Kunstareal, the art district in Munich

Wednesday, 22 January 2014 - 01:00 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
Category/Kategorie: General, Museums, Exhibitions

Kunstareal © Maximilian Dörrbecker/cc-by-sa-2.5

Kunstareal © Maximilian Dörrbecker/cc-by-sa-2.5

The Kunstareal (“art district”) is a museum quarter in Maxvorstadt in the city centre of Munich.

It consists of the three “Pinakotheken” galleries, the Glyptothek, the Staatliche Antikensammlung, the Lenbachhaus, the Museum Brandhorst and several galleries. The Staatliche Sammlung für Ägyptische Kunst was moved to the Kunstareal in 2013. The history of the museums in this area of Munich began in 1816 with the erection of the Glyptothek at Königsplatz and was completed with the new building for the Egyptian Museum (2012) and the extension of the Lenbachhaus (2013). Close to the Pinakothek der Moderne the neo-classical Palais Dürckheim (constructed in 1842–44) serves as a building dedicated to bringing art closer to the visitors, while the adjoining Türkentor (1826), the gate of a demolished royal caserne, is set to become a display window for temporary contemporary art.

Nearby the Kunstareal are several natural scientific museums of the Bavarian state, like the Paläontologisches Museum München, the Geological Museum and the Museum Reich der Kristalle as the public part of the “Mineralogische Staatssammlung Muenchen” (Bavarian State Collection for Mineralogy).

Bavarian State Collection of Antiques © flickr.com - Oliver Kurmis/cc-by-2.0 Lenbachhaus Gallery © Dominik Hundhammer/cc-by-sa-3.0 Glyptothek © flickr.com - Oliver Kurmis/cc-by-2.0 Alte Pinakothek © Markus Würfel/cc-by-sa-3.0 Museum Brandhorst © Rufus46/cc-by-sa-3.0 Neue Pinakothek © Nicholas Even/cc-by-2.5 Pinakothek der Moderne © Fritz Geller-Grimm/cc-by-sa-2.5 Türkentor © X Kunstareal © Maximilian Dörrbecker/cc-by-sa-2.5
<
>
Bavarian State Collection of Antiques © flickr.com - Oliver Kurmis/cc-by-2.0
The Kunstareal houses the following museums:

  • The Alte Pinakothek‘s rather monolithic structure contains a treasure trove of the works of European masters between the 14th and 18th centuries. The collection reflects the eclectic tastes of the Wittelsbachs over four centuries, and is sorted by schools over two sprawling floors. Major displays include paintings from Albrecht Dürer. The gallery houses one of the world’s most comprehensive Rubens collections. The Madonna of the Carnation is the only painting of Leonardo da Vinci in a German gallery.
  • The Neue Pinakothek is especially famous for its comprehensive collection of paintings of Impressionism from Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, Edgar Degas, Vincent van Gogh and many others.
  • The Pinakothek der Moderne unifies the Bavarian State Collection of Modern and Contemporary Arts, the National Collection of Works on Paper and the Museum for Design and Applied Arts with the Munich Technical University’s Museum of Architecture in one building and is deemed one of the most important and popular museums of modern art in Europe. It houses indeed the largest collection of industrial design. The Collection of Works on Paper ranges from masterpieces of Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci to Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Paul Klee and David Hockney. It is owned by the nearby Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München, a world renowned collection of 400,000 prints, engravings and drawings dating back to the Renaissance. The Collection of Modern Art keeps a large collection of paintings of Pablo Picasso, Max Beckmann and of the painters of Die Brücke.
  • Before World War I, the Blaue Reiter group of artists worked in Munich. Many of their works can now be seen at the Lenbachhaus.
  • The modern Museum Brandhorst focus on the work of Andy Warhol and Cy Twombly.
  • An important collection of Greek and Roman art is held in the Glyptothek and the Staatliche Antikensammlung (State Antiquities Collection). King Ludwig I managed to acquire such famous pieces as the Medusa Rondanini, the Barberini Faun and the figures from the Temple of Aphaea on Aegina for the Glyptothek. The internationally renowned collection of antique pottery is outstanding.
  • The Museum für Abgüsse klassischer Bildwerke displays the world’s most famous ancient Greek and Roman sculptures as plaster casts.
  • The Kunstareal was further augmented by the completion of the Staatliche Sammlung für Ägyptische Kunst (Egyptian Museum). This museum displays exhibits from all periods of Ancient Egypt’s history but also reliefs from Assyria and a lion from the Ishtar Gate of Babylon.

