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The State Hermitage Museum

Image"...The State Hermitage occupies six magnificent buildings situated along the embankment of the River Neva, right in the heart of St Petersburg. The leading role in this unique architectural ensemble is played by the Winter Palace, the residence of the Russian tsars that was built to the design of Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli in 1754-62.
...throughout two centuries and a half, the Hermitage collections of works of art (over 3,000,000 items) present the development of the world culture and art from the Stone Age to the 20th century..."
www.hermitagemuseum.org

The State Russian Museum

Image"...The Russian Museum today is a unique depository of artistic treasures, a leading restoration center, an authoritative institute of academic research, a major educational center and the nucleus of a network of national museums of art.  The Russian Museum collection contains circa 400.000 exhibits..."
www.rusmuseum.ru

The State Tretyakov Gallery

Image"...is the national treasury of Russian fine art and one of the greatest museums in the world. It is located in one of the oldest directs of Moscow – Zamoskvorechye, not far from the Kremlin. The Gallery's collection consists entirely of Russian art and artists who have made а contribution to the history of Russian art or been closely connected with it. The collection contains more than 130 000 works of painting, sculpture and graphics, created throughout the centuries by successive generations of Russian artists..."
www.tretyakovgallery.ru 

Bucerius Kunst Forum

Image"...Since its foundation in 2002, the Bucerius Kunst Forum has become one of the leading cultural institutions in northern Germany with 170,000 visitors annually. Located on the Rathausmarkt in the center of Hamburg and funded by the Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius ZEIT Foundation, the exhibition center enjoys the esteem of museums and private collections throughout the world, making high-caliber loans available for its exhibitions..."
www.buceriuskunstforum.de

The Hamburger Kunsthalle

Image"...The Kunsthalle owes its existence to an initiative by the Kunstverein in Hamburg (Hamburg Art Union), which was founded in 1817 and opened the first "public municipal painting gallery" in the Börsenarkaden in 1850. The collection grew rapidly due to the contribution of gifted works, and it soon became necessary to provide a building in which to house it. In August 1869, financed largely through donations, the Hamburg Kunsthalle was opened..."
www.hamburger-kunsthalle.de

The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe

Image"...The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg is a leading centre for art, applied art and design. Its collections of work from Europe, the Middle and the Far East are of the finest-quality and span all epochs from the Ancient World to the present day..."
www.mkg-hamburg.de

Deutsches Historisches Museum

Image"...The collections include extensive stores of posters, artworks and documents on the history of the workers’ movement as well as a few remains from the former Zeughaus (arsenal) collection, which before World War II had been the largest collection of militaria from the history of Brandenburg and Prussia..."
www.dhm.de

The Alte Pinakothek

Image"...The Alte Pinakothek houses one of the world´s most important collections. On display are more than 800 paintings, among them numerous well-known masterpieces of 14th to 18th Century European painting. An exquisite collection of early Dutch painting including works by Rogier van der Weyden and Dieric Bouts can be found in close proximity to early German painting. This section includes Albrecht Dürer´s famous “Self Portrait” of 1500 and his “Four Apostles,” as well as masterpieces by Michael Pacher, Albert Altdorfer und Lucas Cranach..."
www.pinakothek.de


Germanisches Nationalmuseum (Nürnberg)

Image"...The Germanisches Nationalmuseum is dedicated to the whole of the German people and its function is to widen and deepen knowledge of German history. For this purpose it has a duty to research, collect, preserve and make accessible to the public historical evidence relating to the culture, art and literature of the German-speaking world..."
www.gnm.de

Horst-Janssen-Museum

Image"...In the main gallery of the Horst-Janssen-Museum on the ground floor, a space of approx. 500 square metres is devoted to three or four temporary exhibitions a year on the work of Horst Janssen and artists with which he had an affinity. Examples of these are Albrecht Dürer, Francisco de Goya, Jacques Callot, Max Klinger, Jean Dubuffet and Egon Schiele..."
www.horst-janssen-museum.de

The Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum

Image"...the Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum (it was given this name in 1934) was reopened in 1945, it had to be practically re-founded. In 1955 the museum moved back into the old Folkwang building in the Hochstraße. This was converted and extended in 1972 - 1974. This addition doubled the musuem's exhibition space and included the construction of galleries dedicated to changing exhibitions..."
www.keom.de

Dresden State Art Collections

Image"...The Dresden State Art Collections are among the most important museums presently in existence. With our altogether twelve museum institutions, we offer a thematic diversity that is unparalleled anywhere in the world..."
www.skd-dresden.de

The New National Gallery, Berlin

Image"...The Neue Nationalgalerie (New National Gallery), the famous "temple of light and glass" designed by Mies van der Rohe, houses the collection of 20th century European painting and sculpture. Ranging from early modern art to art of the 1960s, the collection includes works by Munch, Kirchner, Picasso, Klee, Feininger, Dix, Kokoschka, and many others..."
www.neue-nationalgalerie.de

