• The First Contemporary Art Museum in History: Centre Pompidou


    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.


    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.





  • 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.

  • Potala Palace

    Lhasa, Tibet

    Potala Palace is found in Lhasa, in the autonomous area of Tibet in the Northwest of China. This unique architectural structure is one of the most important symbols of Tibet Buddhism, known with housing the spiritual leader of Buddhist tradition, Dalai Lamas, since the 17th century.

    With its highest point reaching 3700 meters, this 13-floor building is spread over a 360.000 meter square area and is accepted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. Today the building is opened to public by the Chinese government and is separated into Red and White Palaces. While since 1959, the buddhist prayer traditions were carried out in the Red Palace, the White Palace was reserved for daily occupations and governmental affairs of Dalai Lamas.

    The collection of the awe inspiring the museum includes thousands of mural paintings by famous Tibetan artists of the time. In addition, it includes wooden and stone works, sculptures, carpets, ceramics and jade jewelry. The gold covered coffins of previous Dalai Lamas are also placed within the place.


  • Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Center

    Daugavpils, Lithuania

    One of the most prominent names of abstract expressionism Mark Rothko was born in 1903 in the city of Dvinsk, known with its name during the Russian Empire. Today known as Daugavpils, this city remains within the borders of Lithuania. Founded in Daugavpils, Mark Rothko Art Center opened in 2012 and is the only address in Eastern Europe to hold the original artworks by the master artist.

    The Castle of Daugavpils, an ancient arsenal building, is hosting Rothko in his birth city after many that he had to leave the Russia of his childhood in order to escape the rising antisemitism. Turned into an art center, this historical building houses 41 prints and 6 paintings by the artist. Including digital exhibitions about Rohtko’s life and works, the museum also organizes temporary exhibitions of different artists.

    The museum also houses a “Quiet Rothko” room. The room offers the opportunity to view the artist’s works in quiet, in a separated part of the museum in a meditative manner. The room was inspired by the Rothko Chapel in Texas, the building whose four walls are covered with Rothko’s paintings.

  • Jewish Museum of Berlin

    Berlin, Germany

    Jüdisches Museum (Jewish Museum) found in the city of Berlin in Germany is one of the biggest Jewish museums in Europe. Its extraordinary design was chosen by the government of Berlin as a result of a contest organized in 1988. Open to public since 2001, the museum is one of Berlin’s most visited places.

    The museum acquired its present day form with the addition of architect Daniel Libeskind’s chosen project – a zigzag shaped building, later named Blitz (lightning), referring to the bombings during World War 2. The zigzag shaped building with its architectural voids points out the Jewish History that is impossible to display in its entirety.

  • The Royal Ontario Museum

    Toronto, Canada

    Founded in 1912 and opened its doors to public in 1914, The Royal Ontario Museum works in collaboration with University of Toronto since its inception. The museum became a major hit with its Michael Lee-Chin Crystal extension wing that opened up in 2007. The building, resembling a giant splashing crystal, is a design by the famous architect Daniel Libeskind chosen among the 50 finalists.

    Its collection includes topics such as world cultures and natural history, prominent examples of dinosaurs, meteor and fossil artifacts, along with pieces from African art, the history of Europe and Canada. One of the biggest museums in North america, The Royal Ontario Museum hosts over one million visitors yearly.

  • Pérez Art Museum

    Miami, USA

    One of the most important contemporary art museums of Miami, the Pérez Art Museum has made itself known just as much with its collection as with its long-contested name. Named for a long time as Miami Art Museum, the museum was criticized heavily by public when its name was changed to Pérez Art Museum in 2013 after receiving a $40 million donation from the collector Jorge M. Pérez.

    Designed by the world famous architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, the museum is admired by its architectural splendor and its collection focuses on the art of 20th century and onwards. The collection consists of works by Joseph Cornell, James Rosenquist, Frank Stella, Kiki Smith as well as prominent Latin American artists such as Wilfredo Lam, Diego Rivera, Damian Ortega, Joaquin Torres-Garcia and Jose Bedia Valdes.

  • Museum of the Berardo Collection

    Lisbon, Portugal

    One of the most important museums of modern and contemporary art in Lisbon, Portugal Museu Colecção Berardo (Museum of the Berardo Collection) is serving art lovers in since 2007. Founded on the collection of the art collector and businessman Jose Berardo, the museum houses works by Joan Mitchell, Jackson Pollock, Albert Glezies, Pablo Picasso, Ana Hatherly and many artists from several aspects of contemporary art.

    The collection includes over one thousand works widely ranging from surrealism to pop art, from minimalism to conceptual art. The museum, founded to inspire artists and art institutions and to share the works with the public, is a not-to-be-missed spot in Lisbon for art lovers.

  • Museum of Islamic Arts

    Doha, Katar

    Located in Katar’s capital of Doha as an architectural gem, the Museum of Islamic Arts opened its doors to the public at the end of 2008. In order not to be overshadowed by any other building in its surrounding, the museum was designed as a separate island on the water over a 260.000 meter square area and was inspired by Islamic architecture.

    One of the starts of modern architecture, the Chinese descent american architect I. M. Pei accepted the project of the building during his retirement. He is known to have researched about Islamic architecture and its history for 6 whole months.

    Recognized as the world’s most comprehensive collection of Islamic arts, the museum’s collection includes hand-written articles from between the 7.-19th centuries brought form 3 continents, textile and ceramics along with precious objects and jewelry works. The museum is also a member of the Google Art Projects.

  • Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum

    Seattle, USA

    Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum is one of the biggest museums in the world that has been dedicated tot the oeuvre of the United States’ most famous glass sculptor Dale Chihuly. Opened to public in 2012, the striking building rises right next to the city’s renown Space Needle.

    The museum consists of garden, glass green house and the interior exhibition space and includes Chihuly‘s sculptural installations, as well as his colored drawings and object collection. The museum offers a great opportunity to get to know Chihuly better – one of the most prominent names of contemporary glass blowing whose sculptures are displayed throughout the world in various metropolis.

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