Michael Beutler

30 Jun — 10 Oct 14

Kunstareal Munich

On the lawn in front of the Alte Pinakothek lie two huge, colorful bales of straw.

Throughout the summer of 2014, the colored balls are a connecting sign and visual thread in the Munich art area. © Foto: Sabine Reitmaier

In the summer of 2014, Michael Beutler wraps bales of colorful drinking straws with Munich “harvest workers” as part of the “Bale Harvest” project in the Kunstareal.

Five million stalks of different colors are laid out and pressed into bales. Each meadow in the art area is given an individually colored bale formation, which is worked out together with the harvest helpers.

Throughout the summer, the bales are a connecting sign and visual thread in the Munich Kunstareal: the colorful bales lay around the Pinakotheken, on the lawn in front of the State Museum of Egyptian Art and the University of Television and Film, behind the Glyptothek and on Königsplatz scattered according to rural models. Munich residents have taken them to their hearts – for chilling out, resting or taking a midday nap. They go around the world via selfies.

After three months, the harvest is brought in and piled up in a large ball castle as a framework for a joint harvest festival.

Michael Beutler, born in 1976 in Oldenburg, lives and works in Berlin.


Kunstareal Munich

80333 Munich