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Re-opening of refurbished Lenbachhaus
The start of 2009 saw the beginning of renovation work by the City of Munich on the municipal gallery in the Lenbachhaus. Four years later, on 8 May 2013, work was complete and the Lenbachhaus, renovated according to the designs of star British architect Sir Norman Foster and at a cost of 54 million Euros, opened its doors. As a special treat for visitors, entry was free during the first five days. Apart from numerous works by famous artists such as Pablo Picasso and Franz Ackermann, visitors can again marvel at works from the world-famous collection of paintings by the Blauer Reiter group of artists, the largest collection of which in the world is owned by the Lenbachhaus. This collection includes more than 220 paintings, including 80 by Wassily Kandinski alone, as well as by his defacto Gabriele Münter and his partners Franz Marc, Paul Klee as well as other renowned artists. The collection also includes hundreds of watercolours, sketches, sculptures and so-called reverse glass paintings, giving visitors the opportunity to study and appreciate the history of the Blauer Reiter group.
In 2011, while renovation work was still ongoing, around 70 works from the valuable Blauer Reiter collection went on tour to Japan and Russia, finishing in Moscow. These works returned to Munich in time for the re-opening and will be displayed in the renovated Lenbachhaus together with the remaining works by the Blauer Reiter group.
These works include, amongst others, the well-known main works such as Kandinsky’s “Impression III (Konzert)” and Franz Marc’s “Blaues Pferd I.”
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The new-look Munich Lenbachhaus
An optical highlight, in the truest sense of the word, is the renovated Lenbachhaus’s new LED lighting system, illuminating and, literally, shining a new light on the valuable works of art on display. The municipal gallery in the Lenbachhaus is the first museum in Germany to make such extensive use of this pioneering LED technology.
The exterior of the Lenbachhaus, too, is virtually unrecognisable:
Apart from the golden extension to the main building and the extensive renovation work carried out on the facade, a new entrance via the front hall area was created. This entrance gives visitors a direct view of the well-kept garden area, leading them into the atrium, offering a surprising view over Lenbach’s villa. This also represents the core of the museum. The atrium additionally directs visitors to individual exhibitions rooms, which now extend from the ground floor up to the newly-added second floor. The inner courtyard also includes the museum’s service facilities, such as the museum shop, a café and a restaurant.
The new entrance further connects the original Lenbachhaus to the new extension, designed by British architect Sir Norman Foster. This modern, golden cube combines harmoniously with the original building while at the same time representing an independent formal element of the present day.
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Opening hours and directions
Please visit the offical website for the latest information about the opening hours. The municipal gallery in the Lenbachhaus is easily accessible from the Platzl Hotel München, around 3 km away, via public transport. Take the S-Bahn from Marienplatz and get off two stops later at Hauptbahnhof. From here, walk down Luisenstrasse for c. 5 minutes until you reach Königsplatz (signposted).
Alternatively, walk from the Platzl Hotel München to Odeonsplatz (c. 8 minutes) and take bus no. 100 straight to Königsplatz.
Should you wish to visit the remodelled gallery during your stay, our employees will be on hand to assist you in the planning of your trip to the Lenbachhaus at any time and will also be glad to support you in acquiring the coveted tickets.