Manuela Hartel at Pinakothek der Moderne Munich

PdM Festival Freitreppe

UNPAINTED artist Manuela Hartel provides a suggestive visual framework with her video art during a concert in the rotunda of the Pinakothek.

The orchestra

The orchestra is the blueprint of society . What makes orchestras so unique? How does a human space filled with sound emerge from musicians? How do different room acoustics of the Pinakothek der Moderne respond to the musical phenomena? How does video art manage to look inward and re-explore contemplative experience together with music, while both arts retain their autonomy? Through the conceived interaction of different ensembles of six renowned string quartet ensembles in the light of video art by Manuela Hartel we experience on 9.12. in the Pinakothek der Moderne Munich what creates ‘the whole’, which is more than the sum of its parts.

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Pinakothek der Moderne, Festival4 initiates an innovative project “Mensch – Klang – Raum – Moderne”, the first string quartet Biennale in Germany. We use the interiors of this architecturally significant museum building by Stephan Braunfels with its 3-storey rotunda and the two side stairs as a playing area for various string quartet ensembles with contemporary music. The audience experiences auditory-visual and walking in the various sound spaces, can find their own positions and experience the music and its ensembles visually and acoustically anew.


Malion Quartet Jörg Widmann (*1973): String Quartet No. 1 John Adams (*1947): from First String Quartet (2008) 2nd movement ‘new tempo’

Klenke Quartet Ursula Mamlok (1923-2016): String Quartet No. 2 (1998) Carolin Shaw (*1982): “Punctum”

Diogenes Quartet George Crumb (1929-2022): “Black Angels” for amplified string quartet

Asasello Quartet Lisa Streich (*1985): from: (ENGEL, …) NOCH TASTEND for string quartet – commissioned by the Asasello Quartet, premiered in Vienna in May 2018 Sergej Nevsky (*1972): String Quartet – commissioned by the Asasello Quartet 2022

Henschel Quartet Steffen Wick (*1981): “Kaleidoskop”. Quartet on the occasion of the 25th anniversary – Shapes and colours dance in front of the inner eye

Modern String Quartet “Pictures at an Exhibition” – Framed in Jazz

With the kind support of the GEMA Foundation, the Bavarian Cultural Fund, the Cultural Department of the City of Munich, the Curt Wills Foundation and Neustart Kultur.


Festival4 e.V.

Förderverein des VdSQ (Association of String Quartets)

Dr. Ulrike Keil

+49 172 7656619