Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA) – Moscow, Russia
Moscow’s museum of modern art is the first museum in Russia that concentrates exclusively on art from the 20th and 21st centuries. The museum has five venues in the city, but the main building is situated on Petrovka Street. The museum’s permanent collection is drawn mainly from the avant-garde. Russian artists predominate (Kazimir Malevich, Marc Chagal, Wassily Kandinski, etc.), but the displays also include some pieces done by foreign artists such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Giorgio De Chirico… Don’t miss visiting this museum, especially as Russia has been a leader in the evolution of the avant-garde.
Astrup Fearnley Museet – Oslo, Norway
If you happen to be in Oslo, do not miss visiting this amazing museum. It is located by the sea, on Oslo Fjord, and the location itself is beautiful as well as the architecture of the building. If you didn’t know, you would easily guess that this is a museum of modern art. The museum is private and has been open since 1993 and has become one of the most important art institutions in Oslo. The exceptional collection, which dates back to the 1960s, is an agglomeration of works by the most important artists in the field from both Norway and all over the world. Also, while visiting be sure to see the Sculpture Park next to the building.
Museum Kampa – Prague, Czech Republic
We are now moving to Central Europe, to Prague. Museum Kampa has some very important and impressive collections which include 20th century modern art icons (František Kupka and Otto Gutfreund) and Central European modern art. The museum also presents many temporary exhibitions of both Czech and international artists. The museum has hosted exhibitions of the work of some of the major names in modern art such as: Yoko Ono, Andy Warhol, Piet Mondrian . . . The museum is located in Sova’s Mills.
Mumok – Vienna, Austria
If you are visiting Vienna, in addition to the city’s collections of classical art you will have an opportunity to see some modern art as well. The “mumok” (Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien) is the largest museum in Central Europe featuring art since Modernism. In its collections it has various works from the international and Austrian avant-garde art scene. The museum also features important pieces of art from Classic Modernism, Pop Art, Fluxus, and Viennese Actionism to present-day film and media art, from Pablo Picasso to Andy Warhol and Franz West. You will definitely have a good time and find a feast for the eyes at the mumok.
Berlinische Galerie – Berlin, Germany
Berlinische galerie (or the Berlin Gallery) is a modern art, photography, and architecture museum, located as you will note in the capital of Germany. The Berlinische Galerie is exceptional in many ways: not just that it is concentrated on and specialized in the art of just one region – which they don’t consider a limitation but quite the opposite, giving rise to a collection of unique focus – but also because the gallery itself was funded by the citizens of Berlin in 1975. The gallery collects art dating from the 1870s to the present day. Its outstanding collections include Dada Berlin, the Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity) and the Eastern European avant-garde. The art of a divided and then reunified city of Berlin gives us an interesting and unique perspective.
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art – Copenhagen, Denmark
The LOUISIANA MUSEUM OF MODERN ART is a leading international museum of modern art, located on the Danish coast north of Copenhagen. The museum offers a beautiful mixture of – it goes without saying – art, and also architecture and landscape. The museum attracts thousands of visitors from Denmark as well as international travelers. The museum has a large collection of more than 3,500 works covering the period from 1945 to the present day. The collection includes almost every genre, so there is something for every modern art lover.
Cobra Museum of Modern Art – Amsterdam, Nederland
If you happen to be in the very interesting city of Amsterdam, you should take a look at the modern art collection in the Cobra Museum of Modern Art. Founded in 1948, the museum has a collection of key works by artists from the avant-garde Cobra art movement. The museum presents exhibitions from its unique collection as well as temporary exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. The goal of the Cobra artist collective was to create art based on imagination and experimentation, done by artists who had a global focus and believed in sending messages by the one (symbol) language that could be read by everyone.
TATE – London, United Kingdom
Tate Modern, a museum of modern art located in London, is distinguished by a free entry policy so that it is open for everyone. Tate has an impressive collection which includes works of British art dating from 1900 to the present day, with international modern and contemporary art. The number of pieces Tate holds is 70,000 artworks. It is almost a whole journey to see all of them, but a journey worth taking for sure.
MAM (Musée d’Art Moderne) – Paris, France
When visiting the city of light and love, you might want to spare some of your time to visit this museum. Entry to the MAM is also FREE, so it is easily accessible. The collection has about 10,000 works, with exhibited works covering the period of the 20th and 21st centuries. If you are a modern art lover you must put this on your bucket list when visiting Paris along with the city’s other amazing museums.
MAC BA – Barcelona, Spain
The city of Barcelona really does have a lot to offer, from interesting modern architecture to modern art and much more. The MAC BA (Museu d’Art Conteporani de Barcelona) is located on Plaça dels Àngels in Barcelona and has been open to the public since 1995. The collection dates from the mid-20th century to the present day with a particular focus on Catalan and Spanish art after 1945. But the collection also holds some works by international artists – particularly from South America and Eastern Europe, and has started to include works from North Africa, the Middle East, and the Arab world.
Museu Coleção Berardo – Lisbon, Portugal
We won’t be moving from the Iberian Peninsula for a while, certainly not before we mention Portugal’s museum of modern art. In Lisbon, the capital of this beautiful country, the Museu Coleção Berardo occupies a splendid location adjacent to the city’s iconic Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and the Torre de Belem. Lisbon’s museum of modern art holds a collection of works by artists from various and diverse cultural backgrounds, all of whom contributed massively to the art of the 20th century. Admission is free, but you might have to buy a ticket to visit some of the museum’s temporary exhibitions.
Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna – Rome, Italy
And last, but definitely not least, there is Italy, a country very rich in arts. The museum itself dates from 1883, but the current location dates only from 1915. The collection follows the criteria suggested by regional schools but makes room for displays of works by foreign artists as well. The collection covers 19th and 20th century art and many of its movements: Symbolist, Neo-renaissance Decadentist, Italian verismo and an aspiration towards the Secessionist movement. Artworks from the Fascist period are also present. And there are also works by international masters of the twentieth century, such as Mondrian, Modigliani, Moore, and Pollock, as well as many Italian artists like Burri, Colla, Capogrossi, Fontana, Manzoni, and the Kineticists.