All the museums
Espace 251 Nord
Espace 251 Nord is a belgian art center dedicated to the production and exhibition of Belgian and foreign artists. To intensify visibility and circulation of artists in Wallonia and Brussels, the non profit organization organizes exhibitions and communication plan in the Euregio Meuse-Rhin and Europe (Rome, Venice, Florence, Delft, Lisbon, Paris, Lille). Espace 251 Nord organizes «extra-muros» exhibitions to get artists works to circulate, in order to raise awareness about contemporary art among various types of audiences. Since 1984 it has also been offering periods of residence to belgian artists. Espace 251 Nord provides a unique framework for artists to pursue their practice and engage in current debates and researches that examine the potentials of contemporary artistic production.
Ethnographic Museum - University of Zurich
The Ethnographic Museum at the University of Zurich will be re-opening in the 125th year since it first shared its collections with the public. From 20th June 2014 to 21st June 2015 “Visions of a Museum”, in the foyer, will celebrate this anniversary and provide an insight into the history of the museum’s collections and exhibitions. The first specialist exhibition to be staged in the museum’s newly-designed upper floors will focus on selected beverages and drinking cultures from around the world. “Drinking Skills” will run for the same period and will display artifacts and archival materials from the Ethnographic Museum’s collections which offer a multifaceted consideration of the practical, artistic and social skills of the ways people prepare, preserve and consume these beverages. The entire museum team will display their ethnographic collections as vessels for storing skills and knowledge – more than merely artifacts – exploring their potential and possible meanings for the future.
Musée d'ethnographie de la Ville de Genève (MEG)
A major cultural challenge for Geneva, the MEG 2014 project grew out of a shared determination to design an ambitious, contemporary museum infrastructure that will give the ethnographic collections from the five continents a showcase worthy of their value and make them accessible to the widest possible audience. The new MEG holds out the promise of profoundly human experience. Through exhibitions, research and mediation, it explores the diversity of cultures and the wealth of the differences between them. A new cultural hub forging links at local, regional and international level and taking an interactive approach to all categories of visitors, the MEG comes to grips with today’s complex, plural world.
Musée d'Ethnographie de Bordeaux
This museum was established in Bordeaux in 1894 to complete the training given to doctors in the French navy due to be stationed overseas (known as Navalais). It was closed in 1914 but was gradually revived in 1977 and reopened after a comprehensive renovation project in 2011. Its collections (Asia/Arctic, Africa, Oceania, America) look at different aspects of social and cultural life. Its exhibits, initially made up of donations from pupils and former pupils of the “Ecole principale de Santé de la Marine” posted to the colonies, were added to at the beginning of the 20th century by a significant contribution of national collections from the Trocadéro Museum. The collections are available to be studied (please refer to the website), but are not permanently on show. Every year, the museum puts on a temporary exhibition and organises tours, educational workshops and a programme of scientific and cultural events.
From the very first traces of mankind in Rouergue, to the beginnings of historic times, until the dawn of the 17th century The Fenaille museum presents archaeology, art and the history of the Rouergue region, since the very first traces of mankind, about 300 000 years ago, until the dawn of the 17th century. Sculpture is the main theme of the visit; more than 1100 objects are showcased and open to the public on three levels divided into four main periods: Prehistory, Antiquity, the Middle Ages, the 17th century and the Renaissance. The visit ends in the inner courtyard of the Jouéry hotel, which confers to the museum a very particular atmosphere.
Fenimore Art Museum
Nestled on the western shore of Otsego Lake, housed in an elegant 1930s neo-Georgian mansion, the Fenimore Art Museum presents a perspective on the heritage and history of America through art. The beauty of the museum setting is matched by the quality of the collections it houses, including some of the nation’s finest examples of American landscape, history and genre paintings, American folk art, photography and American Indian art. William Sidney Mount, Thomas Cole, Gilbert Stuart, Benjamin West, E.L. Henry, Eastman Johnson, Thomas Waterman, John Wesley Jarvis, Grandma Moses and Ralph Fasanella are all represented in the museum’s holdings. The Fenimore Art Museum is dedicated to integrating history with art history and including under-appreciated genres, primarily American folk art and American Indian art, in a broad and progressive American canon. The Fenimore Art Museum seeks to honor the extraordinary ability of ordinary people to shape American culture.
Fondation Baur - Musée des Arts d'Extrême Orient
Alfred Baur, born in 1865 in the village of Andelfingen (Zurich), was an Japanese art collector (ceramics, lacquer ware, netsuke and sword fittings as well as Chinese jades). His focus was on Chinese ceramics. He acquired 756 pieces which form a coherent collection ranging from the Tang (618-907) to the Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. The major part of Baur’s collections, including many of the most exceptional pieces, was acquired through the guidance of Tomita Kumasaku, an art dealer of sure and refined taste based in Kyoto and an extremely knowledgeable expert. As a matter of fact, Tomita played an important role in the creation of the large Oriental ceramic collections which were being formed in London at the beginning of the 20th century. General interest in this domain had been furthered at the time by a major Japanese art exhibition organised in 1915 by the British Red Cross, for which Tomita was a commissioner and co-author of the catalogue, as well as by the establishment in 1921 of the Oriental Ceramic Society in London.
The Fondation Beyeler houses the art collection of Hildy and Ernst Beyeler, which was begun in the mid-twentieth century and was placed under the protection of the foundation in 1982. A dedicated museum building designed by Renzo Piano was opened in Riehen in 1997. First publicly exhibited at Madrid's Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in 1989, the collection contains some 250 works of modern and contemporary art, eclectically but precisely selected, from some of the greatest Western painters in modern history, from Claude Monet to Francis Bacon. Accompanying the paintings is a small but remarkable collection of tribal artifacts from Africa, Oceania, and Alaska.
Initiated in 1984 by Alain Dominique Perrin, President of Cartier International at the time, on a suggestion by the artist César, and directed by Hervé Chandès, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain is a unique example of corporate philanthropy in France. Since moving to Paris in 1994, the Fondation Cartier has been housed in an airy building filled with light that was designed by the architect Jean Nouvel. In this unique setting, exhibitions, conferences and artistic productions come to life. At once a creative space for artists and a place where art and the general public can meet, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain is dedicated to promoting and raising public awareness of contemporary art. Each year, the Fondation Cartier organizes a program of exhibitions based on either individual artists or themes, and commissions work from artists, thus enriching an important collection. It also organizes the Nomadic Nights, a rendezvous that focuses on the performing arts, where artists explore links between the visual arts and other forms of contemporary artistic expression. Exhibitions and the collection itself are frequently sent to institutions abroad, enhancing the Fondation Cartier’s international profile.