Minna Thiel

Minna Thiel is an old rail bus from the "Bahnwärter Thiel" cultural project, which in summer stands together with a telephone booth and small tents at Bernd-Eichinger-Platz in front of the University of Television and Film. The catering business hosts events such as exhibitions, concerts, readings and much more.


Type of intervention: Installation
Project character: Event
Theme: Lack of space / transformation of use / entertainment
Project Objective: Activation / Catalyst / Playfulness

Project location: Munich; Maxvorstadt; Bernd-Eichinger-Platz 1
Project dimension: approx. 400m2

Project period: since summer 2017
Project duration: 4 years (contract until 2021)
project frequency: seasonal
Project timeliness: ongoing

Open space type: outdoor space Building
Ownership: private land
Accessibility: partly restricted access - no fencing, but opening hours and compulsory consumption

Clients: none
Creators: Bahnwärter Kulturstätten GmbH (Daniel Hahn) // Organizer
Project partners: University of Television and Film (HFF) // Landowner
Further actors: Artists

(Commissioned) budget: none
Funding: Urban Development - Socially Integrative City, District Committee
Own funds: entrance fees / gastronomy / crowdfunding

Planning context ★★☆☆☆
Thematic planning context:
As with the Bahnwärter Thiel project, the "Minna Thiel" rail bus is a reused and reinterpreted repurposed object. What was once garbage is now infrastructure for a cultural meeting place and allows the use of an otherwise little-used space. The installation joins a series of artistic installations that occupy the open spaces of the Kunstareal and enliven the site even after the museums' visiting hours.

Spatial planning reference:
In the performance, modes of performance that are more or less exclusively applied in quiet environments are applied in an extremely moving, busy street space. Thus, the ever-changing street space itself becomes the subject and "contributor" to the action. However, there is no direct spatial planning reference.

Research sources
Media House Munich Eisenack UG
Buech, Max. 3 April 2018. "Visually inappropriate for the Weltkunstareal" - no Minna Thiel this summer?"
, www.mucbook.de/minna-thiel-bezirksausschuss-maxvorstadt-angemessen-weltkunstareal-bahnwaerter-thiel-daniel-hahn/, June 16, 2019.
Süddeutsche Zeitung.
Lotze, Birgit. June 1, 2018. "Minna Thiel is Back."
, www.sueddeutsche.de/muenchen/maxvorstadt-minna-thiel-ist-zurueck-1.3998536, 16 June 2019.
Minna Thiel Facebook Page
www.facebook.com/MinnaThielMuenchen/, 16 June 2019.

Melissa Apolaya, Victoria Wakulicz

Johann-Christian Hannemann, TUM, 2019.

Editorial revision
Johann-Christian Hannemann, Felix Lüdicke, Julia Treichel