5 Museums to Visit in Europe

Charles Saatchi Art EuropeMusee Du Louvre, Paris: Without a doubt one of Europe ‘s finest and most prestigious museums, and the world’s largest museum, situated in the romantic setting of the right bank of the river Seine, once housed the Louvre Palace, and it wasn’t until Louis XIV decided to move the permanent Royal residence to the Palace of Versailles in 1692 that this magnificent building started holding artefacts and sculptures. It was officially opened as a museum much later, in 1793, and has since grown to be not only the largest but the most attended museum in the world, containing opver 380,000 objects.

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Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao: Inaugurated in 1997, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao is not only home to some of the world’s best contemporary and modern art, but is itself an architectural masterpiece.  It was designed by Frank Gehry, as a branch of the Guggenheim Foundation. The permanent works belonging to the Guggenheim Foundation rotate through the Bilbao arm, as well as non permanent exhibitions.

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Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin: Berlin’s Neue Nationgalierie houses a number of the world’s modern and contemporary art highlights, including the works of artists such as Picasso, Kirchner and Newman. Particularly well represented are Surrealism and Cubism, and was opened in 1968.

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The Saatchi Gallery, London: One of the most visited art museums in the world, The Saatchi Gallery was opened in 1985 to exhibit the art that Saatchi had collected and went on to showcase the talents of a new generation of British artists, championing Young British Artists and bringing now iconic artists such as Tracy Emin, Damien Hirst, Gary Hume and Sarah Lucas to the forefront of the global art scene – something that the British art world had not achieved in some time. Effectively coining the YBA movement through ongoing support and sponsorship, Saatchi and his gallery have been paramount influencers on contemporary British art, and have brought to the spotlight some of the world’s most celebrated artists, when they might otherwise have been overlooked.

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The Serralves Museum, Portugal: Sitting within the Serralves Estate in Portugal, the museum opened in 1999 with a ground-breaking exhibition ‘Circa 1968’, which included modern and contemporary art which reflected the political and social unrest in Portugal. It is now the most popular museum in Portugal, and acclaimed throughout Europe as one of the most forward thinking and relevant museums.

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