Art Gallery of Western Australia - Perth - Australia

Through the Collection, our associated programs, and stimulating exhibitions, Gallery visitors are offered unique and exciting experiences of historic and contemporary Australian artists, as well as the art of the world.

We place particular emphasis on the arts of Australia, and due to our geographic position, the Indian Ocean Rim. Our proximity and access to many of the most exciting cultures of the world adds immeasurably to programs, exhibitions, collections and events at the State Art Gallery. Visit our Gallery and watch this site as we build for the future.

The Art Gallery of Western Australia, founded in 1895, occupies a precinct of three heritage buildings on the south-eastern corner of the Perth Cultural Centre. The Gallery houses the State Art Collection, which includes one of the world’s finest collections of Indigenous art, the pre-eminent collection of Western Australian art and design, as well as Australian and International art and design.



MAAS - Sydney - Australia

We are Australia’s contemporary museum for excellence and innovation in applied arts and sciences. Established in 1879, our venues include Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory and Museums Discovery Centre. We are uniquely placed to demonstrate how technology, engineering, science and design impact Australia and the world.

Internationally, MAAS is acknowledged for the calibre of our collection, scholarship and exhibitions. Our collection spans history, science, technology, design, industry, decorative arts, music, transport and space exploration. It is also home to the material heritage and stories of Australian culture, history and lifestyle, providing a comprehensive insight into this rich and diverse country. There is estimated to be well over 500,000 separate items in the MAAS collection.
A program of temporary exhibitions and programs complements a range of permanent galleries throughout MAAS venues. We place a strong emphasis on learning and creativity.



Museum of Contemporary Art - Sydney - Australia

Located on one of the world’s most spectacular sites on the edge of Sydney Harbour, the Museum of Contemporary Art opened its doors to the public in November 1991. Established through a bequest by Australian expatriate artist John Power (1881-1943), who left his personal fortune to the University of Sydney to inform and educate Australians about international contemporary visual art, the MCA is dedicated to exhibiting, collecting and interpreting contemporary art.

The vision of the founding Director Leon Paroissien and Chief Curator Bernice Murphy was manifest from its earliest years – a commitment to innovative programming with ground-breaking exhibitions of contemporary art from Australia, the Asia Pacific region and around the world.

In 1998, the first phase of expansion began when the Museum had access to the whole building and created galleries for solo exhibitions by Australian artists. In 2001, the New South Wales Government and the Australia Council replaced the University of Sydney and the Power Bequest as key stakeholders.

A strong emphasis on making the MCA a museum that engages artists with audiences led to a program of significant solo shows by Australian and international artists as well as thematic and group exhibitions. The MCA is a major partner of the Biennale of Sydney. Attendances increased to over 580,000 in 2010, leading to the need for further expansion.

The MCA also sought to engage with audiences beyond the building by developing a program of touring exhibitions and C3West, a collaboration with galleries and non-arts partners in Western Sydney.

Today, the MCA houses an entire floor dedicated to the MCA Collection, offering a major national resource for education and interpretative programs, as well as two floors of galleries for exhibitions. The National Centre for Creative Learning includes a library, digital and multimedia studios, a seminar room and lecture theatre. The MCA also presents new site-specific commissions.



Art Gallery of NSW - Sydney - Australia

Established in 1871, the Art Gallery of NSW is proud to present fine international and Australian art in one of the most beautiful art museums in the world. We aim to be a place of experience and inspiration, through our collection, exhibitions, programs and research. Admission to the Gallery is free, as are our permanent galleries and most exhibitions and events.

Modern and contemporary works are displayed in expansive, light-filled spaces, offering stunning views of Sydney and the harbour, while our splendid Grand Courts are home to a distinguished collection of colonial and 19th-century Australian works and European old masters. There are also dedicated galleries celebrating the arts of Asia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.

Alongside our collection are regularly changing temporary exhibitions – more than 30 each year – including flagship annual exhibitions such as the Archibald Prize and ARTEXPRESS



National Gallery of Victoria - Melbourne - Australia

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is the oldest and most visited gallery in Australia.  Situated over two magnificent buildings – NGV International and NGV Australia – the Gallery hosts a wide range of international and local artists, exhibitions, programs and events; from contemporary art to major international historic exhibitions, fashion and design, architecture, sound and dance.

Founded in 1861, today the NGV holds the most significant collection of art in the region; a vast treasury of more than 70,000 works that span thousands of years and a wealth of ideas, disciplines and styles. It is a collection that is yours, and it’s free!  We warmly welcome you to share in these riches and the many activities, exhibitions and events developed at the NGV for us all to enjoy.



Ian Potter Museum of Art - Melbourne - Australia

Founded in 1972, the Ian Potter Museum of Art is the University of Melbourne’s art museum. Housed in an award-winning building opened in 1998, the Potter is the largest university-based art museum in Australia and a national leader in the field. The Potter manages the University Art Collection, a rich resource of art and artifacts spanning neolithic to contemporary.  We are a cultural and educational facility, serving both the campus community and the general public.

Embracing research, discovery and debate, the Potter exhibits art from antiquity to the present. We display art from the University Art Collection, as well as from public and private collections from around Australia and the world. Working with living artists, we participate directly in the development of contemporary art. Public programs, publications, and social media encourage engagement, learning and the exchange of ideas.

The Potter is committed to extensive participation in the University’s interdisciplinary degree structure. Our goal is to make art central to teaching and learning, by enhancing art collection access and contributing to curriculum development across all faculties.

The Potter unites art with the activities and environment of the University of Melbourne campus. We display the University Art Collection around the campus and form academic partnerships linking art with the curriculum. Through our engagement with the arts community we contribute directly to the cultural life of Victoria.

Vision: Art provokes pleasure and reflection, inquiry and debate. Engaging with art encourages learning and fosters knowledge. As a laboratory for art and ideas, the Potter  contributes directly to the University of Melbourne’s research and teaching activities, to enrich the student experience, and to enhance the cultural life of the campus and the general community.

