The Neue Pinakothek is another cultural phoenix in Munich. Founded in 1853 by Ludwig I of Bavaria to house his personal collection, it was destroyed by bombing in 1944, and reopened in 1981.
Designed by the great German church architect Alexander von Branca, it houses an impressive number of masterpieces, many of them acquired by its first director, Hugo von Tschudi, who collected Géricault, Delacroix, Courbet, Manet, Degas, Monet, Seurat, Signac, Renoir, Cézanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh, and Toulouse-Lautrec.
Symbolism is well represented here, as is the Jugendstil movement. Paintings by Denis, Ensor, Holder, Vuillard, Munch, and Schiele also help assuage the feelings of sadness caused by the temporary closing of the Alte Pinakothek…
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