Münchner:innen herhört: The Kunstareal is to become even better, more beautiful and more creative. What will it look like? YOU can help decide.

The art area

Just a five-minute walk from the main train station and Odeonsplatz, in the heart of Munich, lies one of our absolute favorite Munich locations: the Kunstareal.

Covering an area of 500 x 500 meters, it houses more than 40 cultural institutions, including the Pinakotheken, the Lenbachhaus and the State Museum of Egyptian Art, which together exhibit 5,000 years of Munich's cultural history.

But the Kunstareal has much more to offer than a museum marathon: embedded in the student environment, street cafés, restaurants and historic green spaces, the area not only invites you to enjoy art, but also to sunbathe, stroll or do sports.

Image credits: Constanza Melendez: Young Night Museum Brandhorst (1), Munich creative businessweek: Interactive installation 2023 (2), Hubertus Hamm, Alexander Scharf: Kunstareal Fest 2023 (3), Sara Kurig: Light action in the Kunstareal 2021 (4)

Open Kunstareal ideas competition

The Kunstareal is already a real all-rounder: a cultural stronghold, meeting place and recreational oasis all in one.

With the "Open Kunstareal" ideas competition, the Free State of Bavaria and the City of Munich want to further enhance the quality of the open spaces in the Kunstareal . A wide range of ideas are being collected for this purpose.

The starting point is the idea of public space as a feel-good place and as a meeting point for different people with different needs and concerns. The open spaces in the Kunstareal are to be explored from artistic, design, open space planning and architectural perspectives and provide impetus for the use of public space in the Kunstareal.

The title "Open Kunstareal" already makes it clear that out-of-the-box thinking is allowed. The ideas submitted can take a wide variety of forms and formats and may be conceived for different locations within the Kunstareal.

Artists, designers, landscape architects, urban planners and architects are invited to participate.

Not an artist, architect or urban planner? No problem!
Find out here how you can still actively participate in the design of the art area. 👇🏼

From now on, all interested parties have the chance to apply here for two coveted jury places.

In addition to a specialist jury of international experts and stakeholders, there are also two wild card places that represent the voice of Munich residents.

It's as simple as that:

The only requirement for participation is that you have been registered in Munich City or the district of Munich for at least one year. To apply, you fill out a questionnaire. The main point is to describe your personal connection to the Kunstareal . Why are you the right person to help make this decision? The whole application process only takes about 15 minutes.

Image credits: Munch Creative Business Week: Pop Up Container 2023 (1), Munch Creative Business Week: SChaukelinstallation 2022 (2), Derek Henthorn: Lichtaktion Kunstareal 2021 (3), Constanza Melendez: Junge Nacht Museum Brandhorst 2023 (4)

What happens next?

The selection process is a two-stage process: once the application phase is complete, ten candidates will be selected whose profiles will then be available for public voting on the Kunstareal website until the end of January 2024. The two candidates with the most votes will become members of the jury.

All viable submissions will be evaluated at a jury meeting, which will take place on two consecutive days in Munich in the second quarter of 2024, and then presented in a public exhibition.

So what are you waiting for? Apply here now

Application phase: November 10, 2023 to December 7, 2023

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