Munich: La Grande Bellezza

On some Munich house walls stands in
ornate letters "to the sea", an arrow below points south.
Dream and reality go hand in hand here. Also the many surfers, the
Surfing on the Eisbach come, dive deep into the magical realism
the metropolis. On good days you can easily forget that in Munich
lives on the wrong side of the Alps; only on gray winter days does this shatter
Cliche of Italy's northernmost city in the cold.
            Much more often, however, drives the hair dryer, a
warm south wind, people on the road and conjures a phenomenal
Mountain view, as if the Alps were right outside the door. If not exactly
Rain or snow, the people of Munich like to spend their free time
Café terraces at Hugo or Sprizz. The sunglasses: glamorous; the
Shirt sleeve: casually rolled up. Vespas rattle, Ferraris unleash theirs
Hell sound. You could call this outdoor spectacle the most skilful copy
the dolce vita
Smile or envy – Munich's affinity with Italy would not do much
deeper. It does not just consist of sitting outside, drinking cappuccino and
Anbandeln, but like any meaningful love story has a profound
spiritual dimension, which in the many stories about the Italian
Munich is too often overlaid by cliché.
            Today is a good day. On this lukewarm
Evening on the Salvatorplatz the sea is felt up to the
sunset colored sun loungers that burned the Literaturhaus for a
Reading has opened. Exactly at this place left Henriette Adelaide of
Savoy, influential advisor to her husband and Elector Ferdinand Maria of Bavaria, 1654 with the Singspiel La ninfa ritrosa the first freestanding
Open Opera House of Germany. An armada of Italian architects, bricklayer,
Musician, highly specialized craftsman had the energetic Savoyard
brought the farm. After the birth of the desired heir to the throne, she drifted out
Gratefulness for the construction of the Theatinerkirche, an image of Sant'Andrea della
Valle in Rome, and Ferdinand donated her a rural pleasure palace, later
Called Nymphenburg.
            In this way, Munich took
Italophilia, which has always been more than a Modespleen, its beautiful
Shape. It is rooted in the mannerisms
Italian aristocrats who made a career at the Bavarian court, including
the Malaspina and Maffei from Verona, the Spreti from Ravenna, the Pocci
Viterbo. And, more importantly, it relies on the geographical proximity, the
vital trade connections and a special mentality kinship.
This includes sensual sensuality as well as the important role
which one attributes to beauty. To date, the city in one
relaxed Mediterranean worldliness. While other German cities,
about Frankfurt, after World War II comforting in the American Way of Life
established, Munich adapted long before Italian way of life together
            Already in 1810, the Turin supplied
Chocolate maker Luigi Tambosi in his establishment at the court garden the elegant
Society with limonata
and caffè.
In 1890, Munich's love affair began with Italian cuisine when
in the Schellingstraße the Osteria Bavaria (today Osteria Italiana) opened
became the first of currently around 600 ristoranti.
In the Schwabinger local not only the pointed feathers of the
Simplicissimus, but also Adolf Hitler and his followers.
            One admires the Italians for theirs
Pasta, for sports cars and style in all situations. The principles
the bella figura,
that a shoe can not be capricious enough and the appearance never
has been neglected, one has long since internalized on the Isar. At the sprezzatura is still
worked: that Italian effort, the art of thinking, acting, being
and seem to be as effortless as possible.
        This article is from Weltkunst issue no. 149/2018

The italianità
bavarese reflects fashion, design, literature, art and building culture.
She loves modernity and is by no means limited to the historical
Architecture, at the Munich his self-image as grande bellezza like
Moors. Nice and good that King Ludwig I on the royal building of the residence
Facade of Palazzo Pitti quoted and also with the Feldherrnhalle, a copy
the Loggia dei Lanzi, which revived Florence during the Renaissance. But was that
Café Espresso, 1957 as the bridgehead of elegance in Sep Ruf's Neue Maxburg
set and unfortunately disappeared, not the greater revelation? In
Glass walls dissolved, the zigzag white painted decorative struts on the
Parapet, more Rimini modernism than Bauhaus reason: a tribute to the
Playfulness of the southern holiday country, where the brought to their youth German
War generation the joy of life found again.
            Munich on the Mediterranean, that's no fata
Morgana, but urban reality. Currently a research project of the
Ludwig-Maximilians-University the influence of Italians on the metropolis and
vice versa. Language biographies, pictures and other testimonies of
Migration experience is gathered to provide an authentic insight into the
To offer life to the Italian community, which, with 27,000 people after the
Turkish and Croatian the third largest immigration group of the city