Munich Art Scene

I spent most of my time in Munich at museums. I recommend getting an art day pass for 12 Euro. You get access to Alte Pinakothek, Pinakothek der Moderne, Museum Brandhorst, Sammlung Schack. Neue Pinakothek was included in the day pass, but it’s currently closed for renovations. I only ended up going to Pinakothek der Moderne, Museum Brandhorst, and Alte Pinakothek in one day, and I felt I got my money’s worth out of the day pass. 

Pinakothek der Moderne has a large collection of modern and contemporary art works by Picasso, Magritte, Kandinsky, Francis Bacon, and Andy Warhol. This was my favorite art museum I visited because of the variety of works. 

Pinakothek der Moderne
Pinakothek der Moderne
Pinakothek der Moderne

Pinakothek der Moderne
Pinakothek der Moderne

Museum Brandhorst is currently celebrating its 10 year anniversary. Museum Brandhorst is relatively new on the Munich art scene with permanent exhibitions including pieces by Damien Hirst, Joseph Beuys, and Andy Warhol, including his “Marilyn” portrait. Sunday entry is just 1 Euro. The audio guide was free, and I really enjoyed learning about the works through the audio guide. 

Outside of the Brandhorst

Alte Pinakothek has numerous old Flemish and Dutch paintings from the 16th and 17th centuries. It even has a rare Rembrandt self-portrait. Alte Pinakothek also has Italian artworks from the 14th to 18th centuries including Leonardo da Vinci’s Madonna with the Carnation, from 1475 and a broad collection of medieval German paintings from the 15th and early 16th centuries. The Rubens collection is one of the world’s largest, and Spanish and French masterpieces are also represented. Because Neue Pinakothek is closed, there are also works of Van Gogh, Manet, and Monet in Alte Pinakothek. That section was my favorite of the museum. There are audio guides available, but I opted to wander on my own. 

Alte Pinakothek
Van Gogh

On my last day in Munich I went to the Lenbachhaus Art Gallery. Lenbachhaus Art Gallery is housed in the historic villa that once belonged to master painter Franz von Lenbach. The museum has been home to the world’s largest collection of art by the Blue Rider movement, including pieces by Wassily Kandinsky, Gabriele Münter, Franz Marc and many more. I arrived around noon and had the opportunity to see the Kunstbau gallery. The Kunstbau is a subterraneous gallery on the mezzanine level of the Königsplatz subway station. The audio guide for the Kunstbau was free, so I took advantage of it.

Andy Warhol in Lenbachhaus
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Outside of Lenbachhaus
Kunstbau Gallery

All of the galleries I went to had a locker room and coat check. The coat check cost between 1-2 Euro. I recommend using the lockers because those end up being free. You need a 1 or 2 Euro coin that you put into the locker to get the key. Then when you come back and open the locker, the coin is released back to you. This system seemed to be uniform throughout the museums in Munich, so I always made sure I had a 1 or 2 Euro coin on me.


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