This offbeat art museum has a really casual atmosphere - don't take the paintings too seriously.
The museum Brandhorst is on the corner of the Kunstareal and displays art created from the 1960s onwards. This means that, without a sense of history weighing down on each painting, moving through the museum is a much calmer experience than doing so in the others museums of Maxvorstadt. Rather than being asked to think too hard about the art, you get the sense that you should just let it wash over you, especially when you see the work of Cy Twombly, to whom the museum’s top floor is dedicated. It is perhaps his work that most of all epitomises the question ‘is it art?’ or that most effortlessly encourages a flabbergasted ‘well, I could have painted that’ from a disbelieving viewer. His work is certainly controversial and if this doesn’t encourage you to visit the museum already then I don’t know what will. But if you find yourself immediately turned off by Twombly’s swirls and drips, do stay in their presence a little longer - they may start to grow on you. The ground and lower levels of the museum are dedicated to rotating exhibitions of similarly experimental artists. These floors take up the bulk of the museum, however the whole place isn’t too large and almost feels like one giant room; there is no pressure to see everything in a specific order, or in fact to see everything at all. Don’t stress, then, when you visit the Museum Brandhorst. This isn’t an institution that wants your feet to get tired with all of distances that you have to walk in order to tick it off your sightseeing list. Why not rather take a seat in the museum’s very own lounge, which looks out over the Kunstareal, while flipping through one of the art books on offer there.
Theresienstraße 35, 80333 München