Neue Pinakothek ("New Art Gallery")

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Barer Strasse 29 (entrance on Theresientrasse), Munich, Germany

Neue Pinakothek ("New Art Gallery") Munich Reviews

sarahelaine sarahela…
648 reviews
Neue Pinakothek May 04, 2013
The Neue Pinakotech is one of the three major art galleries up by the university just outside Munich city centre. It mostly houses eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth century art, including Van Gogh's Sunflowers. There are several other beautiful Van Goghs, some Picassos, a lot of German 19th century landscapes, some cubist paintings and lots of other beautiful works. There is also a painting that is probably a masterpiece but given that it is of a woman playing a mandolin with only her breasts hanging out of her dress it gave me the giggles - not because she was nude, but because she was fully clothed apart from her breasts and honestly, who randomly decides to pull their top down whilst playing a small guitar?

It can be inferred from my reaction that I had taken advantage of the small cafe for a beer...

The building is a modernist building with fantastic light and lovely water features surrounding it, which I loved.

The building itself is reasonably accessible if you need a wheelchair. Although at first glance it looks as though there are stairs between all the rooms, there are also long sloping ramps that access most rooms. It would be worth checking, but I think it would be fine.

There is a lovely cafe and, naturally, a large gift shop with lots of lovely books. If I spoke better German I may well have spent a small fortune, but my purse was protected by my lack of language skills.
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jteddyb jteddyb
8 reviews
Oct 01, 2007
The Neue Pinakothek is one of three art galleries ("Pinakotheken" in German) in Munich owned by the Bavarian state government. While the Neue Pinakothek specializes in 19th-century art, its sister museums, the Alte Pinakothek and Pinakothek der Moderne, encompass the earlier and later centuries respectively. All three galleries are located close together in Munich's "Kunstareal" (art district), but have different opening hours.

Although it is a state collection today, the Neue Pinakothek's origins lie in the private collection of King Ludwig I of Bavaria, and his personal interests color much of the collection. Ludwig spent time in Italy as a young man, and his son Otto later became king of Greece. For these reasons the king collected scenes of historic sites and daily life in these two Mediterranean countries. One of the more interesting paintings of this part of the collection shows the young Ludwig and his friends out on a bender in an Italian wine cellar!

The impressionist and post-impressionist sections were the most rewarding for me. The gallery holds masterworks by Edouard Manet, Paul Gauguin, and Gustav Klimt, among others. Exceptional among this part are the handful of Van Gogh paintings, ranging from his dark, early works of Belgian peasants and laborers to the later works of glorious color painted under the blue skies of southern France. Van Gogh's "View of Arles" is especially impressive, as is one of his famous paintings from the "Sunflowers" series.

There is immense variety and high quality in the Neue Pinakothek's collection, and the building itself is relatively compact, meaning that you can see everything on display without getting tired. I was in and out in about two hours. An informative audioguide is included in the admission price, and will tell you interesting info on the collection and its history.
fluturas says:
Well i like "The Poor Poet" by Spitzweg...its kinda romantic, and has a special meaning for me, i visited the museum like 5 years ago and i got
Anyways Ted i love art in all forms but paintings are the most that impress me all the time, even if they are old or new.
Posted on: Nov 15, 2007

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