World Best Art Exhibitions now in VR from the Comfort of your Home | Part 2

10 Apr 2020

Covid-19 is still keeping us all at home, so what can we do if we are missing the beauty of Art Exhibitions during quarantine? By popular demand, we have gathered more Virtual Tours of the Best Museums around the world, which you can now enjoy from the comfort of your house. Scroll through the article and watch the Museum tours sorted by City!

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MUSEUMS & GALLERIES

Berlin


Left: The collection display in the Gemäldegalerie © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie / Achim Kleuker; Right: Alte Nationalgalerie, © visitBerlin, Photo: Wolfgang Scholvien

Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
The Gemäldegalerie boasts one of the world’s most important collections of European painting ranging from the 13th to 18th century. Masterpieces from all epochs in the history of art are on permanent display here, including paintings by Jan van Eyck, Pieter Bruegel, Albrecht Dürer, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt, and Jan Vermeer van Delft. The gallery is especially proud of its strong collection of German and Italian painting from the 13th to 16th century and painting from the Low Countries dating from the 15th to 17th century. Visit The Gemäldegalerie through a Virtual Tour Here »

Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
The Alte Nationalgalerie is the original home of the Nationalgalerie, whose collections today are divided between the Neue Nationalgalerie, the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, the Friedrichswerdersche Kirche, Museum Berggruen and the Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg. The idea of establishing a cultural and educational centre across from the Berlin Palace dates back to the time of Friedrich Wilhelm IV, who dreamt of creating a "sanctuary for art and science" on the site. The basic architectural concept for the Alte Nationalgalerie – a temple-like building raised on a plinth decorated with motifs from antiquity – came from the king himself. The building was designed by Friedrich August Stüler. Visit The Alte Nationalgalerie through a Virtual Tour Here »


Los Angeles



Left: Urban Light, an exhibit by Chris Burden, is a standout piece at LACMA composed of 202 old lampposts, many of them from the 1920s and '30s collected from around Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of Museum Associates/LACMA; Right: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Photo: Mommy In Los Angeles ®

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection of more than 142,000 objects that illuminate 6,000 years of artistic expression across the globe. Committed to showcasing a multitude of art histories, LACMA exhibits and interprets works of art from new and unexpected points of view that are informed by the region’s rich cultural heritage and diverse population. LACMA’s spirit of experimentation is reflected in its work with artists, technologists, and thought leaders as well as in its regional, national, and global partnerships to share collections and programs, create pioneering initiatives, and engage new audiences. Visit LACMA through a Virtual Tour Here »

The J. Paul Getty Museum
The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center in Los Angeles houses European paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts, and photography from its beginnings to the present, gathered internationally. The Museum seeks to inspire curiosity about, and enjoyment and understanding of, the visual arts by collecting, conserving, exhibiting and interpreting works of art of outstanding quality and historical importance. The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa in Malibu features Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities presented in a setting modeled after a first-century Roman country house, the Villa dei Papiri in Herculaneum, Italy. Visit The J. Paul Getty Museum through a Virtual Tour Here »

Madrid



Left: Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum, Photo: Kyle Magnuson; Right: Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Photo: Carlos Delgado

Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
The Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza houses one of the most important painting collections assembled in the 20th century. Although originally the collection was owned by the Thyssen-Bornemisza family, after its acquisition by the Kingdom of Spain in 1993, just one year after the museum opened in Madrid in October 1992, it became part of the Spanish heritage. In 2004 a significant part of the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection was added to the museum. Visit Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza through a Virtual Tour Here »

Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando
The Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, located on the Calle de Alcalá in the heart of Madrid, currently functions as a museum and gallery. The academy was established by royal decree in 1744. About twenty years later, the enlightened monarch Charles III purchased a palace in Madrid as the academy's new home. The building had been designed by José Benito de Churriguera for the Goyeneche family. Doubling as a museum and gallery, today it houses a fine art collection of paintings from the 15th to 20th centuries. Visit Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando through a Virtual Tour Here »


Mexico City



Left: Museo Frida Kahlo, Image by Paul Franklin / Paul M. Franklin / Getty Images; Right: MUNAL Museo Nacional de Arte (Mexico), Photo: SCOTTNICHOLAY

