The site, Baumstr. 11, has always consisted of two parts: the larger house at the front, and a smaller one at the back. The damage sustained during the bombing of world war two left the smaller house even smaller, leaving it as a single story building that was used, post-war, as a laundrette.
Currently this site is in the process of being transformed into an alternative art-space: alternative, because it presents an opportunity to show younger, upcoming and unknown artists; alternative, because it is open to that side of an artist’s practice considered minor. Already during their studies artists feel pressure to produce a unified, coherent body of work, encouraged by an art market that treats each artist as a brand in need of promoting. Yet Mondrian’s flower paintings, drawings of various plants by Ellsworth Kelly or Magritte’s la periode vache show that there is often a hidden side to an artist’s practice, which gives them the necessary breathing space for experimentation. To resist any given identity – to continually reconfigure the ground of their practice and to find the new – these and other artists look to the amateur, the provincial, the unfashionable. They turn to the B-side.
The alternative space that GiG Munich provides is committed to discovering, developing and expanding this hidden aspect of artistic life. On a practical level, it supports experimentation by established artists and the new. On a theoretical level, it participates in discourse by organising shows, which take experimentation as a theme. By embracing its smaller status, GiG Munich wishes to establish an aesthetics of the new, an aesthetics minor in nature.