Winter is nearly over now, the days are becoming warmer and soon spring will be upon us again. InMunichthis is the perfect time of year to enjoy: perhaps with a spring walk in theEnglishGardenor sunbathing in one of the beer gardens which are now open. Additionally, the city is offering many other activities. In the following we would like to introduce you to the most interesting events.

Art Highlights: George Stubbs and Georgia O’Keeffe

Sport Highlights: BMW Open, Champions League Final and European Championship Public Viewing

Event & Culture Highlights: Auer Dult, the Festival for the City’s Foundation and the beginning of the Opera Festivals

George Stubbs: Science into Art (26/01 – 6/05/2012, Pinakothek der Moderne)

George Stubbs (1724 – 1806) was the great Master of animal art in European painting. He depicted the phenomenon of nature in a unique way, regardless whether with horses, dogs or exotic animals. The exhibition at the Pinakothek der Moderne is comprised of more than 30 paintings and many drawings and original etchings by this extraordinary artist. Included in the exhibition pieces are works which have rarely been made public even inBritain, the home of the painter.

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You can visit the exhibition: “George Stubbs: Science into Art – animal art between science and art” until6 May 2012at the Pinakothek der Moderne.

Georgia O’Keeffe: Life and Work (03/02 until 13/05/2012, Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung)

Georgia O’Keeffe (1887 – 1986) was a groundbreaking pioneer of American art and therefore one of the most important and prominent female painters of the 20th century. Her works will be seen for the first time out of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum inSanta Fe(New Mexico,USA)! Working together with the museum a comprehensive retrospective in only three European cities (Rome,Munich and Helsinki) will be shown.

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You can visit the exhibition: “Georgia O’Keeffe: Life and Work” until13 May 2012at the Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung.

BMW Open (28/04/ until 6/05/2012, MTTC Tennis Court)

The BMW Open Tournament inMunichis the first clay court tournament of the season inGermanyand is one of the most important qualification games for the French Open. The BMW Open is part of the ATP World Tour, which takes place on one of the most important tennis courts in the world. Every year national and international tennis stars compete for victory on the court of theMunichtennis and tournament club (MTTC). The spectators expect exciting matches here and a varied general programme all about the sport of tennis.

Champions League Final (19/05/2012, Allianz Arena)

The best football teams in Europe are playing in Munich! The UEFA had already decided in January 2009 that the final of the Champions League of the 2011/12 season would take place in the Munich Allianz Arena. Tickets for this football highlight are available exclusively on the official UEFA’s website.

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European Football Championship Public Viewing (08/06 until 1/07/2012, Munich)

This year the European Football Championship is on again! Multiple public viewing events inMunichguarantee an unforgettable celebration of football while the games are hosted in theUkraineandPoland.

The German team has qualified for great games and many German football fans are hoping for a repeat of the “2006 Summer Fairytale.” Visitors and locals can let themselves be swept up in the special atmosphere of the European Football Championship at public viewings in countless beer gardens, pubs, halls and bistros. 

Auer Dult (28/04 until 6/05 2012, Mariahilfplatz)

The Auer Dult, also called the May Carnival, opens the carnival season every year in Munich at the Mariahilfplatz. It is a comfortable, very native annual fair with a long tradition. In addition to many amusement and carnival rides, the May Carnival also offers countless culinary dishes with traditional home-style cooking and a produce market. The Auer Dult is also known for its crockery market, which is one of the biggest inEurope.

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This exceptional annual fair takes place from 28 April to6 May 2012at the Mariahilfplatz in theMunichdistrict of Au.

Festival for the City’s Foundation (16/06 until 17/06/2012, Marienplatz and Odeonsplatz)

Every year in June,Munichcelebrates the founding of the city. In 1158 the city was first made mention of, back then as “Munichen,” which more or less means “monk.”Munichcelebrates its birthday traditionally with a two day event with a colourful programme of music and dance, gastronomy and customs. The central event locations are Marienplatz and Odeonsplatz; both are only a few minutes by foot from the Platz Hotel in Munich.

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