Mission: To collect, preserve, display, interpret and engage with contemporary and historical works of art thereby advancing appreciation of Australia’s cultural heritage on a local, national and international level, and supporting the University of Melbourne as a leading teaching and research institution.




National Museum of Australia - Canberra - Australia

Exploring the history of settlement in Australia and the development of the nation’s political, social and economic life since British colonisation of the continent.

The National Museum brings to life the rich and diverse stories of Australia through compelling objects, ideas and programs.


National Gallery of Australia - Canberra - Australia

The National Gallery of Australia (NGA), located in Canberra, is the Commonwealth of Australia's national cultural institution for the visual arts and is a portfolio agency within the Department of Communications and the Arts.
The functions of the NGA are prescribed in its enabling legislation, the National Gallery Act 1975, which requires the NGA to:
  • develop and maintain a national collection of works of art
  • exhibit, or make available for exhibition by others, works of art from the national collection or works of art that are in the possession of the Gallery, and
  • use every endeavour to make the most advantageous use of the national collection in the national interest.
The NGA receives funding from the Commonwealth Government and actively seeks, and relies upon, financial and in-kind support from private and corporate sources



Natural History Museum Bern - Bern - Switserland

The Natural History Museum Bern was officially founded in 1832. In 1936 it moved into a new building in Bernastrasse deemed an excellent example of the "Neue Sachlichkeit" style. The building was extended in 1998. The museum has 5100 square metres of exhibition space and an international reputation founded initially on its historical dioramas. Aside from Barry, the NMBE is famous for housing the giant Planggenstock crystals and for outstanding contemporary exhibitions such as the prize-winning "c’est la vie". The museum's collection contains around 4 million objects. The Naturhistorisches Museum Bern is also a place of research conducted by the 22 scientists responsible for the collections, and functions as a venue for cultural events - most recently the "Help, it's alive!" series and the "Dead animal bar".



Schweizer Schützenmuseum - Bern - Switseland

The purpose of the Swiss Rifle Museum is to show the history of shooting in Switzerland, and to collect, where necessary acquire, and set in order everything relevant to this: such as arms, ammunition, commemorative coins from shooting championships, medals, cups, reports and accounts from shooting championships, shooting programmes and regulations, placards, models, literature, and much else. The collection possessed by the Swiss Rifle Museum holds the requisite objects and documents this history, covering the period from the foundation of the Swiss national rifle association in 1824. Its inventory provides a complete overview of Swiss firearms since 1817, and includes shooting trophies of national and international importance, prizes and lithographs, placards and commemorative cups, clocks and medals.
Since its foundation the Swiss Rifle Museum has served as the archives for the Swiss national rifle association (the SSV: formerly Schweizerischer Schützenverein, now Schweizer Schiessportverband), and as a source for information on shooting in Switzerland. In the annual thematic special exhibitions a current event connected with Swiss shooting today is set in historical context and enriched with this background.
The operation of the Museum is financed by the Swiss national rifle association (SSV) in accordance with the SSV’s schedule of functions of 1 January 2007.
Special exhibitions, events and acquisitions are made possible by money from sponsors, donations, and contributions from the Friends of the Swiss Rifle Museum.
The Swiss Rifle Museum maintains a close collaboration with other cultural organizations and specialist commissions.


Kunstmuseum - Bern - Switserland

Building on what we have already achieved and accrued, we continually strive to develop the Museum of Fine Arts Berne further as a cultural institution that presents the visual arts to visitors as a dynamic encounter. It is no less important for us that the museum play a fundamental role in helping the public to understand art’s historical transformations and global context. Additionally, the Kunstmuseum wishes to participate in the discourse on the social significance of art and at the same time maintain a strong local bond. On a regional level, it acts as a bridge between the German- and French-speaking parts of Switzerland, while also proactively influencing international art and museums. Not least, the
Building on what we have already achieved and accrued, we continually strive to develop the Museum of Fine Arts Berne further as a cultural institution >that presents the visual arts to visitors as a dynamic encounter. It is no less important for us that the museum play a fundamental role in >helping the public to understand art’s historical transformations and global context. Additionally, the Kunstmuseum wishes to participate in the discourse on the social significance of art and at the same time maintain a strong local bond. On a regional level, it acts as a bridge between the German- and French-speaking parts of Switzerland, while also proactively influencing international art and museums. Not least, the Museum of Fine Arts Berne >is keen to work on a collaborative basis with the Zentrum Paul Klee and play a leading role in the mutual aspirations of Bern’s art community with its many art and academic institutions.
 Berne is keen to work on a collaborative basis with the Zentrum Paul Klee and play a leading role in the mutual aspirations of Bern’s art community with its many art and academic institutions.



Kunsthalle Bern - Bern - Switserland

The private Kunsthalle Bern Foundation was established in 1988 by collectors of contemporary art. The foundation’s purpose is to purchase exceptional artworks of artists exhibited by Kunsthalle Bern (not including works of the Weihnachtsausstellung). Primarily, the works are given on loan for exhibitions at the Kunstmuseum Bern.




Einstein House - Bern - Switserland

The flat on the second floor of Kramgasse No. 49 was rented by Einstein from 1903 to 1905. It has been restored in the style of that period to reflect Einstein's crucial years in Bern. The flat is open to the public. From the main train station you get to Kramgasse No. 49, if you take the direction of "Bärengraben," walking under the right-hand arcade.
With regard to the anniversary of 2005, the Einstein House has been renovated gently for the first time after 26 years. With the support of sponsors and partners it has also been possible to rearrange the exhibition. It aims at giving information and addressing the visitors emotionally: How did Einstein live and in which environment were his most important papers created?
The entrance has been renovated as well as the stairway, which welcomes the visitors with an illustration of the Milky Way. The old spiral staircase to the second floor has been left in its original state; one can very well imagine how Einstein walked up and down these stairs daily.
The living conditions of Einstein and his wife Mileva with their son Hans Albert are shown more accurately in the apartment on the second floor with furniture from that time as well as pictures and texts presented with the help of modern exhibition systems.
With the additional inclusion of the third floor, there is space for the presentation of Einstein’s biography and his life’s work. Here, different exhibitions related to his work are planned.



