• 3/22/2024
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Historical exhibits and Designs for the digital treasury of Bavaria

TUM's Architecture Museum cooperates with the cultural portal bavarikon

The Architecture Museum of TUM will contribute historically valuable works to the digital treasury of Bavaria, the cultural portal bavarikon. The drawings, photographs, sketches and models by renowned architects are presented there in unrivalled quality. Science and public interested in cultural history thus gain a completely new access.

Hans und Traudl Maurer/ Architekturmuseum der TUM
Drawing by Hans and Traudl Maurer: Wacker-Chemie staff house, dining hall Burghausen 1955-1957, in future available as a high-resolution scan via bavarikon

TUM’s Architecture Museum, located in the Pinakothek der Moderne, is home to one of the largest specialized archives in the German-speaking part of Europe. Currently the collection comprises about 600.000 drawings, 200.000 photographs, 1500 models and many more media from more than 700 architects and landscape architects. Among them are works from Leo von Klenze, Friedrich von Gärtner, Gottfried Semper, Theodor Fischer, Hanna Löv, Richard Riemerschmid, Richard Paulick, Josef Lembrock, Sigrid Neubert, Peter Latz and Behnisch & Partner. The continuously growing stocks serve as basis for exhibitions, publications, lecturing and international research.

bavarikon – the ‘digital treasury‘ of Bavaria

The cultural portal bavarikon considers itself as the digital treasury of the state of Bavaria. They grant global online access to meanwhile over 450.000 contents for free. bavarikon is a joint project of the State Ministry of Science and Arts and the State Ministry of Digital Affairs.

Dr. Irene Meissner, Archive Director of the Architecture Museum is looking forward to the collaboration: "Both partners will benefit equally from this. TUM is significantly increasing the visibility of its unique collection. And bavarikon will receive valuable new content. Both science and the general public can look forward to this." The partnership is supported by the Bavarian State Library.

In the course of this, special objects from the collection that are relevant to research, such as the medieval construction plan (around 1495) or the "Damenstrumpfmodell" of the Olympic Stadium for the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, will be presented as "highlights".

For the first time, models of the collection will also be presented to an interested public in "vivid" 3D by means of object digitization:

  • the arched model of a late Gothic net vault from Hanns Heiß (1659),
  • the model for the reconstruction of the Alte Pinakothek from Hans Döllgast (1957), as well as
  • the church models of Olaf Andreas Gulbransson (1957/58)

This method of digitization is a very time-consuming process. But architectural history research in particular benefits considerably.

Further information and links

Technical University of Munich

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