Globalization impacts all facets of society, including the art world. European art has long been in the spotlight, but these ten European museums highlight artistic masterpieces on a global scale.
Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain
The Fondation Cartier is another Parisian museum driving forward a culture of international contemporary. From its inception it has been dedicated to supporting new artists and those who have not yet gained recognition in Europe. This has led the Fondation Cartier be one of the first museums in Europe to showcase the work of internationally recognized artists such as Korean artist Lee Bul, Malian photographer Sydou Keyuta, Japanese neo-pop painter Takashi Murakami and Brazilian photographer Alair Gomes. The Foundation has also been successful in fostering original uncompromised creativity by commissioning works of art. This approach allows artists to realize projects without financial or spatial boundaries. As part of the programme, artistic residencies enable artists to not only create their pieces, but also to transform the exhibition space in which their art will be viewed.
Foundation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, 261 Boulevard Raspail, Paris, France, +33 1 42 18 56 50
Museo Ralli Marbella
Located in Marbella, Spain, the Museos Ralli was founded by retired Greek banker Harry Recanati. During numerous visits to Latin America, Mr. Recanati became an avid admirer and collector of art from the region. This enthusiasm led to him founding five museums across the world, including Museo Ralli. The objective of Museo Ralli Marbella is to promote public interest of Latin American art in Europe. Though the museum contains a number of works by European artists, the bulk of the collection comes from Latin America. Furthermore, the Museum maintains its commitment to selecting works based on quality rather than the popularity of the artist. This policy makes the Museo Ralli a great place to discover the works of up-and-coming artists. In addition, with sister museums based in Chile and Uruguay, it can be assured that the Marbella establishment will continue to showcase the artwork of fresh new artists.
Museum of Contemporary African Art
Meschac Gaba’s Museum of Contemporary African Art has been described by many as a ‘museum within a museum’, but really it is a collection of art that transcends both the traditional definition of a museum and its spatial requirements. The project spanning from 1997-2002 has been hosted in many different museums before finding a permanent home at the Tate Modern in London. Mr. Gaba’s project was conceptualized during his time working as an artist in France and the Netherlands, where he realized that European perceptions of African art were fixed on more traditional religious sculptures. This realization led the artist to create his own Museum of Contemporary African Art, which at once questions the structure of modern museums and raises the need for the inclusion of African contemporary art in European museums.
Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG, United Kingdom, +44 20 7887 8888
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