• More Art and an Open Mind: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

    San Francisco, California, U.S.A

    Since its foundation in 1935, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Museum (SFMOMA) has developed itself further through growing collections, important exhibitions and extensive building projects. As a result, over years it has become one of the most important art institutions, which reflects the statement ‘’Come with an open mind, leave with so much more’’ at its best.

    SFMOMA is one of the first places that comes to mind when we think of San Francisco, California. It brings together Modern and Contemporary Art, the well-known and the new, different perspectives and dialogue under one single roof. The nucleous of the permanent collection comes from artworks of Albert M. Bender, Frida Kahlo ve Diego Rivera. As a result of two extensive building projects that took place in 1995 and 2013, today the museum occupies a 45.000 square feet of art-filled space, where it hosts best works of architecture, design, photography, and sculpture.

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    One of the most distinctive features of the SFMOMA is its unique and rich photography collection. It should be added that the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is the first museum which recognized photography as fine arts, and started to exhibit works of photography on an institutional basis. Thinking its leading position in the field, this adds further value to its photography collection.

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    SFMOMA goes beyond expectations. The Museum can also be seen as an active space for art, with its ‘Open Space’ publishing platform created for artists and writers, experimental spaces devoted to art and creativity, and artist projects and art events that support artists. Encouraging the new and the unexpected, the SFMOMA brings together Modern and Contemporary Art, and puts artists at the core of its activity and mission.

  • From Power Station to Art: Tate Modern Switch House

    London, England

    Tate Modern one of the best art institutions in the world. The Museum opened its new building on the River Thames in June 2016.  Located in the South wing of the main building, this new extension, the Switch House, was connected to the existing main building through a new bridge, which expanded the museum by 60%. With its newly-built multi-purpose galleries and exhibition areas, the Switch House brought a new spirit not only to the Museum but also to the city and international art environment.

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    As we step into the level 4 of the already existing Boiler House, we see the Turbine Hall, which connects us to the new Switch House. After a walk along the Turbine Hall, we finally reach to the 64,5 meters Switch House. This is a tall and solid building made of brick. It has unique curved pyramid structure, which differentiates it amongst other surrounding buildings. The building is large and well-lighted with thin and vertical windows. Though it is filled with art today, it was used and served as a power station for many years.

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    On 3 floors of the building, the Museum organizes new thematic exhibitions that focus on various themes and artists. In these new column-free galleries, which were created in light of similar design model and aesthetics of the existing galleries, new and never-exhibited works that predominantly consist of installations, film and live art meet the audience.

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    In addition to its new exhibition areas and galleries, the Switch House also functions as an experimental and interactive space for learning and interpretation. From areas dedicated to education programs and workshops, to a new rasturant, from a new bar and to a new members room… The Switch House has much more to offer. There is a public viewing terrace on the top of the building, where visitors can enjoy 360 degrees panoramic view of London, adding further value and meaning to art.

  • 50 Museums

    As Art50.net, we decided to start 50-item lists about art. In 50 MUSEUMS we bring together museums whose architecture is just as glorious as their as collections from all over the world.
    As we reach the 50th items on our lists we welcome all suggestions and photographs from the places you have been. You can send them to us on info@art50.net. We are hoping to reach the 50th items very soon with suggestions from our followers. Until then, enjoy reading our lists!

  • The MAK Museum

    Vienna, Austria

    Founded in 1863 as the Royal Art and Industry Museum and then becoming a globally well recognized institution in areas as contemporary art, applied arts and design, the MAK (Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art), is often referred to with its collection and temporary exhibitions.

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    Whike the MAK Contemporary Art Collection has an international character, it dedicates a special place to the Austrian artists. Thanks to long-term collaborations with artists like Walter Pichler, Franz West and Heimo Zobernig, the museum has the primary mission to emphasize site-specific artistic production and to approach exhibition as a medium in itself.

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    The museum has an important place in design world as well. The MAK Design LAB continues to enrich the literature in the field of design with its research program. On the other hand, the museum targets visibility in Vienna’s urban texture, exhibiting public and site-specific projects both in various parts of the city and on its own building façade.

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  • The Broad

    Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

    Founded by the philanthropist couple Eli and Edythe Broad in 2015,  the Broad is home to the Broad Collection, with over 2,000 works from the Post-War period and Contemporary era. In the museum, also celebrated for its authentic building designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, there also exists an artwork library for temporary loans that has already served over 500 museums and galleries so far, in addition to the gallery spaces.

