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About Factory

How are works of art created and what materials do artists actually work with? What themes are examined in the works? And how can I become artistic myself? In Museum Brandhorst’s “Factory” you will soon have the opportunity to find out and become creative yourself. Here you can find all the information about the project and get started.

What is behind the “Factory”?

No matter how, when or where—the “Factory” will be an open creative laboratory. It will consist of an art education room in the museum and an online platform. This provides an artistic production space in the museum where a wide variety of materials and media can be used to create your own works of art. At the same time, the digital program of the online platform will enable visitors to conduct their own creative experiments in the footsteps of our artists, regardless of their location, bringing impulses and experiments in artistic techniques into the home and classroom. The Brandhorst Collection can be discovered and further explored in a playful way.


The prototype of the online Factory was developed in 2021 as a project within the framework of “dive in. Program for Digital Interactions,” with funding from the German Federal Cultural Foundation. Unfortunately, COVID delayed the conversion of the room in the museum. The online platform will launch in fall 2022. The makerspace is scheduled to open in late 2023.


In the development of the online platform, we tested methods of design thinking and developed the formats participatively through various design sprints, with the help of focus groups. We regularly test the results among an interested public. In turn, the feedback flows into the next round of development. In parallel, we exchange ideas with numerous institutions and individuals and entere into various collaborations to improve the quality of art education across institutions.


For this valuable exchange, we would like to thank, in addition to many teachers and private individuals, the Museumspädagogisches Zentrum Munich, the Academy of Fine Arts Munich, the Catholic University Eichstädt-Ingolstadt, the University of Television and Film Munich, the pi.lot project and Jugend hackt, as well as the other projects of the “dive in. Program for Digital Interactions,” to name just a few.

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The online platform

A creative laboratory for the home or the classroom: the “Factory” online platform on the Museum Brandhorst website will represent a digital extension of the art education space in the museum. It will offer thematic impulses and journeys of discovery to our collection. The programs make it possible to trace various artistic positions, works, and techniques – even outside the walls of the museum – in keeping with your own interests and time constraints.

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How can the “Factory” be developed collaboratively?

We want to develop our program in a participatory way. That’s why it is subject to constant reflection and adaptation. The goal is to take up current discourses and socially relevant topics related to the collection and to make them relevant and exciting for our visitors.


We also design our online program in this way. As the prototype of our “Factory” platform was completed in 2021, the content is being developed step by step. This will allow us to work together with you to improve the content of the platform until its release in Fall 2022.


Various events frequently invite people to get to know the “Factory” and help shape its development. Currently, we are looking for interested schools to cooperate in the development of joint programs. If you are interested in entering into such a cooperation, we would be pleased to hear from you:


Kirsten Storz, Project Management Factory



The Makerspace

The “Factory” art education space will open at Museum Brandhorst in 2023. The makerspace is based on one of the main focuses of our collection, Andy Warhol and his famous studio in New York. Warhol represents not only painting, but also screen printing, film, dance, music, book and magazine production. Our “Factory” will also be a site of boundless experimentation. The space, like the museum itself, is being designed by the architectural firm Sauerbruch Hutton. Thanks to the multimedia equipment, a wide variety of artistic techniques can be tried out in introductory and advanced courses. Open studio formats invite visitors to explore various experimental stations and use them for their own projects.

Until we open

And, Action: Do you want to get creative yourself and learn more about the artists? Or take a closer look at an artwork and discuss it with others? Until the “Factory” opens there is already a lot to discover on our museum website (under “Mediathek”). Our PostcARTs, children’s activity booklets and videos already provide many ways to get to know the collection. In addition, the prototype of the Factory online platform can be used at any time and offers numerous ideas for engaging with art in a practical and conversational way, whether in the museum, at home, or at school.

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How can the “Factory” be supported?

We want to continuously develop and improve the “Factory” to meet the needs of a wide variety of target groups, to do justice to the complexity of general social issues, and to inspire an artistic view of the world. If you support these concerns or would like to learn more about the Factory, we would be happy to hear from you:


Kirsten Storz, Project Manager, Factory



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Funding of the Art Maker Space

The upgrading and expansion of the space and the provision of equipment in the Art Maker Space is funded by:

Funding of the development of the online Factory

Developed as part of “dive in. Programm für digitale Interaktionen” of the German Federal Cultural Foundation, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) in the NEUSTART KULTUR program.

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