Visit the Guggenheim New York!
The iconic Guggenheim Museum specialises in 20th century art, with a rotating permanent collection, as well as temporary exhibitions. And it’s completely unmissable for art school trips to New York.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation was created in 1937, with its first venue opening two years later, to allow the public to see the somewhat eccentric collection that Guggenheim had amassed.
The iconic building that now houses the collection opened in 1959 and was designed to be a ‘temple of spirit’ where radical art and architecture meet.
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Unlike more traditional art galleries and museums, where the art is often displayed in different rooms, forcing visitors to retrace their steps, at the Guggenheim you take a lift to the top and then view each piece of art as you slowly descend the spiral ramp back to the ground floor.
Explore one of the world’s leading collections of contemporary art at New York’s MoMA!
MoMA is considered to be one of the largest and most influential modern art museums in the world, which makes it an unmissable stop on an art school trip.
The museum’s collection includes over 150,000 pieces. 22,000 films and 4 million film stills. Some of the most famous works of art in the collection include Dalí’s The Persistence of Memory, Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon and Van Gogh’s The Starry Night.
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There’s a work called Object by Meret Oppenheim that has a curious history. The fur covered cup and saucer was conceived during a lunch with Picasso, who said that fur could be put on anything. It was purchased by MoMA’s director for $50 of his own money in 1936, but the trustees would not agree to its inclusion in the collection. They later changed their minds, completely oblivious to the fact it had been installed in the museum a decade before and labelled as an ‘extended loan’!
Visit the Metropolitan Museum!
The Metropolitan Museum is one of the world’s most prestigious art museums and its permanent collection spans around 5,000 years!
The largest art museum in the US, the Met’s permanent collection includes more than 2 million works by artists such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, Caravaggio, Degas, Renoir and Turner.
The museum has three locations in New York. The main building is on Museum Mile on the eastern edge of Central Park and is one of the largest art galleries in the world by area. The second building, known as The Cloisters, is at Fort Tyron Park in Upper Manhattan and focuses on medieval European art. And the Met Breuer is on Madison Avenue and features modern and contemporary art.
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The Met also houses around 5,000 instruments, including the world’s oldest surviving piano, which dates back to 1720 and was built by the creator of the piano himself, Bartolomeo Cristofori.