Read more on Kunstareal Munich and Wikipedia Kunstareal (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




Recommended posts:

Share this post: (Please note data protection regulations before using buttons)

Kolkata in India

Kolkata in India

[caption id="attachment_168678" align="aligncenter" width="590"] South City Mall © Kolkatan/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Kolkata, also known as Calcutta, the official name until 2001, is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. Located on the east bank of the Hooghly River, it is the principal commercial, cultural, and educational centre of East India, while the Port of Kolkata is India's oldest operating port and its sole major riverine port. In 2011, the city had a population of 4.5 million, while the populat...

[ read more/mehr lesen ]

Tropical Islands Resort - Europe’s largest tropical holiday world!

Tropical Islands Resort - Europe’s largest tropical holiday world!

[caption id="attachment_5063" align="aligncenter" width="590" caption="© Bmalina"][/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Tropical Islands Resort is an artificial tropical resort in Briesen/Brand, part of Halbe in Dahme-Spreewald, Brandenburg, Germany, about 60 km (37 mi) south-southeast of Berlin. It is said to have the world's largest tropical indoor pool which can accommodate up to 8,000 visitors a day. It is also the world's largest indoor waterpark at 66,000 m² (710,000 sq feet). It is inside a disused hangar 360 metres (1,181...

[ read more/mehr lesen ]

Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations in the Old Port of Marseille

Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations in the Old Port of Marseille

[caption id="attachment_24712" align="aligncenter" width="590"] MuCEM © SiefkinDR/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM) (French: Musée des Civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée) is a national museum located in the Old Port of Marseille, in the South of France. It was inaugurated on the 7th of June 2013 as part of the special year designating Marseille as the European Capital of Culture. The museum is devoted to European and Mediterranean civili...

[ read more/mehr lesen ]

Daytona Beach in Florida

Daytona Beach in Florida

[caption id="attachment_152304" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Welcome to Daytona Beach! © Dan Petreikis/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Daytona Beach is a city in Volusia County, Florida. The city is located approximately 51 miles (82.1 km) northeast of Orlando, 86 miles (138.4 km) southeast of Jacksonville, and 242 miles (389.5 km) northwest of Miami. The city has a population of 61,000. It is a principal city of the Deltona–Daytona Beach–Ormond Beach, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area, which was home to 495,...

[ read more/mehr lesen ]

Theme Week Lebanon - Tyre

Theme Week Lebanon - Tyre

[caption id="attachment_151397" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Remains of ancient columns at Al Mina excavation site © Heretiq/cc-by-sa-2.5[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Tyre, sometimes romanized as Sour, is a city in the South Governorate of Lebanon. There were approximately 117,000 inhabitants in 2003. However, the government of Lebanon has released only rough estimates of population numbers since 1932, so an accurate statistical accounting is not possible. Tyre juts out from the coast of the Mediterranean and is located about ...

[ read more/mehr lesen ]

Bora Bora in the South Pacific

Bora Bora in the South Pacific

[caption id="attachment_153628" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Taka-0905[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Bora Bora is an island in the Leeward group of the Society Islands of French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of France in the Pacific Ocean. The island, located about 230 kilometres (143 miles) northwest of Pape'ete, is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef. In the centre of the island are the remnants of an extinct volcano rising to two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, the highest point at 727 metres (2,385 feet)...

[ read more/mehr lesen ]

Cádiz in Andalusia

Cádiz in Andalusia

[caption id="attachment_152654" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Cadiz Palace - City Hall © Falkue[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Cadiz is a city and port in southwestern Spain. It is the capital of the homonymous province, one of eight which make up the autonomous community of Andalusia. Cadiz, the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the Iberian Peninsula and possibly all southwestern Europe, has been a principal home port of the Spanish Navy since the accession of the Spanish Bourbons in the 18th century. The city is a m...

[ read more/mehr lesen ]

Manchester in North West England

Manchester in North West England

[caption id="attachment_153114" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Town Hall © flickr.com - Stevo1000/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Manchester Listeni/ˈmæntʃɛstər/ is a city and metropolitan borough in North West England with an estimated population of 503,000. Manchester lies within the United Kingdom's third largest urban area which has a population of 2,240,230. The local authority is Manchester City Council. Manchester is situated in the south-central part of North West England, fringed by the Cheshire Plain to the...

[ read more/mehr lesen ]

Return to Top ▲Return to Top ▲
Paros Collage © Dimorsitanos/cc-by-sa-3.0
Theme Week Cyclades – Paros

Paros is a Greek island in the central Aegean Sea. One of the Cyclades island group, it lies to the...

Town of Tinos © Eu.stefan/cc-by-3.0
Theme Week Cyclades – Tinos

Tinos is a Greek island situated in the Aegean Sea. It is located in the Cyclades archipelago. In antiquity, Tinos...

Costa do Sauípe Beach © Isha/cc-by-sa-3.0
Costa do Sauípe

The Costa dos Coqueiros is a privileged stretch of the Bahian coastline, where dunes and coconut trees unite to create...

Schließen