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Munich is one big museum, but within the city lies a realm of museums ranging in époques, styles, and art forms – from ancient Egypt to Andy Warhol.
The Kunstareal (art district) is a museum quarter in central Munich hosting a multitude of exhibitions: three Pinakotheken galleries (Alte Pinakothek, Neue Pinakotek and Pinakotek de Moderne), two museums specialized in Greek and Roman art, and the Brandhorst museum’s pricat collection of modern art. All art forms from the dawn of man are displayed, ranging from Ancient Egypt to Andy.
ALTE, NEUE, MODERNE
The Alte Pinakothek is one of the most important museums in Europe. Many influential paintings line the walls amongst the 700 exhibited works of art. Old German work by Altdorfer, Dürer, Grünewald and precious panels of the old Netherlandish painting are found next to the likes of the Italian classics like Leonardo, Raphael, Tiziano and Tiepolo Eleven works by Rembrandt constitute a core of exceptional 17th century Dutch paintings – the list of outstanding artists is endless.
Nearby, the Neue Pinakothek hosts works by the biggest Impressionists including Renoir, Manet, Monet, Cézanne, Gauguin, and Van Gogh.
The Pinakothek der Moderne exhibits various collections in one building, to form one of the most important and popular museums of modern art in Europe – a must for all art lovers.
THE BLAUE REITER
Munich is not only one of the most beautiful and architecturally exciting cities, it holds some of the greatest art collections from different eras – from both Munich and abroad. It was here that many artists created their greatest work. Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) was one of the best-known art movements composed of the likes of Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc and August Macke – most of whom are displayed at the Lenbachhaus.
THE LAST AVANT-GUARDE
The Brandhorst is one of the most recent museums within the structure of the Bavarian State Painting Collections, and exhibits pop art, minimal art and arte povera. New materials and production methods were at first not regarded as artistic but eventually changed art, and found their way into the museum, which now encompasses works by Joseph Beuys, John Chamberlain, Dan Flavin, Bruce Nauman, Richard Tuttle and Walter De Maria.
THE JEWISH MUSEUM
Jewish art has always played a relevant role in Munich’s history. The original plans to create a Jewish museum date back to 1928 – to no avail. In the early eighties, a private citizen relaunched an initiative, but it wasn’t until 2007 that the project became a reality. Though new, the Jewish Museum has had a long history. Located on Sankt-Jakobs-Platz next to Stadtmuseum, the building hosts three levels of changing exhibition space, offering insight into Jewish life.
The youngest in a row of museums in Munich. Houses contemporary and modern art.
Opened in 2007 the Jüdische Museum shows a permanent exhibition of Jewish history and contemporary Munich in 900 square metres.
Collection of 14th – 18th century European paintings.
The biggest museum for modern art in Germany gives a comprehensive look at the arts in the 20th and 21st centuries until present day.