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Old art vs contemporary art from Munich museums

Vermeer, Woman in Blue Reading a Letter, 1663; one of only 34 known Vermeer works to survive, this is on temporary loan from the Rijksmuseum

Vermeer, Woman in Blue Reading a Letter, 1663; one of only 34 known Vermeer works to survive, this is on temporary loan from the Rijksmuseum

Altdorfer, Susanna and the Elders, 1526; the technical skill and attention to detail attracted me to this gorgeous, 500 year old work

Altdorfer, Susanna and the Elders, 1526; the technical skill and attention to detail attracted me to this gorgeous, 500 year old work

De Kooning, Stowaway, 1986; he was born in Rotterdam, but moved to the US and became a member of the New York school of abstract expressionists

De Kooning, Stowaway, 1986; he was born in Rotterdam, but moved to the US and became a member of the New York school of abstract expressionists

Rubens, The Great Last Judgement, 1612; it's hard to imagine how Rubens completed so many works when his canvases are enormous and detailed

Rubens, The Great Last Judgement, 1612; it's hard to imagine how Rubens completed so many works when his canvases are enormous and detailed

Kandinsky, Dreamy Improvisation, 1913; rather than have descriptors on each painting, there was just one page in the corner of the room describing that room's artworks which I found frustrating

Kandinsky, Dreamy Improvisation, 1913; rather than have descriptors on each painting, there was just one page in the corner of the room describing that room's artworks which I found frustrating

Boucher, Madame de Pompadour, 1756; Rick Steve's likes the Alte Pinokothek better than the Neue Pinokothek but my tastes would have them reversed

Boucher, Madame de Pompadour, 1756; Rick Steve's likes the Alte Pinokothek better than the Neue Pinokothek but my tastes would have them reversed

Klee, The Light and More Besides, 1931; of the three modern art museums I visited in Munich, the Pinakothek der Moderne was easily the best

Klee, The Light and More Besides, 1931; of the three modern art museums I visited in Munich, the Pinakothek der Moderne was easily the best

The Museum Brandhorst has 200  works of Cy Twombly which occupy an entire floor; museum brochure-no other 20th century artist committed himself as fully to the zero point of modern art as Twombly

The Museum Brandhorst has 200+ works of Cy Twombly which occupy an entire floor; museum brochure-no other 20th century artist committed himself as fully to the zero point of modern art as Twombly

Beckmann, Before the Masked Ball, 1922; leading German artists were emphasized in the Pinakothek der Moderne

Beckmann, Before the Masked Ball, 1922; leading German artists were emphasized in the Pinakothek der Moderne

Brochure-we are invited to let our eyes trace the course of each line and establish where they begin, where they run out and where they overlap each other-every nuance of the painterly process is to be discerned and appreciated as a creative happening (looks like a kid's scribbles to me)

Brochure-we are invited to let our eyes trace the course of each line and establish where they begin, where they run out and where they overlap each other-every nuance of the painterly process is to be discerned and appreciated as a creative happening (looks like a kid's scribbles to me)

Rauschenberg, Vault, 1962; the artist was born in Port Arthur, TX and died on Captiva Island, FL

Rauschenberg, Vault, 1962; the artist was born in Port Arthur, TX and died on Captiva Island, FL

Memling, Advent and Triumph of Christ, 1480; originally made for a church in Brugges, this work shows 25 episodes from the life of Christ

Memling, Advent and Triumph of Christ, 1480; originally made for a church in Brugges, this work shows 25 episodes from the life of Christ

The Pinakothek der Moderne had a design wing focused on everyday products that had a unique flair; Rick Steves really liked this museum but I wasn't impressed

The Pinakothek der Moderne had a design wing focused on everyday products that had a unique flair; Rick Steves really liked this museum but I wasn't impressed

Durer, Self-Portrait, 1500; this was the last of three self-portraits Durer completed although he was only 28 at the time

Durer, Self-Portrait, 1500; this was the last of three self-portraits Durer completed although he was only 28 at the time

The Haus der Kunst is a contemporary art museum that went well beyond my limits for art appreciation; I just couldn't find anything I considered art at the expensive museum

The Haus der Kunst is a contemporary art museum that went well beyond my limits for art appreciation; I just couldn't find anything I considered art at the expensive museum

The Haus der Kunst used to have better shows before the Pinokathek der Moderne opened; this venue is also located away from the other museums

The Haus der Kunst used to have better shows before the Pinokathek der Moderne opened; this venue is also located away from the other museums

I simply couldn't find anything to appreciate in the work of Cy Twombly; how did an artist become famous, and his works pricey, for creating such scribbles?

I simply couldn't find anything to appreciate in the work of Cy Twombly; how did an artist become famous, and his works pricey, for creating such scribbles?

Altdorfer, The Battle of Issus, 1529; my hotel was within easy walking distance of the museums, but my room reminded me of Moody Towers at the University of Houston

Altdorfer, The Battle of Issus, 1529; my hotel was within easy walking distance of the museums, but my room reminded me of Moody Towers at the University of Houston

Klee, Landscape with the Yellow Church Tower, 1920; Klee was a member of the influential Munich Blue Rider Group along with Kandinsky

Klee, Landscape with the Yellow Church Tower, 1920; Klee was a member of the influential Munich Blue Rider Group along with Kandinsky

The Pinakothek der Moderne covers art from the 20th century in a variety of media but most of it I found was a waste of time; it's a massive building, poorly organized and very visitor unfriendly

The Pinakothek der Moderne covers art from the 20th century in a variety of media but most of it I found was a waste of time; it's a massive building, poorly organized and very visitor unfriendly

The Alte Pinakothek has world-class masterpieces from the 14th-19th centuries; the museum had dozens of Rubens' and a logical emphasis on German artists

The Alte Pinakothek has world-class masterpieces from the 14th-19th centuries; the museum had dozens of Rubens' and a logical emphasis on German artists

The Museum Brandhorst covers late 20th century art with art being very loosely defined; it's a great building but it only had works by 2 artists when I visited

The Museum Brandhorst covers late 20th century art with art being very loosely defined; it's a great building but it only had works by 2 artists when I visited

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