – Mecca of contemporary art

Various Others offers contemporary art a platform in autumn where not only the entire Munich cultural landscape shows what it has to offer but where internationally renowned galleries are invited to get involved, too. Here you can find out what makes Various Others so special and what highlights the programme has in store in 2022:

Various Others – the idea

Pinakothek der Moderne, Museum Brandhorst, Haus der Kunst, Lenbachhaus, Sammlung Goetz, Lothringer 13 – in terms of the sheer number and quality of exhibition venues for contemporary art, Munich is on a par with the major art hubs in Europe and indeed all over the world. For a full four weeks from 8 September to 9 October, VARIOUS OTHERS provides the unique opportunity to see and discuss the full range of international contemporary art at numerous venues throughout Munich.

Now in its fifth year, VARIOUS OTHERS has already established itself as an internationally acclaimed art event. From the very beginning, the idea was to bring together local protagonists and international galleries to pursue exhibition projects in Munich. The initiative attaches equal importance to the exchange between private galleries and public institutions as it does to promoting dialogue between the Munich art scene and the international world of art.

 in 2022, the VARIOUS OTHERS programme involves19 partner galleries from 11 countries. They enrich Munich’s offerings not least with the addition of several stars of the international art scene. Naturally, the aim is to find buyers for the works, but this highly communicative art festival is also explicitly aimed at anyone with an interest in art.

From the very beginning, the idea was to bring together local protagonists and international galleries to pursue exhibition projects in Munich.

In view of the opportunities for dialogue and the warm welcome offered by the galleries and all the other museums and art venues, as well as the outstanding quality of the exhibitions presented, a visit to Munich on this second weekend in September is highly recommended to all those interested.

In addition to exhibition openings at galleries, museums and off-spaces, the art festival offers an extensive programme of additional activities: there are talks with the artists, guided tours of exhibitions with the curators, performances, screenings, book presentations and activities in public spaces for anyone with a penchant for art.

Various Others 2022 – the programme

VARIOUS OTHERS is much appreciated for its firework display of first-class and innovative exhibitions. There are contributions from galleries in London, Berlin, Copenhagen, Tbilisi, Paris, Mexico City, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Venice, Athens, New York, Brussels and Copenhagen. The organisers are particularly pleased at the participation of the Kyiv gallery The Naked Room, whose artists’ presentation Propaganda of the Living World addresses the war atrocities in their home country.

In view of the opportunities for dialogue and the warm welcome offered by the galleries and all the other museums and art venues, as well as the outstanding quality of the exhibitions presented, a visit to Munich on this second weekend in September is highly recommended to all those interested.

On the very first evening, the most comprehensive exhibition of the work of Joan Jonas (*1936, USA) to date will open at Haus der Kunst. Her art addresses themes such as cultural rites, female role models and ecological issues.

There will be a free breakfast vernissage at the Museum Brandhorst on Saturday, 10 September at 11 am.  One of the best-known contemporary artists, Nora Turato, born in Zagreb in 1991, will present flags she has designed in front of the museum. Here, as in the rest of her work, she deals with language, or more precisely with the abundance of language that does not always contribute to better understanding. The action is the prelude to the Brandhorst Flag Commission, which will expand the museum's exhibition space to include the public space in Maxvorstadt. Event details can be found here.

VARIOUS OTHERS is much appreciated for its firework display of first-class and innovative exhibitions.

There are some exciting new additions to the Munich art venues this year. First-time participants in 2022 are the gallery FRANÇOISE HEITSCH, the project space GiG Munich and also beacon – a young Munich platform for international contemporary artists which is making its debut in collaboration with the Berlin gallery Sociéte. Together they present the installation There’s No “I” in Trisha by American artist Trisha Baga (*1985, USA), which is conceived as a television series in four seasons.

A new feature in 2022 is the Various Others Social Club, where you can discuss ever-changing aspects of art with different hosts at different venues over the course of the four weeks. This series starts at Amano Bar on Sendlinger Strasse on 8 September: here, curator Eva Huttenlauch of Lenbachhaus will be talking to musicologist Helga de la Motte-Haber about the sound installation Mouse on Mars, after which there’ll be a set by DJ Keriner. See the Various Others website for details of other Social Club dates. There is no requirement for visitors to sign up in advance.

The full programme for the opening weekend and the entire run can now be viewed at variousothers.com; it will be expanded and updated on a regular basis.

 

 

Text: München Tourismus; Fotos: Courtesy of the artist and Jo Van de Loo, Galerie Christine Mayer, Agostino Osio, VG Bild und Kunst

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