Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich

Barer Straße 40, München
Bayern, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)89.23805-360
closed on: Mondays, 1 May, 24, 25 and 31 December
Museum Type: Architecture / Urbanism, Art, Decorative arts / Handicraft, Industrial design
Pinakothek der Moderne Munich

The Pinakothek der Moderne (Modern Painting Gallery) is the largest museum in Munich dedicated to modern and contemporary art, design, and architecture.

The museum, which opened in 2002, is housed in a 22,000 square-meter / 237,000 square-foot building, designed by the German architect Stephan Braunfels; the museum galleries and visitor facilities are organized around a large central hall, known as “the rotunda”.

Above: the south facade of the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich; photo me.lyzzy (CC BY-SA 2.0).

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The “rotunda” hall of the Pinakothek der Moderne, photo Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

The building of the Pinakothek der Moderne accommodates actually four different institutions under one roof.

The Sammlung Moderne Kunst (Modern Art Collection) houses paintings and sculptures, with over 3,000 pieces of art dating to the 20th and 21st centuries, including works by Boccioni, Braque, Picasso, Klee, Kandinsky, Beckmann, Kirchner, Fontana, Warhol, Bacon, Beuys, Nam June Paik, Rauschenberg, and Richard Serra, to name just a few.

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A room of the Sammlung Moderne Kunst; photo kayugee (CC BY-ND 2.0).

The Staatliche Graphische Sammlung (State Graphic Collection) presents graphics, drawings and prints from the 15th to the 21st century, with works by Dürer, van Gogh, El Greco, Matthias Grünewald, Klimt, Magritte, Mantegna, Michelangelo, Munch, Picasso, Rembrandt, Rubens and Leonardo da Vinci, among many others.

The Architekturmuseum (Museum of Architecture) features a very interesting collection of drawings, scale models, photographs, and videos related to ancient and modern architecture.

The Neue Sammlung (New Collection) focuses on design, with a collection of over 80,000 pieces related to industrial design, applied arts, furniture, and graphic design. (we have a dedicated page on it, you can see it here).

The Pinakothek der Moderne also organizes temporary exhibitions, guided tours, concerts, seminars, and educational programs.
The museum accommodates a shop and a cafe-restaurant.

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