CORONA PREVENTION MEASURES
After an eight-week closure due to the Corona pandemic, all museums of the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen are open again from 19 May 2020 on. The usual hygiene and distancing rules apply to the visit. We kindly ask you to come to the museums with a mouth-and-nose protection and to wear it throughout your visit. FAQs regarding the protective measures
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Admission is free for children and young people under the age of 18.
BRANDHORST, SAMMLUNG SCHACK
BRANDHORST, SAMMLUNG SCHACK
BRANDHORST, SAMMLUNG SCHACK
ONE HOUSE, 4 MUSEUMS
Housing four museums under one roof devoted to art, works on paper, architecture and design, the Pinakothek der Moderne ranks as one of the greatest collectors of artworks in Europe. Its trans-disciplinary approach – as expressed in its concept of “four-in-one” – is both visionary and, for the most part, unique.
Ever since it was founded, the Pinakothek der Moderne has continued to offer a single ticket that allows visitors to discover all four of the art disciplines on display, to develop new perspectives and to experience them in all their diversity and topicality.
The central feature of the Pinakothek der Moderne complex is its imposing glass rotunda, which serves as a vibrant place of encounter and acts as point of departure for the continual stream of exhibitions, tours and cultural events.
Please find further information on the website of the Pinakothek der Moderne.
Sammlung Moderne Kunst
The Modern Art Collection (Sammlung Moderne Kunst) in the Pinakothek der Moderne picks up precisely where the collection presented at the Neue Pinakothek ends, namely with the art that came after 1900 or thereabouts. With its extensive stock totaling more than 20,000 works, it is one of the world’s leading institutions for painting, sculpture, photography and new media. Its collection ranges from the most important avant-garde movements of the early 20th century to current contemporary art. In dialogues offering comparisons and in rooms dedicated to individual artists, the displayed works raise formal and contextual issues about modern art. These artworks reflect how conditions have changed in an age shaped by technological optimism, the cult of progression on the one hand and by a heightened awareness of crises on the other. Particular attention is paid to making the historical circumstances of the 20th and 21st centuries visible in the presentation of the collection, and conveying the impact of war and dictatorship, for example, on art.
Within the rich collection of Expressionist works, the Cubist and Futurist redefinition of autonomous art contrasts with the question of man’s changed circumstances in Modernism. The artists of the “Brücke”, the “Blaue Reiter” and Max Beckmann, who is represented in unique depth, address this issue impressively, as is also the case with modern photography, represented with August Sander, Albert Renger-Patzsch and Florence Henri. Pablo Picasso’s pictorial fantasies and formal richness of invention are illuminated in large groups of works along with the Surrealist enigmas of the worlds portrayed by Max Ernst, René Magritte and Salvador Dalí.
Important themes since 1960, such as the formal and contextual extension of the term “art”, the “upgrading” of the trivial, and the ensuing related debate on whether low-brow and high-brow are equal in status are at the center of extensive groups of works by Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Georg Baselitz, Jeff Wall, Rosemarie Trockel, and Anselm Kiefer.
The latest developments, which expand the traditional understanding of the genre, are expressed specifically in spatial installations, performance and media art (Pipilotti Rist, Wolfgang Tillmans). Here the presentation is changed more frequently, as in the nearby Museum Brandhorst, which likewise belongs to the Bavarian State Painting Collections.
With its Online Collection, the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen (Bavarian State Painting Collections) is making its entire holdings accessible to the public for the first time: that’s 25,000 artworks in Bavaria, Germany and Europe viewable on a single platform! It is now possible to have an overview not only of all the artworks on display in the Munich galleries – the Alte and Neue Pinakothek, the Sammlung Moderne Kunst in the Pinakothek der Moderne, the Museum Brandhorst and the Sammlung Schack – and in the other state galleries of Bavaria (several thousand works in total), but also of works in the museum storerooms (17,000 works) and more than 4000 works on permanent loan from the Munich collections to over 400 sites, some belonging to institutions which are only partly open to the public.
Every artwork is documented with a photograph, basic information (catalogue/accession number, artist, title, support, size, provenance), and details of its location. The relevant specialist area is also given, to assist with classification.
You can reach the Pinakothek museums by
No 27 to Pinakotheken
U2 to Königsplatz or Theresienstrasse
U3 | U6 to Odeonsplatz or Universität
U4 | U5 to Odeonsplatz
No 154 to Schellingstraße
No 100 (Museumslinie/ museum line): to Pinakotheken
No 100 (Museumslinie/ museum line): to Maxvorstadt / Sammlung Brandhorst
We recommend the use of public transportation. Parking is not available.
Two coach parking spaces are available in front of the Neue Pinakothek. Parking is limited to two hours (with parking disc) between 10 am and 6 pm.
About the Architecture of the building
The Pinakothek der Moderne, built by Stephan Braunfels, is one of the largest museums for modern and contemporary art, architecture and design in Europe. Four completely independent collections present themselves under one roof: the Architekturmuseum of the Technical University of Munich, the Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum Munich, the Sammlung Moderne Kunst and the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung. Covering an area of approx. 12,000 m², the museum offers an overall view of the arts of the 20th and 21st centuries.