Museo Frida Kahlo
Located in one of the oldest and most beautiful neighborhoods in Mexico City, the Blue House was made into a museum in 1958, four years after the death of the painter. Today it is one of the most popular museums in the Mexican capital. Popularly known as the Casa Azul (the ‘Blue House’), the Museo Frida Kahlo preserves the personal objects that reveal the private universe of Latin America’s most celebrated woman artist. The Blue House also contains some of the painter’s most important works: Long Live Life (1954), Frida and the Caesarian Operation (1931), and Portrait of My Father Wilhelm Kahlo (1952), among others. Visit Museo Frida Kahlo through a Virtual Tour Here »

Museo Nacional de Arte
The National Museum of Art (MUNAL) preserves, exhibits, studies and transmits Mexican works of art produced between the second half of the XVI century and 1954, thus offering a global and synthesized vision of Mexican Art from this period. Founded in 1982 and located in the historical center of Mexico City, it hosts the most important collection of Mexican art in the country. At present the MUNAL’s collection consists of more than 3,551 works, including among them magnificent exemplars of painting, sculpture, engraving and drawing, as well as folk art and photography, some of which are veritable masterpieces. Visit MUNAL through a Virtual Tour Here »



Milan


Bevilacqua Room in The Bagatti Valsecchi Museum, Photo: The Bagatti Valsecchi Museum

The Bagatti Valsecchi Museum
The Bagatti Valsecchi Museum is a historic house museum that is the fruit of the extraordinary collecting experience of two brothers at the end of the 19th century: Barons Fausto and Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi. Beginning in the 1880s, the two brothers dedicated themselves to the refurbishing of their family home nestled in the heart of Milan: a mansion between via Gesù and via Santo Spirito, today the center of Milan’s fashion quarter. In order to create a home inspired by sixteenth-century Lombard mansions, they also began collecting fifteenth and sixteenth-century paintings and decorative arts for it. Visit The Bagatti Valsecchi Museum through a Virtual Tour Here »


Rome



Left: La Galleria Nazionale, Mattia Panunzio, Scalinata dei leoni; Photo: Medium.com; Right: Musei Capitolini, Photo: FLICKR CONTROTONO (Roby)

La Galleria Nazionale
La Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea keeps the complete collection of international and Italian art from the XIX to the XXI century, composed of 20.000 artworks, including paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations and it represents the major artistic movements from the last two centuries. From Neoclassicism to Impressionism, Divisionism and Historical avant-gardes of the early twentieth century, Futurism, Surrealism, the most remarkable group of works from the ’20s to the ’40s, from the Novecento’s movement to the so-called Scuola Romana, from Pop Art to Arte Povera, contemporary art and artists from our time, and more are represented and showcased in La Galleria Nazionale’s collection and space. Visit La Galleria Nazionale through a Virtual Tour Here »

Musei Capitolini
The creation of the Capitoline Museums has been traced back to 1471, when Pope Sixtus IV donated a group of bronze statues of great symbolic value to the People of Rome. The collections are closely linked to the city of Rome, and most of the exhibits come from the city itself. Opened to the public in 1734 under Clement XII, the Capitoline Museums are considered the first museum in the world, understood as a place where art could be enjoyed by all and not only by the owners. Visit Musei Capitolini through a Virtual Tour Here »



Saint Petersburg



Left: The State Hermitage Museum, Photo: © Saint-Petersburg.com; Right: Masterpieces of the State Russian Museum in Saint Petersburg, Photo: © Saint-Petersburg.com

The State Hermitage Museum
The collection of the State Hermitage includes over 3 million works of art and world culture artefacts. It contains paintings, graphic works, sculptures, works of applied art, archaeological artefacts and numismatic objects. In the State Hermitage you can see masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Ticiano, Rembrandt, Rubens, Matisse and Picasso. The museum also hosts a world's best collection of Holland baroque, French paintings of 19th and 20th centuries, Western European decorative art collection, a unique Gold of the Scythes exhibition, and ancient Greek jewellery. Visit The State Hermitage Museum through a Virtual Tour Here »

The State Russian Museum
The State Russian Museum is the world’s largest collection of Russian art, housed in a unique architectural complex in the historical center of St Petersburg. It was the first museum of Russian art, initiated by Emperor Alexander III. The museum collection contains over 400 000 exhibits covering all major periods and trends in the history of Russian art, all main types and genres, trends and schools of Russian art over more than a thousand years: from the X to the XXI century. Today, the area of the museum complex is more than 30 hectares. Visit The State Russian Museum through a Virtual Tour Here »


