With the opening of the Museum Brandhorst designed by the Berlin based architects Sauerbruch Hutton, the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen gain an institution of international prominence. Located near the Alte Pinakothek and Neue Pinakothek and directly adjacent to the Pinakothek der Moderne it offers an impressive ensemble of works of modern and contemporary art.
The expressive façade of the building is composed of a vertical colourfully glazed ceramic grid. Underneath there is a second layer of a horizontally folded metal skin with ﬁne perforations that absorb the noise of trafﬁc from Tuerkenstrasse and Theresienstrasse.
In terms of city planning, the museum fits into the northwestern part of the art district and partially integrates the historical preconditions of the site, as foreseen in the development plan for the second building phase of the Pinakothek der Moderne. For one, the newly constructed building by Sauerbruch Hutton follows the layout of a wing of the former Türkenkaserne barracks. Moreover, in its volumes and its striking lightness as well as its filigree structure, the colourful façade on the corner of the two streets Türkenstrasse and Theresienstrasse responds to Sep Ruf’s housing complex from the 1950s, across the street. The main façade, the entrance to the museum, and the foyer with a restaurant/café and book shop lie on Theresienstrasse; the building is thus oriented towards the lively district of Maxvorstadt and the university as well as Schwabing and the art academy.
The Museum Brandhorst opens on 21 May 2009. From May 21 – May 24 you have the opportunity to get to know the collection free of charge from 10.00 am – 10.00 pm.