The city of Munich invests 1.5 percent of its construction costs in art every year. Half of the budget goes to Quivid, the art-in-architecture program of the City of Munich, which is managed by the building department. The other half is used for project-related temporary art in public spaces. This funding program has been anchored in the cultural department since 2009.

Public Art München

Our space is the city. We associate it with contemporary art. Our program is up-to-date, eager to experiment and takes risks. It’s an offer for everyone. As diverse as the art and the urban society itself.

The art projects are temporary. They interact with places, people and their everyday world – analogue and digital. The surprising confrontation with art becomes a personal experience. We are happy about curiosity, encounters, are approachable, explain and endure dissent.

The attention belongs to the art. It takes a stance on current issues, makes statements and stimulates discussions. The art projects seize the moment. Your impulses have an effect.

We grant artists and curators support, freedom and professional framework conditions. Tenders and competitions precede our project selection. It is important to us that art is seen as a communicative process.

We are aware of our special responsibility for public space.

We understand sustainability to be ecological, economic and social sustainability.

We place value on sustainable production and sustainable curation.

  • Fair payment of production partners and employees
  • Diversity, inclusion and gender equality (with intersectional perspectives) among production partners and employees
  • Art transports only in exceptional cases. Use synergies in this, transport the smallest possible, individual art objects; work in cooperation
  • Focus on the local production of art works with local partners
  • Material cycles: concepts required for recycling or for sustainable returns of production objects; the smallest possible consumption of resources when creating temporary art projects
  • When selecting materials, their origin and their impact on the environment must be taken into consideration
  • Consideration of the carbon footprint
  • No additional printed products are used for advertising purposes with the exception of the print concept of Public Art München
  • Local produce and organic food for catering and events
  • As few flights as possible, travel by train, within Germany only by train
  • If possible, juries with national/international members should meet by video conference

  • Annuale – annual thematic series
  • Billboard – art at Lenbachplatz
  • Solo – individual projects
  • Festival – international, curated project series
  • Memory – culture of remembrance in urban space

Voting Members

  • Anton Biebl, cultural affairs officer of the City of Munich, or a representative of the cultural affairs department (chairman)
Five representatives from the city council
  • City Councilor Marion Lüttig (parliamentary group Die Grünen – Rosa Liste)
  • City Councilor Thomas Niederbühl (parliamentary group Die Grünen – Rosa Liste)
  • City Councilor Beatrix Burkhardt (parliamentary group CSU with Freie Wähler)
  • City councilor Lars Mentrup (parliamentary group SPD / Volt)
  • City Councilor Sonja Haider (parliamentary group ÖDP / München-Liste)
Seven members of the expert jury
  • Prof. Dr. Burcu Doğramacı (Professorship with a focus on 20th century and contemporary art, LMU Munich)
  • Julia Grosse (curator Gropiusbau Berlin & publicist, editor-in-chief Contemporary And, Berlin)
  • Prof. Regine Keller (landscape architect, professor for landscape architecture and public space, TUM)
  • Prof. Dr. Elke Krasny (freelance curator, Vienna)
  • Prof. Dr. Florian Matzner (curator, professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich)
  • Stephanie Weber (curator Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich)
  • Gabriele Obermaier (sculptor, representing BBK München und Oberbayern e.V.)

advisory members without voting rights

  • María Inés Plaza Lazo (curator, founder Arts of the Working Class, founder Reflex M)
  • City Councilor Ulrike Grimm (parliamentary group CSU)
  • City Councilor Julia Schönfeld-Knor ( parliamentary group SPD / Volt)
Representatives from the municipal departments are invited if necessary

City of Munich
Department of Arts and Culture
Department 1
Team Public Art München
Burgstrasse 4
D-80331 Munich

Telephone +49 89 233 28500