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Whimsical, Surreal and Square

Submitted on Tue, 28-October-2014

From the virtuosos of the Renaissance to the modern masters, Europe has hundreds of museums and galleries to house them. Experience the movements that started in Europe, such as Surrealism with Salvador Dalí and Cubism with Picasso. Europe was the center of a revolution in art, the Renaissance. But don’t miss all the modern highlights of the 20th century in your search for fine art. Across the land, modern art museums tell the story of the continent’s contemporary history as well as display the playful European disposition.

 

The innovative Guggenheim Museum in Spain was designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry
The innovative Guggenheim Museum in Spain was designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry

 

The tumultuous 20th century in Spain created some of the most famous modern artists – Dalí, Miró and Picasso. Make a stop at El Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid to see Guernica, an 11.5 feet by 25.6 feet painting spread across the wall of the building depicting the horrors Spanish Civil War. For more Avant Garde art, visit the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. Not only does this museum house great art, but the building is also a sight to behold. Be sure to take photos with the statues outside, such as a giant dog made of flowers and metal balloons.

 

At night, the Millenium Bridge in London becomes even more breathtaking
At night, the Millenium Bridge in London becomes even more breathtaking

 

For a more whimsical art experience, visit the Tate Modern in London. Cross the River Thames over the Millennium Bridge and encounter street performers of all kinds. Enter the former Bankside Power Station and explore the three floors of modern exhibits. Take your art journey a step further by exploring the MNAC (Muzeul National de Art Contemporana) in Bucharest, Romania.

 

Moderna Museet Malmo in Sweden is home to works by Picasso, Dalí and Matisse
Moderna Museet Malmo in Sweden is home to works by Picasso, Dalí and Matisse

 

While traveling in Luxembourg, be sure to stop into Museum d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (Mudam). Here, feast your eyes not just on modern pieces of artwork, but on exceptional architecture and cultural influences. For another modern twist, visit the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade, Serbia, and expose yourself to over 35,000 works of modern art.

 

Find some of Europe’s best new art in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Croatia
Find some of Europe’s best new art in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Croatia

 

Across Europe, modern art has made a lasting impression. Visit Sweden’s Moderna Museet Malmo with the only international collection of 20th-century art north of Amsterdam. Take your modern art tour a step further and enter the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark or the Museum of Contemporary Art in Croatia. Feast your eyes on thousands upon thousands of contemporary pieces of art all created after 1945.