Ceiling of the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich
The Pinakothek der Moderne is a modern art museum, situated in the Munich city cente. Together with its two predecessors Alte Pinakothek and Neue Pinakothek as well as the Museum Brandhorst, the Antikensammlungen, the Glyptothek, the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus and the new joint building of the Ägyptisches Museum it is part of Munich's "Kunstareal" (the "art district").
Designed by the German Architect Stephan Braunfels, the Pinakothek der Moderne was inaugurated in September 2002 after seven years of construction. The rectilinear facade, dominated by white and grey concrete, is interrupted by large windows and highrising columns, the latter supporting the extensive canopied roof. Each of the four corners of the building, connected by a central rotunda, is dedicated to a special collection. The Museum is divided into Art (Kunst), Architecture (Architektur), Design (Design) and Works on Paper (Graphik).