Words by Ute Junker
Guggenheim, New York
For maximum impact, the Guggenheim is hard to beat. Frank Lloyd Wright’s design is as celebrated as the 20th century art on display inside.
Most art galleries carefully protect their works in climate-controlled rooms. Not Norway’s Ekebergparken, where sculptures by the likes of Rodin, Dali and James Turrell are displayed al fresco.
Chicago Institute of Art, Chicago
An extraordinary collection of masterpieces, from Grant Wood’s American Gothic to works by Monet and Van Gogh.
Sammlung Boros, Berlin
It could only happen in Berlin: an outstanding collection of contemporary art, displayed inside a World War Two bunker.
Briscoe Western Art Museum, San Antonio
This intriguing Texas museum features everything from 19th century portraits of Native American warriors to artefacts such as Pancho Villa’s saddle.
The Vatican Museums, Rome
You have to hand it to the popes - they knew a thing or two about art. The Vatican’s treasures range from ancient Egyptian artefacts to magnificent frescoes by Raphael and, of course, the Sistine Chapel.
Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg
Its unrivalled collection includes works by da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt and Picasso, but the Hermitage’s opulent home, the old Winter Palace, is an attraction in its own right.
Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart
Australia’s most famous art gallery is also its most controversial. The exhibits change regularly; you may be surprised, excited, even disgusted; but you won’t be bored.