June 1, 2010
The modern art museum on top of the Monchsberg was built in 2004. Its architectural design is much more interesting than the exhibits inside. The museum is located above the rooftops of the Old City on the edge of the steep Mönchsberg cliff, sixty meters above.
An international architecture competition for the construction of this museum was launched in 1998. A Munich-based team of architects was awarded the construction from 145 submitted project entries. The museum was completed in three and a half years.
The entire outer façade is lined with local Untersberg marble, separated by vertical joints. The chords of some arias from Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni are written on the façade in the form of rhythmically positioned slots using a computer.
The museum’s interior offers a spacious 2,300 square meters. A large collection of modern and purist art from the 20th and 21st centuries is on display. Unfortunately, when we visited, the museum was closed and all we could do is sit down in the modern sofa chairs in the lobby and have a bite of lunch.