Europe, Germany, Munich, Snapshots

The Facade of the Haus der Kunst in Munich.

July 13, 2012
Haus der Kunst in Munich.

Haus der Kunst in Munich.

The Haus der Kunst (House of Art) in Munich, Germany is a storied building with a troubling past. An early example of Nazi architecture, the building was commissioned by Adolf Hitler for the purpose of  showcasing artwork completed  by great German artists. Remanents from that period can still be found in ceiling mosaics displaying swastikas.

With the passage of time, darkness lifted and more positive uses were found for the building. Initially used by American occupational forces as an officer’s mess and later a temporary art exhibition space, in 2002 the National Collection of Modern and Contemporary Arts permanently moved in and set-up a non-collecting art museum. International artists have had exhibits there, such as the unfortunately persecuted Ai Weiwei. The space even serves as a locale for a swanky nightclub called P1.

Walking by here last month, I couldn’t help but be amazed by the grand and stately exterior. I was even more impressed with how the front entrance is covered by these beautiful boldly colored and designed drapes in this “where old meets new” contrast.

The next time I’m in Munich, I will explore the Haus der Kunst!

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