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€1 Sundays pt. 1: Pinakothek Der Moderne

On Sundays, some of Munich’s best museums are open to the public for only €1. 

Locals and tourists alike pour through their open doors, starting their week with the wonder of great master paintings, modern models, and Bavarian history.

I started my day with the Pinakothek Der Moderne. The spherical tin spaceship by the entrance the perfect introduction to the building’s futuristic feel, reminiscent of the 1970s perspective on the aesthetic.

The architect, Stephan Braunfels, took advantage of the building’s open space. Wielding windows and white walls to bounce and tunnel sunlight into its spaces. 

Premiering in September of 2002, the museum is approaching its 20th anniversary. 

Boasting four museums under one roof, the Pinakothek Der Moderne displays first a collection of art, second work-on-paper, then architecture, and finally design. Their composite making the museum home to one of the largest modern and contemporary art collections in Europe.

As I walked through the exhibitions, my attentions were drawn to two of its distinct collections. 

Design Für Olympia

A million tongues to say the same:

We challenge you.

Wir fordern dich heraus.

We charge at your records, seu sucesso, lou manuia

at your pride.

tua superbia.

We are better than your finest. 

Nous sommes meilleurs que vos meilleurs.

The lines you ski into this powdered soil are nothing. 

We carve, we carry, we achieve! 

Your common colors stand 

in stark contrast to our victory.

But us, our individual, who do we choose? 

Country or Culture?

People or Pride?

Does it matter?

What is loyalty but to ourselves?

Will our millions cheering carry our best

through their final breath on the world’s stage?

An exhale of warm air makes the same cloud

blown from different mouths.

Aren’t we all imposters in this game?

Stretching our bodies into ancient shapes.

Taking archaic tradition

and calling it our rite.

Wir fordern dich herausWe challenge you (German)
seu sucessoYour success (Portugese)
lou manuiaYour success (Samoan)
tua superbiaAt your pride (Latin)
Nous sommes meilleurs que vos meilleurs.We are better than your finest (French)

Mix and Match Collection

Side by Side & Stretched

into industrial shapes.

Your camera-flash red and my smog gray.

Your overlap and my outline.

Drawn faces,

through zigzagged truths, speak.

With the voice of photographic snaps,

still in their motion.

This perpetual pulling- closer

& closer they beckon. 

Arent we better at a distance?

Drag your tired body far enough

to appreciate our curves.

No eyeglass exposé of our gaps. 

Just watch,

light bulb minds & naked limbs dancing

with stagnant yearning- bursting from form.

Begging to scream a million of life’s secrets

in each harsh stroke, to tell

trapped truths in each arched eyebrow,

every severed line asking you to fill its empty.