Whether you are fascinated by painting, sculpture, architecture or anything that fits into the “classic” art category, or you find a greater interest in modern art, such as photography or street art, this world is full of great places where you can spoil your creative side.
If museums and art galleries are your thing, some of the best destinations for you are the following:
1. Bogota, Columbia
The Botero Museum has a fascinating collection of works of art, all from Fernando Botero, who has donated 123 of his own art pieces (paintings and sculpture), along with 85 of other international artists. Highlights of the permanent collection include works by Balthus, Georges Braque, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, Sonia Delaunay, Claude Monet and Henri Matisse.
2. London, UK
The National Gallery is a must for any art lover. Access is and has been free of charge ever since the beginning(1838). The concept behind this policy is the one according to which everyone, not just art connoisseurs, should be given the opportunity to blend in the beauty of this world with what is useful and necessary for spiritual growth.
The collections are impressive: you will find a colossal number of art pieces, from the Italian, French, Spanish, Flemish, Dutch, German, English and American culture, alongside numerous masterpieces of the artistic world.
Other interesting attractions in London include the Design Museum, Tate Modern, or the Victoria and Albert Museum.
3. New York, USA
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, also known as the Guggenheim, is the permanent home of a continuously expanding collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early Modern and contemporary art. It also feature special exhibitions throughout the year.
The permanent collection of this incredible museum consists of a total of over 7000 art pieces. The breadth, diversity, and tenor of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s extensive holdings is impressive and this could definitely fit in the category of the most satisfying places for an art lover.
4. Portland, USA
Moving on to a different type of art, a very interesting suggestion is the Monograph Bookwerks store. The collection consist of new and rare books focused on painting, sculpture, architecture, graphic design and art criticism, exposed alongside provisional paintings and contemporary ceramic works and sculptures. It’s a fascinating place to roam around, since this kind of gallery is not your typical exhibition or art and is most likely hard to be found somewhere else.
Other places in Portland that are worth mentioning for their unique presentation of art are the HiiH Gallery (lightning store) and the Guardino Gallery.
5. San Francisco, USA
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is the place to go if your artistic spirit usually finds joy in admiring the modern and
contemporary works of art. It was the first museum on the West Coast devoted solely to the 20th century art. The museum’s collection includes important works by Henri Matisse, Jean Metzinger, Paul Klee, Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Richard Diebenkorn, Clyfford Still and Ansel Adams, among others. Annually, the museum hosts more than twenty exhibitions and over three hundred educational programs. The SFMOMA initial building is now closed for expansion and the exhibitions have been temporarily moved off site. The new and expanded museum opens May 14, 2016.
If you are also interested in the more unconventional art, specifically street art, the recommendation is to deviate a little bit in your way to these amazing art galleries and let yourself enjoy the modern spirit of the artistic world through the impressive wall paintings that will catch your eye along the way. The best suggestions for this are: La Candelaria historic neighbourhood in Bogota, Columbia; the Bushwick neighbourhood in Brooklyn, NY; the Mitte, Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain districts in Berlin, Germany; the Alberta Art District in Portland, USA; the Mission District in San Francisco, USA.