Compiling a list of the best art galleries is both an exciting and challenging task. With hundreds of amazing art galleries around the world showcasing stunning and impressive art, choosing which galleries to feature were a difficult decision. This list of galleries is by no means exhaustive. The galleries featured here were chosen for their reputation, research, famous artists, and exquisite paintings. Take a trip around the world with me and visit famous art galleries in countries like France, Italy, Russia, the UK, and the USA. We will get to know the famous artists whose masterpieces adorn the walls of these galleries, as well as the curators responsible for the impressive exhibitions and acquisitions of artworks that maintain the reputation of these worldwide art institutions. On the other hand, if you are looking for an art consultant to help you buy or sell paintings, please read my other blog posts.
Galleria Moretti, Florence, Italy
Galleria Moretti is located in Florence and was founded in 1999 by Fabrizio Moretti. The Galleria opened its doors with the exhibition “From Bernardo Daddi to Giorgio Vasari,” which was Moretti’s focus on Tuscan art, particularly the Old Masters. Since then, Galleria Moretti has participated in the most prestigious art exhibitions in Europe and the United States. These art exhibitions include the European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht and New York, Frieze Masters in London, and the Biennale di Palazzo Corsini in Florence. Works exhibited at Galleria Moretti include The Victory of David over Goliath by Sebastiano Ricci, The Holy Bishop and St. Bartholomew by Andrea Bonaiuti, The Massacre of the Innocents by Bicci di Lorenzo, The Portrait of Francesco I Medici by Francesco Morandini, St. Joseph and the Flowering Staff by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, and The Crucifix by Giovanni di Rimini.
Museum of Modern Art, NYC, New York, USA
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in midtown Manhattan is one of New York City’s best-known cultural institutions. Founded in 1929, when its collection included just eight prints and one drawing, this important museum was intended to “challenge the conservative politics of traditional museums.” Since then, it has become one of the world’s best-known museums of modern art, with current holdings of 200,000 works, ranging from paintings, sculptures, and drawings to photographs, films, and even performance art. In addition to this world-class collection, MoMA prides itself on its inclusivity, as it strives to be a place “where diverse cultural, artistic, social, and political positions are welcome.” When it’s not exhibiting works by international artists and inspiring audiences with innovative displays, the Mausoleum also showcases numerous other objects representing different eras of American history, such as no less than 1 million objects located on all four floors of the West Wing Building. Located at 715 Washington Street, NY, between 47th and 54th Streets, NYC, MOMA proudly represents our city: “MOMA is big – big here, small there.”
The Louvre, Paris, France
The Louver, originally built as a fortress in the 12th century, is one of the oldest art museums in the world and opened in 1793. Not only is the Louver the largest museum in the world, it is also the most popular in the world, with over 7.3 million visitors in 2016 alone. The Louver, which has the best reputation in terms of its collection in all five key categories, has more than 38,000 artifacts in eight specific departments, with Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa being its most famous work. The Louver tops the rankings for global reputation with 84.3%, although it is second in Europe behind the Netherlands’ Van Gogh Museum. The Louver is highly regarded for the quality of its collection, its contribution to society, and its leadership in the museum world, ranking first in all three areas. In 81st place overall are more modern works, as found elsewhere in this list (e-Museum). While it may seem counterintuitive that so many contemporary works are in the museum’s collections, given the recent controversy surrounding some recently discovered original mausoleums, sets-including paintings by artists such as Claude Lanzmann, Gustav Klimt, and Thomas Bernhard-these lists are not without value. Although they offer different views on different subjects, there are still many great treasures hidden somewhere beneath the surface.
