Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Neue Pinakothek in Munich

During a short stay at Munich last week, I did a flying visit to the Neue Pinakothek. I took advantage of the fact that they close at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.

The Neue Pinakothek has the biggest art of the nineteenth century collection in the world. According to the website, “The Neue Pinakothek exhibits approximately 400 works of art chosen from its collection of more than 4,000 paintings and 300 sculptures.”

I had only one hour and half and had to make difficult choices on what I should see. I much preferred spending my limited time in a few rooms than zooming through the whole collection without taking the time to appreciate any of the paintings.

The museum was very quiet at that late time of the day, so I could enjoy many paintings on my own and come close to them to analyze the painting technique and brush work without bothering any visitor.

They have a magnificent view of Oostende by Turner and a few paintings by Constable (including “View of Dedham Vale from East Bergholf", c. 1815).

The museum also counts two rooms of French impressionist and post-impressionists paintings by Edouard Manet, Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Alfred Sisley, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Paul Signac, Paul Gauguin and Paul Sérusier in room 19 and room 20.

Where and when
Neue Pinakothek
Barer Strasse 29
D-80799 Munich
Entrance on Theresienstrasse
Telephone: +49 (0)89 23805 195
Neue Pinakothek Web site

Gallery Hours
Daily except TUE 10.00 - 18.00
WED 10.00 - 20.00
Closed: Tuesdays, May 1st, Christmas Eve (24.12.),
Christmas Day (25.12.), New Year's Eve (31.12.)
Opened: Easter Monday (24.03.), Whit Monday (12.05)

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