Pinakothek der ModerneMunich
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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.