Whether in the showroom in Schwabing, in a museum or an underground station: Ingo Maurer's creations light up Munich.
If you want to experience contemporary lighting design in Munich, or even acquire some yourself, Ingo Maurer's showroom in the Schwabing district is the best place to go. The internationally renowned lighting artist, who died in October 2019 at the age of 87, has been designing lamps and lighting systems here since the mid-1960s, which are sold worldwide.
The Neue Sammlung (New Collection) on display in the Pinakothek der Moderne includes his Bulb lamp, which is recognised as a milestone in the history of contemporary design and with it Maurer started his career as a lighting designer in 1966.
A trip through the city by underground gives passengers the opportunity to enjoy the artist's light installations. He hoped that passengers would experience their short stay as a moment that would lift their spirit and mood. The station Westfriedhof was the first underground station designed by Ingo Maurer in Munich. It was followed by the stop Münchner Feiheit, which he gave a bright yellow-green. Maurer also designed the light and colour concepts for the mezzanine floors under Marienplatz and Sendlinger Tor. At the Sendlinger Tor underground station he also designed the lighting for the platforms.
He developed the installation Dancing Mirrors for the shopping centre Forum Schwanthalerhöhe, which opened in mid-2019. The artist also designed the exterior lighting of Linde's company headquarters in Oberanger and the lighting of the entrance area of the Schuster sports store in Rosenstrasse.
His last work is the Silver Cloud, which illuminates the conservatory of the Residenztheater.
More about Ingo Maurer: An exhibition in the Neue Sammlung at the Pinakothek der Moderne, which ran until autumn 2020, showcased the lifework of the lighting artist. Click here for an interview with the curator.