The Museum





The Kunstbau was inaugurated in 1994 with an installation conceived for the space by Dan Flavin. The subterranean gallery is located in the immediate vicinity of the Lenbachhaus in an originally unused space left void for technical reasons when the Königsplatz subway station was built. The architect Uwe Kiessler modified this mezzanine level to create a sober and spacious exhibition room based on a concept that is as simple as it is compelling: he structured the slightly curved, long and narrow hall — forty-six feet wide and sixteen feet high, it is 360 feet from one end to the other — by inserting eighteen concrete columns along its long axis that divide it into two naves, matching the layout of the subway station below. The large room remained virtually unchanged; the ventilation system is hidden behind white curtain walls, and the floor was paved with a maple wood surface that adapts to the curvature of the footprint. An exposed track system mounted to the untreated concrete ceiling allows for highly adaptable light installations. Near the back end of the hall, an auditorium for film and video screenings was inserted beneath the ceiling.

In the Kunstbau, the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus had gained a large open-plan space in its immediate vicinity that meets international standards. Since the 1990s, this exhibition space has allowed the museum to accommodate the growing space requirements of contemporary art and present an increasing number of special exhibitions.

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Public guided tours
several times a day
Alexej von Jawlensky and Marianne von Werefkin

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