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Connoisseur's Guide · Europe · germany · Munich · Four fascinating museums of private collections

Museum Brandhorst

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Museum Brandhorst

Munich is home to one of the most beautiful museums devoted to a private collection. In 2009, the Museum Brandhorst opened its doors, with the construction costs funded by the government of Bavaria. The museum was built specifically to house an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art owned by Udo and Anette Brandhorst, which Udo donated to the state following the death of his wife. The new building is located in the museum quarter called Kunstreal, initiated at the beginning of the 19th century by Bavarian king Ludvig I. The Museum Brandhorst is the newest inhabitant of the Kunstreal, alongside such respected art institutions as the Pinakothek der Moderne, the Neue Pinakothek and the Alte Pinakothek. The museum building, which covers 3200 square metres of exposition space, was designed to serve as an ideal space for the display of art works. Its white walls, wooden floors and the rounded shapes of the trimmings create a natural, neutral and welcoming environment.

In contrast, the museum's many-coloured façade reminds one of a piece of abstract art. The Brandhorsts began collecting art in the 1970s and today, their collection of more than 700 pieces features striking works by such well-known 20th and 21st-century artists as Andy Warhol, Bruce Nauman, Jeff Koons, Alex Katz, Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, Damien Hirst and many others. One of the highlights is a set of oeuvres by the late abstract American artist Cy Twombly - the biggest collection of his art outside of the United States. Twombly's large-size artworks have been exhibited in several museums, and provide one of the greatest artistic experiences in the Museum Brandhorst.

A separate museum room was designed in accordance with the artist's wishes and is devoted to his famous series of 12 large-format works entitled Lepanto. The oval room has curved wooden benches placed in the middle, whose shapes converge with the lines of the room's interior, almost creating the sense of being in a quiet sanctuary. A special kind of atmosphere is also provided by the room lighting, where an incredible harmony is achieved between artificial and natural daylight. Lepanto was created specially by Twombly for the 2001 Venice Biennale, and is a tribute to the sea battle that took place in October of 1571 in the Gulf of Lepanto between the Ottoman Turks and the Holy League - a Christian coalition consisting of Spain, Venice and the Papal States.

Theresienstrasse 35a
www.museum-brandhorst.de

05/2012

 

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