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Art in public space – competition for project applications Up to EUR 15,000

Closing date for submissions: Friday, 27th November 2020

The term “social distancing” has become all-pervading in 2020, although it was not particularly well-known to most people until then. The term initially meant physical distancing between people to prevent the infection from spreading, but now it almost seems to describe a new reality of life in 2020. From spacer lines in the supermarket through to uncontrolled waving as a greeting. From home office and home schooling through to restricted visits to nursing homes. Distance currently dominates our everyday life in matters both small and large.
Distance in the sense of marginalisation and exclusion also brings social imbalances before our eyes. This is because the current situation makes social, economic or ethnic inequalities even clearer. This has lastly led to the fact that the forms of representation in the public space have been put up for review in many countries in the world.

At the same time, it is also not possible to think of closeness when speaking about distance. We have probably never inquired so much and reflected upon social interactions. Global networking has consciously become a sum of human contacts and meetings. And several moments of care and solidarity have thereby also sprung from distance.

So what does months of distancing finally do to a city and its society, which is constituted by living closely together? What does distancing mean for us as individuals and as a society?

The new distance is also particularly noticeable within the context of art. Institutions that are closed or have restricted access, cancelled events, a loss of work and the lack of an audience are the order of the day. At the same time, new (digital) formats of exhibitions and discourses and means of mediation, which take account of the new situation, have become established in a very short space of time. Lastly, what does distance mean for art – a medium that is very heavily dependent on different people coming together and exchanging views? What does it mean for the method of artistic work, for institutional structures, although also quite generally for the social value (and self-value) of art? And how does one deal with this as an artist?

The Department of Arts and Culture of the City of Munich has arranged a public competition, which invites participants to tackle the term of distance in all its contexts and interpretations. All areas of artistic creation are allowed. The art projects will be performed temporarily and be freely accessible in a public space in the city. A condition is that the projects engage themselves with the stipulated subject. A reference to the site is additionally important, as it is for all art competitions in the public space. The place selected for the respective concept must have a contentual reference and be involved in and/or examine the subject matter of the contribution submitted.

A public art competition plus invitations will be held. All artists resident in Munich’s S-Bahn region are entitled to participate in the public competition. Up to six art interventions will be realised in the public space of the city during 2021. The budget for each individual project is set at a maximum EUR 15,000 (gross).


1. Written artistic concept (text max. 2 A4 pages, graphic illustration max. 3 A4 pages)
2. Details of the start and running time/duration of the art project
3. Statements on the location(s)
4. Cost calculation (cost estimate)
4.1  Project and operational costs: planning, realisation, supervision, insurance etc.
4.2  Artist’s fees
4.3  Means of communication and publication
5. Brief biography (max. 1 A4 page)


1. All languages of form and media of the current art discourse are allowed.
2. A condition is to tackle the stipulated subject.
3. Statements must be made on the artistic involvement with the location.
4. The artistic focal point is on temporary projects.
5. Statements on publication and communication strategies are required.
6. The art projects are organised and performed by the artists.

Selection committee

An internal selection committee from the Department of Arts and Culture will make a prompt decision on the up to six art projects to be realised in 2021.
Closing date for submissions: Friday, 27th November 2020 (post mark)
Submission of the art applications is specifically wished via e-Mail as PDF files. In this context, please note that the file size of the application may not be larger than 10 MB.
Please send your project application to the following e-Mail address:

Contact the Department of Arts and Culture, Dept. 1 – Art in Public Space

Daniel Bürkner: daniel.buerkner@muenchen.de; Tel. 089 233 26691
Erwin Hartel: erwin.hartel@muenchen.de; Tel. 089 233 25453
Kerstin Möller: kerstin.moeller@muenchen.de; Tel. 089 233 26087
Cordula Schütz: cordula.schuetz@muenchen.de; Tel. 089 233 24431

Postal address

Lndeshauptstadt München
Kulturreferat, Abt. 1 Kunst im öffentlichen Raum
Burgstrasse 4
80331 München