About the Museum
The Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen (Bavarian State Painting Collections) is the entrusted custodian of a very substantial part of the public art collections belonging to the Free State of Bavaria, as well as the museums in which the artworks are on show in Munich including the Alte Pinakothek, the Neue Pinakothek, the Sammlung Moderne Kunst (located in the Pinakothek der Moderne), the Museum Brandhorst and the Sammlung Schack, as well as an additional thirteen public art galleries spread across Bavaria.
Since the seventies, the couple Annette (died 1999) and Udo Brandhorst have collected more than 1000 works by leading artists of the 20th and 21st century, primarily paintings, drawings and sculptures. Photographs, media works and installations have recently been added. While the focus was on classical avant-garde artists and European post-war modernism, their interest has grown over the years to art from the United States including the artists John Chamberlain, Dan Flavin, Bruce Nauman, Richard Tuttle, Walter de Maria and more. With more than 100 works by Andy Warhol, the collection of the most famous Pop artist can be compared with hardly any other European collection. While the Pinakothek der Moderne an overview of the development of 20th and 21st century art, the Brandhorst Museum focuses on an in-depth exploration of individual artist personalities.