Vast and imposing beside the Englischer Garten, the Haus der Kunst was built in 1937 to showcase Nazi-approved art. With its stripped down, monumental neo-classicism, it was the first large-scale building of the Third Reich, the beginnings of a fascist master plan for Munich, hailed as the “capital of the movement.” The inaugural display of “Great German Art” was intended as an edifying counterpart to the nearby—and now infamous—Degenerate Art exhibition. Today, the Haus der Kunst, under the direction of Okwui Enwezor, boldly engages with its troubled heritage, including a rigorous Archive Gallery, while running a cutting-edge contemporary program which insists on art as global, complex and open to multiple meanings. Solo shows include the likes of Louise Bourgeois, Thomas Struth and Frank Bowling, while the Haus’ middle hall hosts such impressive sculptural works as Hans Haacke’s Gift Horse, formerly of Traflagar Square’s Fourth Plinth. Once you’ve taken in the rich art and the troubling history, you’ll likely be ready for a glass of something strong at the adjoining Goldene Bar, one of Munich’s best drinking spots inside and out.
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