Swiss Alpine Museum - Bern - Switserland

The Swiss Alpine Museum (alps) is firmly established in the present and its topics are close to our visitors: identity, mobility, tourism, tradition and innovation, culture and nature. The Swiss Alpine Museum conveys complex concepts and ideas. It presents, asks questions, contradicts, moves, irritates and provokes – looking beyond the events of the day, visualizing even slow change, using relations as a tool for reasoning, and turning the attention to the future. The active human being is at the very center. The Swiss Alpine Museum is a platform for dialogue and guidance, and its historic collection (mountain photography, cartography, and mountaineering) is part of this purpose.

The Swiss Alpine Museum knows its visitors. It involves experts, artists and museum visitors in its work and combines cultural and natural scientific disciplines to create a holistic view. It conceives the Alpine region across borders, from Slovenia to France, and assumes a global perspective when looking at the relationship that people all over the world have to mountains. The Swiss Alpine Museum encourages its visitors to act and provides a venue for both communication and reflection. A network of several local museums throughout the Alpine region also benefits from our knowhow.

The Swiss Alpine Museum is the "Embassy of the Alps" in the capital city of Switzerland. Its location in the capital emphasizes the museum’s Switzerland-wide responsibility to be a platform of topics for everyone: for city dwellers, people from the suburbs and those living in the mountains, German- and French-speaking Swiss, for tourists from Switzerland and abroad, for conservationists and people for whom the mountains are primarily a place to spend their free time, for school classes and groups of adults. The museum is located where stakeholders from politics, professional associations, NGOs and the economy meet to discuss and dispute their causes. And at the same time, Berne is the gateway to the touristic top destinations of the Bernese Oberland and the Valais.

The Swiss Alpine Museum’s potential has not been exhausted yet – it can be further utilized and developed thanks to the commitment of both public and private partners.



Natural History Museum - Oslo - Norway

The Natural History Museum at the University of Oslo is Norway’s most comprehensive natural history collection. For almost 200 years, preserved plant specimens, animal specimens, rocks, minerals and fossils have been collected, studied and preserved here.
A selection of specimens are on display for the general public.
The Botanical Garden, part of the Museum, is not only popular for recreation, but is a scientific collection in itself.


Vigeland Museum - Oslo - Norway

The Vigeland Museum is the sculpture museum of Oslo. Our responsibilites and ambitions are two-folded. The Museum is dedicated to Gustav Vigeland. The main responsibilities is to take care of the heritage of Gustav Vigeland towards the public, and to preserve this for the coming generations. The majority of the Museum's exhibition space is a presentation of Vigeland's oeuvre.

In addition to this, the Museum's ambition is to be the most interesting venue for presenting art within the three dimenional field. Since starting with temporary exhibitions on contemporary and modern art, the Museum has, over the recent years, become more focused on this specific kind of art, i.e. sculpture and installation, and video based art. The Museum puts an emphasis on presenting a variety of these artistic expressions, and striving to keep it on a high qualitative level.



Kon-Tiki Museum - Oslo - Norway

Thor Heyerdahl and Kon-Tiki raft crewmember Knut Haugland were behind  the initiativ to build the Kon-Tiki Museum. Knut Haugland was the driving force in running and developing the museum. De was director of the museum for more than 40 years, many of them on his spare time. Internationally famous for his daring contribution during the 2. World War, Knut Haugland understood his work as contribution towards reconciliation and understanding across cultural and political boundaries. People from all parts of the world have visited the museum to see the exhibitions.
The Kon-Tiki Museum has undergone several phases of construction. When the museum received its first visitors on 15th May 1950 it was a simple wooden building.
So many people wanted to see the Kon-Tiki raft that it became necessary to build a more permanent building. This was compleeted in 1957. The Kon-Tiki raft was sent on a tour around Europe to help finance the new museum. The cities it visited included Cologne, Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris. In the late 1970, after Thor Heyerdahl`s expeditions across the Atlantic with RA and RA II in 1969/1970, the museum was extended to allso include Ra II.
The Kon-Tiki Museum is a privately funded non-profit organization without government funding. Countless famous people have visited the museum over the years, including HM Queen Elisabeth II, HM the King of Thailand, President Eisehower, President Clinton and Bill Gates with his family



Munch Museum - Oslo - Norway

Edvard Munch himself initiated a discussion about a future Munch Museum with Jens Thiis, the director of the National Gallery, back in 1927. The City of Oslo made its decision to build a Munch Museum in 1946. Discussions about where to locate it started from day one. Should it be placed in the Vigeland Park in the Frogner District or downtown behind the Royal Palace? Or maybe it should be built at Grünerløkka, where the artist had spent important years of his childhood?
In the mid-1950s the Oslo City Council decided to build the museum in Tøyen in eastern Oslo. In May 1963, a hundred years after the artist's birth, the museum opened in architects Gunnar Fougner and Einar Myklebust's – by contemporary standards – very modern building.

An increasing number of visitors come to the museum and additional space is needed in order to exhibit more of the collection. The Munch Museum has long outgrown its current premises. In May 2013, after years of debate, the Oslo City Council voted to build a new Munch Museum in Bjørvika in the Oslo's harbour area, close to the Opera. Spanish architects Herreros Arquitectos won the design competition and the new museum will be completed in 2019.



Fram Museum - Oslo - Norway

The museum is located at Bygdøy, a short distance from the centre of Oslo and is easily reached by bus or, in the summer season, by ferry from the City Hall quayside. Our closest neighbours are the Kon-Tiki Museum and the Norwegian Maritime Museum. The Viking Ship Museum and the Norwegian Folk Museum are within 15 minutes walk. The Bygdøy peninsula is therefore popularly known as the museum peninsula. Bygdøy is one of Oslo´s main places to go.
The area itself is an attraction with, among other things, its rich hiking and recreational areas and the opportunities it provides for swimming in the sea. It is also home to His Majesty the King´s summer residence, Kongsgården.