Brandhorst, Munich, Germany
The Brandhorst Museum is a relatively new but highly regarded German museum of contemporary art. It was opened in 2009 by the German state of Bavaria to house and showcase the incredible contemporary art collection of Anette Brandhorst and her husband Udo Fritz-Hermann, heirs of Fritz Henkel, founder of the famous German chemical company. Brandhorst’s extraordinary collection, donated to the state after Anette Brandhorst’s death, includes a comprehensive selection of groundbreaking artworks by artists such as Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, Gerhard Richter, Damien Hirst, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Alex Katz. The museum’s unique two-story building, with its multicolored facade of thousands of ceramic slats glazed in different colors, houses three separate exhibition areas connected by staircases. All of these beautiful sculptures were inspired both physically (with sculptures based on works by David Foster Wallace) and artistically because they are just so massive.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California, USA
In the other part of the country, another museum of modern art has played a crucial role in the dissemination of 19th, 20th, and 21st-century art. It has played a crucial role in the twentieth century. In 1935, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) opened to present its collection of several hundred works of art to the public. These early holdings, which featured artists such as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, inspired the quality of collecting that the museum continues to cultivate today. What has changed over the past 84 years, however, is the size of the museum. It has grown considerably since 1935 – especially in recent years. After a major expansion in 2013, the museum campus now encompasses 45,000 square feet of gallery, event, and outdoor space, making it the largest modern art museum in the country. But even though we now know better than ever exactly what they look like (and have actually been keeping a very close eye on them for nearly half a century), those first 44,894 buildings still only make up about one-fifth of the city that visitors pass through each year. As with much of contemporary urban planning history, the question is how well museums can maintain their own identity amid new digital realities; overall, however, most experts agree that large open spaces will be essential factors in shaping future architecture.”
Centre George Pompidou, Paris, France
Since its opening in 1977, the Center George Pompidou has amazed and delighted its visitors. The architectural team has designed the building from the inside out, ensuring that the building itself is as much a talking point as the works inside. The dynamic and vibrant arts center features innovative exhibitions, hands-on workshops, dance performances, cinemas, and other entertainment options. Designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, this state-of-the-art art center houses France’s national art collection from 1905 onward on the 4th and 5th floors, as well as 100,000 international works by Fauvists, Cubists, Surrealists, Pop artists, contemporary artists and more, making it one of the world’s best art museums for a reason. South of the museum, in Igor Stravinsky Square, there are fanciful mechanical fountains with skeletons, hearts, treble clefs, and a large pair of ruby lips created by Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle. Here you can see huge trees with an amazing canopy of 3,200 feet topped by glass domes with animals such as lions or antelopes.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC, New York, USA
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York is an internationally renowned art museum and one of the most important architectural icons of the 20th century. Founded with a collection of early modern masterpieces, the Guggenheim Museum is now an ever-evolving institution dedicated to the art of the 20th century and beyond. It is dedicated to the art of the twentieth century and beyond. The museum has one of the world’s largest collections of paintings by Wassily Kandinsky and features many modern masters such as Paul Klee, Franz Marc, Robert Delaunay, Marc Chagall, and Fernand Léger. Today it shows much more contemporary art and has even made encyclopedic exhibitions on the traditional arts of China and Africa. Current exhibitions draw on the permanent collection of more than 6,000 works as well as loans from other institutions. Currently, the museums have limited space dedicated exclusively to digital media displays so that visitors can view their works without interruptions or distractions.
Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
The Hermitage Museum is located in the former Winter Palace of the Russian tsars and is a marvel of Baroque architecture. The museum was founded in 1764 when Catherine the Great acquired a collection of 225 paintings from Berlin. Today, it houses over 2.7 million exhibits and displays a variety of artworks and artifacts from around the world. The collection includes works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian; a unique collection of Rembrandts and Rubens; many works of French Impressionism by Renoir, Cezanne, Manet, Monet, and Pissarro; numerous paintings by Van Gogh, Matisse, Gauguin; and several sculptures by Rodin, ranging from ancient Egypt to the early 20th century. Experts say that it would take 11 years to see all the artworks on display at the Hermitage if you spent one minute looking at them. The whole project cost about 25 million US dollars (about 20.4-30 million euros). And now, we learn more about why Vladimir Putin chose St. Petersburg as his new capital: The Russian oligarch has plans to build an international economic corridor connecting Europe with Asia via the “New Silk Roads.” According to 9to5Mac, Putin says this corridor will be developed in 10 main areas: Transport Infrastructure, Energy/Environmental Cooperation, Tourism, Trade and Investment, Scientific Research, Communications/Social Networks, and Innovation.
