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Die Neue Sammlung - The Design Museum Munich / Pinakothek der Moderne

Design Vision – Monumental wall at the entrance to Die Neue Sammlung’s permanent exhibition

Futuristic: Tatra 87, 1938, and a model for an supersonic aircraft, Luigi Colani, 1960s

Radical Design – Concept Design: Gaetano Pesce, Sansone, 1980; Jurgen Bey, tree-trunk bench, 1999

Highly awarded exhibition: Design Museums of the World – Invited by Die Neue Sammlung. 2003

Milestones Automotive Design – Example Mercedes-Benz. Exhibition 2008

Il Cosmo Driade: Immagine del Design italiano – A modern family saga in Italian design. 2006/07

Karim Rashid – I want to change the world. Award-winning exhibiton 2004/05

Democratic Design – Principle Ikea. Exhibition 2009

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Barer Straße 40
80333 München


Gallery Hours

Di.-So. 10.00-18.00, Do. -20.00
fully accessible

Die Neue Sammlung is one of the leading design museums of the world. It provides a unique overview of the development of design and the applied arts.  It is acknowledged as one of the oldest design museums of the world and still holds the most comprehensive collection - about 100,000 items in the areas of applied arts, industrial and graphic design.
Through their historical depth and wealth, the holdings illustrate the development of design in unique fashion and present this range in a variety of displays from the 19th century to the present. Future-oriented exhibits offer a lively forum for contemporary styles.
Two newly-built huge structures provide interdisciplinary exhibit space for the national museum (since 2000 and 2002 respectively): the Neues Museum for Art and Design in Nürnberg and the Modern Pinakothek (Pinakothek der Moderne) in Munich. This framework enables the display of design in an extensive permanent exhibit for the first time. In addition it becomes more accessible to the general public alongside the free arts, graphic art, and architecture.

Die Neue Sammlung – theDesign Museum– was established over 100 years ago and is recognized as the oldest design museum of the world. In cooperation with German Crafts League (Deutscher Werkbund), which was organized in Munich in 1907, a group laid the foundation for an international "Collection of Modern Examples". From the start the focus was on the acquisition of exemplary styles – mass produced items for daily use, which nowadays falls under the term "design".
In 1925 the museum attained national status and in 1929 received the name "Die Neue Sammlung". Starting in 1926 the museum showed exhibits more frequently. The progressive nature often became provocative, especially to the National Socialists, who began a type of censorship in 1934. The same year saw the leadership of Die Neue Sammlung switch to the Bavarian National Museum. The museum was closed during the war and re-opened in 1947 as an independent institution.
As the collection grew and acquired an international reputation it became apparent that the confines of the branch at the Bavarian National Museum could no longer house a permanent display of the holdings. In 1990 the Free State of Bavaria approved the construction of two new buildings to share responsibility for design: The Neues Museum in Nürnberg designed by Volker Staab opened in 2000, and the Modern Pinakothek designed by Stephan Braunfels which opened in 2002. Die Neue Sammlung utilizes the Modern Pinakothek to display an extensive permanent exhibit on the development of design in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Die Neue Sammlung - The Design Museum / Pinakothek der Moderne
Bauhaus Anhänger Naum Slutzky
11.10.2016 - 11.10.2017

Die Neue Sammlung - The Design Museum / Pinakothek der Moderne
Werner Aisslinger. House of Wonders
11.11.2016 - 17.09.2017

Award-winning product designer Werner Aisslinger (born 1964, lives in Berlin) has been invited to create a site-specific installation for the Paternoster Hall at Pinakothek der Moderne. This new format, scheduled in each case for 10 months, expands the idea of a temporary exhibition and alters the image of Die Neue Sammlung. Following on from Konstantin Grcic, Werner Aisslinger is the second renown designer to explore the two-story hall, which can be viewed from a gallery and is characterized by two Paternoster elevators. He will, with the contents of his own works, continue the discourse kindled about displays and museums. Werner Aisslinger’s practice is based on the idea of material transfers and the question of what living and working in tomorrow’s world will be like. On the one hand, social changes are influencing people’s living needs, while on the other an ever-increasing volume of new materials with enormous potential are being marketed, which have their origins in the automotive industry, medicine, and the bio-sciences. Werner Aisslinger responds to these challenges with his objects used directly in living and working environments. He is known for his striking, unconventional solutions for interior, retail, and hotel design. Ecological structures, sustainability issues, and practical aspects play the main role in the development and production process for his objects. For Die Neue Sammlung Werner Aisslinger will convert the Paternoster Hall into a model studio for residential living and working. Places for recreation, places for everyday activities, quiet zones, the production of furniture and food through micro-farming will be just as much addressed as the use of robots, drones, and big data.

Die Neue Sammlung - The Design Museum / Pinakothek der Moderne
Futuro. A Flying Saucer in town
02.06.2017 - 03.06.2018

The FUTURO is not only the best-known and most innovative dwelling of its kind, but also one of the first plastic houses in the world that could enter serial production. No other object better embodies the faith in technology and belief in the future of the Space Age that typified the late 1960s than FUTURO. It is hardly surprising that it would become the epitome of utopian design. Made of prefabricated segments of fiberglass-reinforced polyester, the house could be put to various uses. Originally designed as a ski hut in inaccessible terrain, it could equally serve as a weekend home, mobile classroom or even a bank branch. In its design, furnishings and on account of its flexible usage FUTURO is an excellent example of the visionary design ideas of that era between Pop and social revolution, which were ultimately ousted by the concept of functionalism.

Die Neue Sammlung - The Design Museum / Pinakothek der Moderne
Beate Kuhn - ceramic works from the Freiberger Collection
14.07.2017 - 19.11.2017

With her unmistakable style and inexhaustible imagination, Beate Kuhn (1927-2015) is one of the most important German ceramic artists of the post-war era. Starting with ceramic for kitchen uses, she gradually moved on to produce sculpted vessels that reflect her critical inquiry into the oeuvres of both Joan Miró and Paul Klee. The end of the 1950s saw Beate Kuhn already fully committed to creating art. Her pieces were assembled from rotating parts and boasted a colored glaze, illustrating how this highly recognized international artist developed art using genuine pottery means and techniques. Mannheim-based architect Klaus Freiberger has established a unique collection world-wide, featuring over 160 pieces from all the different periods of her work. We have his generosity to thank for the fact that Die Neue Sammlung now possesses these marvelous Beate Kuhn pieces – and can thus for the first time present the impressive oeuvre of this great artist of the ceramic world to visitors to Pinakothek.

Angebote des Museumspädagogischen Zentrums (MPZ)
Familien- und Ferienaktionen, Geburtstage für Kinder und Jugendliche im Museum, Veröffentlichungen, Programme für Klassen aller Schularten und Jahrgangsstufen und Kindertagesstätten, Fortbildungen

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