The number of visitors has varied from 18 000 the year it opened down to 5000 during World War Two 1940-1945. After the war the number of visitors increased annually, and in 2009 we achieved the current record of 286 155 visitors. On August 5th 1999, the member of total visitors reached 10 million.
The main exhibition in the Fram building has explanatory texts in ten languages and describes the three great Fram expeditions.
You can enjoy a northern lights show every 20 minutes from the main deck of the Fram. In the activity centre behind the ship you can test your strength and accuracy.
In June 2013 we inaugurated our new Gjøa building, which is connected to the Fram with an underground tunnel. The centerpiece here is Gjøa, the first ship to navigate the whole of the Northwest Passage. There are brand new historical exhibitions on the expeditions of Gjøa and Maud, of the airplanes N24 and N25 as well as of the airship Norge, John Franklin's legendary expedition and those of Henry Larsen and Eivind Astrup.
We also present current issues facing the High North such as polar bears, ice melting, gas and oil etc. There is a 116 seats cinema showing a polar introduction movie every fifteen minutes.
Temporary exhibitions are made continually on different polar issues. In both buildings as well as in the tunnel, you will find objects from the different expeditions.




Museum of Cycladic Art - Athens - Greece

Τhe Museum of Cycladic Art is dedicated to the study and promotion of ancient cultures of the Aegean and Cyprus, with special emphasis on Cycladic Art of the 3rd millennium BC. It was founded in 1986, to house the collection of Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris. Since then it has grown in size to accommodate new acquisitions, obtained either through direct purchases or through donations by important collectors and institutions.



National Museum of Contemporary Art, - Athens - Greece

The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST) began its operation in 2000. Permanent home of the Museum is the former Fix brewery on Syngrou Ave., the reconstruction of which was completed in February 2014. The building occupies 18.142 sqm. on a 3.123 sqm surface.
The Museum's collection is formed around a very important nucleus of works by Greek and foreign artists, such as Stephen Antonakos, Constantin (Dikos) Byzantios, Vlassis Caniaris, Chryssa, Mona Hatoun, Gary Hill, Emily Jacir, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Nikos Kessanlis, Jannis Kounellis, Shirin Neshat, Lucas Samaras, Costas Tsoclis, Bill Viola, a.o, which is constantly enriched.


Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art - Thessaloniki - Greece

In the history of the Modern Greek visual arts, the Macedonian Centre of Contemporary Art and the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art represent a remarkable achievement of individual initiative.
It all started in 1978: In a conversation between Maro Lagia and Alexandros Iolas, after the latter had shown a keen interest in the damages inflicted on the monuments of Thessaloniki by the 1978 catastrophic earthquake, Maro proposed the creation of a contemporary art centre in Thessaloniki. Iola’s response was immediate –“Oh yes, no more hospitals and orphanages; a centre of contemporary art; that’s exactly what Thessaloniki needs.”
In the meantime, a group of friends, almost all lovers of art, gathered at the Dambassinas family farm outside Thessaloniki to avoid the aftermaths of the earthquake, discussing the problem of the damaged monuments, referred to the prospect of creating a contemporary arts centre, missing from the city. A member of the group, Argyris Maltsidis, city councellor at the time, mentioned the relevant case of the Skopje Museum which was founded after the 1963 earthquake and for which there had been an international appeal to artists for support and donations of works of art.



State Museum of Contemporary Art - Thessaloniki - Greece

The State Museum of Contemporary Art is situated in the northeast wing of the Moni Lazariston complex, with a total area of 3,300 square meters. The building was modified into a museum according to modern international standards. The exhibition halls of the museum permanently house part of the Costakis Collection, which alternates periodically.
Since the Summer of 2001, the museum ows another exhibition place at the Port of Thessaloniki, the Warehouse B1 which houses the Museum's periodical exhibitions as well as the exhibitions organized by the Center of Contemporary Art, the autonimous section of the SMCA.
In the future, Museum plans to change its residence, and move at the industrial building of YFANET.



LVR - LandesMuseum - Bonn - Germany

Neanderthal Man, the Celtic grave of a princess from Waldalsgesheim, the Caelius Stone as the only written document for the defeat of the Romans in the Battle of Teutoburg Forest, the Gustorf choir screen, a major work of early Romanesque art in Germany and many more objects attest to the European rank of the LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn's collection.
For a time period that started around 400,00 years ago, when the first people began to make the Rhineland their home, and extends up to today's contemporary art, the LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn provides comprehensive and fascinating insights into the Rhineland's cultural history.



Stadtmuseum Bonn - Bonn - Germany

The Stadtmuseum Bonn is a museum of the city of Bonn. It was founded on 15th of January 1998. The mission of this museum is to portray the urban history of Bonn and to present and maintain it's large inventory.


Kunst Museum Bonn - Bonn - Germany

With one of the internationally most important collections of German art  – based on the seminal inventory of works by August Macke –, the Kunstmuseum disposes over a collection profile that is unparalleled throughout the country. The collection focuses on the Rhenish Expressionists, German Art after 1945 including Joseph Beuys’ Multiples as well as graphic art including photography and the video center Ingrid Oppenheim. The museum’s relevance has been steadily growing over the past decades. In this development, one of the special features of Bonn’s collecting policies has been to refrain from attempts to document German art with a claim to encyclopedic scope, but rather concentrate on a manageable number of eminent artists, and then purchase from them entire groups of works and ensembles.
One emphasis our Museum has established in this undertaking is to explore the potentials for development in painting. Our current activities are largely geared towards expanding previous research on the immanent and self-referential features of the picture with a focus on the social context and the social-political reality. As far as the museum’s exhibitions and collections are concerned, additional special emphasis has been put on presentations and purchases in the field of photography and media art. Furthermore, we pay special attention to crossovers in media art and to the interfaces between the individual media.


Bundeskunsthalle - Bonn - Germany

The Bundeskunsthalle is a unique venue. Since its inauguration in 1992 it has set new standards with a richly varied programme of exhibitions devoted not only to art and cultural history of all eras right up to the present day, but also to science, technology and the environment. The ground-breaking cultural history exhibitions in particular appear in retrospect to have anticipated the rising trend towards globalisation. Cultures from all over the world – some well-known, other much less so – are presented in Bonn.
By working closely with many of the leading museums and galleries of the world, the Bundeskunsthalle has established an international network of links with fellow cultural institutions and gained access to wider audiences.

