Bernhard Maaz wrote in the Süddeutsche Zeitung (August 1, 2022) under the title "A key work" about Michael Krüger's book "More than pure viewing pleasure: Michael Krüger's book about paintings by Giovanni Segantini deals with the essence of human life and the fine arts par excellence."
Under the motto "Why should we look at the old pictures? What convey, how tell?" I will have a conversation with Bernhard Maaz about the connection of the pictorial themes to the “issues of our time” and his recently published two-volume work entitled “The paintings of the Munich Pinakotheken”. The volumes are a well-founded and light literary journey through European art history. The actuality of the works is always the focus. Book presentations for the Pinakotheks-Verein and the PIN. Friends of the Pinakothek der Moderne e.V. have already taken place.
The Munich Speech® is an exclusive, international, non-profit series of events, to discuss cutting-edge art- and culture-topics in a private surrounding. The name Munich Speech® derives from the celebrated series „Speeking about your own country: Germany“ at the Kammerspiele Munich in 1985 with Joseph Beuys.
Produced and presented since 2014 by Dietlinde Behncke (cultural manager and journalist, formerly at ZDF headquarter Berlin), the focus lies on outstanding positions/ personalities, who change, take action for or develop visions for Munich or change an institution in the world from Munich and who receive direct and immediate attention through the Munich Speech®.
The events took place three to four times a year until 2023 in André and Dietlinde Behncke's private apartment. The events have are currently taking place at gallery ludwig space, since it was founded on January 31, 2023. Due to the corona pandemic, there were also Munich Speech® digital live streams in 2020-2022.
Previous guests in 2017 included Dr. Roger Diederen (Director Kunsthalle Munich) with the FAUST-FESTIVAL MUNICH, 2018 Dr. Angelika Nollert (Director Die Neue Sammlung - The Design Museum in the Pinakothek der Moderne), 2019 Alexander Liebreich (Conductor and artistic director Richard-Strauss-Festival Garmisch-Partenkirchen), 2022 Dr. Eva Kraus (Director Bundeskunsthalle Bonn) "No future without transformation?" or Andrea Lissoni (in 2021 and 2022 - Artistic Director Haus der Kunst) and Sarah Haugeneder (Boardmember Various Others) about VARIOUS OTHERS in its 5th year or Prof. Bernhard Maaz (Director General of the Bavarian State Painting Collections) on the subject of "Art deals with the essence of life".