List Of Contemporary Art Museums

Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói
Museum Of Contemporary Art, Rio De Janeiro

Contemporary art museums around the world specialize in collecting and exhibiting contemporary art. The following is a list of the major contemporary art museums by continent. If you happen to know a contemporary art museum worth mentioning, please leave a comment.


National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa - Exhibits one of the greatest collections of paintings in North America, with works by Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Picasso and Pollock

Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver - This dynamic and original Museum exhibits a large group of contemporary Art in a beautiful Neoclassical building

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - Arguably America's greatest museum. Its spectacular collection is especially strong in American painting and Egyptian Antiquities.

The Museum of modern Art (MOMA), New York - Houses the world's best collection of modern and contemporary Art, featuring masterworks as Picasso's Demoiselles d'Avignon

The Guggenheim Museum, New York - Designed by the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The Guggenheim Fundation has also important galleries in Bilbao, Venice, Berlin and Las Vegas.

Withney Collection of American Art, New York - Houses more than 18,000 American works by American artists, including Hopper, Pollock and de Kooning

Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo - Opened in 1901, exhibits a good collection of European and American Art, with works by Rembrandt and Willem de Kooning

Denver Art Museum, Denver - Focused in American Indian Art, this Museum also exhibits a good collection of contemporary Art, with works by Motherwell and Warhol

Menil Collection, Houston - This museum, designed by Renzo Piano, houses a great collection of contemporary Art, from Picasso to Cy Twombly

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle - The collections of this Museum have drastically grown in the last decades, and now include contemporary works by Andy Warhol or Richard Serra


European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM), Barcelona - the very first museum of Figurative Art in Europe. Moreover, the Foundation holds every year the most prestigious Figurativas Painting and Sculpture Competition with the sole aim of encourage the creativity and help artists to develop their artworks. 

S.M.A.K. Museum of Contemporary Art, Gent - The best collection of contemporary Art in Belgium, with important works of Karel Appel and Valerio Adami

Arken Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen - A contemporary building by Danish architect Soren Robert Lund, exhibits works by modern Danish and International artists

Kiasma Museum of contemporary Art, Helsinki - Open in 1998, it's Finland's National Museum of contemporary Art, housed in a stunning building by Steven Holl

The Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris - France's national museum for modern and contemporary Art, housed in an important contemporary building by Rogers and Renzo Piano

Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin - This important building by Mies van der Rohe houses an important collection of modern and contemporary Art

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin - This Museum of contemporary Art is housed in a 17th century building, and concentrates in works by living artists

Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz - Opened in 2000, this museum houses a good collection of modern and contemporary Art, and some works from the collection of the Prince of Liechtenstein

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam - Houses the national collection of modern and contemporary Art, with works by Mondrian, Appel and Malevich, among others

Groningen Museum, Groningen - This polemical building by Coop Himmelblau houses the most innovative Art collection in Netherlands, and one of the most exciting museums in Europe

Museum of Modern Art, Moscow - This recent Museum (opened in 1999) exhibits works by modern and contemporary artists, including Picasso, Lèger and Malevich

Moderna Museet, Stockholm - State Museum for modern and contemporary Art, exhibiting works by Picasso, Dalí and Calder, among others

Beyeler Foundation, Basel - This small but rich museum exhibits the art collection of Hildy and Ernst Beyeler, with works by van Gogh, Monet, Cézanne, Picasso, Bacon and Warhol, among others

The Tate Modern, London - arguably the most important collection of modern and contemporary Art in Europe. It houses works of artists such as Lichstentein, Pollock or Francis Bacon

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool - Houses a large and important group of European paintings from 14th to 20th centuries, including works by Holbein, Renoir and Bacon

Tate Liverpool - Established in 1988, it's one of the most important collections of contemporary Art in the U.K., including an important triptych by Francis Bacon

Gallery of modern Art (GOMA), Glasgow - The most important Museum in Glasgow houses temporary exhibitions and workshops in a 18th century building

Museum of contemporary Art, Belgrade - Established in 1958, this gallery exhibits more than 30,000 contemporary works, mostly by Serbian artists

Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid - Spain's national Museum of modern and contemporary Art, well known for exhibiting Picasso's masterpiece, "Guernica"

Museo de Arte contemporáneo de Barcelona (MACBA), Barcelona - a quite recent collection of contemporary Art exhibited in a famous building by Richard Meier

Fundació Miró, Barcelona - the best collection of works by Joan Miró in the world, also housing interesting exhibitions of contemporary Art

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao - A good collection of contemporary Art, housed in a building by Frank Gehry. The most famous piece is "Puppy", a giant sculpture of a dog by Jeff Koons

Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno (IVAM), Valencia - An interesting collection of contemporary Art, including important sculptures by Chillida and Julio González


Sao Paulo Museum of Art, Sao Paulo - The greatest Art collection in South America, this Museum exhibits a selection of paintings, with works by Raphael, Botticelli, Rembrandt and Picasso

Museu de Arte Contemporanea da Universidade, Sao Paulo - It's arguably the most important collection of contemporary art in South America, including works by Picasso or Léger

Museum of Contemporary Art, Rio De Janeiro - The saucer-shaped modernist structure, which has been likened to a UFO, is set on a cliffside, at the bottom of which is a beach and houses contemporary art.


Museum of Contemporary Art, Teheran - Houses the best collection of European paintings in Middle East, including works by Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso and Warhol

National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo - Open in 1952, this gallery houses a nice collection of contemporary paintings, as well as modern ceramics and textiles

National Museum of Art, Osaka - This subterranean Museum exhibits a good collection of contemporary paintings, and a small group of Impressionist and modern work


Johannesburg Art Gallery / Pretoria Art Museum, Johannesburg - Arguably the best collection of European paintings in Africa, with works by El Greco, Monet and Picasso, among others

National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare - Zimbabwe's National Museum, exhibit a collection of artifacts from the country's heritage, as well as contemporary Art


National Gallery of Australia, Canberra - The most important Art Museum in Australia, exhibiting a large and good group of paintings, including Jackson Pollock's masterpiece "Blue Poles"

Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane - Exhibits a very good collection of Aboriginal Art, as well as Asian Art and contemporary Australian Art. Part of the Queensland Art Gallery houses one of the best collections of contemporary Art in Australia