The exhibitions and events hosted by the Bundeskunsthalle are integral to the institution’s remit to act both nationally and internationally as a showcase for the open and inclusive concept of culture that has become one of the pillars of the identity of the Federal Republic of Germany. Since its opening the Bundeskunsthalle has presented some 220 exhibitions and hosted countless events such as concerts, readings, film screenings, conventions etc that have attracted a total of eighteen million visitors, many of whom made the journey from nearby Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg and northern France. Thus the Bundeskunsthalle has truly become the ‘cultural institution with a European dimension’ evoked in the inaugural speeches.



Frauenmuseum - Bonn - Germany

Since the existence of the women's museum, work from 3000 female artists was shown. Meanwhile a lot of them could establish themselves on the international art market. The women's museum is no static place with solid continuance but a vivid house that renews itself with the wealth of female creativity and variety. Meanwhile approx. 350 members belong to the association FM art, culture, research e.V.

In 1989, as part of the two thousandth anniversary of the city Bonn, the Frauenmuseum showed an exhibition entitled "Die Bonnerinnen" (The Women of Bonn), which was one of the most well-received projects of the anniversary. Since then, exhibitions dealing with women's history have been a reoccurring and set part of the museum's repertoire and work.



August Macke House - Bonn - Germany

The August Macke House in Bonn is the former home and studio of August Macke. The artist lived here with his family from the beginning of 1911 to August 1914.
In 1900 the Macke family moved to Bonn which then became the center of young August Macke's life. It was here that he and his future wife Elisabeth met each other in 1903 when both of them were still in school. And it was in Bonn that August Macke matured and developed into a widely known and admired artist.
In the autumn of 1910, when the young couple and their little son Walter returned to Bonn from the Tegernsee, Elisabeth's family gave them the late-classicist house on Bornheimer Strasse to live in. The house was located at what was then the outskirts of town, on the large premises of the company owned and operated by the Gerhardt family.
The top story was redone into a studio in accordance with the wishes and instructions of August Macke. It was here that he received his artist friends, among whom were Robert Delaunay, Max Ernst, and Franz Marc.  
August Macke's most famous paintings were done here, as well as numerous works that show his view from the studio window onto the large garden and to the home's immediate surroundings. In addition, the artist created sculptures and designed craftworks here. Together with Franz Marc, Macke painted the 4 x 2 meter programmatic ›Paradise‹ on the wall of the studio in the autumn of 1912.
Website : August Macke House


Museum Meermanno - Den Haag - Netherlands

The museum is located in the attractive former residence of the Baron Van Westreenen van Tiellandt (1783-1848) and is devoted to the hand-written and printed book of the past and present. The external aspects of the book and the development of book design are the main focus. The museum organizes three to four temporary exhibitions a year on themes related to both the old and modern book.

The museum maintains an extensive collection of books from all periods of Western book history, starting with medieval manuscripts that are entirely written and illuminated by hand. An overview of the development of writing, layout and decoration of manuscripts can be seen in the distinctive book room where a selection of these superb volumes can be seen.

The book room itself is a unique example of nineteenth-century museum design and its original style remains entirely intact. In addition to medieval manuscripts, there are also examples of the earliest form of the printed book, known as incunabula.

The name Meermanno-Westreenianum refers to two individuals who were associated with the museum from the very beginning. The most important is Baron W.H.J.van Westreenen van Tiellandt (1783-1848) who built up his vast collection in this house, which was his residence. His second cousin and important source of inspiration, Johan Meerman (1751-1815), also owned an impressive collection of books, a part of which was taken up into the collection of Van Westreenen. After the death of Van Westreenen, the house and his entire collection became the property of the state. In 1852, the house was opened to the public as a museum.

Van Westreenen was a typical nineteenth-century collector who was very interested in the history of ancient cultures. He not only collected books, but also antiquities from, among other places, Greece, Rome and Egypt. He was successful in obtaining some extraordinary objects. In addition, family portraits and souvenirs from his extensive travels can be seen in the museum.
As an extension of Van Westreenen’s collection, the museum actively collects books dating from 1850 to the present. The form and design of the book remain the criteria for selection. In the permanent installation, “From lead to LED,” the development of the modern book is presented, accompanied by a changing selection from the museum’s fine modern collection. In addition, the museum has a permanent display devoted to unusual book forms. An important part of this is the Bibliotheca Thurkowiana Minor, a miniature library with 1515 tiny books. Ex libris, printed bookplates identifying the owner of the book, are regularly shown in small changing displays. The museum has one of the largest collection of ex libris in the Netherlands.



Mauritshuis - Den Haag - Netherlands

The Mauritshuis is home to the Best of Dutch painting from the Golden Age. The compact, yet world-renowned collection, is situated in the heart of The Hague, right next to the government centre. Masterpieces such as Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt, The Goldfinch by Fabritius and The Bull by Potter are on permanent display in the intimate rooms of this seventeenth-century monument.
More than two hundred top works from Dutch and Flemish masters are on display in the historic yet intimate interior, with its silken wall covering, sparkling chandeliers and monumental painted ceilings.  Genre paintings by Jan Steen, landscapes by Jacob van Ruisdael, still lifes by Adriaen Coorte and portraits by Rubens offer a rich and varied representation of the best of seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish painting.
The Mauritshuis offers a varied programme of exhibitions in the Royal Dutch Shell Wing, connected to the historic building by a light-filled underground foyer, which also houses a brasserie and a well-stocked museum shop,. The Royal Dutch Shell wing, built in Art Deco style, also houses the Art Workshop (for education), an auditorium, library and several rooms available for hire.


Historical Museum of The Hague - Den Haag - Netherlands

The Historical Museum of The Hague is located in the historical heart of The Hague. The museum is housed in the former archery house of St. Sebastian's guild and dates from 1636. It is built on the spot of a gatehouse that was used by the civic guard. Parts of its cross-vaulted basement have been incorporated in the new archery house and can still be seen today. The civic guard of St. Sebastian used their quarters for parties and meetings. Immediately behind the building, alongside the Hofvijver, their shooting ranges were situated.