Tate Modern, London, UK
Washington DC is not the only capital city with a world-class modern art museum. Located on the banks of the Thames River in London, Tate Modern is the United Kingdom’s national gallery of modern art and is distinguished by its ever-growing collection of works dating from 1900 to the present. In addition to its holdings, the museum is also known for its architecture. Until 2000, the steel and brick building that now houses the museum was an electric power station. In redesigning the building, architects Herzog & de Meuron chose to retain the industrial look with its tall chimney and large turbine hall. Combined with the artworks, the museum’s contemporary design sets it apart from others. From the lobby, there is a magnificent view of the surrounding historic district, which is about 10 centuries old (see above). From the windows overlooking the river, tourists can see iconic monuments like the Edwardian clock tower of Westminster Abbey, as well as intimate scenes like workers walking the nearby streets or visiting local markets. It remains clear, however, that whether you have time to spend three hours a day here, leave early after dark just because it looks so beautiful outside, or perhaps stay late once you are out, work awaits when YOU get home.
Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain
A conversation about iconic museums of modern art would not be complete without the Guggenheim Bilbao. Like the Pompidou, this institution is most famous for its cutting-edge design, which reinterprets the local landscape in the form of an undulating, flower-shaped building. Designed by Frank Gehry, the glass, stone and titanium structure has 20 galleries and over 120,000 square feet of space. It houses not only pieces from the Guggenheim’s permanent collection but also temporary exhibitions that the museum changes frequently. With an ever-changing selection of works, the museum fulfills the Guggenheim Foundation’s interest in “exploring ideas across cultures through dynamic curatorial and educational initiatives and collaborations.” As one example, the Museum of Modern Art hosted a workshop at the Institute of Design Excellence (IDEX) in 2012/13 that explored new concepts for perceiving materials on display.”
Moderna Museet Stockholm, Sweden
Moderna Museet (or Museum of Modern Art) Stockholm is a state-funded contemporary art museum located on the island of Skeppsholmen, a beautiful natural setting in central Stockholm. Opened in 1958 in a former drill hall and later moved to its new building, the museum collects and exhibits all forms of contemporary art. Moderna Museet houses one of the world’s finest collections of Swedish and international modern and contemporary art from the early 20th century to the present, including works by Dali, Picasso, Rauchenberg, Duchamp, and Matisse. The museum’s world-class collection includes over five thousand paintings, sculptures, and installations, some 25,000 drawings, prints, and watercolors, and nearly 100,000 photographs dating back to 1840. In addition to the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, Moderna Museet Stockholm also organizes various learning activities and children’s workshops on contemporary art.
MOCA Los Angeles, California, USA
Founded in 1979, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles ( MOCA) is a highly acclaimed, groundbreaking museum with one of the most prestigious permanent collections, which continues to grow and now includes nearly seven thousand works of primarily American and European contemporary art. Since its opening, MOCA has been dedicated to collecting, preserving, and presenting works of art in all media since 1940, and its work, especially its imaginative programming based on a multidisciplinary approach, has been so influential that it has defined contemporary art museums as we know them today. The museum is housed in three separate and unique facilities in the greater Los Angeles area. The main branch is on Grand Avenue, the Geffen Contemporary in Little Tokyo, and the MOCA Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. The California Institute for Discovery Science (CalIDS) at Cal Expo focuses on science, i.e., the interaction between people living close to each other, such as birds crossing rivers, dinosaurs hatching from their eggs, and entering your life through millions of years of history. With the help of research institutes located primarily in the UCLA School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, work is being done toward many new educational goals scientifically related to human interaction across time, space, and distance, such as genetic engineering, bioengineering, microlensing, nanotechnology, quantum physics, and optics.