Art at CAS
More than just an ice-breaker
Before the real talking gets underway at the CAS, the art on view helps everyone to relax. Indeed, over the past 5 years, the “Art at the CAS” exhibitions have become a must for insiders, and a further attraction for visitors.
When the Center for Advanced Studies (CAS) moved into an imposing villa in Alt-Schwabing in 2008, its managing director, Dr. Annette Meyer, began to consider ways of livening up the blank white walls of the new residence. Meyer soon decided that the best answer was ‘Art’ - not just for art’s sake, but also with an eye for its other effects. As she points out: “One can’t plunge straightaway into a discussion on, say, quantum physics. So we often need something to break the ice, to bring people into contact and get the conversation going - between different disciplines, between visitors and LMU faculty and staff.” And art can fulfill this function. “After all, academics have strong opinions about everything,” Meyer quips.
When Annette Meyer set out to implement the idea, her first thought was to make use of synergistic effects with other activities at LMU. So she contacted Markus Sattler at the UniGalerie, which, in the main, exhibited work by current and former students of LMU, and had just got off the ground. Sattler heads the Student Record Office at LMU, but he is also a connoisseur who devotes much of his “free” time to the UniGalerie. He is well known in, and keeps a close eye on, the art scene in Munich, where he has many contacts. And using his network of contacts, Sattler was soon assisting Meyer and her colleague Dr. Lena Bouman to find artists willing to show their work at the CAS.
The current exhibition brings together paintings, graphic art and prints by the French artist Melissa MayerGalbraith, who lives in Munich. In this respect, this show conforms to the guidelines developed by the CAS for the selection of works for exhibition at its regular shows. The artists represented should either be connected in some way with LMU, be based in Munich or be graduates of its Academy of Fine Arts. However, exceptions are sometimes made - as in the case of Heinz Kreutz, who was targeted on the strength of his reputation as a “superstar” on the art scene, and whose work was shown at the CAS in 2010. Here too, Meyer and Bouman made contact with the artist via internal networks. - After all, not for nothing does LMU insist on its status as a true universitas, where art too has an honored place.
In the meantime, CAS has become a real insider tip on the art scene. In the beginning, Annette Meyer expected that it wouldn’t be easy to find suitable artists to turn her concept into reality. “However, our exhibitions have become so well established that we can choose our artists with care, and our shows even attract interest from gallery owners. We are pleased that we can serve as intermediaries for the artists whose work we present, although our primary task is, of course, to bring the latest advances in the sciences to the attention of the public,” she says. Art at the CAS: The concept that has been so successful over the last 5 years that every new semester at the CAS now begins with an exhibition preview. But bare whitewashed walls are still available - for those who need a breather for creative thought.