All the museums
Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Bundeskunsthalle)
The Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany is a unique venue. Since its inauguration in 1992 it has set new standards with a richly varied programme of exhibitions devoted not only to art and cultural history of all eras right up to the present day, but also to science, technology and the environment. Cultures from all over the world – some well-known, other much less so – are presented in Bonn. By working closely with many of the leading museums and galleries of the world, the Art and Exhibition Hall has established an international network of links with fellow cultural institutions and gained access to wider audiences. Since its opening the Art and Exhibition Hall has presented some 220 exhibitions and hosted countless events such as concerts, readings, film screenings, conventions etc that have attracted a total of approximately seventeen million visitors, many of whom made the journey from nearby Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg and northern France. Thus the Art and Exhibition Hall has truly become the ‘cultural institution with a European dimension’ evoked in the inaugural speeches.
With its 17 exhibition rooms, the Labenche Museum is an unusual place in many respects. Based in a Renaissance townhouse, the collections enjoy an exceptional architectural backdrop and invite visitors on a comprehensive journey through history. So from prehistory through to the middle of the 20th century, the quality and the diversity of the collections illustrate the historic archaeological and patrimonial riches of the town. They also boast some exceptional pieces, including tapestries by Mortlake, a Eucharistic Dove from the late 11th century and the remains from various digs carried out in Brive. It also has an ethnographic collection including around 150 African objects and 80 pieces from Oceania presented exclusively during temporary exhibitions.
The Lower Saxony State Museum (German: Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum Hannover) is a museum in Hanover, Germany. It is located opposite the New City Hall. The museum comprises the State Gallery (Landesgalerie), featuring paintings and sculptures from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, plus departments of archaeology, natural history and ethnology. The museum includes a vivarium with fish, amphibians, reptiles and arthropods. The ethnological collection is among the oldest in German-speaking territory, and includes around 20,000 artworks and everyday artefacts from all parts of the world. A wide range of religions and cultures in America, Africa, Oceania and Asia is displayed through the findings of explorers and ethnologists.
The Lapérouse museum introduces to the great expeditions of the late 18th century and immerses visitors at the heart of Lapérouse's family and maritime life, describes his itinerary, exposes the numerous items found on his shipwreck site but also models among which the Boussole, Lapérouse's flagship, as well as weapons and uniforms. Ils also recounts the expeditions led to find him.
Le musée canadien de l'histoire
The Canadian Museum of History (CMH), formerly Canadian Museum of Civilization, is Canada’s largest and most popular cultural institution, attracting over 1.3 million visitors each year. Located on the shores of the Ottawa River in Gatineau, Quebec, the Museum offers a spectacular view of the Parliament Buildings across the river. Designed by Canadian Aboriginal architect Douglas Cardinal, the Canadian Museum of History is considered one of the most striking architectural masterpieces of the twentieth century. The award-winning building, with its dramatic, curved lines, attracts admirers from all over the world and is considered essential viewing for anyone visiting the National Capital Region. Within the Museum, there are several permanent exhibitions, including the Grand Hall, a stunning gallery focussing on the Native peoples of the Northwest Coast, with 43 authentic totem poles and the First Peoples Hall, an exhibition showcasing the history and cultures of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples. The Canadian Children’s Museum is designed especially for children, and is dedicated to intercultural understanding. Other facilities include an IMAX® Theatre and a performing arts theatre. In addition, the Museum has Special Exhibition Galleries where are presented special exhibitions each year, celebrating various aspects of Canadian and international culture.
Opened in 2001 and assembling the private collection of Rudolf et Elisabeth Leopold, this museum has become the most visited place of the MuseumsQuartier of Vienna. Home to the world's largest collection of artworks of Egon Schiele, it offers a unique insight on this great expressionist painter's creation. He is one of the precursor of Austrian modern painting next ti Gustav Klimt. The museum also features paintings, prints and objects of the 19th and 20th century, among which some precious artworks and craftwork as well as original pieces of furniture by Jugenstil and des Wiener Werkstätte.
