"Open to all since 1793": From the outset, the Louvre has embodied the concept of a truly "universal" institution. Universal in the scope of its collections, it is also universal in its appeal to some 6 million visitors every year: a 21st-century museum rooted in 200 years of innovation.
Located in the heart of Houston’s Museum District, the MFAH is a dynamic cultural complex comprising two gallery buildings, a sculpture garden, visitors center, library, café, movie theater, two art schools, two house museums, and two gift shops.
The history of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) goes back to 1959 when art critic Alexandre Cirici Pellicer championed the idea of creating a museum of contemporary art in Barcelona. Cirici and Cesáreo Rodríguez Aguilera headed a group which began to gather together a collection which would serve as the foundation of the future museum; an active platform for irradiating contemporary art. As various willing parties united to decide upon a definitive location for the new museum, the aforementioned group began a series of exhibitions - twenty three in total - of contemporary artists such as Moisès Villèlia, Antoni Bonet, Àngel Ferrant, Jean Fautrier, Albert Ràfols Casamada, Romà Vallès, Jordi Curós, Josep Maria de Sucre, and August Puig, among others. However, in February of 1963 the inauguration of the exhibition “Art and Peace,” which had clear political motives, made evident the existing limits of permissiveness, ending Cirici and Aguilera’s venture. A portion of the collection remaining in the museum was sent to the Victor Balaguer Museum in Vilanova i la Geltrú.
The Museumâ€™s collection includes more than 43,000 works of art from all times and places, from ancient Egypt and ancient Greece and Rome to contemporary and modern works of art. Most are on permanent exhibition (except for light-sensitive works on paper or textiles).
CMA is especially renowned for the breadth and quality of its collections. Particularly notable are its comprehensive Asian collection of some 3,933 works, its Medieval European art, and its pre-Columbian holdings.
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is dedicated to national leadership in bringing arts and people together to discover, enjoy, and understand the worldâ€™s diverse artistic heritage.
In 1883, twenty-five citizens of Minneapolis founded the Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts, committing them to bringing the arts into the life of their community.
With close on one million objects and Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum is the largest museum of art and history in the Netherlands. It is perhaps best known for its collection of 17th-century Dutch masters, with twenty Rembrandts and many other highlights of the period, including works by Vermeer, Frans Hals and Jan Steen.
The Museo del Prado, founded as a museum of paintings and sculpture, also has important collections of drawings (more than 5,000), prints (2,000), coins and medals (around 1,000), and almost 2,000 decorative objects and works of art. Sculpture is represented by more than 700 works and by a smaller number of sculptural fragments.
The Tate Modern was created in the year 2000 to display the national collection of international modern art (defined as art since 1900). This forms part of the Tate Collection which is the national collection of British art since 1500 and international modern art. The international modern art was formerly displayed alongside the British art at what was previously the Tate Gallery and is now Tate Britain.