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Max Wagner Leaves the Gasteig

Portrait of Max Wagner
Copyright: Robert Haas / Gasteig

After more than seven years as managing director of Gasteig München GmbH, Max Wagner is leaving in search of new challenges. Munich’s deputy mayor Katrin Habenschaden thanks him for his success in making Europe’s largest arts centre ready for the future.

Max Wagner and the Gasteig, a subsidiary of the City of Munich, are expected to part ways in autumn this year. Entrusted with managing the Gasteig since 2016, he has asked the Gasteig’s supervisory board to prematurely terminate his contract as managing director. Now that the new Gasteig HP8 has successfully taken up operations and before the Munich City Council decides on the progress of the Gasteig’s renovation, Wagner feels the time has come to place the arts centre’s management in new hands.

Deputy mayor Katrin Habenschaden, who also chairs the supervisory board, says: “Max Wagner has led the Gasteig very successfully through seven exciting years. His tenure saw the completion of the international architectural competition for the Gasteig’s redevelopment, the advanced planning for the renovation work, and the construction and inauguration of the interim location Gasteig HP8, which is the envy of many cities worldwide. He has also realigned the Gasteig’s focus in terms of content and refreshed its image. Max Wagner has been ‘Mister Gasteig’ for the past few years, always putting his whole heart and soul into our arts centre. For that I am grateful to him and I wish him all the best for the future.”


“My time at the Gasteig was a great gift for me personally. I look back on it with joy and gratitude,” says Gasteig managing director Max Wagner. “They were seven exciting but also challenging years, in which I was able to move a lot together with my team and all the institutions at the Gasteig. It’s not every day in your career that you have the chance to open a completely new arts centre, including a philharmonic hall. Our alternative location, Gasteig HP8, has by now grown into a new cultural attraction. And we already have the plans for a renovated Gasteig that will meet tomorrow’s needs. This is a good time to place the job of moving things forward with fresh zeal into new hands.”

The supervisory board of Gasteig München GmbH is expected to discuss the further procedure on Tuesday, 27 June.