It is very difficult to find top sources for contemporary arts in a place which is so diverse in its art scene and have massive collections of world’s renowned master pieces. Still, we have compiled a list of our favorite picks for 2016 of all art lovers must visit at least once. We have two categories: the first are places in the real brick-and-mortor world, and second are our picks in the virtual World.
AMJ’s Best Places In The Real World For Art 2016 :
Tate Modern UK
One cannot simply talk about contemporary art without mentioning the most visited art gallery in UK; Tate Modern. This stunning gallery has worldwide reputation for housing the entire history of modern art from the 20th century in a three-story building, encompassing almost everything from performance to photography. Many famous artists of the contemporary world such as Damein Hirst and Edvard Munch have displayed their exhibitions in the Tate Museum.
For more information visit: www.tate.org.uk
The Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst is a modern and young upstart in today’s contemporary art scene. This gallery has become popular among the art enthusiasts who have greatly appreciated the vibrant art collection displayed at the casino-come-gallery. The art gallery also houses the collections of the legendary artists such as Warhol, Bacon and Abramovic.
For more information visit: http://smak.be/en
Centre Pomipidou France
This gallery is famous for having the art collections of a number of famous artists such as Picasso, Miro and Matisse which are known to be rotated every six months. The post modernistic building on which the gallery is situated is also quite famous for providing stunning views of the entire city from its outer elevator.
For more information visit: www.centrepompidou.fr/en
Kröller-Müller Museum Netherlands
What makes this gallery unique and famous is its renowned outdoor sculpture park which features the collection of the world’s famous sculptors of the last century. The indoor collection is also quite impressive and among the collections by famous artist, this gallery also has the honor of housing somes works by Van Gogh.
For more information visit: http://krollermuller.nl/bezoek
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia Spain
The reason which makes this gallery one of the most famous gallery of Europe is that is the home of Pablo Picasso’s monumental ‘Guernica’ which is considered as the most influential art work of the 20th century. The gallery also displays work of other important artists of the contemporary world such as Dali ,Gris and Miro and many other. All these collections have made this gallery a must-visit for anyone who has appreciative tastes for the contemporary arts.
For more information visit: www.museoreinasofia.es/en
Castello di Rivoli Italy
This gallery is located in a building which itself is a World Heritage Site. The prestigious art collection displayed at the gallery is every bit stunning as the building which houses it. The artworks comprise of sculptures, paintings and videos from various artists including Tracey Emin, Nan Goldin and Anselm Kiefer. The gallery is also famous for offering world’s famous restaurants in Combal Zero whose food is as much a piece of art work as in the Castello’s collections.
For more information visit: www.castellodirivoli.org/en
So these are our top 6 for the coming new year, highly recommended institutions in the brick-and-mortar World which are famous for their contemporary art collections. And now we present our recommendations for the virtual World:
AMJ’s Virtual Picks For Art 2016 :
Google Art Project
The Google Art Project is one of the most ambitious proejcts out in the virtual World. Described as an online platform through which the public can access high-resolution images of artworks housed in the initiative’s partner museums. The project was launched on 1 February 2011 by Google, in cooperation with 17 international museums, including the Tate Gallery, London; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; and the Uffizi, Florence. The initiative continues to expand with now adding additional partnership agreements with 151 museums from 40 countries.
For more information visit: www.google.com/culturalinstitute/project/art-project
The Museum For Massurrealist Art
This place is definitely worth keeping an eye on. It is a virtual Museum dedicated to massurrealism, which is a grass-roots art genre merging surrealism with mass media & technology; which makes for a very intriguing perspective of art that we see every day. The museum, which hosts various artists works, showcases not just static art, but also video & multi media primarily on their facebook presence. This museum represents a group / artistic direction that one might consider ‘outsider’ while at the same time producing works that appeal to the public especially when one looks at the visual imagery used in advertising. It’s always a pleasure to visit and see what they have on current display.
For more information visit: www.massurrealism.org
on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheMuseumForMassurrealistArt
Worth a look: 60 Minutes presentation: “Even in tough times, contemporary art sells” : https://youtu.be/_mHVy_hH8vc