Article originally posted in November 2013.
Signed by Frank Lloyd Wright, this museum in New York is an internationally renowned art museum and one of the most significant architectural icons of the 20th century. It is at once a vital cultural center, an educational institution, and the heart of a museum’s international network.
Visitors can experience special exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, lectures by artists and critics, performances and film screenings, classes for teens and adults, and daily tours of the galleries led by experienced docents. Founded on a collection of early modern masterpieces, the Museum today is an ever-growing institution devoted to the art of the 20th century and beyond.
Now let’s fly to Europe and land in Bilbao. Here lies my favorite one. Instantly hailed as the most important structure of its time, Frank Gehry’s Museum Bilbao has celebrated more than a decade of extraordinary success. With over a hundred exhibitions and more than ten million visitors to its credit, this museum has changed the way people think about a museum, and it continues to challenge assumptions about the connections between art, architecture and collecting. The Bilbao’s collection spans from the mid-twentieth century to the present day, concentrating on post-war painting and sculpture in America and Europe.
Now we travel to the most romantic Italian city, Venice. Located on Venice’s Grand Canal, the Peggy Collection is one of Europe’s premier museums devoted to modern art. With masterpieces ranging in style from Cubism and Surrealism to Abstract Expressionism, the collection has become one of the most respected and visited cultural attractions in Venice. Among the artists represented are Klee, Picasso, Braque, Duchamp, Léger, Brancusi, Severini, Balla, Dalí, Magritte, Delaunay, Kupka, Miró, Picabia, Mondrian, Kandinsky, van Doesburg, Giacometti, Ernst, Pollock, Rothko, Calder, Moore, and Marini.
Still in Europe, we fly now to Berlin. The Deutsche Guggenheim, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2007, is a unique collaboration between the Foundation and Deutsche Bank and is widely regarded by both locals and visitors from around the world as one of the most exciting and experimental art museums in Germany.
The Deutsche museum Commissions are a continuation of the Foundation’s commitment to fostering contemporary art and architecture. Unfortunately, After 15 years, the museum is closing at the end of the year.
Know, last but not least, we go all the way to the Middle East and land in Abu Dhabi. The new Abu Dhabi will be located in the Cultural District of Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Designed by internationally renowned architect Frank Gehry, the 450,000-square-foot museum will house its own major modern and contemporary art collection and present special exhibitions that will include works from the Foundation’s extensive collection.
The museum, the largest one in the world, will have global art, exhibitions, and education programs with a particular focus on Middle Eastern contemporary art. It joins other leading international cultural institutions in the unprecedented creation of a vibrant cultural destination for visitors from around the world.