Incredible modern art museums we all can enjoy

By Sergio González | 17:11
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The first Gugggenheim Museum, by Frank LLoyd Wright for NYC

Oh, abstract art, that slippery not-so-modern version of a traditional painting that still looks odd and weird for many of us. Is it that we don’t understand it? Is it just too meta? Love it or leave it because modern art is never easy to understand, unless you hit one of these modern art museums.

Truth is modern abstract art becomes really interesting once, and only if, you have some background in arts, because many times these pictures ‘hide’ references and styles only accessible for the initiated. Otherwise, when a picture or any other form of art needs an explanation, you can consider it a failure. Check out this BuzzFeed quiz about modern art: Can you tell the Difference between Modern Art and Paintings by Toddlers?

You’ve probably heard about ephemeral art, but what about ephemeral museums? Believe it or not, it’s Guggenheim Foundation’s specialty. So far, eight Guggenheim Museums popped up around the world but only three remain: NY, Bilbao and Venice, the latter just a small collection inside an old palazzo.

The really cool Guggenheim buildings are the white cylindrical design by Lloyd Wright in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, home for early Modern art and one of the icons of 20th century architecture, and the titanium boat by Frank Gehry in the Atlantic city of Bilbao, in Northern Spain. 

Truth is most people are dazzled and unsure about what to say after visiting the exhibits in Guggenheim Bilbao. For instance, you’ll be welcomed into the museum by Phoenician Red Studio, a 1977 giant red canvas by R. Motherwell. Hard to grasp, its 8 sq meters will surely invite you to feel; and that’s what art is about.

Milan should be added to the dictionary as a synonym to design and good tasteful style. Everything in the city revolves around art, fashion and edgy creations, and if you want to see the best modern art Milan has to offer you won’t have to tour a lot because Museo del Novecento (Museum of 20th century) is at its very heart, in Duomo Square.

This museum, housed at the old Arengario Palace, has become one of the references for modern art in Italy and is home for some unique pieces of Picasso, Matisse and Kandinsky, among many others. Obviously, Italian art from the 20th century is the central piece and art movements such as Futurism or Spatialism find in this museum of modern art their favorite exhibit spot.

Guggeinheim Bilbao or how can a museum of modern art revitalize a whole city

We love modern art and state-of-the-art designs so NH Hotels in Milan, besides the usual facilities and extra-services, couldn’t be any edgier and cooler; have a look at NH Fiera impossible structure and let us know. And don’t miss a visit to nhow Milano, half-way between hotel and modern art gallery. Come take some of the most awesome pictures in Milan.

The Museum of Modern Art, aka the MoMA in New York boasts some of the most famous modern and contemporary paintings such as Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, Picasso’s The Young Ladies of Avignon or Dali’s The Persistence of Memory. However, MoMA still has space for Pollock, Frida Kahlo or Roy Liechtenstein’s pop art master pieces.

Anyway, you shouldn’t miss the spectacular Reflections of Clouds on the Water-Lily Pond by Monet, another gigantic canvas that will blow your mind away and that can be felt and enjoyed by anyone. 

Photo credit: Jean-Cristophe BENOIST

Photo credit: MykReeve

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