MUSEUMS

Munich is one of Germany’s greatest art capitals. In an exceptional density and abundance more than ten internationally renowned museums are centered in Munich’s Kunstareal (art district).

The Glyptothek with its collection of Roman and Greek sculptures was – at its opening in 1830 on initiative of King Ludwig I – not only Munich’s first public museum building but also the first museum in Europe to exclusively display ancient works of art. The world-famous art galleries followed: the Alte Pinakothek, built by Leo von Klenze, opened in 1836 and the Neue Pinakothek opened its doors to the public in 1853, the first museum for contemporary art in Germany. Both art galleries, founded by Ludwig I, are internationally renowned through their vast collection of most important European schools of painters from the 14th up to the 20th century with masterpieces by Dürer, Raphael, Tizian, Rubens, Rembrandt, Poussin, Goya, Delacroix, van Gogh and Monet. Since 2001, the Pinakothek der Moderne houses four important museums under its roof with the worldwide most comprehensive collection in the field of industrial design. Under the same roof the Modern Art Collection showcases trend-setting art movements of the 20th century with a characteristic collection focus on German art with representatives such as Beuys, Richter, Baselitz and Polke.

In 2009, the Munich Kunstareal was enriched by the Museum Brandhorst with its focus on international art of the 20th and 21st century, including works by Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol or Cy Twombly. The permanent exhibitions are enhanced through topical rotating exhibitions of international standing – also in the Haus der Kunst or in the Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung – of which we will keep you updated. Recently, for example, the sculpture “Large Red Sphere” by the main representative of land art and conceptual art, the American artist Walter De Maria, is exhibited in Türkentor. The building was converted for this purpose by Sauerbruch Hutton.

Apart from the national museums, the city’s collection of the Lenbachhaus with its comprehensive collection from the 20th and 21st century – among them numerous works of the artist group “Blaue Reiter” including Vassily Kandinsky – also enjoys a very good reputation. A visit to the special exhibition of the private collection Sammlung Goetz which focuses on contemporary art and is housed in the Kunstbau designed by Herzog and De Meuron, guaranties more intimate art appreciation. In a totally different manner, visitors of Villa Stuck experience the art of the Munich painter-prince Franz von Stuck in his former living and artist’s studio. We not only offer competent and varied tours through European art history in the numerous museums of Munich but also show you outside the walls of the museums in Munich’s city center works of contemporary world-famous artists such as Olafur Eliasson, Thomas Ruff, Rémy Zaugg, Rita McBride, Thomas Demand or Jenny Holzer.