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Pinakothek der Moderne

Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich. ũ Pinakothek der Moderne

Daily; not Mon
Hours: Tue-Sun 10am-6pm (until 8pm Thu)
Cost: €8; concessions €5; €1 on Sun
Pinakothek der Moderne in Maxvorstadt contains one of the world's greatest collections of 20th- and 21st-century art, with four major museums (art, graphics, architecture and design) under one roof. Highlights include works by Magritte, Dalȷ, Warhol and Beuys.
Paintings, sculptures, installations and new media works are on show in the Museum of Art, which features a range of art movements including Modern Art, Art from 1950, Contemporary Art and Photography. Built around a core collection formerly housed in a wing of the Haus der Kunst, highlights include works by Matisse, Lovis Corinth and Oskar Kokoschka, as well as an important group of Beckmanns and other leading Modernists. More recent artists represented include Baselitz, Polke and Palermo and room-size installations by Bill Viola and Joseph Beuys.

Graphic works on paper are on show in the museum's Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, one of the most important exhibitions of its kind in Germany. It presents regularly changing exhibits with works from the museum's own holdings as well as loans.

Founded in 1907, the Neue Sammlung was the city's first design collection and only became a museum in 1952. Now it is one of the world's premier establishments for industrial design, tracing the history of design with 60,000 objects and selected samples.

Holding 350,000 drawings by 700 architects, 100,000 photographs and 500 models, the Museum of Architecture impressively shows developments in architecture from the 16th century onwards. Formerly part of the Munich Technical University, the collection is now designed to appeal to all visitors, not only to specialists.

Besides the four main areas, it is worth visiting the building's basement, which hosts temporary exhibitions, thematically grouped exhibitions and interdisciplinary shows. There is also a varied event programme throughout the year featuring performing arts, music, literature, dance and film.

Visitors can stroll through the museum's many rooms alone or take advantage of one of the guided tours that are available in many languages. Afterwards, the museum's cafȳ serves a range of snacks and drinks and there are many books on offer in the bookshop.

If you are hungry for more, a walk around the corner is all it takes. Two additional museums: the Alte Pinakothek, focusing on paintings, and the Neue Pinakothek, providing an overview of European art from classicism to art nouveau, await. Together the three Pinakotheken form what is known as the city's Museums Mile.
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