The open and spacious design of the building itself has made a decisive contribution to turning this multidisciplinary concept into a reality. With its impressive 25-metre-high glass dome, the rotunda marks the starting point for all tours of the building. Here, visitors can stroll around as if on an Italian piazza and give free rein to their thoughts as they move from one exhibition area to the next, discuss what they have seen and draw breath before emersing themselves once again in the depths of the next fascinating cosmos.
Apart from the two permanent presentations of works in the Sammlung Moderne Kunst on the upper level and the Neue Sammlung on the lower level, the Pinakothek der Moderne also has space for temporary exhibitions on the ground floor. Two of these areas are reserved for exhibitions held by the Architekturmuseum and the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung. Two further exhibition rooms are used by all four collections.
The architect successfully implemented a lighting concept tailor-made to each of the four museums. The rooms occupied by the Sammlung Moderne Kunst on the upper level have overhead lights and the rooms in the Architekturmuseum on the ground floor are lit from the side through large picture windows, whereas artificial lighting is used in the exhibition areas in the Neue Sammlung and the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung.
The Türkentor - the only remaining fragment of the former Prince Arnulf barracks - marks a central position between the Pinakothek der Moderne and the Museum Brandhorst. This particular location in the Kunstareal Munich is, since fall 2010, home to the sculpture “Large Red Sphere” by the American artist Walter De Maria (b. 1935), one of the pioneers of Land Art, Minimal Art and Concept Art. The work is permanently on display for the public. The Munich work “Large Red Sphere” currently represents the artist’s most recent artistic dialogue with the spherical form in a specific architectural setting. In close cooperation between the artist and Sauerbruch Hutton, the architects of the Museum Brandhorst, the Türkentor was renovated and redesigned for the presentation of the sculpture.
Walter De Marias “Large Red Sphere” evokes an archetype. The sphere is a universal representation of the world, the celestial body and the cosmic, a symbol of eternal and cyclical renewal.
Alone the granite sphere’s physical characteristics, reflected in its material, size (260 cm in diameter) and weight (25 t), suggest a powerful physical presence. A greater discrepancy between the
perfect and high-gloss spherical shape and the spatial enclosure with its diverse elements, forms and materials, is hardly imaginable.
To this effect, the sculpture, within the cubic space in which numerous traces of its past are preserved, suggests an aesthetic setting that embodies both a contemplative experience as well as an historic encounter.
Every day except Monday
April until October: 11.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.
November until March: 12.00 a.m. - 3.00 p.m.
Art Prints & Drawings Design Architecture
Pinakothek der Moderne
One institution, four collections: tour guide through a unique museum
In 2002, four unique museums moved into the newly constructed Pinakothek der Moderne, thus founding one of the largest institutions of twentieth and twenty-first century art and culture in the world. To celebrate their fifteenth anniversary, the Architekturmuseum der Technischen Universität München (Architecture Museum at the Munich Technical University), the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen (Bavarian State Collection of Paintings), Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum (The New Collection – The Design Museum), and the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München (State Collection of Prints, Munich) will open up their collections and take readers on a kind of interdisciplinary tour through two hundred eleven collection highlights of architecture, visual and applied arts, prints, and design. Including eight essays which provide an overview of the cultural-historical developments in the decades between 1895 and 2017, the interplay among the genres reveals a glimpse into modernism’s cultural history. A special guide for visitors to the museum and an addition for the library at home.
2017. 220 pp., 211 ills.
17.00 x 24.00 cm
Museum shop CEDON
Publications of the Pinakothek der Moderne as well as postcards, posters or gift articles are available in our shop.
Here you will find an brief overview of all our publications.
All Publications are available in the museum shop Cedon: CEDON-service.
Daily except Mondays | 10.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.
On Tuesdays 10.00 a.m. - 8.00 p.m.
T +49 (0)89 27275861
Daily 10.00 - 16.00
On Thursdays 10.00-20.00
Closed on Mondays
Café Münchner Freiheit
Max and Karl Eisenrieder
In the Pinakothek der Moderne, an Audio Guide for the permanent collection is included in the admission fee.
On Sundays, museum admission costs 1 Euro, the Audio Guide then costs 4,50 Euro.
The Audio Guide is available in German and English.
The Audio Guide was developed in cooperation with Antenna International.
Orientation and Barrier-free accesibility
You can download the TOUR / MAP of the Pinakothek der Moderne here.
Access to the museum
Barrier-free access from Barer Strasse; alternative access from Gabelsbergerstrasse / corner Türkenstrasse.
Personnel parking area Gabelsbergerstrasse; Please ring at the gate and show your disabled parking permit.
The museum has two lifts that allow access to all galleries.
One lift is located in the rotunda near the museum shop. The lift provides access to the basement, where the cloakroom and restrooms for the disabled are located, as well as to the galleries located on the upper floor.
Another lift is located at the Barer Strasse entrance. This lift only providesd access to the basement and design collection. This lift is also only operated by personnel. Please inquire at the information desk.
Seating and wheelchairs
Light, portable folding chairs and two wheelchairs are available at the information desk.
Restrooms for the disabled are located only in the basement.
The cloakroom is also in the basement. Spacious closets are available for school classes. The key is available at the cloakroom.
Guard dogs and seizure response dogs are permitted in the museum, if they bear adequate identification.
+49 (0)89 23805-360