The project Kunstareal (“Art Precinct”) München owes its genesis to the unusual development of the Maxvorstadt quarter. This neighbourhood, named after the first Bavarian king Maximilian I Joseph, was the first planned urban expansion of the city of Munich. From 1825 on, numerous museums, art collections and various other cultural and artistic facilities were erected there, as were schools of higher learning such as the Ludwig-Maximilian University and the Technical University. Over the following decades, it grew as a centre for art, culture and scientific knowledge, and has striven to establish itself internationally with the inauguration of the Pinakothek der Moderne in 2002 and the Brandhorst Museum in 2009. In the same year, the Free State of Bavaria and its state capital, Munich, decided to harness the prestige of the individual institutions and use it towards a common goal: this was the birth of the Kunstareal München, where all the various cultural, art and scientific institutions are integrated into a single project.
16 museums and exhibition rooms, more than 40 galleries and cultural institutions and six universities have pledged to work together to increase public awareness of their cultural and scientific treasures and make them more accessible. The Kunstareal stretches from the Heßstrasse in the north to the the Karlstrasse in the south, and from the Türkenstrasse in the east to the Richard-Wagner-/Enhuberstrasse in the west. Visitors can experience art from Antiquity to contemporary times in a space covering 66 hectars (over 163 acres). It is this wide spectrum of institutions that makes this project so unique and compelling.
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