Museums are places that hold beautiful art, but they can also be a beautiful art themselves. Today the Angel Orensanz Foundation blog will show you the most stunning museums ever made, well the ones that are in the United States, so all you need to do is catch a train or a quick plain ride to see them.
One of them is here in the never sleeping, always artful, New York City, the The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, designed by the famous Chicago-based architecture Frank Lloyd Wright, the museum that stands on 5th Avenue with its curvaceous lines and bold design is one of the 20th century’s most important architectural landmarks and holds a great collection of impressionist, post-impressionist, early modern and contemporary art.
A few states further The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Arts stands in Kansas City, Missouri, the museum has a neoclassical architecture, but in 1999 a new building, considered a great piece of design was added, the bloch-buiding, designed by Steven Holl. The New York Times architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff shares his view on it:
“The result is a building that doesn’t challenge the past so much as suggest an alternate world view that is in constant shift. Seen from the north plaza, the addition’s main entrance gently defers to the old building, the crystalline form suggesting a ghostlike echo of the austere stone facade. From there, the eye is drawn to the distinct yet interconnected translucent blocks, which are partly buried in the landscape.”
The best thing about this museum? The admission is free every day for you to enjoy their collections of European paintings, Asian art, American painting, photography and the largest collection of monumental bronzes by Henry Moore in the United States in their sculpture park.
Going south, to Fort Worth, Texas, you will find the oldest museum in the state that in 2002 gained a new home, designed by the Japanese architect Tadao Anda, the building most known as The Modern, is the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The amazing construction holds a collection of more than 3.000 pieces in addition to traveling exhibitions. A really cool thing about it is the variety of educational programs they offer.
Back to the east coast, and south, you will get to Florida, home of The Salvador Dalí Museum, in St. Petersburg; the new home for Dali’s work was designed by HOK. The museum, built to hold all the storms that often hit the state, also refers to Surrealism, the style in which the artist Salvador Dalî worked.
Finally, on the other side of the country, is the west coast, more precisely in the city of angels, L.A. holds a great piece of architecture too, The Getty Center. Occupying a narrow, hilly strech of San Diego Freeeway, it was designed by Richard Meier and it covers 100,00 sq. feet of area. The building is amazing, but so are the views from the center. Another great thing about it? The admission is free!