One of the city’s most stunning architectural statements, with a bold glass front that reveals labyrinthine spiral staircases within, isn’t entirely out of place in the Altstadt. From most angles, the curving façade reflects the medieval walls, melding the old and the new quite effectively. Many of its large stark-white gallery spaces are usually filled with special exhibitions of contemporary art. The permanent collection also changes, with rotating displays from Die Neue Sammlung-International Design Museum Munich, which could be anything from 1950s household furnishings to late 20th-century office equipment. Paintings on view usually include colorful abstract paintings by Gerhard Richter, a pillar of the contemporary German art scene, as well as installation pieces by such international artists as British sculptor Phyllida Barlow.