Since the late 18th century, after the dissolution of the civic guard guild the building has been used as a hotel, court house and museum. Since 1986 the Historical Museum of The Hague resides in the St. Sebastiaansdoelen.



Gemeentemuseum Den Haag - Den Haag - Netherlands

The earliest plans for the Gemeentemuseum go right back to 1906. In 1914 the first director of the museum, H.E. van Gelder, wrote a policy paper setting out his ideas for the new institution. Unfortunately, the First World War intervened and it was not until 1919 that the city council of The Hague made a site available in Stadhouderslaan. Hendrik Petrus Berlage (1856-1934) was recruited as project architect and produced a grandiose design for a cultural centre that was to include not only a museum complex, but also concert and congress halls. In 1927 Berlage was commissioned to implement a more modest design and construction finally took place between 1931 and 1935.

Like all Berlage’s buildings, the Gemeentemuseum was built on the basis of a geometrical design system. Its floor plan is based on a 110 cm x 110 cm grid. The form of the building is generally based on a standard 11 cm module (or multiples of it). This standard module is seen in its most basic form in the yellow bricks that clothe the building’s concrete skeleton. Since 11 cm was not a standard size, the bricks were made to order by the NV. Kleiwarenfabriek Alfred Russel in Tegelen. Acting with the consent of Berlage, who was confident that they ‘would never do his name any dishonour’, the company subsequently marketed the yellow bricks as ‘Berlage bricks’.
The restful harmony of the building’s facades, despite the diversity of window types, is due to the standard 4 x 11 cm arrangement of the glazing bars. Like the casings of the doors and windows, the window frames are made of bronzed brass. The same material is also used in the display cases designed by Berlage for the museum’s decorative arts section. The design of these vitrines is based on the same standard 11 cm module as the museum building, ensuring that they harmonise not only with the exhibition spaces, but also with the articulation of the windows.

Today, just as in 1935, the museum is approached through a long, glass-walled walkway that gives visitors time to leave the bustle of the city streets behind them. On either side of the walkway is a pond reflecting the facade of the museum. At the entrance doors, visitors are welcomed by the figure of a woman designed by Hague sculptor J.C. Altorf (1876-1955) and representing the city of The Hague. Entering the main building, they find themselves in the lofty foyer, where they may not be immediately aware of the large limestone relief towering over them. This allegorical representation of art was designed by Willem van Konijnenburg (1868-1943). The central figure is once again a woman representing the city of The Hague, although here also standing for divine light. The five angelic figures appearing to support her nimbus symbolise the five sections that existed in the museum in 1935: older decorative arts, musical instruments, prints, the history of The Hague, and modern art. The populace are clustered at her feet and with her right hand she shows them the way to art. Hence the inscription ‘Eer het god’lijk licht in d’openbaringen van de kunst’ (‘Honour divine light in the revelations of art’).
The lofty verticality of the foyer is emphasised by the white-painted columns of the concrete skeleton, between which are inserted strips of tiling in bright yellow, red and green. Having absorbed all this, visitors can either carry straight on into the decorative arts section or turn left or right to take one of the two staircases leading up to the fine art galleries. The decision to locate the decorative arts at ground level was inspired by the contemporary museological belief that they were easier than the fine arts for the general public to understand and appreciate. An important feature of the decorative arts section is the set of period rooms. To accommodate their high ceilings, the floors of these period interiors of the seventeenth and eighteenth century are sunk below ground level.

Having mounted the stairs to the upper floor, visitors arrive in the grand reception area – the most luxuriously finished space in the whole building. Its architecture reveals Berlage’s fascination with crystalline shapes, reflected both in the faceted construction of the room and in details like its stepped articulation. The colourful tiling evokes the fairytale world of the Middle East, an association reinforced by the green-tiled, gold-framed gratings that conceal the hot air inlets from the central heating system. The room has an oak wainscot and its floor is faced with expensive marble slabs.

Thanks to the large-scale restoration of the late 1990s, visitors to the Gemeentemuseum are now able to see this last great Berlage masterpiece in exactly the same state as visitors did in 1935, when the museum had just opened. The building is as attractive today as it was then. Berlage’s design is not only an iconic example of Dutch museum architecture, but enjoys international regard as one of the most important twentieth-century museum buildings anywhere in the world.



GEM - Den Haag - Netherlands

GEM shows developments in Dutch and international contemporary art and programs about seven exhibitions a year. All different media are represented: (video) installations, painting, sculpture, drawing, film and photography. GEM is part of the Gemeentemuseum The Hague, and regularly showcases the museums collections of contemporary art.
GEM shares its premises with the Museum of Photography and is located next to the Gemeentemuseum.



Fotomuseum Den Haag - Den Haag - Netherlands

The Hague Museum of Photography opened its doors in December 2002. It is part of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and works closely with the Print Room of Leiden University Library.

Every year the museum organises around six exhibitions covering a wide range of periods, disciplines and genres in the history of photography, often focusing on the human figure. This wide-ranging approach – national and international, traditional and contemporary, black-and-white and colour – has enabled the museum to build up a broad public keen to sample such a varied and outstanding programme.

Contemporary names such as Desiree Dolron, Gregory Crewdson and Loretta Lux alternate with classic photographers such as Emmy Andriesse, Edward S. Curtis and Leonard Freed. Little-known oeuvres, like those of Gerard P. Fieret and Willem van de Poll, or the ‘Dutch period’ of fashion photographer Erwin Blumenfeld, are placed firmly in the spotlight. Another regular feature is socially relevant projects by contemporary photographers. Examples include the series on the Yugoslavia Tribunal by Friso Keuris, the portrayal of eroticism between older people by Marrie Bot, or the threatened landscapes of Anja de Jong.



