Selection of archival materials from the donation of Max Beckmann’s estates.

Munich’s Pinakotheken Receives Donation of Max Beckmann’s Personal Effects

The Pinakotheken announced that Mayen Beckmann, granddaughter of Max Beckmann, has donated numerous documents and artifacts from the Beckmann estate to the Munich museums. Among the items are letters, handwritten notes, diaries, dramas, drafts, and sketches in addition to Beckmann’s six-hundred-and-fifty-volume library as well as his personal photograph-albums, Monopol reports.

The Pinakotheken comprises several institutions: Alte Pinakothek, the Neue Pinakothek, the Pinakothek der Moderne, the Museum Brandhorst, and the Sammlung Schack. Die Bayerischen Staatsgemäldesammlungen (The Bavarian State Painting Collection) contains the largest collection of paintings by Max Beckmann in Europe, spread across the individual museums. Since 1977, they have also hosted the Max Beckmann Archive.