Alte Nationalgalerie and Gemäldegalerie, both part of the National Museums in Berlin
With its fifteen separate collections, three research institutes and replica workshop, the
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, or National Museums in Berlin, constitutes a universal museum whose scope ranges from the very dawn of world art and culture to the present day. Born from Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia’s Royal Museum, the National Museums present their many treasures at various separate locations in Berlin. The Alte Nationalgalerie on the world famous Museum Island Berlin is home to 19th century sculptures and paintings. The Gemäldegalerie at Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz presents the history of European painting in all its facets, from the Middle Ages up to 1800.
T: +49 30 266 423401
Freer Gallery of Art
The Freer Gallery of Art was the first museum of the Smithsonian Institution to be dedicated to the fine arts. Besides Asian art, the Freer houses a collection of 19th and early 20th century American art, including the world’s largest number of works by American‐born, British‐based etcher and painter James McNeill Whistler (1834‐1903). The Freer is committed to expanding public knowledge of the collections through exhibitions, research and publications.
T: +1 240 565 4019
The Frick Collection
Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919), the coke and steel industrialist, philanthropist and art collector, left his New York residence and his remarkable collection of Western paintings, sculpture and decorative arts to the public “for the purpose of establishing and maintaining a gallery of art, [and] of encouraging and developing the study of fine arts and of advancing the general knowledge of kindred subjects.” Designed and built for Mr. Frick in 1913 and 1914 by Thomas Hastings of Carrère and Hastings, the mansion provides a grand domestic setting reminiscent of the noble houses of Europe for the masterworks from the Renaissance through the nineteenth century that it contains. Fine artists represented include Antico, Bellini, Constable, Corot, Fragonard, Gainsborough, Goya, El Greco, Holbein, Houdon, Ingres, Manet, Monet, Rembrandt, Renoir, Riccio, Titian, Turner, Velázquez, Vermeer and Whistler.
T: +1 314 973 0700
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world's largest and finest art museums. Its
collections include more than two million works of art spanning five thousand years of world
culture, from prehistory to the present and from every part of the globe. Founded in 1870, the Metropolitan Museum is located in New York City's Central Park along Fifth Avenue (from 80th to 84th Streets). Nearly five million people visit the Museum each year. The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded on April 13, 1870, "to be located in the City of New York, for the purpose of establishing and maintaining in said city a Museum and library of art, of encouraging and developing the study of the fine arts, and the application of arts to manufacture and practical life, of advancing the general knowledge of kindred subjects, and, to that end, of furnishing popular instruction. “
T: +1 917 880 6423
MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art
Founded in 1929, The Museum of Modern Art in midtown Manhattan was the first museum
devoted to the modern era. MoMA's unparalleled collection – The New York Times has called it "the greatest collection of modern art in the world" – offers a comprehensive, panoramic overview of modern and contemporary art, from the innovative European painting and sculpture of the 1880s to today's film, design, and performance art. Collection highlights include Claude Monet's Water Lilies, Vincent van Gogh's The Starry Night, and Pablo Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, along with more recent works by Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Murray, Kara Walker and many others. The Museum presents an active schedule of modern and contemporary art exhibitions, over 1,000 film screenings a year and a wide range of educational programming from artist talks to family workshops. As an institution, MoMA is dedicated to the conversation between the past and the present, the established and the experimental, with its mission to help the visitor understand and enjoy the art of our time.
T: +1 347 751 3164
Museo Reina Sofia
Museo Reina Sofía’s program revolves around two main reflections. First, to reevaluate the
function and constitution of museums today. Second, to ask ourselves if there is an alternative to historical models for this institution: alternatives to the modern museum arising in the 1920s, which portrayed a linear history based on exclusion, and to the postmodern museum proposed in the mid-1980s, in which conflict and dissent were subsumed by a new globalized world.