The Linden Museum evolved in the late nineteenth century from the Verein für Handelsgeographie (Association for Trade Geography), which, in addition to its global commercial interests, collected and maintained objects of artistic and cultural significance. The association exists today as the Gesellschaft für Erd- und Völkerkunde (Society for Geography and Ethnology), supporting the Linden Museum with financial, administrative, and organizational efforts. The museum is named after Karl Graf von Linden (1838–1910), who was the president of the Württembergischer Verein für Handelsgeographie and whose well-cultivated collection provided the basis for the museum's outstanding holdings. The museum building was erected in 1911, but was completely destroyed by Allied bombing during the Second World War, resulting in the loss of a large portion of the collections. After being rebuilt in the 1950s under director Theodor Wanner, the museum passed into the possession of the municipality. In 1973, the City of Stuttgart, together with the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, became joint owners of the museum, and from 1979 to 1985 it was completely refurbished under the directorship of Friedrich Kussmaul. Today, the Linden Museum is one of the foremost ethnological museums in the world, featuring rich permanent collections and exhibits on the traditional arts of Africa, North and South America, Asia, Oceania, and the Islamic Orient.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is the central museum for the greater Los Angeles region. LACMA was founded in 1910 as part of the Museum of Science, History and Art in the Exposition Park area near the University of Southern California, and became an independent art-focused institution in 1961. The museum moved to its current location in 1965. It has major collections relating to all aspects of Western and world art. Among its many holdings is one of the most important collections of pre-Columbian art in the United States. The collection is particularly strong in objects from the major civilizations of ancient Mexico. A significant portion, which was assembled by Proctor Stafford and acquired by the museum in 1986, represents the ceramic funerary offerings found in the tombs of the west Mexican states of Nayarit, Colima, and Jalisco. The museum’s Constance McCormick Fearing Collection contains a broad selection of ceramic sculpture from West Mexico as well as from other areas of Mesoamerica. Finely carved stone sculpture forms an important component of the Fearing collection, ranging from the exquisite jade figures produced by Olmec artists on the Gulf Coast to the massive and intricately designed basalt representation of ball game regalia from Veracruz. The ancient kingdoms of Peru are also well represented in the galleries. The collection features an array of intricately patterned textiles, brilliantly painted ceramics, and finely worked metal objects spanning the geographical breadth and temporal history of this great region. The museum has a costume and textile department that oversees a large collection of clothing, textiles, and accessories ranging from the pre-Columbian Americas to contemporary couture. The department has outstanding collections of Islamic, South and Southeast Asian, and Far Eastern material. It has a strong collection of Indonesian textiles, as well as significant Chinese, Japanese, Tibetan, and Korean holdings. The Southeast Asian Art Gallery displays works from Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. Bronze and Iron Age objects from the Dongson culture of Indonesia and Vietnam and the Ban Chiang culture of Thailand are on view along with Buddhist and Hindu sculpture from all periods and regions. The collection of Sri Lankan art is one of the largest and most comprehensive outside Asia.
Musée du Louvre
Heir of the Age of Enlightenment and the French Revolution, the Louvre was quickly recognized as the “museum of museums,” an institution which has not since ceased to serve as a model and a reference throughout the centuries. Established as a universal museum in 1793, it exalts the long journey of humanity through the exceptional depth of its collections, deployed across several millenniums, and covering a territory stretching from the Americas to the borders of India and China, with universally admired iconic works (the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, or the Winged Victory of Samothrace). This singular gathering of treasures has made the Louvre a place of permanent dialogue between past and present, a place of learning, of enchantment, and of discovery for millions of visitors from across the world. The largest museum in the world both in size and in the richness of its collections, the Louvre displays occidental works from the Middle Ages to the Revolution of 1848, works from ancient civilizations that preceded and influenced it, as well as the more recent exhibition of Islamic arts.
Lowe Art Museum
From its origins in three classrooms in 1948, the history of the Lowe Art Museum reflects an unswerving commitment to fulfill its mission to serve the University of Miami as a teaching resource, and the residents of and visitors to greater Miami as its major general art museum. With the gift in 1950 by philanthropists Joe and Emily Lowe, a free-standing museum facility opened to the public in 1952 as the first art museum in South Florida. Its 10,000-object collection is one of the most important in the Southeast, with strengths in Renaissance and Baroque, American, Native American, pre-Columbian, and Asian art. The development of its highly regarded collection is traced through sustained support from permanent-Miami and winter-resident patrons, who, from its beginning, have supported the Lowe with major gifts of art and funding. A 1956 donation by Alfred I. Barton brought one of the country’s finest collections of Native American art. The Lowe’s pre-Columbian collection (now 2,359 objects) was begun in 1958 but achieved international stature with the 1984 gift by Robert M. Bischoff of 531 works. The Alfred I. Barton Collection of Southwest Indian art, recognized by scholars as one of the finest in the United States, contains works that include textiles, baskets and other utilitarian objects. Some of the textiles are extremely rare examples of the Navajo, Pueblo, and Rio Grande weaving traditions. A Guatemalan textiles collection was started by a donation in 1958 numbering 50 pieces, collected by Harvard anthropologist Samuel K. Lothrop in the early twentieth century. It now numbers 505 examples, and complements North American Native and pre-Columbian textile holdings. Its African collection includes objects from various West African and Congo cultures, as well as Congo pieces field collected and donated by Lee and Aurora McMichen and Professor and Mrs. Robert R. Ferens. In recent years, the Lowe has augmented the collection through careful purchases.