We have assembled a list of quintessential art destinations across the world, featuring some of the most interesting collections to check this summer.
Monumental in scale and modern in design, MAS (Museum aan de Stroom) is a red sandstone giant located along the banks of the river Scheldt in the Eilandje district of Antwerp. Designed by the world renowned architecture firm Neutelings Riedijk Architects, its architecture is based on the 19th century warehouses that are typical of the city in which the museum is located. Offset by a quarter turn on each level, its ten rooms are stacked on top of one another and are connected by sections of undulating glass panels, forming a majestic spiral tower. Once inside, its eclectic collection of around 500,000 objects that were considered from various specialised museums around the city, will offer insight into the cultural legacy of Belgium’s famous port city.
Collection: An expensive collection of nearly 500,000 objects from several different specialised museums in Antwerp.
Address: Hanzestedenplaats 1, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium
The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is an incredible collection spread across 22 themed galleries displaying 8,000 objects. Housed in a grand building from the 1920s, the museum is of a Spanish Baroque style and follows the Glaswegian tradition of using red stone from the nearby village of Locharbriggs. A stand out exhibit is the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Glasgow Style Gallery which features furniture, decorative panels and light fittings from the Ingram Street Tearooms, designed by Mackintosh in 1900-1912.
Collection: Old masters, Modern Art, arms and armour of the world, and a vast Natural History Collection.
Address: Argyle St. Glasgow, UK
Kunst Haus Wien – Hundertwasser Museum, was designed by the artist and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser. This eye-catching ‘green’ museum is open 365 days a year and houses the world’s permanent display of Hundertwasser’s works including paintings, printed graphics, tapestries and architectural designs.
Collection: The largest collection of significant works from Friedensreich
Hundertwasser’s oeuvre in the world.
Address: Untere Weißgerberstraße 13, 1030 Vienna, Austria
The Musee des Augustins de Toulouse is a fine arts museum in the centre of Toulouse with collections of painting and sculpture dating from the beginning of the Middle Ages to the 1940s. This wide variety of works means that the collection covers all of the major periods in the history of western art. A highlight is sculpture, with the only collection of Romanesque sculpture of its kind in the world.
Collection: Sculpture and paintings from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century.
Address: 21 rue de Metz, 31000 Toulouse, France
The Rijksmuseum is a major Dutch national museum in Amsterdam focused on connecting individuals to art history. The museum is located in Museum Square, south of the centre and neighbouring the Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and Concertgebouw.
Founded in 1914, The Royal Ontario Museum (The ROM) showcases art, culture and nature from around the world and across the ages. The sculptural design for the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal addition to the Royal Ontario Museum was designed by Daniel Libeskind and is composed of five interlocking, self-supporting prismatic structures that create the whole and are the main focal point of the heritage building. Creating a new landmark entrance along busy Floor Street, the crystal informs cultural discovery in a way that provides a rare and innovative visitor experience. Through an unconventional and dynamic gallery space, visitors are taken on an unexpected journey. The crystal has underscored The ROM’s importance and has resulted in it becoming a world-class destination.
Address: 100 Queens Park, Toronto, Canada
The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw opened in the spring of 2017 in a new space called ‘the Museum on the Visual’ an off shoot of the Museum’s existing headquarters. The Museum also preserves the archives of the Filmoteka Museum – a collection of several hundred artists’ films that are freely available online. Located at the Copernicus Science Centre and the University of Warsaw Library, the new pavilion is designed by Austrian architect Adolf Krischanitz and between 2008 and 2010, was used as a temporary exhibition space. The museum’s facade will eventually be entirely covered in paintings by Sławomir Pawszak, who won a commissioning competition in 2016.
Collection: Contemporary Polish and International Art.
Address: ul, Pańska 3, 00-124 Warsaw, Poland.
The Leighton House Museum is in London’s Holland Park and features collections assembled between 1897 and 1910 that remain at the core of the museum’s holdings today. Named after Lord Leighton who commissioned architect and designer George Aitchison to build him a combined home and studio, this museum holds a collection by Leighton, works by Leighton’s friends and contemporaries and about 100 pieces of pottery by William De Morgan.
Collection: Modern Art
Address: 12 Holland Park Road, London W14 8LZ, United Kingdom
Founded in 2004 as Turkey’s first Modern and Contemporary Art Museum, Istanbul Modern has for over a decade build up an enviable collection dedicated to Turkish talent alongside works by international artists. Collection artists include familiar Turkish artists Sarkis, Gülay Semercioğlu, Ardan Özmenoğlu, Cevdet Erek and International heavyweights including Doug Aitken, Adrian Villar Rojas, and Olafur Eliasson. The museum is now located on a temporary site in Beyoğlu as it awaits the completion of its new building slated for 2021, having previously occupied an 8000-square-metre site in Karaköy overlooking the shores of the famous Bosphorus.
Collection: Modern and Contemporary Turkish and International Art.
Address: Asmalımescit Mahallesi Meşrutiyet Caddesi, No:99 34430, Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey
Museu Picasso is one of several international museums dedicated to preserving the legacy of Spain’s most famous artist. The museum’s focus is on Pablo Picasso’s formative years, and its permanent collection comprises 4251 works from his youth and various apprenticeships. The museum is housed in five interconnected Medieval palaces, all are exemplary of Catalan Gothic architecture.
Collection: Modern Art, emphasis on works from Pablo Picasso’s formative years.
Address: Carrer Montcada, 15-23, 08003 Barcelona Spain.
For a more elaborate list of art destinations around the world, make sure to check out the Selections Art Journal in partnership with Lufthansa.
A perfect pocket-sized travel companion, Selections Art Journal looks beyond commercial galleries and art fairs to offer a wealth of information on the diverse art scenes of each of the cities in this guide, including biennials, art organisations, museums, cultural centres and more. Selections Art Journal is the new indispensable resource for today’s global art audience.