Tassenmuseum - Amsterdam - Netherlands

The Museum of Bags and Purses is a unique museum showing the history of the (hand)bag in Western culture from the late Middle Ages to the present day, including the work of contemporary designers. The collection reflects the cultural history of the (hand)bag over a period of 500 years. The museum is the only museum of handbags in Europe and the largest of its kind in the world, with a collection of more than 5.000 bags, pouches, suitcases, purses and other matching accessories such as compacts, shoes and hats.

Like many other museums, the Museum of Bags and Purses owes its existence to a private collector’s passion. Over a period of thirty years, collectors Hendrikje and Heinz Ivo collected many bags and purses, slowly forming a unique collection. A personal fascination for the history of the handbag, its materials and techniques, its stories and craftsmanship, developed into a full-scale museum. From the beginning, the collectors acquired items with a sharp eye for quality and with a view to illustrating the history of the handbag in Western culture as complete as possible. As a result, the collection now receives international praise for its variety and quality. In 2014, Fodor’s travel website named the Museum of Bags and Purses as one of the 10 Best Fashion Museums in the world.



Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam - Amsterdam - Netherlands

The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is an international museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art and design.

The historic building of the Stedelijk is thoroughly renovated to house the first comprehensive installation of the museum’s renowned permanent collection of modern and contemporary art and design. At the same time, a boldly contemporary new building designed by Dutch bureau Benthem Crouwel Architects is constructed to house the museum’s influential temporary exhibitions and a range of public amenities. The new 10,000 square meter structure (98,400 square feet) re­orient the entire Museum to face onto the great public lawn of Amsterdam’s Museumplein (Museum Plaza), creating an active common ground for the first time among the Stedelijk and its neighbors, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Concertgebouw.



Van Gogh Museum - Amsterdam - Netherlands

Two buildings - the Rietveld Building and the Kurokawa Wing - together form the Van Gogh Museum. The new entrance hall connects both buildings.


The history of the Van Gogh Museum’s architecture is an interesting one. The main building, designed by Gerrit Rietveld, opened in 1973. Architect Kisho Kurokawa’s exhibition wing was completed in 1999. Other designers have also contributed to the rebuilding and renovation of the building. In the spring of 2014 a start was made on the construction of a new entrance foyer on Museumplein.

The Rietveld Building

The museum’s permanent collection is on display in the main building in Paulus Potterstraat, designed by the architect Gerrit Rietveld in 1963-64.
Rietveld was an important member of De Stijl, a group of progressive artists and architects active in the 1920s. Rietveld’s modernist vision stressed geometric shapes and light, open spaces. This is particularly evident in the staircase in the central hall, where the daylight streams into the museum galleries through a high skylight.

The Kurokawa Wing

Kisho Kurokawa designed the museum’s exhibition wing, which opened in 1999. Kurokawa was known above all for his original designs for Japanese museums and for Kuala Lumpur airport. All his major design principles are reflected in the exhibition wing—for example, the symbiosis between environment and architecture, and between Japanese and European culture. As a contrast to Rietveld’s cube, Kurokawa opted for asymmetry—the building is elliptical and the box-shaped print room is at an angle to the axis of the wing. The exhibition wing extension to the museum was made possible by the support of The Japan Foundation and the Tokyo-based Yasuda Fire & Marine Insurance Company Ltd.

The New Entrance Hall

The new entrance hall opens to the public on 5 September 2015. For the new entrance building, Kisho Kurokawa Architect & Associates made a sketch that consists in broad outlines of a further elaboration of the elliptical wing of the building that they had built in Amsterdam in 1999. This idea is further developed, materialized, and realized by Hans van Heeswijk Architects.
The open and transparent entrance hall has been built using the very latest glass construction techniques. The frontage consists of 650 square metres of cold bent glass, with 30 so-called 'roof fins' – also in glass and up to 12 metres in length – and 20 glass columns up to 9.4 metres high, all mounted on a load-bearing structure containing 65 tonnes of steel.
The new glass structure is positioned between the original museum building designed by Gerrit Rietveld and the more recent temporary exhibitions wing, providing better access to and between them.



Tropenmuseum - Amsterdam - Netherlands

The Tropenmuseum is a museum about people, housed in an impressive listed building overlooking Amsterdam’s Oosterpark.
The Tropenmuseum collection currently contains over 340,000 pieces, of which 175,000 are Material Culture (objects), 155,000 are photographic material (photographs, albums, slides, negatives), and 10,000 other imagery (drawings, paintings, documents).
The extensive permanent display and regularly changing exhibitions feature objects that all have a story to tell about humankind. Stories about universal human themes like mourning, celebration, ornamentation, prayer, conflict. From Africa to West and Southeast Asia, from New Guinea to Latin America: come to the Tropenmuseum and discover that, despite cultural differences, we are all essentially the same.

Tropenmuseum Junior is designed to appeal to visitors aged six to 13. It opened in 1975, making it the oldest children’s museum in the Netherlands. Entering Tropenmuseum Junior is like stepping into another world, an immersive experience that stimulates all the senses and allows children to learn by doing.

The museum’s current hands-on Moroccan experience ZieZo Marokko takes our young visitors on a journey with Esmaa, Fatima, Nasrdin and Yousef to discover the land of their parents. Tropenmuseum Junior offers children a broad-minded view of the world.



Museum of Bags and Purses - Amterdam - Netherlands

The Museum of Bags and Purses, the largest of its kind in the world, will show and tell you the story of a seemingly everyday article. It is a fascinating story, featuring fashion, art, customs and history. The museum is situated in a lovely canal house in the centre of Amsterdam, part of the UNESCO World heritage Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam, displaying the development of bags and purses from the Middle ages to the present day. This is the only place in the world where you will find so many beautiful, valuable, playful and exciting handbags in one collection: from historical highlights from the 15th century to the timeless classics of modern design from the most famous designers.



Multatuli House - Amsterdam - Netherlands

In the Multatuli House, the birthplace of the writer are his most important furniture, utensils, his library and all the editions and translations of his works. It is as if the writer any time entry to the pen. A new exhibition regularly furnished. Audiovisual support gives you information about the life and work of the writer.



