130709: Kunstareal München - Museum Brandhorst

Kunstareal München - Museum Brandhorst In the wellness oasis of art In his novel “Gladius Dei” Thomas Mann describes Munich’s cultural climate around 1900 as “blooming” and “dominating”. But what about today, in a time in which the Bavarian TV channel readily sacrifices its afternoon program for the opening of a museum? A brandnew Pinakothek of the fourth dimension pointing towards the future? Does the “System of Optimism” allow us to forget about the long overdue second building stage of the Pinakothek der Moderne? Because for the most part, the “Collection Brandhorst” is publicly a more protected than supported private museum, financed by the state of Bavaria: 48 million euros for the construction plus maintenance and personnel costs. The Udo and Anette Brandhorst Foundation (with its capital contribution of 120 million euros) offers the museum an annual buying budget of 2 million euros, while the spending money of the neighbouring Pinakothek museums only amounts to meek 65.000 euros. And as the new director Klaus Schrenk points out: the buildings not only “stand in opposition” to one another regarding their location… The collection comprises 700 works of the 20th and 21st century, among others by Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Joseph Beuys, Mario Merz, Jannis Kounellis, Sigmar Polke, Georg Baselitz, and Gerhard Richter. The estimated value of Brandhorst Collection is 100 million euros. The selection of the works, however, has more to do with the personal taste of the collectors than showing any commitment to a scientific basis or the principle of completeness. The building, which emanates a kind of “Missoni-chic, is designed by the architects Sauerbruch Hutton, and offers three floors of what can be described as a rather trendy exhibition space covering 3.200 square meters; an ecologically valuable wellness oasis of art. By Stephan Maier Kunstareal München – Museum Brandhorst 80333 Munich, Theresienstrasse 35a www.museum-brandhorst.de

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