Pinakothek der Moderne

Munich

Pinakothek der Moderne

The Pinakothek der Moderne holds one of the world’s biggest collections of 20th and 21st century art.

Four separate institutions with permanent and temporary exhibitions are housed under a single roof: the Bayerischen Staatsgemäldesammlungen’s modern art collection, the New Collection – an international design museum, the Technical University of Munich’s architecture museum and the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung – a collection of prints and drawings.

The building, which was designed by Munich-based architect Stephan Braunfels, reflects both the autonomy of the individual collections and their coming together as a whole. The building’s exterior takes the form a free-standing, rectangular block of exposed, white concrete with groups of pillars outside the glass-fronted lobby. A central rotunda, flooded with natural light, provides the focal point inside. The museum’s open-plan foyer and the conical staircase leading to the different exhibition floors are located under the rotunda’s enormous glass dome. Unobstructed sightlines allow visitors standing in the foyer to catch tantalising glimpses – both near and far – of the individual collections.

Die Neue Sammlung | You fade to light, rAndom International by Philips Lumiblade / © DIE NEUE SAMMLUNG - THE INTERNATIONAL DESIGN MUSEUM MUNICH - ALEXANDER LAURENZO Die Neue Sammlung | You fade to light, rAndom International by Philips Lumiblade / © DIE NEUE SAMMLUNG - THE INTERNATIONAL DESIGN MUSEUM MUNICH - ALEXANDER LAURENZO Ansicht Saal 29 der Pinakothek der Moderne mit den sogenannten Schleifenbildern von 19866 / SAMMLUNG MODERNE KUNST IN DER PINAKOTHEK DER MODERNE | FOTO: BAYERISCHE STAATSGEMÄLDESAMMLUNGEN Blick auf Dürers Triumphzug von 1520/21 im Dialog mit Polkes sogenannten Schleifenbildern von 1986 / SAMMLUNG MODERNE KUNST IN DER PINAKOTHEK DER MODERNE | FOTO: BAYERISCHE STAATSGEMÄLDESAMMLUNGEN Pinakothek der Moderne / Foto: B. Roemmelt Pinakothek der Moderne Aussenansicht / Foto: B. Roemmelt Pinakothek der Moderne Rotunde / Foto: B. Roemmelt Münchner Pinakotheken / Foto: B. Roemmelt