Europe's largest art collection in Paris
Almost a half century ago, two young architects then still unknown, Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, won the competition to build Paris' national centre of art and culture. Thus it was that in 1977, the ‘futurist vessel' of Centre Pompidou—a project of the president of the same name—arrived on Parisian soil. This was a resolutely modernist structure for the era, where all forms of art, architecture, dance, design and music are presented.
The Centre Pompidou today houses a rich collection of 100,000 works dating from 1905 to today, covering all artistic movements. You can admire the ready-mades of Marcel Duchamp, Dali's painting of Lenin at his piano or the striped impressions of New York signed by Mondrian. When you arrive at the end of the visit, take the escalator the top floor to admire an impressive view of the City of Light.
+33 (0)1 44 78 12 33
The Stars of Contemporary Art in Venice
On the Grand Canal in Venice, history embraces modernity at an exceptional palace. Built in the 18th century by Giorgio Massari, the Palazzo Grassi has been owned by French businessman François Pinault since 2005 and he has made it the home of his formidable modern and contemporary art collection. The palace was renovated by famous Japanese architect Tadao Andō, and has become one of the most frequented museums in the City of the Doges.
Through a maze of marble colonnades, the collection of 3,000 works are from the 20th century to today and range from arte povera to pop art. Aficionados can see the joyful dogs of Jeff Koons or the subversive installations of the Italian sculptor Maurizio Cattelan. Once the visit ends, head to the other side of the canal where your entry ticket will let you into the Punta della Dogana, a museum located in the former customs building of the Serenissima Republic of Venice.
Campo San Samuele, 3231
+39 041 523 1680
20th Century Made in England art in London
In 2000, the Tate Modern of London moved into a former power plant of red brick with a 100-metre chimney on top. In this modern and contemporary art museum, visitors arrive as time travellers and pass through the numerous art movements of the 20th century, filtering through the third to the fifth floors.
From fauvism to pop art and from Matisse to Roy Lichtenstein, you will discover one of the most extensive modern and contemporary art collections in Europe, exhibited along a thematic and chronological itinerary. Matter, poetry and nature are some of the many themes that allow the works here from different eras to be presented in new and unexpected dialogues. Finally, at the end of a hallway, linger over the impregnable view of the Baroque cupola of the Saint Paul's cathedral and the Thames while savouring the idea that you have entered this sanctuary of art for free.
London SE1 9TG
+44 20 7887 8888
The History of Spanish Modern Art in Madrid
Located on the Paseo del Arte, inside the former hospital of San Carlos built in the 18th century and renovated by Jean Nouvel in 2005, the Reina Sofia museum of Madrid offers you a captivating panorama of Spanish modern art. The museum visit is divided into three artistic movements: before, during and after the Second World War.
Visitors will see the avant-gardists, Joan Miró and Salvador Dali alongside their French friends Fernand Léger and Sonia Delaunay, but also one of the most famous paintings in the world, Guernica by Pablo Picasso. This monumental work measuring 3.49 metres by 7.77 metres was painted just after the bombing of a Spanish village in 1937, and became the symbol of Franco and fascist violence. It also represented the war to come during which other great names of modern art would emerge such as Lucio Fontana and Francis Bacon.
Musée Reina Sofía
Calle de Santa Isabel, 52
+34 91 774 1000
The Glory of German Art in Berlin
In 1996, the contemporary art museum of Berlin opened in the only train station that resisted the bombings of World War II and whose name is now that of the museum. In a neoclassical setting of 13,000 square metres, the Hamburger Bahnhof has three prestigious art collections covering art from the 1950s to today. The most prolific collection is that of Dr. Erich Marx, a Berlin art patron who bought numerous works from his contemporaries such as Joseph Beuys as well as Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly and Anselm Kiefer.
In 2004, the collection of Friedrich Christian Flick, a rich Swiss-German industrialist, added to the 1,500 works including masterpieces from the versatile Gerhard Richter, the sculptor Bruce Nauman and minimalist Sol LeWitt. At the end of your visit, take a moment in the bookstore to look at the catalogue or monographs in the sumptuous gardens of the museum.
+49 (0)30 266 42 42 42