Brandhorst Museum of Modern Art: Tips and information about the exhibition

Museum Brandhorst - Außenansicht, Foto: Mr. Interior/
Foto: Mr. Interior/

Museum for Contemporary art in Munich's center

In a colorful art building near the city center, Museum Brandhorst showcases more than 700 works by contemporary artists. Why it's worth a visit:

Museum Brandhorst: Which artists are part of the exhibition?

The Brandhorst Museum shows you the works of great artists of the 20th and 21st century. Seven hundred works from the collection of Anette and Udo Brandhorst, plus changing exhibitions of modern works are exhibited here, among others by:

  • Andy Warhol
  • Damien Hirst
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Sigmar Polke
  • Cy Twombly
  • Günther Förg
    The approximately 100 Pop Art works by Andy Warhol and the 170 works by Cy Twombly are considered particularly impressive and incomparable worldwide.

Permanent exhibition: Cy Twombly

Brandhorst Cy Twombly, Foto: Haydar Koyupinar
Foto: Haydar Koyupinar

The focus at Museum Brandhorst is on the works of the American artist Cy Twombly. His works shaped abstract expressionism. They include paintings, drawings, photographs and objects - large or small. For example, the 12 paintings from Twombly's series "Lepanto" can be seen in the museum.

The room in which they are exhibited was furnished according to the wishes of the artist himself. The Brandhorst Museum is very proud of this extensive Cy Twombly collection, which is considered unique and most significant outside the USA.

History: From art collection to museum

Museum Brandhorst, Foto: Museum Brandhorst
Foto: Museum Brandhorst

The Museum Brandhorst project is based on the passion for collecting of the husband and wife of the same name. The institution itself is run by the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen. The opening of the museum took place in May 2009. The 46 million euro building was realized by the Berlin-based architectural firm Sauerbruch Hutton in close cooperation with the State of Bavaria and Udo Brandhorst himself.

The exterior façade of the approximately 15-meter-high building is adorned with 36,000 ceramic rods in 23 colors. Depending on the perspective of the viewer, the surface of the building seems to change in materiality and structure. This special design also allows maximum daylight to enter the building's interior.

Admission prices, locations, programs and more!

Regular admission prices:
Regular admission: 7 euros - Reduced: 5 euros - Sundays: 1 euro.
Children and young people up to the age of 18 are admitted free of charge.

Please note : The reduced Sunday admission is not valid during the special exhibition! Day tickets and 5-tickets are not valid for the Museum Brandhorst during this period.

Location: In the Munich art area not far from the university
Museum category: Art museum
Children's program: family tours, tours for daycare centers, kindergartens and schools as well as a varied art education program for children and young people
Recommended length of stay: 1 to 3 hours
Directions: Tram 27 and 28 to Pinakotheken, U2 to Königsplatz or Theresienstraße, U3 / U6 to Odeonsplatz or Universität and U4 / U5 to Odeonsplatz
Parking: Amalienpassage underground car park or BCG multi-storey car park

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