San Paolo



Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Photo: © Romullo Baratto


MASP - Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand
The Museu de Arte de São Paulo is a private not-for-profit museum founded in 1947 by business mogul and patron of the arts Assis Chateaubriand (1892–1968), becoming the first modern museum in the country. Chateaubriand invited Italian art dealer and critic Pietro Maria Bardi (1900–1999) to direct MASP, and Lina Bo Bardi (1914–1992) to conceive the architecture and the exhibition design. With the most important collection of European art in the southern hemisphere, MASP’s holdings currently consist of more than 11 thousand artworks, including paintings, sculptures, objects, photographs, videos and pieces of clothing from various periods, from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Visit MASP through a Virtual Tour Here »



Seoul



National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul; Photo: © HONG SOON PARK

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea
Since opening its door in 1969, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), Korea has lived through the history of Korean art. In the process, MMCA established itself as a representative institution of Korean modern art. The museum’s four branches, including Gwacheon, Deoksugung, Seoul, and Cheongju. Through its various locations, MMCA intends to function as a cultural platform that encourages communication and cross-pollination of contemporary art with other various disciplines of art, science, and humanities. MMCA’s foremost mission is to offer a culturally rewarding experience to its visitors. Visit MMCA through a Virtual Tour Here »


Vienna



Left: Upper Belvedere inside: Room in the museum with the painting "Kiss" by Gustav Klimt, Photo: Lukas Schaller / Belvedere, Vienna; Right: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Grand staircase, Photo: Alexbartek

Belvedere Museum Vienna
The Upper Belvedere houses the impressive collection of Austrian art dating from the Middle Ages to the present day. At the heart of the displays of art around 1900 is the world’s largest Gustav Klimt collection. The glittering highlights are Klimt’s golden pictures Kiss and Judith, and masterpieces by Schiele and Kokoschka. Prominent works by the French Impressionists and the outstanding collection of Viennese Biedermeier paintings are further attractions at the Upper Belvedere. Visit Belvedere through a Virtual Tour Here »

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
The Kunsthistorisches Museum (lit. "Museum of Art History", also often referred to as the "Museum of Fine Arts") in Vienna is one of the foremost museums in the world, with rich holdings comprising artworks from seven millennia - from Ancient Egypt to the late 18th century. The collections of Renaissance and Baroque art are of particular importance. It is the largest art museum in the country and one of the most important museums worldwide. It was opened around 1891 at the same time as the Natural History Museum, Vienna, by Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria-Hungary. Visit Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien through a Virtual Tour Here »



Amsterdam

Left: Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Richard Serra's Sight Point, Photo: John Lewis Marshall; Right: Ivan Kramskoy - Empress Maria Fyodorovna, Consort of Tsar Alexander III, 1881, Photo by Lot-Art

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
The Stedelijk Museum was founded in 1874 by a group of private citizens in Amsterdam, led by C.P. van Eeghen, who donated funds and their art collections to establish a museum in the capital of the Netherlands that would be devoted to modern art. The collection, housed at first at the Rijksmuseum, was moved in 1895 into the Museum’s own building, designed by A.W. Weissman. The Stedelijk Museum streams a live tour through the collection or one of the exhibitions every Friday at 2 pm (CET) on Instagram live tours. The Live Tours will also be available on Facebook and YouTube afterward. Explore Stedelijk Museum through a Video Tour Here »

Hermitage Amsterdam
In 2019 Hermitage Amsterdam celebrated its 10th anniversary, which has been marked by a whole year of special events, including two major jubilee exhibitions: Treasury! (De schatkamer!) and Jewels! (Juwelen!) - an Imperial collection of 200 years of jewels and fashion. The second jubilee exhibition presented brilliant pieces from the Winter Palace - 300 dazzling jewels and more than 100 paintings, accessories, dresses and costumes. Explore Jewels!through a Video Tour Here »


New York




Left:
The MET, Photo: Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Right: Fragonard Room, Virtual Tour of the Frick's collection, Photo: © The Frick Collection

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The museum was opened to the public for the first time in 1870 with the aim “to bring art and art education to the American people”. The MET presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in three iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters. Today, the MET Fifth Avenue is one of the largest museums in the world, with a gross floor area of some 2 million square feet (180,000 square meters). Millions of people also take part in The Met experience online. Visit The MET through a Virtual Tour Here »

The Frick Collection
Opened to the public in 1935, today the Frick is considered one of the most important art museums of New York. The Frick Collection houses 16 permanent galleries and several rooms dedicated to temporary exhibitions. The collection was assembled by the Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919) and is housed in his former residence on Fifth Avenue. Experience masterpieces by artists such as Bellini, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Gainsborough, Goya, and Whistler. Visit The Frick Collection through a Virtual Tour Here »

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