Space for contemporary art in all its current forms is hotly contested and often only provisionally secured. And so it’s all the more remarkable that in the heart of Munich, capital city of Bavaria, the Kunstpavilon opens up a space for artists to address the challenges of the future, in one of city’s the most urban green areas.
It was artistic initiative that, in 1950, created an exhibition site for the new democratic Bavaria from a building ruined by the war. In the 21st century, the Kunstpavilon sees itself as an artist-run space that instigates artistic debates and brings new insights and aesthetic practices within contemporary art to a wide audience – with a view to global and intersectional discourse, but independent of still-common cliches regarding high culture and subculture.
Located in the Alter Botanischer Garten on Munich’s Stachus square, the Kunstpavilon is a popular cultural destination for visitors to the area, as a place of consciousness and reflection. For many, it serves as the southern gateway to the Kunstareal München, with its museums, galleries, and project spaces.