The Alte Pinakothek is one of three world class museum/galleries in close proximity to one another in Munich. The collections here range from the Middle Ages to the end of the Eighteenth century (later work is to be found in the other two museums). The range of work is extensive and includes wonderful examples of paintings by the Old German masters of the Renaissance, such as Cranach and Durer, and Italian and Netherlandish artists of the same period. Each succeeding century is represented by terrific examples from Western European art. For the record, other World art is shown in museums and galleries elsewhere in the city. The Alte Pinakothek is a very large building and is beautifully designed but don't try to do it all in a morning. You'll have very sore feet and a tired back! Decide to tackle one period of art and maybe go back for more on another occasion. One more thing, wear soft-soled shoes! Everyone else seems to, and if you don't you'll clack around the place on the ceramic tile floors.
This gallery opened in 2002 and shows the visual arts and design of the 20th and 21st centuries. It was designed by Stephan Braunfel. It is spacious, full of natural light from a huge rotunda, and offers both a permanent collection and changing exhibitions. It is a pleasure to visit. The design work in particular is imaginatively displayed, on ramps, on huge open lifts that revolve in the air, or suspended at eye level from the high ceilings. Like the other nearby museums, it has a good cafe, and an attractive shop that sells both mementos of your visit and scholarly material. The entry fee was 9.50 euros but that covered all the shows offered in the gallery.
Museum District; tram 27 from Karlsplatz (Stachus) www.pinakothek-der-moderne.de
The Haus der Kunst is one of the few Third Reich buildings left intact in Munich, (the former air ministry also survives in Berlin). It housed the notorious so-called Degenerate Art exhibition in July 1937, where examples of new art were displayed in order to be ridiculed. By a nice irony the building is now used to show changing exhibitions of radical art of all kinds, including performance.
Prinzregentenstrasse, adjacent to the Bayrische National Museum and the Schack-Galerie. Tram 17 from the city centre.
The Stadtische Galerie in the Lenbachhaus is set in an Italianate villa and shows both changing exhibitions and a permanent collection of paintings and sculpture from the first half of the Twentieth century. There is an unrivalled collection of the work of Kandinsky, Gabriele Munther and Franz Marc. The building has an intimate, friendly atmosphere and, very important, a good cafeteria.
Luisenstrasse 33. U2 to Konigsplatz from Hauptbahnhof (central station). Five minute walk to Lenbachhaus.
The Alte, the Neue and the Pinakothek der Moderne are wonderful galleries showing painting, sculpture and, in the last case, design as well, all in close walking distance of each other, just to the north-west of the city centre. They have work ranging in time from the Renaissance to the present day, all presented in distinguished buildings which are welcoming and, especially in the case of the modern gallery, fun to visit.
Barer Strasse. U2 line to Theresienstrasse, or Tram 27 to Pinakotheken.
The Alte Pinakothek offers a very profound overview of the Old Masters which ranges from the 14th to the 18th century. There are paintings by Dürer, Rubens, Tintoretto, Brueghel and others on display. Designed by the Bavarian mid-19th-century architect Leo von Klenze for King Ludwig I, the building itself was exemplary for European museum buildings in the 19th century.
Closed on Mondays, just €1 entrance fee on sundays.
The museum is the centre of the Munich "Kunstareal", the "art quarter", where you can find a lot of other museums (eg the two other "Pinakotheken") as you can see on the recommended homepage.
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