The best contemporary museums of Europe

15 Dec The best contemporary museums of Europe

BEducating oneself culturally while travelling is actually already courteous. And yet the choice of interesting museums and galeries in Europe is quite vast. Naturally this creates a grand cultural variety – on the other hand, however it is difficult for any traveller and prospective traveller to make the best choice. In this article we’d like to introduce the top classics of European art and its world of museums like some personal tips and insiders you don’t immediately notice. So let’s get ready for a tour through the European temples of art.

Museum Island in Berlin, Germany: Museum island in the center of Berlin is home to five different museums and is so important, that the island was nominated World Heritage by UNESCO in 1999. The five museums are the following: Old Museum (Built in 1830), New Museum (destroyed during the Second World War and reopened in 2009), Old National Galery (Built 1876), Bode Museum (Built 1904), Pergamon Museum (Built
1930).

State Historical Museum Moscow, Russia: The probably most known museum in Russia is home to an extravagant, grand collection of artifacts and exhibition pieces from all over the world. The building will be familiar to most people by looking at the pictures, because it is situated directly at the Red Square. The building was originally inaugurated in 1881 and at that time was supposed to represent the transition from prehistoric Russia to Modern Russia. The State Historical Museum today is the by far largest museum in the history of Russia. The museum’s inventory contains over 4,5 million exhibits of various subject areas and eras.

Vatican Museums, Vatican City, Italy: The Roman Catholic church has united a remarkable collection in the Pope’s museums throughout the past couple of centuries. The first museum was opened more than 500 years ago by Pope Julius II and is available for public ever since. Part of the Pope’s museums are the Vatican Pinacotheca, Museo Pio-Clementino, Museo Gregoriano Egizio, Museo Gregoriano Etrusco, Museo Gregoriano Profano, Museo Storico Vaticano, Museo Chiaramonti. Furthermore there is a number of smaller exhibition rooms and places you can visit in Vatican City.

Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal: The Museum was opened in 2007 and is home to a top-class collection of contemporary art. More than 900 pieces of artists like Valerio Adami, photographer Eileen Agar and American Carl Andre are a part of it.

Art Gallery Vienna, Austria: In 1992 a museum for modern Art was opened without a fixed collection. Instead the focus was on temporary exhibitions of the newest pieces of art from local, national and international artists. In 2002 the Art Gallery in Vienna was described by the Italian culture magazine ARTE as one of the six best centers of contemporary art in Europe.

Kunstmuseum Basel (Museum of Art in Basel, Switzerland): One of the eldest and best museums of art in Europe which is home to the largest and most important public art collection of Switzerland. Also part of the collection are Old Master, Impressionists, Post-Impressionists, Expressionists and cubistic paintings, such as pieces of constructivism, dadaism and surrealism. The museum contains an impressive collection of contemporary and post modern art. You can find artists like Joseph Beuys, Georg Baselitz, AR Penck, Walter Dahn, Martin Disler, Siegfried Anzinger, Rosemarie Trockel, Robert Gober, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Brice Marden, Bruce Nauman, Jonathan Borofsky, Francesco Clemente, Mimmo Paladino, Enzo Cucchi and others.