Paz Ridruejo and Nicola Wohlfarth
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The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum offers visitors an overview of art from the 13th century to
the late 20th century. In the nearly one thousand works on display, visitors can contemplate the
major periods and pictorial schools of western art such as the Renaissance, Mannerism, the
Baroque, Rococo, Romanticism and the art of the 19th and 20th centuries up to Pop Art. The
museum also features works from some movements not represented in state-owned collections,
such as Impressionism, Fauvism, German Expressionism and the experimental avant-garde
movements of the early 20th century. In addition, it boasts an important collection of 19th century
American painting not found in any other European museum institutions.
José María Goicoechea
T: +34 69 931 2039
Museum Kampa has in its care several very important and extensive collections, which
includes two icons of 20th century art František Kupka and Otto Gutfreund, and Central
European modern art. The collection of Central European art serves not only as a reminder of
the so-called Eastern Bloc but also contributes to the awareness of modern Czech culture. The
Museum was established thanks to the initiative of the art collector and benefactor Mrs. Meda
Mládek, who sees the birth of this museum as a fulfillment of her dream.
Sandra Prusa and Katerina Triskova
T: +420 257 286 148 / +420 731 448 999
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The National Gallery is one of the greatest art galleries in the world. Founded by the UK
Parliament in 1824, the Gallery houses the nation’s collection of Western European paintings
from the late 13th to the early 20th century. No other collection possesses such consistent
quality, nor better tells the story of Western European painting. The collection belongs to the
nation and serves a diverse public from the UK and overseas. It is open to all, 361 days of the
year, free of charge. Between 4 and 5 million people visit the National Gallery each year. Almost
all of the 2,300 paintings in the National Gallery’s collection are on permanent display. The
collection represents the greatest Western European painters including Van Eyck, Raphael,
Leonardo da Vinci, Turner, Rembrandt, Degas, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Renoir, Monet, Rubens,
Velázquez, Van Dyck, Titian and Bellini. The Gallery’s key objectives are to enhance the
collection, care for the collection and provide the best possible access to visitors.
T: +20 7747 2839
Palace of Versailles
A major world heritage site, receiving nearly 10 million visitors a year, the Palace of Versailles is also a royal residence, French history Museum and the National Palace where Parliament sits in Congress.
Apart from the three historical residences, which are the Palace, the Grand Trianon and the
Petit Trianon, the Versailles estate includes the great baroque garden designed by Le Nôtre,
with its groves and enclosed gardens, the gardens of the Trianon and the Hameau de la Reine Marie-Antoinette, a wooded park spread out on either side of the Grand Canal, taking up a total area of 850 hectares. The Estate of Versailles possess very large collections with 60,000 items: paintings (7,000), sculptures (2,900), furniture (4,000), objets d’art (2,500), and old books (6,000)
Endowed in 1995 with the status of a public establishment of administrative nature, placed
under the guardianship of the Ministry of Culture, the Palace of Versailles is now an
organisation of some 1,000 people, the objective of which is to convey the unique heritage with which it has been entrusted and to maintain cultural activity in keeping with the site.
Ariane de Lestrange
T: +33 6 08 94 57 28
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has a superb collection of more than one million objects,
dating from several thousand years BC until the 21st century. The museum wants to make
the collections available to the broadest public possible, both at home and abroad. Furniture,
Delftware, porcelain, silver, drawings and of course the word-famous paintings by Frans Hals,
Johannes Vermeer and Rembrandt van Rijn can be seen in the museum in Amsterdam. Parts of the collection travel all over the world including to Europe, Japan, China, Australia and the United States of America. The special museum-branch at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol shows paintings and also hosts small exhibitions. And of course thousands of objects can be viewed on its website. Check out www.rijksmuseum.nl accessorize and you will see many stunning items for personal use or download the ‘Rijkswidget’ that enables you to get a new masterpiece on your phone every day. The Rijksmuseum is Holland’s national treasury, the national museum for the Dutch, all 17 million of them!
The State Hermitage Museum
The collection of the State Hermitage includes more than three million works of art and artifacts of world culture. Among them are paintings, graphic works, sculptures and works of applied art, archaeological finds and numismatic material.
