The new Pinakothek in Munich, an emblematic cultural institution of the southern German state capital, closed its doors at the beginning of the year. The museum, which housed works by Vincent van Gogh, Gustav Klimt and Goya, urgently needed renovation.
Water soaks through the roof when it rains heavily, while the walls are covered with asbestos, a harmful material once used for isolation of buildings. According to Bayerischer Rundfunk, the technology used to ventilate and air-condition the rooms is also outdated, which is why the building will be closed until 2025. No information was given on the costs, as they will have to be decided in the Bavarian parliament.
Huge visitor flow and crowning final guided visit
In order to give all those interested in culture the chance to say goodbye to the masterpieces from the 19th century, admission was free from 17 to 30 December. This led to a huge stream of visitors, which spread as far as Barerstraße at 11 o’clock in the morning, on the last day. The crowd then shifted in part to the old Pinakothek and the other cultural areas in the museum quarter.
The last day of the Neue Pinakothek was concluded with a large farewell tour. The general director Professor Doctor Bernhard Maaz gave an introduction with sculptures and classicism to Rodin, while the art mediator Doctor Alina Langer gave an introduction under the motto “Under the Sun of the South. Vincent van Gogh”, gave those interested the opportunity to learn something about Expressionism.
But the most important works in the collection of the Neue Pinakothek won’t disappear . Some of the works will be preserved in the Schack Collection and in the east wing of the Alte Pinakothek for the public. The other works are expected to be exhibited in other museums of the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen.