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How to enjoy Munich’s Kunstareal

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Forget about beer and bratwurst, Bavaria’s beautiful capital city, Munich, is also home to one of Germany’s most significant cultural destinations: the Kunstareal.

Located in the city’s Old Town, this picturesque museum quarter consists of several art museums and galleries and houses one of the most spectacular collections of art worldwide.

The relatively small size of the district means all of the sites are within easy walking distance of each other, making it an enjoyable day out for art connoisseurs.

Alte Pinakothek

One of the world’s oldest art galleries, the enormous collection housed in the Alte Pinakothek is a veritable treasure trove of the European masters.  Focusing on the 14th to 18th centuries, the gallery has more than 800 permanent pieces on display, including Raphael’s ‘Canigiani Holy Family’ and Albrecht Durer’s ‘Self Portrait’ – dated 1500.

The gallery also houses an impressive collection of work by Rubens, Van Dyck and some exquisite examples of early Dutch painting by Rogier van der Weyden and Dieric Bouts.

Neue Pinakothek

Founded in 1853 by King Ludwig I of Bavaria to house his own private collection, the Neue Pinakothek is a breathtaking study of European art from Classicism to Art Nouveau.

The original Neue Pinakothek building was destroyed during the Second World War and reopened in its current home, designed by architect Alexander von Branca, in 1981.

The gallery is particularly famous for its comprehensive collection of Impressionism paintings by artists such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Eduouard Manet, Claude Monet, Paul Cezanne, Vincent Van Gogh and many others.

Pinakothek der Moderne

Bringing together the Bavarian State Collection of Modern and Contemporary Arts, The National Collection of Works on Paper, the Museum for Design and Applied Arts and the Munich Technical University’s Museum of Architecture, the Pinakothek der Moderne is home to one of the world’s largest collections of industrial design.

This impressive list of artists on display includes Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.

Museum Brandhorst

One of the most recent additions to the Kunstareal, the Museum Brandhorst opened on 21 May 2009 and exhibits works from the modern art collection of Udo and Anette Brandhorst, heirs of the Henkel Trust.

The main displays are a comprehensive selection of the works of Andy Warhol and Cy Twombly, as well as work by other modern artists such as Alex Katz and Damien Hirst.

Photo of Branhorst by DigitalCat

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