Do you love art? Do you love modern and conteporary art? Whatever the answer, you're sure to be left in awe by the revolutionary artwork on display across these seven inspiring modern and contemporary art museums!
What is art?
What is art? In what terms should we define it?... If we should define art at all. Over history, art and what has been considered as art has changed and developed immensely. I'm sure if we asked Michelangelo to take a look at Salvador Dali's Surrealism, he would look in horror at Dali's abstract interpretation of nature and the human form. Nevertheless, whether you're a lover of modern and contemporary art or you're a classicist at heart, these seven museums across the world contain some of the world's most progressive artwork and are sure to open your mind and leave you in a state of stupeur.
Centre Pompidou, Paris
Home to the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe, the Centre Pompidou located in Paris is a must for any lover of modern and contemporary art! The museum's iconic exterior escalators and coloured tubing make the building immediately recognisable and this is rather in keeping with the forward-thinking, progressive artwork inside. The artwork is divided into two sections: modern art (1905 - 1960) and contemporary art (1960 - modern day). What's more, every year, internationally acclaimed exhibitions are displayed on the museums top floor? where you can also enjoy a breathtaking view of the city's skyline!
The Museum of Modern Art, New York City
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), in Manhattan, New York City, is one of the most forward-thinking museums in the world and has always had a progressive approach to art. Since its opening in 1929, the museum had the intention of challenging the conservatism of traditional art museums. Not only does MoMA strive to display top pieces of contemporary artwork, it also aims to promote an understanding of modern art and widen people's minds when it comes to answering questions such as what we define and consider as art. When the museum opened, it housed only 9 pieces of artwork. Now there are 200,000 works on display, ranging from sculptures to performance art pieces. Your trip to MoMA will certainly be an engaging and unforgettable experience!
The Tate Modern, London
The Tate Modern is one of the most popular museums in the world. It is situated along the banks of the River Thames in London and is one of four Tate museums across the UK, which all slightly vary in the artwork that they display. The Tate Modern is home to a vast array of international modern artwork and innovative contemporary art exhibitions in which artists use electricity, light and sound to engage your mind and senses. The Tate Modern really is an unmissable experience!
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SMOMA) is the largest modern art museum in the US and is one of the country's most prominent artistic centres. The museum displays artwork from around the world by renowned artists such as Julie Mehretu, an eminent contemporary visual artist, or Andy Warhol, who was a leading figure in the pop art movement. There is a real variety of visual artwork on display, perhaps the most distinctive being the museum's thirty-foot living wall!