Includes The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, The Frick Collection, The Morgan Library & Museum, Neue Galerie, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, The Jewish Museum, Museum Mile. Rarely has a city witnessed the importation of as much art and culture as New York. In the first few decades of the 20th century in particular, millionaires like the Hearts, the Gettys, the Rockefellers and the Guggenheims sought to outdo each other, collecting an apparently unlimited number of works of art, especially those from the 19th and 20th centuries. The public foundations that ensued were responsible, thanks to the many generous donations received, for the building of museums that sometimes had a truly futuristic appearance. The collections these museums housed meant that their founders became famous in every corner of the world and New York's museums established the city as a major international art center. Just as the museums' permanent collections can be characterized by their sheer quality, their many temporary exhibitions are tempting enough in their own right to persuade art lovers from around the world to pay the city a flying visit. As for present day artists, there can be no greater accolade than to have their work shown in one of these famous temples of art - after all, if you can make it in New York, you'll make it everywhere.
Published: 20th November 2010
Publisher: Scala Group