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The Kunstareal connects

Kunstareal / Munich

Light and video installations invite visitors to wander from Königsplatz to the Pinakotheken and illuminate the Kunstareal with its eighteen museums and exhibition spaces, internationally renowned universities and a multitude of cultural institutions. In this way, visitors experience the spatial totality of the area and are encouraged to discover the diverse cultural offerings of the Kunstareal for themselves.
Since the entire light event takes place outdoors, visitors can also experience art and culture at a sufficient distance and in the fresh air during Corona times.
The light action designed exclusively for the Kunstareal is a project of the City of Munich.

Client: City of Munich

Concept: Betty Mü and WE ARE VIDEO
Project management City of Munich: Else Gebauer
Video art / Inside I Out and View I Change: Betty Mü
Light I Beams: Raphael Kurig
Lines I Plays: Christian Gasteiger
The Light I Room: Yul Zeser
Light I Spheres: Helmut Eding
Light I Forest and Light I Facades: Georgel Cita – Cultural Department Munich
KeyVisual: Felix Frank and Betty Mü
Technical realisation: WE ARE VIDEO and Kulturreferat München

“The Kunstareal connects” – a light event of the LH Munich with the artist Betty Mü in collaboration with
WE ARE VIDEO, Yul Zeser, Helmut Eding, Kulturreferat / Technics

The installation INSIDE | OUT by Betty Mü forms the centre of the light action. On the façades of the State Collections of Classical Antiquities, the Pinakothek der Moderne and the State Museum of Egyptian Art, echoes of exhibits and landmarks of the area appear as if on oversized radar screens. The play of symmetries and reflections, surprising twists and turns, abstract to the point of the surreal, but set in motion with emotional force, challenges the viewer to decipher the images. “The installation is an invitation to a journey through the Kunstareal,” says the artist, “in which we turn its treasures inside out, but also sometimes from head to toe, to reflect and illuminate the cultural diversity of the Kunstareal Munich, especially in this special time.”
Projections onto the Staatliche Antikensammlungen at Königsplatz:
Exhibits from the Staatliche Antikensammlungen | Paintings and statues from the Lenbachhaus | Drone flights and exterior shots of the Kunstareal
Projections onto the Pinakothek der Moderne (Tryptichon)
Exhibits from the Realm of Crystals | Paintings from the Alte Pinakothek | Paintings from the Neue Pinakothek | Exhibits from the Pinakothek der Moderne: The New Collection – The Design Museum / Collection of Modern Art of the Bavarian State Painting Collections / Museum of Architecture of the TUM / State Collection of Prints and Drawings
Projections on the State Museum of Egyptian Art:
Exhibits from the State Museum of Egyptian Art | Exhibits from the Museum of Casts of Classical Works of Art | Drone flights and outdoor shots of the Art Area
Above the roofs of the Kunstareal Munich, huge beams of light shine from roof to roof, connecting the buildings with each other, spatially delimiting it and at the same time revealing its dimensions. With this installation, Raphael Kurig draws on one of the essential laws of design: interconnected forms are perceived as a unity. The light bands thus set an unmistakable sign of solidarity. In line with this conceptual idea, Raphael Kurig also developed the motto of the overall action: “The art area connects”.
The light installation by guest artist Yul Zeser sets the scene for the Propyläen on Königsplatz with an interior-space illumination. In the building by Leo von Klenze, four softboxes shine outwards as well as into the interior of the building, thus highlighting a new perspective. The monumental classicist architecture of the building is in direct contrast to the soft, harmonious light.
As part of the light action, guest artist Helmut Eding provides a different view of the “constellation Kunstareal”. Like stars in space, eighteen spheres in various sizes symbolise the macrocosm of the museums. Each sphere is a world in itself and at the same time part of a system. Eding painted the round light objects by hand in graphic black and white. Pulsating light from within the spheres envelops the installation.
In Christian Gasteiger’s light installation, moving lights take up the rod shapes of the Brandhorst Museum’s façade and play with the lines on the west side of the building.
At the corner of Barerstrasse and Theresienstrasse, a discreetly illuminated forest of light creates an effective atmosphere in the otherwise rather dark surroundings. Realised by Georgel Cita and the team of the cultural department/technical department.
Through the video mapping VIEW | CHANGE, faces seem to peek out of the Alte Pinakothek. Betty Mü takes excerpts of well-known works from the Alte Pinakothek and Neue Pinakothek, animates them and projects them onto the east side of the museum. The eyes seem to be waiting for passers-by, almost lurking and observing them. When viewed, this change of view may also trigger a feeling of intimacy, perhaps even cause palpitations and ultimately raise a question: Doesn’t one want to get to know the art one has looked so deeply into the eyes?
The lighting of various buildings will also set colourful accents in the neighbourhood.