Pictures from a trip to Munich’s Pinakothek der Moderne Gallery a few days ago. Whether you are a big art and design fan or not, it’s worth a visit to this place for the building alone (although I hear that not all locals would agree with me on that!)…
Opened in 2002, the Moderne is basically four museums in one. All 22,000 square metres of the place is divided into four separate entities with one wing to cover architecture, one for design, one for works on paper and the last of course has to be Art… And some pretty impressive art there is too, including works by Picasso, Mattisse, Miro, Bacon and my personal favourite Henry Moore! Be aware though that the Works on Paper wing changes frequently, so do check beforehand if there’s something you are specifically interested in seeing.
I am a sucker for both modern architecture and art (which is perhaps why I spent so much time at Louisiana when we lived in Denmark!), and this is one building where every aspect has been taken into consideration in order to show off its treasures. From the beautiful rotunda of the reception area to the (mostly) natural light in the Art Collection (following certain recent finds in the city, you have to wonder how much this modern art collection will grow by too!), to the vertical rotating platforms displaying countless iconic designs in the Design section.
The staff are helpful and unstuffy (and are even very nice if you forget to turn your flash off your camera – Mother!!). If you visit during the week you will feel like you almost have it to yourself too (I did – apart from the crowd of Danes appreciating the chairs from home in the Design section!)!
It’s definitely worth taking out one of the free audio guides too, as with the help of one of those not only do you find out exactly what it is you are looking at, but a little more about the designer/artist/architect themselves so you can feel all knowledgeable at the end of your visit. And when you have finished your morning of cultural and artistic appreciation, I can confirm that the cakes in the restaurant (also in a magnificent space!) are definitely worth investigating too!
Open from Tues-Sunday, Entry: 10 Euros – Free on a Wednesday. Free Audio Guides. Cameras allowed – no Flash!!