PINAKOTHEK DER MODERNE: This is where the fresh, the edgy, the controversial and the downright confusing artworks come to play.
The Pinakothek der Moderne (built in 2002) is the newest and brashest of Munich’s three big art galleries.
Although the building doesn’t look like much from the outside its circular floor plan and minimalist design will have you darting around like you’re in a post-modern Alice in Wonderland.
There are four focus areas: Art, Architecture, Design and Works on paper, but staff are quick to point out that nothing here is static. “Permanent” exhibitions often make way for visiting shows relegating renowned works to the back rooms.
That said, here’s a rundown of works regularly featured, and an account of what I saw when I visited.
The design exhibit at the Pinakothek der Moderne starts at the base of board staircase to the right of the entrance, which opens up into a huge viewing room.
What’s on show?
An eclectic mix of design icons on an enormous Ikea-style bookshelf, of course.
There’s a red-lip sofa, coffee machines, a toboggan, kitchen chairs and a wooden car
I think it’s there to make you realise that everyday object are also art, just in the mass-produced manner. These are the designs that defined generations, folks, so it’s time to ante up and pay a little tribute.
Among the temporary exhibitions I saw was a big pool of drawings borrowed from New York’s Morgan Library and Museum. Honestly, it failed to float my boat.
Ditto for the only mildly moving Multiple Cities display in the architecture section.
This consisted of models, drawings, maps and photographs of varying cities concepts, including ‘Destroyed Cities’, ‘Patchwork Cities’ ‘Cities on the Move’ and ‘Megacities’.
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