The Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung (in short: Kunsthalle Munich) is the most important and best known facility of the Hypo Cultural Foundation. The Foundation was established in 1983 by the former Hypotheken- und Wechselbank to mark the occasion of its 150th anniversary. Two years later, on 14 June 1985, the Kunsthalle opened its doors for the general public. HypoVereinsbank’s great commitment to both the Foundation and the Kunsthalle remains unchanged to this day.
Nestled between Marienplatz and Odeonsplatz in the heart of Munich, the Kunsthalle organises three exhibitions annually and has built up an international reputation. In 2001, the Kunsthalle moved into its current premises in the “Fünf Höfe” complex, designed and built by the renowned Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron. With an area of approximately 1,200 m² equipped with state-of-the-art museum technology, the exhibition space provides a worthy stage for all forms of art. Every year, the Kunsthalle welcomes around 300,000 visitors and is one of Germany’s leading exhibition venues.
Peter Ade, the first director of the Kunsthalle, was succeeded by Dr. Johann Georg Prince von Hohenzollern in 1999, who headed the exhibition venue with great success until March 2006. Dr. Christiane Lange then took over leadership of the Kunsthalle until the end of 2012; since January 2013, Dr. Roger Diederen continues to develop the institution’s discerning exhibition programme as its director.
The most important criterion for the selection of an exhibition theme is an outstanding level of artistic quality. The time range spans from prehistory and early history to the present day. Art and culture from around the world are displayed here in all their glory, whether it be painting, sculpture, graphic arts, photography, handcrafts or design. Monographic exhibitions and themed projects share the spotlight, however, the Kunsthalle also pursues an interdisciplinary approach in its diverse programme. The “past exhibitions” section of this website includes an overview of all previous exhibitions.