Best modern art museums in Europe

Art is highly appreciated across the world and this creative from represents some major cultural influences across a number of countries. Art is important for societies as it shows certain struggles, feelings and can be used as a message. However, choosing what art museum to go to in Europe may cause a slight sense of confusion, simply because the continent contains a number of the finest museums as well as thousands of the world’s masterpieces. Fear not, as this list should help you discover a combination of famous galleries that deserve their finest reputation but also you’ll gather the knowledge of the lesser-known museums.

Tate Modern – UK

This is arguably the most visited modern art gallery in all of Europe. The Tate has a worldwide reputation and the building itself is a work of art as it was converted from an old power station in London’s Bankside.  A visit to this fine gallery offers an entire history of modern art from the 20th century to present day.  Work includes Damien Hirst, Roy Lichtenstein and Edvard Munch.

Centre Pomipidou – France

Europe’s largest modern art collection, housed inside a fascinating postmodernist building designed by Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano, this gallery boasts a collection that can match any of the world’s best museums.  The art on view in this gallery comes from the hands of Picasso, Miro, Chagall, Matisse and Kandinsky. There work is rotated every six months, in addition to a host of brilliant exhibitions on its first and sixth floors.

Sammlung Boros – Germany

This gallery is a former WW2 bunker (turned fruit storage then techno club) it is a private contemporary art gallery… but it is also a private residence. The museum is split in half, one half being the gallery itself, the other the residence (the owner lives on the top floor). Every four years, the collection is switched out to feature new pieces. Currently, you’ll find work by Ai Weiwei. Awst & Walther and Alicja Kwade. However, the only negative that comes with this gallery- viewings are by appointment only.

The Vatican Museums – Italy

The museums are Museum Pio-Clementino which contains classical sculptures, the Raphael Rooms presents giant murals painted by Raphael, the portrait gallery of Pinacoteca which gives you the opportunity to see jewels from medieval and Renaissance paintings and to top it off, the famed Sistine Chapel.

Guggenheim museum – Spain

Just looking at this building is like looking at a master piece. The building is beautiful, it is one of the most important and iconic structures of the modern era. Works found in this museum span from the 20th century to present day, which focuses on post-war paintings and sculptures from America and Europe.  In addition to this, there is a large amount of different art forms being presented in this museum; some containing large scale pieces and installations.

S.M.A.K – Belgium

Full name- Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst but is shortened and mostly known as S.M.A.K which is the exact representation this gallery gives off to its visitors. It’s a smack in the face, the gallery has quickly become known for a collection exploding with vibrant colours and major names of art after WW2- Andy Warhol, Francis Bacon, Marina Abramovic. The excitement this gallery offers is essential for all art fans and is lesser known than the others.

Whatever your taste, there is an array of galleries that will sure to engage you with all your art cravings and if you are to travel across Europe, make sure you have renewed your EHIC, if you are unsure or you need to renew, then click on and cover yourself, so your visit to these gallery is stress free.


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