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Music and Arts at TUM

The achievements of our scientists are great works of art, indeed – inspirational, creative and highly skilled craftsmanship. So it is not surprising that our Architecture Museum is part of Munich’s Pinakothek der Moderne art museum. TUM even contributed to the the 13th edition of documenta. And that’s not all: Keen musicians can join one of Munich’s numerous academic choirs or orchestras. And students at the TUM Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering students get to produce their own 3D films – another example of how art can unfold from technology.

Philharmonic orchestra concert of the Symphonische Ensemble München.
Philharmonic orchestra concert: The Symphonische Ensemble München (SEM). Many of the orchestra’s talented amateur musicians are TUM staff or students.Image: Andreas Heddergott

Students and university staff come together to share their love of music in Munich’s 18 academic orchestras and choirs. There is something for everyone – from ambitious amateur musicians to people who just love to sing in a choir. The Symphonische Ensemble München (SEM) regularly performs to a full house in the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra at Gasteig. Led by TUM lecturer Felix Mayer, this orchestra contains many musicians from TUM. Concert tours have taken the Ensemble as far afield as China. Academic orchestras and choirs

“Das weite Land”: Martin Kušej directs the Schnitzler play at the Residenztheater. Featuring Tobias Moretti (r.) and Thomas Gräßle.
“Das weite Land”: Martin Kušej directs the Schnitzler play at the Residenztheater. Featuring Tobias Moretti (r.) and Thomas Gräßle.Image: Hans Jörg Michel

Munich has a thriving theater scene. The Bayerische Staatsoper is one of the world’s leading opera houses. Equally successful are the city’s major theaters: The Residenztheater and Münchner Kammerspiele. Their productions are regularly performed at the Berliner Theatertreffen festival. Munich’s theater scene has even more to offer with performance art at the i-camp and Pathos München theaters, the “Radikal jung” theater festival at the Volkstheater or Munich’s tyniest opera house at the Pasinger Fabrik theater. Theatres in munich

Trailer for "Digital Video" lecture: Three TUM scientists make a horrifying discovery – which leads them on the mission of their lives (in German).

A “blockbuster” lecture: “Digital Video” at the Chair of Data Processing directed by Prof. Klaus Diepold. Things liven up when theory meets practice: This is where technology turns into art. Students get the chance to produce their own short films in 3D or develop the film production software. This is how they learn to master technical details such as signal processing, video standards up to and including HDTV, sampling, luminance, brightness and gamma correction. Coming soon to your lecture theater

The Alte Pinakothek started life as the private collection of King Ludwig I of Bavaria.
The Alte Pinakothek started life as the private collection of King Ludwig I of Bavaria.Image: Gervasi/Tourismusamt München

With over 200 museums, galleries and collections, Munich is one of the capitals of the art world. TUM is located in the new museum quarter, not far from the famous Pinakotheks. Many great artists are represented – from Dürer to Van Gogh and Beuys to Picasso. The Glyptothek – situated right behind the university canteen on Arcisstraße – houses ancient Greek and Roman sculptures. The Deutsches Museum is the world’s oldest and most prominent museum of technology – matched only by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. Located on an island in the middle of the river Isar, the museum is an important research partner of TUM. Museums in munich

One of many exhibitions that take place in the TUM Architecture Museum
Turning points in construction: One of many exhibitions that take place in the TUM Architecture Museum.Image: Architekturmuseum

The TUM Architecture Museum in the Pinakothek der Moderne is one of the best of its kind in the world. It is both an archive and an exhibition, combining collection, teaching and research – a unique position as a university institution in Germany.

  • Exhibitions: Numerous exhibits are produced in seminars or in the laboratories and studios of the TUM. The teaching collection for the education and training of architects forms a bridge with the public on questions of urban development, cities of the future and art and design in construction.
  • The collection comprises around 500,000 outline concepts, drafts, plans and sketches, together with sections and architectural surveys by more than 500 architects since 1750. In addition, there are architectural models and extensive collections of photographs and written documents.
  • The research museum stages changing exhibitions of historical and current items of architecture. Guided tours, discussion forums, lectures and other events open up architecture to an interested public.