Top Modern Art Museums to Visit in Europe

Europe is well-known for being one of the main art hubs in the world. Some of the very first famous pieces of art originated there, and ever since artists have pushed the boundaries to refine their skill.  The modern art movement has a long and rich history that starts in the 20th century. Europe is one of the many places that truly embrace its uniqueness and style.  The continent is full of these types of museums and exhibits, making the choice of which to visit extremely difficult. We have listed some of the best in Europe to give you a sample of the modern art movement of the old world.

The Tate Modern

Located in London, this is the most visited modern art museum in Europe. It has countless galleries that display the masterpieces of this genre. Visiting the Tate feels like taking a trip through the history of modern art. The building in itself is stunning and recently several smaller galleries have opened up all over London. It boasts famous pieces by renowned artists such as Damien Hirst, Edvard Munch and Roy Lichtenstein.

S.M.A.K.

This is one of the youngest art museums on the list. It was founded in 1999 and the building used to be a casino. The contrast between the typical casino architecture and the modern pieces displayed here is quite interesting. Located in Belgium, it usually displays the works of local, lesser-known artists among the great works of Andy Warhol, Abramovic or Bacon.

Serpentine

One of the most versatile and interesting art museums in the world is the Serpentine. Located in London, it is famed for the fact that, besides the few permanent exhibitions, it constantly changes the interiors and the artwork displayed there. Each room is modified when a new piece comes in so that the feeling you get while admiring it is unique. It has a new smaller sister called Serpentine Slacker that also displays great pieces by Chapman or Yoko Ono.

Pompidou

One of the largest collections of modern art is found in the Pompidou. Nestled in the glamorous city of Paris, it has some of the most valuable pieces from the beginning of the movement. The museum rotates its exhibitions every six months in order to be flexible and to offer its visitors an experience. Dali, Picasso, Freud and Kadinsky are just some of the names that are featured there. A place you can visit time and time again and be constantly impressed.

The Guggenheim in Bilbao

Not just a museum but considered to be one of the 12 wonders of Spain. The museum is located in the Basque region and it likes to display the work of the local and national artists among the priceless pieces of legends like Jeff Koons. Not only are the works of art found here amazing but the building itself is a work of art. The architecture alone is worth seeing, combined with the great pieces its one place you have to visit.