One of Germany’s largest private collections of art and literature now has its own home in the new Museum Brandhorst in Munich. The building is created by the esteemed German architectural firm Sauerbruch Hutton, which is known for creating individual solutions and architecture with a strong personality. Museum Brandhorst is no exception.
Facade with variations
The striking facade consists of several layers, including 36,000 ceramic rods glazed in 23 different colours. Due to a combination of materials, structure and colours, the expression of the facade varies depending on one’s distance and movements in relation to the building. The constant variations make the facade a work of art in itself that immediately suggests the building’s function as an art museum.
A light and airy interior
All the galleries have white walls and solid Dinesen Oak plank floors, which form a discreet background for the artwork. The rest of the interior is equally breathtaking. The sense of spaciousness, the colour scheme and the materials create an airy, natural ambience. The architecture makes room for the art collection, and the variation among the individual rooms make it an exciting experience to move through the museum. The size, layout and proportions of the rooms vary on the three floors, which have an average ceiling height of nine metres. Ceilings with a textile finish ensure pleasant and even light that adapts to changes in natural light. The ground floor features a number of smaller galleries to explore.
“We decided on the solid floorboards from Dinesen, not just because of the extraordinary quality and subtle feeling of their surface, which adds a private atmosphere to the room. But the unusual size of the floorboards creates a type of leap of scale, which induces a pleasant confusion and makes a different perception of the size of the room possible”.
David Wegener, Sauerbruch Hutton
700 works under one roof
Among other treasures, the Brandhorst collection contains 112 original editions of books illustrated by Pablo Picasso. With few exceptions, this includes all the books to which the Spanish artist contributed. The collection also features many works of art from the second half of the 20th century by American artists, including Cy Twombly and Andy Warhol. Leading names such as Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and George Baselitz are also represented, among many others. In total, the collection comprises more than 700 works of art. In addition to the Brandhorst Collection, the museum focuses on literature, photography and visual arts in varying exhibitions. Read more about the current exhibition and Museum Brandhorst.