21 August 2008

Pinakothek Der Moderne

It's hard work getting round all the museums in Munich, but taking advantage of the 1 Euro Sunday entrance fee we visited the Pinakothek Der Moderne.

The collection of modern and contemporary art complements the collections in the Alte Pinakothek and the Neue Pinakothek.

The usual suspects are here. It's not my thing, but the upper floor of the building itself provides an exceptional space for display of these works.

As well as the art collection the museum also has exhibitions on design, architecture and works on paper. I was disappointed with these. The design exhibition is not bad, but is strongly focused on furniture with only small displays of other areas of design. The display spaces for works on paper are not yet completed, so perhaps it is best to reserve judgement.

The architecture exhibition displays works from the Munich Technical University museum of architecture. It is perhaps aimed more at students of architecture than the general public. This might explain why what should be a fascinating exhibition is, instead, extremely dull.

The best part of the museum is the building itself, especially the internal display areas. It's just a shame there are not more interesting things displayed in them. Still, it's worth a visit on a Sunday.

Next year the museum quarter will be expanded further with the opening of another museum dedicated to modern art. The Museum Brandhorst, next to the Pinakothek Der Moderne will house the Brandhorst collection of Udo and Annette Brandhorst.

Why does the city need two museums of contemporary art side by side?
While the Pinakothek der Moderne is dedicated to developing art and exhibitions of the 20th and 21st century overall, the central endeavour of the Brandhorst Museum is to provide a deepened engagement with a cross-section of charismatic personalities.
So now you know.

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