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Untergeschoss Museum Brandhorst mit großem blauen Teppich und Installation mit Scheinwerfern von Madeline Hollander

How do artists use site as a material to make art? How do artists engage with diverse exhibitions spaces, including institutions, and the context from which their work emerges? How can we approach these questions beyond the tired model of site-specificity? "Site Visit" brings together artists working in Munich, New York, Berlin, and Los Angeles with a program of temporary installations and artist talks that seeks to answer these questions and provide new frameworks to understand how artists are working today.

Exhibition info



Curated by

Giampaolo Bianconi

Press release

Site Visit

About the exhibition

“Site Visit” is a program of weekly installations, artist talks, and workshops in the Brandhorst’s expansive Patio. In March 2022, artists Helin Alas (German, *1987), Johanna Klingler (German, *1988), Robert Keil (German, *1987), and Maria VMier (German, *1975) will stage weekly presentations of their work. These artists offer a cross-section of mediums ranging from painting and sculpture to performance and electronic media. Yet their works also offer different models for how artists today engage with institutional spaces: from insertion and collaboration to diversion and friction.


In tandem with these installations, a group of invited artists – Cameron Rowland (American, *1988), Carolyn Lazard (American, *1987), Haris Epaminonda (Cypriot, *1980) and Madeline Hollander (American, *1986)—will visit the Brandhorst for a series of daytime workshops and evening artist talks. The workshops, open by invitation to artists and students living in Munich, and talks, open to the public, are an opportunity for the museum’s community to forge deeper forms of discursive engagement with contemporary artistic practices.


Throughout the month, Madeline Hollander’s new installation “Sunrise/Sunset” (2021), will keep a watchful eye over the Brandhorst’s Patio. Designed to indicate the passage of time across the globe using recycled car headlights, Hollander’s installation provides a contemplative horizon for this series of local and international encounters.

Week 1 | Helin Alas | 8 March - 13 March 2022

Helin Alas presents a series of sculptural magic wands. Along with these objects, the artist has composed a special magical spell that can be used to harness the power of art, and the art museum, for the greater good. Combining the potential of mystical and magical thought with the lineage of institutional critique, Alas uses senses beyond the visible and the rational, pointing towards the ancient communal function of the artwork in precapitalist times. Her art encourages us to remember how individuals can come together to create better worlds that are larger than themselves, whether you believe in magic or not. Alas’ magic spell will be performed during the week of her installation, time and date to be announced.

Week 2 | Johanna Klingler | 15 March - 20 March 2022

The museum emerges with the birth of modernity and offers new ways of structuring knowledge, public services and leisure time. As an institutional complex, it forms its own cosmos that materializes cultural conventions and engages visitors into its physical and idealistic logic. Patterns of common behavior are not only depicted, but also being socialized. In her paintings and sculptures shown at Museum Brandhorst, Johanna Klingler connects this characteristic of the museum with structures of seemingly different spaces: the bar and the garden. What these places have in common is their status as closed organisms that seem to function independently of the social and material conditions of society. However, on a closer view the rules, that structure these systems, also operate in the physical and ideological organization of our reality.

Week 3 | Robert Keil | 22 March - 27 March 2022

Robert Keil’s sculptures are made of deconstructed toy robot dogs, which have been rewired to produce different movements and sounds. Connected by a wiring system, the works are suspended throughout the whole museum. The computer hardware of today’s cheapest consumer electronics are far greater than the technological resources used to send humans to the moon in the last century. Keil has harnessed this immense power to create an uncanny organism that connects the entire museum into one electronic, physical, and sonic artwork.

Großformatige, farbige Malereien auf Papier und Bronzeskulpturen an der Ausstellungswand

Week 4 | Maria VMier | 29 March - 3 April

Maria VMier uses brushes, her hands, inks, and pigments, to make her paintings on paper. Instead of being applied to the paper, the ghostly forms of her paintings appear to emerge directly from another realm. Related to modes of writing, VMier’s shapes are something between a landscape and a language: rigorously abstract, yet offering a tantalizing hint of legibility. Reflecting on the fragile relationship between artist and institution, VMier complements her paintings with a series of door knockers mounted on the walls of the museum. The knockers' biomorphic forms were sculpted by the artist in wax and then cast in bronze. They appear repulsive and attractive at the same time. In some places they are polished to a shine, in others left darkly sharp-edged and rough, appearing somehow between fruits, jewelry, organs, and aliens. The door knockers point us to different possibilities of accessibility and encourage us to think about which spaces are closed to us and for what reasons. Visitors are invited to touch the knockers and bang on the walls.

Installation aus über 40 kleinen Skultpuren, die auf einem Aluminiumregal an der Wand befestigt sind.
Großformatige, farbige Malereien auf Papier und Bronzeskulpturen an der Ausstellungswand


Artists today make art related to specific places in a complex variety of ways beyond the mere myth of site-specificity. Each of the artists participating in “Site Visit” speaks to the use of site—whether institutional, historical, or metaphorical—as a material for art production. Forging experimental modes of engagement with the various meanings of site, their practices offer an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of place in contemporary art.

Autoscheinwerfer aus 'Sunrise/Sunset' von Madeline Hollander, 2021
Untergeschoss Museum Brandhorst mit großem blauen Teppich und Installation mit Scheinwerfern von Madeline Hollander
Installationsansicht 'Site visit' mit Scheinwerfern von Madeline Hollander

Madeline Hollander, Sunrise/Sunset, 2021

Madeline Hollander highlights the choreography of the invisible systems that shape human experience. “Sunrise/Sunset” is a live installation featuring 96 recycled headlights operating as a perpetual world clock. The headlights form a global time zone map that performs with the Earth’s rotation. As the sun rises and sets across the globe, the headlights react, turning on when moving into night and off when entering daylight, blinking and shifting in real time according to their location on the globe. The result is an image of global connectedness emerging from the interaction between individual actions, technological automation and the cosmos. The installation features an original score by composer Celia Hollander.


Madeline Hollander’s installation Sunrise/Sunset (2021) will be on view in the Patio for the entirety of the program. “Sunrise/Sunset” was originally commissioned by BMW Open Work by Frieze.

Local and international

“Site Visit” is designed by Museum Brandhorst to create connections between artists working in Munich, New York, Berlin, and Los Angeles. It provides an opportunity for each of these artists to articulate their practices in-depth to the museum’s audience, a crucial part of the museum’s mission to educate its audience about the most innovative artists working today.


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