     

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    The collection’s artist list focusing on the last five decades is literally dizzying: In addition to unforgetable masters like Alexander Calder, Cy Twombly, John Baldessari and Joseph Beuys, living legends including Jeff Koons, Doug Aitken, Andreas Gursky and Damien Hirst are also featured.

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  • Street Art Museum Amsterdam

    Netherlands

    Situated in Nieuw-West, a relatively non-touristic neighborhood in Amsterdam and offering an alternative to the concept of museum as we know it,  Street Art Museum Amsterdam was founded by Anna Stolyarova, an Ukranian born resident of the neighborhood. Stolyarova is also the curator of this outdoor museum and she has the objective to interact with the local community and to feature works that would reinforce this coalescence. We may safely say she succeeded. The project is supported by many institutions including the Nieuw-West Municipalkity and real-estate firms. It is possible to visit the museum with a guided tour.

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  • Whitney Museum of American Art

    New york City, USA

    The Whitney Museum of American Art was born out of a necessity to exhibit the living American artists normally excluded from the traditional art academies. The collection created by, as well as the Whitney Studio founded in Greenwich Village in 1914 by the sculptor Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, the first to realize this necessity, laid the foundations of today’s museum. Once the collection she wanted to donate to the Metropolitan Museum was rejected, she had to found her own museum.

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    As time passed the museum expanded and could not fit into its main building, relocating several times and creating various corporately funded New York branches. More recently, in May 2015 it relocated to its new building designed by the famous museum designer Renzo Piano.

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    The museum collection features approximately 21,000 artworks by more than 3,000 American artists created in the 20th and 21st centuries. The temporary exhibition program offers monographies as well as group exhibitions including film, video, photography and new media. Moreover, the Whitney Biennial, organized since 1932, is still the one and only regular exhibition held in the United States and surveying the most recent developments in American art. The biennial invites works produced within the preceding two years.

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  • The New Museum

    New York City, USA

    Founded in 1977, the New Museum was one of the most innovative museums of its time. While the other modern art museums in the USA generally focused on important masters, the New Museum’s program featured living artists relatively less well known, and their works no older than 10 years, thus introducing them to the global art scene. It combined the notion of traditional museum with the understanding of an alternative space. Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, the two architects of the famous Japanese architecture office SANAA, gave life to the museum’s current building, one of the symbols of New York since it opened in 2007.

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    The New Museum’s digital archive containts detailed documentation of all the events and activities organized by the institution; it aims at building a memory lane beyond the exhibition. The museum also commissions various online projects, reinterpreting the concept of exhibition space. Moreover, since the day it was founded, it successfully accomplishes its mission to reach out to the public. Its triennal is globally renown.

     

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  • The First Contemporary Art Museum in History: Centre Pompidou

    Paris

    Considered by many authorities as the first contemporary art museum in the world, Centre Pompidou is a project envisioned by President Pompidou in 1969, with the aim of restoring the art capital status of Paris, a title it had lost to New York City after WWII. It was initiated as a multidisciplinary cultural center, also emcompassing other French modern art institutions awaiting rehabilitation, with the mission of prioritizing contemporary art produced particularly in France. The museum building was realized as a result of an architecture competition with 681 participants from 49 countries, the winner of which was an architect trio composed of two Italian and one British architects; it was at the center of ardent debates throughout the 70s because of its resemblance to an oil plant.

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    Today, Centre Pompidou‘s program is shaped around three main elements: exhibitions about art history, multidisciplinary thematic exhibitions and monographs of contemporary designers. Hosting the biggest collection of Modern and Contemporary Art in Europe with 60,000 items, it focuses on the artists of the 20th and 21st century that are most influential on our times.

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  • Hermitage Museum

    St. Petersburg, Russia

    Having one of the world’s biggest and oldest collections, Hermitage Museum is one of the must-see sights of Russia. The collection of the museum, only the small portion of which can be displayed, consists of over 3 millions of works. The museum is made up of five historical buildings. The majority of the collection is displayed in the Winter Palace which was once the old residence of Russian emperors.

    Started in 1764 by Catherine the Great and become the power symbol of Russia, the collection includes works of Prehistorical, Egyptian and Classical periods along with Italian Renaissance, Dutch Baroque and Modern Art. It is possible to run into the works of Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyck, Raphael and Matisse in the museum whose collection can compete with the splendor of its architecture.

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