Museum Van Loon - Amsterdam -Netherlands

In the heart of the Amsterdam canal district lies Museum Van Loon, a magnificent private residence built in 1672 by the architect Adriaen Dortsman. The first resident was the painter Ferdinand Bol, a pupil of Rembrandt. The interior of the house has remained largely intact during the last centuries and still evokes the splendor of the Golden Age.

In the rooms, a large collection of paintings, fine furniture, precious silvery and porcelain from different centuries is on display. Behind the house is a beautiful garden, an oasis of quiet in the modern inner city. The garden is laid out in formal style, and is bordered on the far side by the classical façade of the coach house. This original unity of canal house, garden and coach house is nowhere else to be seen. If you want a glimpse of the world behind the façades of the world famous canals, a visit to Museum Van Loon is definitely worth your while.



Museum Het Schip - Amsterdam - Netherlands

A long cherished wish has come true. Museum Het Schip expanded with 1,200 square meter. In the former primary school, a renovated museum of the Amsterdam School has openend it's doors for the public on July 2nd, 2016. It  houses a large exposition on the Amsterdam School, entitled AMSTERDAM SCHOOL, CONSTRUCTED IDEALS. The contemporary, interactive exhibition guarantees a surprising and inspiring visit for adults and children, including movies, mirrors, plays of shadows, soundscapes and multitouch tables. Visitors will vividly experience what it is like to be surrounded with the skills, inspiration and imaginative splendor of the Amsterdam School.

The exhibition shows the variety and wide range of the Amsterdam School movement. Architects, artists, housing authorities, passionate administrators and skilled craftsmen constructed the ideals in their own way, resulting in workers' palaces such as the Ship, Dawn and the Schippinghouse. In the whole country of the Netherlands one can admire these Amsterdam School buildings.

The Amsterdam School is an art and architectural movement of romance, fantasy and social ideals. Beauty and art were not only reserved for the elite, but served the whole society. The exhibition will introduce you to the richness of the Amsterdam School style: the buildings, the art and the uplifting of the working class. The Amsterdam School as a movement culminated in the early twentieth century, but still inspires to this day.

The exhibition is composed with collection of the Museum Het Schip, including a set of master bedroom furniture designed by architect Piet Kramer, and a lamp, painting and closet by Michel de Klerk. Also a lot of work of sculptor Hildo Krop is shown. An entire living room by Michel de Klerk, designed for 't Woonhuys, comes from  the Centraal Museum in Utrecht and the Amsterdam Museum. The Cultural Heritage Agency has given several Amsterdam School lamps and pieces of art for the exhibition in long-term loan. The exhibition is made possible by various funds and sponsors:

Museum Het Schip shows the beauty of the Amsterdam School in full glory. The exhibition is designed by Design Wolf and executed by Brandwacht & Meijer. Hardware and lighting: Rapenburg Plaza. Graphic design: Marjolein Triesscheijn. Audio and video productions: Captain Video. Multimedia: Sylvain Vriens. Project leader: Heske Dam. Curator: Barend Blom. Conservator: Eliza Perez. Support: Nikki Manger, Marjon van Wier, Joao Vitalis.



Rijksmuseum - Amsterdam - Netherlands

The Rijksmuseum is the principal national museum in Holland. It illustrates the art and history of Holland from the Middle Ages to the present. World-famous highlights from the Dutch Golden Age, including Rembrandt van Rijn’s Night Watch and Johannes Vermeer’s The Milkmaid, can be admired at the Rijksmuseum


Museum Willet-Holthuysen - Amsterdam -Netherlands

Welcome to Herengracht 605. This double-fronted town house was built in 1867, towards the end of Amsterdam's Golden Age. It was occupied by various families. You had to be very wealthy to live a house like this, on one of the city’s smartest canals. This was certainly true of Abraham Willet and his rich wife Sandrina Louisa Geertruyda Holthuysen, who lived here from 1861 to 1895. Their lives feature strongly throughout the museum.

When Louisa died on 30 January 1895, she bequeathed the house, its valuable contents and her husband's extensive art collection to the City of Amsterdam. The following year, the doors were opened and the final wishes of the former lady of the house were fulfilled; her beloved home was transformed into a museum named after herself and her husband. Museum Willet Holthuysen, managed by the Amsterdam Museum, is still open to the public more than a hundred years later.

The house is open all year round. You can look around the splendid 18th and 19th-century period rooms. The impressive ballroom, conservatory and dining room bear witness to the Willet-Holthuysen's lifestyle. The kitchen and scullery in the basement give a good impression of the day-to-day life of their servants. At the back of the double-fronted canal house is a formal French-style symmetric garden, which was reconstructed in 1972. Museum Willet-Holthuysen is located on the Herengracht in Amsterdam. The Amsterdam canal belt is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

In 2016, Museum Willet-Holthuysen is celebrating its 120th anniversary and radical changes have been announced. Over the next few years, the period rooms will be renovated and reconstructed. Progress reports and news will be posted on the museum's website



Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder - Amsterdam - Netherlands

Tucked away in the heart of Amsterdam’s inner city lies a small marvel: Our Lord in the Attic Museum: a uniquely preserved seventeenth-century house from the Dutch Golden Age. Explore the narrow corridors and climb the stairs to historically furnished livingrooms, kitchens and bedsteads, leading literally to the highpoint of the museum: an entire church in the attic.

This Catholic church dates from 1663. While it was prohibited to celebrate mass, the authorities turned a blind eye. Indeed, the church symbolises the characteristic (religious) tolerance of the Netherlands, established by the Dutch in the sixteenth century under Willem of Orange. Freedom of religion and of conscience are central themes at the museum today. It makes Our Lord in the Attic far more than a museum: it is a special place in which to contemplate and to experience.

Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder is the oldest museum in the city, second only to the Rijksmuseum. It receives more than 100,000 visitors every year. A unique monument from the Golden Age, it has been preserved largely due to initiatives taken by private individuals. In 2015, the monument was extended into an additional building at Oudezijds Voorburgwal 38, where the new entrance vestibule was established. The two buildings are connected to each other via an underground passage. Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder is now a proper in situ museum – where history is tangible and everything is old and authentic, where visitors can truly experience the building and its story, and where a link can even be established with current events.