Do Before I Die Art Galleries

Madeleine Ray

These are the museums that dreams are made of. I put an emphasis on architectural design and the quality of items on display and chose a selection of galleries from the world's most renowned. This list is for any art lover seeking to get lost amongst culturally significant exhibits and breathtaking architecture. #seekerchallenge

Leeum Museum of Art, Louis Vuitton Foundation, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, State Hermitage Museum, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Art Gallery of Ontario, Dalí Theatre-Museum

  • Leeum Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea

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      The Leeum Museum of Art offers an experience of viewing both traditional Korean art and global contemporary art. Museum 1 which was designed by Mario Botta holds Korean national treasures, landscape and folk paintings, as well as 14th-century ornaments and tools and Buddhist scripts, painting, and manuscripts. Museum 2 designed by Jean Nouvel houses contemporary art including world-famous artists Damien Hirst and Andy Warhol. With an extensive collection of art and culture, and the combination of three world-famous architects for the structure, the Leeum Museum of Art solidifies itself as a bucket list item on a global level.

  • Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, France

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      This museum was designed by architect Frank Gehry who was inspired by the glass Grand Palais, the building itself was built on the foundation principles of 19th century landscaped gardens. The Louis Vuitton Foundation Houses 11 galleries, an auditorium, and beautiful roof terraces amongst the expansive gardens; you can easily spend an entire day or two exploring. The gallery has works of cultural significance by artists such as Jean Michel-Basquiat, Jeff Koons, and Gilbert & George.

  • Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in Fort Worth, United States

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      Designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando and located in the cultural district of Fort Worth, this is one of America's most impressive collections of post-World War II art. The mission of the museum is "collecting, presenting and interpreting international developments in post-World War II art in all media." The museum is made up of five long pavilions with a huge reflective pond. Of the 3000 pieces in the permanent collection of the museum, there are works by Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, Cindy Sherman, and Andy Warhol.

  • State Hermitage Museum

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      A museum of culture and art based in St. Petersburg, Russia. Founded in 1764, State-Hermitage Museum is currently the second largest museum in the world. An endless maze of traditional architecture, ancient artifacts, and classical paintings; I would love to spend a snowy day hidden in the confines of this museum. The name of the museum is in reference to hiding away from the world, a concept many artists can feel akin to. Where could there be a better place to hide than amongst the magnificent buildings of State-Hermitage Museum?

  • Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain

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      The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a museum located in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain. The museum contains an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art, with breathtaking architecture by Frank Gehry. The building itself has been celebrated as a "signal moment in the architectural culture.", and carries collections featuring Jenny Holzer, Francesco Clement, and William de Kooning

  • Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, Canada

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      This massive museum located in the heart of Toronto displays over 9000 works of art and is considered one of the most distinguished museums in North America. The museum contains Canadian, First Nations, Inuit, African, European, and Oceanic artists. The architecture of the Art Gallery of Ontario has two buildings, one is a historical manner named The Grange, which is attached to the main building designed to have a more contemporary feel to it.

  • Dalí Theatre-Museum, Spain

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      This museum is dedicated to the artist Salvador Dali in his hometown Figueres, in Catalonia, Spain. Slightly creepy but also interesting is that Dali himself is buried in a crypt below the stage of the museum. This museum was built to fulfill the dream of Dali to have a museum that acts as a giant surrealist object, a labyrinth which people will leave feeling as though they had awoken from a theatrical dream. The museum itself houses the largest collection of Dali's work including works he created specifically for the museum as well as holographic art and a jewelry design. It would be wonderful to enter a space and have my perception of reality altered and questioned by the intense surrealism of Dali's work surrounding me.