Very close to the Pinakothek der Moderne, sauerbruch hutton architects have designed a three-storey building with an exhibition space of some 3,200 m2. It is currently being built in the immediate vicinity of the Pinakothek der Moderne and is scheduled to open on 18 May 2009. The Brandhorst Collection is on permanent loan to the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen to ensure its accessibility to the public.
A collage by Joan Miró was the first work acquired jointly by Udo and Anette Brandhorst at the beginning of the 1970s. The husband and wife team was, however, not only interested in the fine arts, but also in literature. Understandably, their attention focused on the cooperation between painters and poets in particular. In this respect, the 112 original editions of books illustrated by Picasso – with few exceptions this comprises virtually the whole of Picasso’s œuvre in this field – represent a stunning highlight within the collection. Works on paper by Malevich, Schwitters and others round off this complex.
After an initial focus on Classical Modernism, an increasing tendency towards contemporary pieces soon followed. The Brandhorst Collection encompasses a further considerably more expansive section of works by trail-blazing artists of the 20th and 21st century, such as Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Sigmar Polke, Damien Hirst, Joseph Beuys, Mario Merz, Jannis Kounellis, Georg Baselitz, Bruce Nauman, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mike Kelley and many more.
With the Brandhorst Collection, Munich has gained at exceptional spectrum of works from the 20th and 21st century, complementing the holdings of the Pinakothek der Moderne, and further emphasising the city’s significant cultural importance and its far-reaching resonance.
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