With the opening of the Museum Brandhorst, the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen gain an institution of international prominence. Located near the Alte Pinakothek and Neue Pinakothek and directly adjacent to the Pinakothek der Moderne it offers an impressive ensemble of works of modern and contemporary art.
The Brandhorst CollectionPaintings, sculptures, and installations offer the possibility of aesthetic experiences of an unusual presence and variety, almost unequalled among privately initiated collections in Germany. Groups of works by selected artists from the second half of the twentieth century as well as international representatives of contemporary art form the special character of this collection of over 700 artworks.
Two focal points of emphasis give the Brandhorst Collection its character: With more than sixty paintings, drawings, and sculptures by the American artist Cy Twombly (b. 1928), it offers the greatest overview of this American artist’s development outside the USA. The groundbreaking protagonist of Pop Art, Andy Warhol, is represented with over one hundred pieces in a panorama of works unique in Europe.
Other positions enrich this spectrum and broaden it: Sigmar Polke, Georg Baselitz, Gerhard Richter, Alex Katz, Eric Fischl, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Ed Ruscha. These are complemented by objects and installations by Mario Merz, Jannis Kounellis, Franz West, Katharina Fritsch, Christopher Wool, Robert Gober, and others.
With the presentation of this contemporary artist as well as others such as Mike Kelley and Damien Hirst, the Brandhorst Collection intentionally seeks an encounter with controversial and more recent currents.
The Museum Brandhorst in the Art DistrictThe Museum Brandhorst spectacularly expands the profile of Munich’s art district with the Alte Pinakothek, the Neue Pinakothek, the Pinakothek der Moderne, the Glyptotek, and the Antiquities Collection.
In terms of city planning, the museum fits into the northwestern part of the art district and partially integrates the historical preconditions of the site, as foreseen in the development plan for the second building phase of the Pinakothek der Moderne. For one, the newly constructed building by Sauerbruch Hutton follows the layout of a wing of the former Türkenkaserne barracks. Moreover, in its volumes and its striking lightness as well as its filigree structure, the façade on the corner of the two streets Türkenstrasse and Theresienstrasse responds to Sep Ruf’s housing complex from the 1950s, across the street.
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