Emil Nolde, Seebull

Image"...Emil Nolde has remained alive through his paintings aglow with colour, through his vivid sketches and watercolours and through his religious paintings that seem to be removed from time. For more than half a century, Emil Nolde has been one of the most important painters of expressionism..."
www.nolde-museum.de

The British Museum

Image"...Free to the world since 1753, the British Museum houses one of the greatest collections of human cultural history..."
www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk



Tate Gallery

Image"...When the Tate Gallery opened in 1897, its Collection consisted of the 65 works gifted by Henry Tate to the Nation. Tate's Collection now consists of over 65,000 works of art encompassing the national collection of historic British art from 1500, and the national collection of international modern art..."
www.tate.org.uk

V&A South Kensington

Image"...V&A South Kensington is the world's greatest museum of art and design, with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity. Discover 3000 years' worth of amazing artefacts from many of the world's richest cultures including ceramics, furniture, fashion, glass, jewellery, metalwork, photographs, sculpture, textiles and paintings..."
www.vam.ac.uk


Vatican Museums

Image"...The Vatican Museums originated as a group of sculptures collected by Pope Julius II (1503-1513) and placed in what today is the “Cortile Ottagono” within the museum complex... In the year 2000, the Vatican Museums opened a new large entrance that provides visitor information and other services; on display are many new artworks, two of which were specially created for this grand entrance hall..."
www.vatican.va

Musee du Louvre

Image"...The Palais du Louvre, which houses one of the most stunning collections of artworks in the world, is known first and foremost as a museum. Yet for almost seven hundred years the buildings constituted one of the principal residences of the kings and emperors of France..."
www.louvre.fr

The Musee d'Orsay

Image"...The Musée d'Orsay is a national museum which opened to the public in December 1986 in order to show, in all its diversity, the artistic creation of the western world from 1848 to 1914..."
www.musee-orsay.fr

Rodin Museum

Image"...Everything comes from Rodin, including the chairs, armchairs or sofas where visitors are free to sit down. The Musée Rodin does not set out to reconstitute a period, which would in any case be impossible, but it offers the unique charm of an artist’s home where it is pleasant to stroll at leisure. It is this special quality that characterizes the museum and makes it stand out against the backdrop of other French museums..."
www.musee-rodin.fr

The Centre Pompidou

Image"...The Centre national d'art et de culture Georges Pompidou was the brainchild of President Georges Pompidou who wanted to create an original cultural institution in the heart of Paris completely focused on modern and contemporary creation, where the visual arts would rub shoulders with theatre, music, cinema, literature and the spoken word..."
www.centrepompidou.fr

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Image"...The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek contains the largest collection of ancient art in Northern Europe - mainly sculpture - from the lands bordering the Mediterranean. In collections from Egypt, the Near East, Greece and Italy, one may experience works from the cradle of Western culture. Furthermore, the museum has a significant collection of Danish and French art from the 19th and 20th centuries - including Danish Golden Age painting, French Impressionism and an important collection of French and Danish Sculpture. In all the museum houses a total of over than 10,000 works..."
www.glyptoteket.dk

The National Museum, Denmark

Image"...The National Museum is Denmark’s largest museum of cultural history. The museum's main domicile is a classical 18th century mansion just a stone's throw from "Strøget" at the center of Copenhagen. The National Museum is the museum for all Denmark, where you can follow the history of the Danes right down to the present day. And you can get around the world from Greenland to South America..."
www.natmus.dk

Statens Museum for Kunst

Image"...Statens Museum for Kunst, the Danish national gallery, is the only place in Denmark which features 700 years of Western art and cultural history under one roof. The museum houses a large collection of Danish and international paintings, sculptures, drawings, and installations. The collection includes works by the Italian renaissance painters Tizian and Mantegna, the 17th century masters Rubens and Rembrandt, 19th century painters of the Danish Golden Age such as Eckersberg and Købke, and 20th century artists such as Henri Matisse, Edvard Munch, and Emil Nolde as well as the Danish artists Asger Jorn and Per Kirkeby..."
www.smk.dk

The Polo Museale Fiorentino

Image"...The Polo Museale Fiorentino is an institution which administers the largest ensemble of art works in Italy.  It includes twenty museums varying in importance from the Uffizi Gallery to the Medici Villa of Cerreto Guidi, from the Accademia Gallery to the Cenacolo of Santa Apollonia..."
www.polomuseale.firenze.it

Van Gogh Museum

Image"...A visit to the Van Gogh Museum is a unique experience. The museum contains the largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh in the world. It provides the opportunity to keep track of the artist's developments, or compare his paintings to works by other artists from the 19th century in the collection. The museum also holds an extensive offer of exhibitions on various subjects from 19th century art history..."
www.vangoghmuseum.nl