Munich, Germany and Museums

Trip Taken: 2005

After a half day of visiting the fairgrounds of Oktoberfest, we split up into two groups. Colin, Jacek and his girlfriend Sophia went to the walk the city. My sister, Jose, and I went to see the museums. I would consider myself a big museum visitor when I travel. I think a city’s riches could be found in their museums and it was a perfect antidote to the lively atmosphere of Oktoberfest. We took the U-bahn trams from Theresienwiese to the museum quarters. The plan was to visit the three main Pinakotheks: Alte, Neue, and der Moderne.

Alte Pinakothek

It has been a long time since I have been in a museum and this is probably the first major museum I have ever been to. I was lucky to have chosen this museum as my first. It hit all the right notes and really grabbed my attention with the art. The audio guide that is provided with your ticket really drew you in. We probably spent way too much time here as we listened to almost every item on the audio guide. Botticelli’s ‘Pieta’ is here and so is the gasp-inducing ‘The Fall of the Damned’ by Rubens. The latter for its sheer size and detail of the sinners.

Neue Pinakothek

After a long stay at the Alte Pinakothek, we went to visit the Neue Pinakothek. I would say we spent about a quarter of the time in here as with the Alte Pinakothek. It isn’t for a lack of interest. I spent a good few minutes admiring the Goya’s ‘Plucked Turkey’ and one of Van Gogh’s many ‘Sunflowers’. The painting that stuck out to me most was Klimt’s ‘Portrait of Margarethe Stoneborough-Wittgenstein’. It was my first taste of a real live Klimt. I have of course seen the very famous ‘The Kiss’ painting in pop culture references. It is a very different experience to see the painting up close and to see the textures an artist puts into it. I selectively chose the paintings that intrigued me to put on my audio guide queue. We were all tired and we had to meet the others soon.

We didn’t get to the Pinakothek der Moderne because we were fairly tired by the time we exited the Neue Pinakothek. We did drink beer before noon after all. The last museum will have to wait for another visit to Munich. We walked around the Marienplatz for a few minutes before meeting up with the others for our train ride back to Stuttgart.

Parting Words

Germany’s largest collection of modern art is stored in a museum called Pinakothek der Moderne. It contains works from Dali, Picasso, Warhol, and others. Munich also contains the large science museum in the Deutsches Museum, where I visited on a future date.

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John is always trying to find his way back to the road. He has an affinity for Germany due to his three years studying German at Cal, and a year working as an intern in the Stuttgart area. He also likes chocolate cake and good cheese.