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Pinakothek der Moderne

Munich, Germany
1 of 7© Stephan Braunfels Architekten

The Pinakothek der Moderne is a modern art museum, situated in the city centre of Munich. Designed by Stephan Braunfels, the Pinakothek der Moderne was inaugurated in September 2002 after seven years of construction. The building took a decade to finish because of bureaucratic objections to design and cost, which were ultimately bridged by private initiative and financing. The rectilinear facade, dominated by white and grey concrete, is interrupted by large windows and high rise columns, the latter supporting the extensive canopied roof. Each of the four corners of the building, connected by a central domed rotunda, is dedicated to a special collection. The Museum is thus divided into Art, Architecture, Design and Works on Paper. Meaner tongues in Munich, whose inhabitants often express a certain loathing for what they regard as faceless modernism lacking any local and / or regional roots, denounce it as "the cardboard box".

The first floor, containing the art collection, has ample natural light from above, augmented by computer-controlled lamps, designed to keep a consistent, nearly shadowless illumination against the gray floors and white walls.

Barer Strasse 40