The revered Louvre Museum and MoMa will always have a special place in our hearts, and on the bucket list of any traveller looking for their fix of arts and culture. But once you’ve ticked those essential art lover’s destinations off your list, we suggest adding these incredible offerings to the art world to your schedule…
1: Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
Located on the top five floors of a Tokyo skyscraper, the Mori Art Museum houses contemporary art with an emphasis on thought-provoking ideas. With no permanent collection, exhibits rotate roughly every couple of months, featuring works from up-and-coming artists and internationally acclaimed superstars. Once you’re done in the museum, ascend one more floor to the observation deck to enjoy the breathtaking view of the city.
2: Gezira Center for Modern Art, Cairo
This museum for modern and contemporary art is located on Gezira, an island on the Nile River in Egypt. With over 10,000 works documenting the development of Egypt’s art movements from the early 20th century to date, Gezira is found on the well-groomed grounds of the Cairo Opera House. Its permanent collection includes works by Mahmoud Mokhtar, Mahmoud Said, and Youssef Kamel.
3: Bruce Munro’s Field of Light, Uluru
The largest and most remote iteration of Bruce Munro’s celebrated Field of Light is a sight to behold in person, and is best combined with a longer vacation exploring the magic of Australia. At the base of Uluru- a sacred sandstone rock formation – 50,000 solar-powered, fiber-optic spheres illuminate the Australian outback the size of four professional soccer pitches. Munro has said he first had the idea for the installation while camping at this site in 1992.
4: MALBA, Buenos Aires
A museum dedicated to preserving and promoting Latin American art worldwide, MALBA was founded in 2001 to showcase the personal collection of Argentinian businessman Eduardo Constantini. The museum’s design was selected out of 450 proposals in an open call contest. The winners were three young Argentinian architects: Gastón Atelman, Martín Fourcade, and Alfredo Tapia. Since then, MALBA has become known for its impressive permanent collection—which includes works by Diego Rivera and Antonio Berni—as well as diverse temporary exhibitions. It also serves as a cultural center, offering film screenings, literary talks, and children’s programs.
5: Galerie Atiss, Dakar
Established in 1996 by the Senegalese painter and textile designer Aïssa Dione in Dakar, Galerie Atiss showcases modern and contemporary African art. The light-filled space features rotating exhibitions with works by Serigne Mbaye Camara, Soly Cissé, Camara Guèye, and Ousmane Diop.
6: Museu do Amanhã, Rio de Janeiro
An immense skeletal structure designed by Spanish artist and architect Santiago Calatrava, Museu do Amanhã houses a futuristic museum of science. The building is cantilevered out over the water, giving the impression it’s floating on the bay. Its design was inspired by the bromeliads in the city’s botanical garden. Inside, the museum aims at exploring the future of the planet through issues like population growth, climate change, and technological advancement. Designed with the utmost attention to detail, the Museu do Amanhã’s roof is made of fin-like solar panels that follow the sun. Its interior temperature is regulated by water from the bay, which supplies the outdoor reflecting pools before returning to the sea.