From art to design to architecture, you will love to visit these art museums
Art needs to be shared. And there is nothing that accomplishes this task better than art museums. Scattered around the world, they display works of art offering culture and reflection.
Paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs. These are the main compositions of museums and galleries. But, more and more, design museums are gaining space in the world – or design is gaining space in art museums.
The purpose of this list is to compile some important places with design exhibitions, some in large cities, others outside the tourist circuit of the arts, but still of great importance.
LONDON DESIGN MUSEUM
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The City of London in 1989 gained an art museum dedicated to product, architectural, industrial, graphic, and fashion design. The Design Museum even has a famous awards ceremony, which honors the best design of the year – in 2014, the winner was the Heydar Aliyev Center in Azerbaijan, designed by architect Zaha Hadid.
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Scotland’s first design museum has architecture inspired by the meeting of water and land. The concrete panels of the facade project over the River Tay, as if the building were a ship on the quay. The interior features traveling exhibitions and galleries that value local pieces.
ZEITZ MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
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This art museum is located in Cape Town, South Africa, and is housed in a building that was reviatlized on purpose for this museum. It is the largest space in the world dedicated to contemporary art. The interior has 100 galleries and a garden decorated with sculptures on the roof. In the architecture, the brutalist aesthetic of concrete is mixed with the delicacy of three-dimensional windows.
VITRA DESIGN MUSEUM
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Opened in 1989 in the town of Weil am Rhein, located in Germany but bordering Switzerland and France, the Vitra Design Museum is a private independent foundation owned by the Swiss furniture brand Vitra. It has one of the world’s largest collections of modern furniture, with pieces produced from the early 19th century onward.
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This art museum is located in Helsinki, Finland. Seen from the outside, only the skylights emerging from the ground on small mountains are visible. The underground gallery contains the domes so that the building does not disappear from the urban context, giving a new identity to the square where it is installed. Hosting exhibitions of various sizes, the museum includes the artworks of the former Amos Anderson Art Museum.