Art on site
The whole festival as a gallery
We, all: Art work at the festival entrance & sculptures
The eight-meter high Christmas tree in the entrance area is decorated with 150 wooden figures. It stands for this year’s festival motto “We, all” and is a symbol for the fact that a city‘s society consists of many people of different shades – and that each individual can contribute something to it. Accordingly, “We, all” can also be part of this work and paint figures in the run-up to the festival. In addition, the Christmas tree coincides with the sculptures “We, all“ and “Courage”, made of steel, which can also be marveled on the festival grounds. All three works of art are created by the British artist Adam Stubley
Ice Sculpture „Demokratie“
The word „Demokratie“ (democracy) modelled in capital letters and carved out of ice is located at the festival entrance ten meters long and 1,50 meters high from 23 November on. Slowly the sculpture is melting. A work of art which stands on the one hand for impermanence, on the other hand it’s a memorial to preserve our common values and to defend freedom. The ice sculpture is produced with solar power and thereby is climate friendly.
LIVING ROOM DEMOCRACY
Designed by Anna Allkämper
A cozy room, nicely furnished, with pictures on the wall. That’s how a living room somewhere in Germany could look like. The installation at Tollwood raises the question: “Which country, which city do we want to be?” A democratic society is open to the participation of all people. But democracy is fragile and has to be defended every day anew. At the bus stop. In the schoolyard. And in our own living room.
In collaboration with the Museum of Urban and Contemporary Art (MUCA) Tollwood invites three well-known urban artists to create their work on the festival grounds.
He started his creative path by pinning socially critical posters in the streets of New Zealand. During his time in Buenos Aires he assumed the pseudonym Lapiz (Spanish for pencil). From then on, he has been drawing large-size stories and ideas on walls using stencils. Lapiz finds inspiration in social, environmental and current topics of world politics. Some of his works were shown during the international climate summit in Paris in 2015.
Mazal: Mixed Art Media
According to his own statement, Munich based artist Matthias Mross aka Mazal never stopped painting since his youth. Inspired by his travels through Asia he developed his individual and distinctive style which is influenced by detailed motifs of the slums of these countries: Compact and primitive iron huts, huge waste mountains and cruel cockfights are recurring elements of his works.
Patrick Hartl: Calligraffiti
Patrick Hartl, born in Munich, studied communications design and calligraphy. His artistic heart, however, has always been graffiti’s. With the art form “Calligraffiti” Hartl connects the legibility of letters with the interpretation of abstract forms. However, he is less interested in the completed artwork than in the process of the formation as “visualisation of human movement”.
Andrey von Schlippe
For many years now, the artist Andrey von Schlippe has been designing the winter festival’s fences. This year too, he addresses the current motto: “We, all”.
Andrey von Schlippe
„Do you know how many stars are in the sky …?“ No one knows, and there are only a few scientists who are able to imagine these many billions. This year, in the sky above Tollwood arises some kind of replacement work of art: a tiny sky system with only 300 planets, a heaven on earth, made by Andrey von Schlippe exclusively for the festival.
Light Columns and Gates
“Welcome!” Light pagodas and artistic gates on all entrances to the festival grounds are greeting the visitors. Tollwood artist Ludwig Frank welcomes on behalf of the festival all visitors with his colourfully illuminated works of art.
You can use a pencil or a pen and write the word “Democracy”. The Spanish urban-art-artist SpY, one of the most famous of his genre, however, uses two-cent coins. And thus creates a piece of art – eleven meters long, consisting of thousands of coins. At Tollwood you can observe if people reduce the value of this art work to the monetary – and the work disappears piece by piece.
Torsten Mühlbach and Bruno Wank
It’s all about shopping. The shopping cart is the epitome of our modern consumer society. In the art installation “Shoppingmall”, Bavarian artists show the potential of this subject. The Munich artists Bruno Wank and Torsten Mühlbach curated this art collection, which is thought-provoking for the audience.
The International Munich Art Lab (IMAL) offers young people the unique opportunity to study art for one year in (almost) all disciplines, whether it be visual art, new media, urban arts or cross media. Professional artists and social education worker support the young students individually. For the „Weltsalon“, they have created a work that reflects young people’s gaze on our modern society. IMAL is supported by “Landeshauptstadt München” (social referat, cultural referat, RAW) und by the “Europäischen Sozialfond”, ESF in Bavaria.
Whether old or young, rich or poor, black or white: We all stagger on the narrow ridge we call democracy. Shaken by governments or distorted by populism, this ridge becomes narrower every day. In line with Carl Spitzweg’s work “Dangerous Passage”, the popular Austrian artist collective God’s Entertainment invites you to balance on a passage over an ink-filled pool. Every missing step means falling off. And those who fall, will be marked. What is hidden on the other side of the passage will not be revealed. Only one little hint: It’s worth it!