The main architectural ensemble of the Hermitage situated in the centre of St Petersburg
consists of the Winter Palace, the former state residence of the Russian emperors, the buildings of the Small, Old (Great) and New Hermitages, the Hermitage Theatre and the Auxiliary House. The museum complex also includes the Menshikov Palace and the Eastern Wing of the General Staff building, the Staraya Derevnya Restoration and Storage Centre and the Museum
of the Imperial Porcelain Factory.
State Tretyakov Gallery
The State Tretyakov Gallery is the national treasury of Russian fine art and one of the greatest museums in the world. It is located in one of the oldest districts of Moscow – Zamoskvorechye, not far from the Kremlin. The Gallery's collection consists entirely of Russian art and artists who have made а contribution to the history of Russian art or been closely connected with it. The collection contains more than 150,000 works of painting, sculpture and graphics, created throughout the centuries by successive generations of Russian artists. Russian art works, ranging in date from the 11th to the early 20th century, are on show in the Gallery's historic building on Lavrushinskiy Pereulok. A new building of the Tretyakov Gallery at Krymskiy Val houses a unique museum exhibition of national 20th century art. Built to mark the 150th anniversary of the Tretyakov Gallery, the exposition meets all modern requirements of showing contemporary art. The exhibition is opened by the works of Mikhail Larionov, Natalia Goncharova, the artists of the association "Bubnovy Valet", whose creativity marks the beginning of the new Avant-Garde movement in Russia.
T: +74959533375 / +79015104834
The Tate houses the United Kingdom's national collection of British Art, and International
Modern and Contemporary Art. It is a network of four art museums: Tate Britain, London
(previously known as the Tate Gallery, founded 1897), Tate Liverpool (founded 1988), Tate St
Ives, Cornwall (founded 1993) and Tate Modern, London (founded 2000), with a complementary website, Tate Online (created 1998). It is an executive non-departmental public body of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
Helen Beeckmans and Kate Moores
T: +20 7887 8730
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The Uffizi Gallery in Florence has the world’s finest collection of Italian Renaissance paintings, of the Florentine school. It also has antiques, sculpture, and more than 100,000
drawings and prints. In 1559 the grand duke of Tuscany, Cosimo I de’ Medici, engaged the
painter-architect Giorgio Vasari to plan a building for the offices (uffizi) of the government
judiciary. The Uffizi Palace (1560–80), one of the most important examples of Italian Mannerist architecture, has been subsequently enlarged and remodeled, but always in keeping with Vasari’s original design. After Cosimo I died in 1574, the new grand duke, Francis I, commissioned Bernardo Buontalenti to convert the top floor of the Uffizi into a repository for the art treasures amassed by the Medici family from the time of Cosimo the Elder (1389–1464) onwards.
These galleries were expanded in the 17th century by the grand duke Ferdinand II and his
brother, Cardinal Leopoldo, who collected the artist self-portraits later exhibited in the Vasari
corridor connecting the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace. In the 18th century the Medici’s personal
property was bequeathed to the Lorraine family with a pact providing that the works of art
always remain in Florence. It was the grand duke Leopold I who gave the Uffizi its status as
a museum in the 18th century. He had its collections reorganized, appointed its first director
(1769), and opened it to the public. The Uffizi Gallery has a comprehensive and voluminous
collection of Florentine paintings from the Late Gothic through the Renaissance and Mannerist
periods. Its holdings of works by Sandro Botticelli are quite extraordinary.
Van Gogh Museum
The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam houses the world’s largest collection of works of art by Vincent van Gogh: about 200 paintings, 500 drawings and more than 750 letters. Masterpieces such as The Potato Eaters, The Yellow House, The Sower, Sunflowers and The bedroom are just a few of the world famous works on display in the museum. Special exhibitions are regularly held in the Kurokawa wing of the Van Gogh Museum. In February 2011 for example, the museum opened its exhibition Picasso in Paris, 1900-1907. The staff employed by the museum work every day to expand knowledge of Vincent van Gogh: knowledge about his works of art and letters, but also about his style of painting and his techniques. They also know a great deal about his family, the people he inspired and those who inspired him, as well as his contemporaries. This provides many wonderful and authentic stories.
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