Students and graduates of the Munich Academy of Fine Arts have joined forces and are now presenting themselves in a show worth seeing.
Off to the Domagk studios!
It would need a bar. Not in some remote outskirts - right in the middle of the city.
A casual venue where Academy of Fine Arts students can meet outside of the studios;
Collectors, gallery owners, night owls who don't just want to stare at the same Campari bottles in Schumann's over and over again.
Because such a relaxed exchange, the obligatory after-work beer, held in paint-smeared hands, hardly ever takes place among young artists.
Everyone creates for themselves.
Lorenz Egle, Franz Stein and Andreas Zagler want to change that.
They all study at the Munich Academy.
All of them would like to see more interaction between fellow students and graduates.
And that's why they now regularly organize exhibitions in the city.
The second has just opened: until March 26, 2023, her work and that of eight other artists can be seen in Hall 50 of the Domagkatelier.
Curated by the three young men.
Dreamy: Lorenz Egle works with acrylic and spray paint.
Anyone who thinks: My goodness, hanging up a few pictures is a piece of cake has never stopped by the Academy of Fine Arts.
So much creative talent, so much work that should be seen by the public.
Making a wise choice from this enormous range, contacting the artists, and finally hanging everything harmoniously – that is usually a job that gallery owners and curators do full-time.
“We started organizing in the fall.
Of course you could also make it easy for yourself and just focus on your own work.
But then nothing changes,” says Andreas Zagler.
They are already planning the next show in April, this time in the Pasing factory.
The goal then too: to depict a mixture of artists who have already been able to exhibit more often and those who have hardly ever been allowed to exhibit.
"I Hear the Morning Sun" by Franz Stein (2022).
But you will look in vain for the euro sign here.
The three consciously rely on the principle “Price on request”.
"A price immediately creates a barrier," says Franz Stein.
As a visitor, you can feel deterred by the high price – or, on the contrary, you can only be drawn to the work because high-priced has to be good in some way.
“We want to establish contact with potential buyers.
If someone likes a picture, they can get in touch with us – and then you can always see where you meet in terms of price.”
The exhibition shows paintings, drawings, sculptures
Self-organized exhibitions like this are more than presentation.
Here the young artists also try out things like pricing and negotiation.
"Actually, I try to largely ignore the marketing aspect during my studies so as not to let external pressure influence my artistic development," says Lorenz Egle.
Two of his works are in the show.
They are moods that have become images.
Reflection of his aforementioned development: In recent years, Egle has worked his way more and more from the representational to the abstract.
He also sees the show as an opportunity to observe how different viewers react to it.
T.” (both 2023) by Andreas Zagler.
The work costs between a low three-digit and a mid-four-digit amount.
Including several by Theresa Hecker.
In acrylic on canvas, she succeeds in taking up the popular artistic motif of folds in her own way.
Her paintings appear three-dimensional, like unfolded cloths protruding from the frame.
An effect that is not so easy to capture in photos.
That's probably why Hecker reacts reluctantly when asked if one of her sales channels is social media like Instagram.
“Social media gives you a good idea of what other people are doing and which events are coming up.
But digital photos cannot replace analog studio visits,” says Hecker.
Or exhibitions like this.
Relaxed music from the speakers, birdsong in front of the windows and interesting people,
gossiping about art.
A bit like the perfect bar. Zefix, you just have to open it...
Until March 26, 2023 in the Domagk studios, Margarete-Schuette-Lihotzky-Straße 30;
daily 3-7 p.m.