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Sociology of Art
The creation of works of art, their distribution and their effect on people are processes which can observed all through history. They represent a universal phenomenon of human society in action. As such they are open to sociological examination and imagination. They are the object of a sociology of art.
Reports by Lynette Abel of Aesthetic Realism classes given by educator Eli Siegel on world literature commenting on society and showing the relation of art and life.
The American Society for Aesthetics and its counterpart, the British Society for Aesthetics, present themselves. The site contains articles about philosophy and the arts, information about aesthetics events worldwide, and links to other arts, philosophy and aesthetics-related resources on the internet (including the aesthetics email list). Editor: Dominic M. McIver Lopes.
Exhibition of African art ranging from masks to figurines. Summaries outlining the cultural and artistic significance of the pieces is included. Presented by the Bayly Art Museum, University of Virginia.
Includes a historical introduction (on the period between the death of Louis XIV, in 1715, and the coup d'état of the 18th Brumaire 1799, when the future emperor Nepoléon Bonaparte took power), a short graphical genealogy, paintings, and an index of artists.
Thirty Principles for a New Sociology of Art
In: EuroArt, Winter 2006.
Only in cyberspace you can find this museum. William Becker gives you a great opportunity to see thousands of photographs from the first 75 years of photography. If you get tired of surfing around, take a break at the museum café.
Over 120,000 images mainly from the Mediterranean Basin. Users can see only one image from each page, until you register and pay for the secure server. Somes of the images are organizes by country. You can also view a large project dealing with Borodudur, with more than 2.500 images and a VRML model.
Archives & A&MI is the start-up of the Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO), a not-for-profit association of insitutions with collections of art, that are creating a digital library of their holdings for licensing to educational users. One of their activities is to evaluate the best new museum sites on the Net.
The AAA is a branch of the Smithsonian Institution. It provides researchers with access to the largest collection of documents on the history of the visual arts. The collection includes more than thirteen million items in 5,000 collections. It includes personal papers of artists, dealers, critics, art historians, curators, administrators and the records of art dealers and museums. In addition, the AAA holds over 3,000 interviews conducted for its oral history program and about 1,000 photos of artists' collections.
Pictures of graffiti all over the world. You can search for special artists, or read interviews and articles on these art crimes. The listing of the best graffiti sites is very useful.
A guide from about.com, edited by Andrea Mulder-Slater. Includes a beginners guide to the history of art: Art History 101. It outlines major Western art styles and periods with non-west styles included when appropriate. From Pleolitch, Msopotamian, Roman and Renaissance tot Expressionis, Cubism, Dada, Surrealism, Minimalism and Post-Modern.
A glossary of more than 3,600 art terms with definitions, articles, illustrations, and links authored by Michael Delahunt (Arizona, USA).
A collection of cyberart, gathered by Ingrid Kamerbeek. In her opinion the computer is the ideal tool to express creativity. No other tool enables such an immediate and spontaneous translation of emotions. The computer offers a direct line to the world of thoughts and life experiences, a connection from human to machine, almost a merging, which makes you forget time and space and let you dive into the mysterious depths of your being.
An attempt to establish an art colony in cyberspace. A surprisingly and well-designed site that contains a collection of projects, readings, and exhibits. A place where you can stay for hours. Artnetweb is a network of people and projects investigating new media in the practice of art.
Provides access to works of art and educational resources from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Walker Art Center for K-12 educators, students, and scholars. With the Art Finder users can browse the museums’ digitalized items including Works of Art, Texts, Audio and Video, and Interactive Resources. The Art Collector empowers users to save, customize, present, and share items in Art Collector Sets.
A free online platform designed to connect users to art. The search engine and database draw connections and map relationships among works of art.
New Directions in the Sociology of Art
Paper given at the meeting of the European Sociological Associatoin, Section on the Sociology of Art, Paris, April 2003.
From interactivity to democracy. Towards a post-digital generative art
Artmedia X International Symposium
Institut National dHistoire de lArt (INHA) & Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF)
Paris, 12-13 December 2008
Outline of a sociological theory of art perception
In: International Social Science Journal, 20(4): 589-612 (1968)
This site was originally created for art history students at University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill and can now be used by any would-be student of Celtic Art. A multimedia database of Celtic-related images, maps, timelines, and vocabulary aids with spoken pronunciations. Images can be viewed by period, material, object, or country.
A site of the worlds largest magazine on creativity for graphic designers, art directors, copywriters, illustratorss and multimedia designers. A great site for all graphic designers.
A collection articles selected by Edward Shanken.
A companion to the book of the same name, written by Sean Cubitt and published in 1998. One of the purposes of the site is to provide images discussed in the book.
Artists' Income and Gender: Schooling, Sexism, and Self-Sorting
In: Journal of the Sociology of Art.
Erickson talks about a re-animation of Fred Forest’s Sociological Walk, which he first led for the 1973 Sao Paolo Biennial in the neighborhood of Brooklin. The walk is an active sociological study that seeks to produce new forms of engagement with an urban milieu through observation, conversation, and movement.
The first comprehensive study of sociological art, a movement and artist collective that developed in France following the upheavals of May and June 1968 and declined by the election of the Socialist François Mitterrand in 1981. Artists and critics associated with the movement sought to make art more responsive to the world by combining sociological methods and theory with new artistic currents and media. This dissertation identifies the dynamic and constitutive relationships between the emergence of sociological art and contemporaneous intellectual, social, and political changes. It examines the concurrent «cultural turn» in the social sciences and «social turn» in art and art history in the 1970s, methodological shifts that led to a dramatic re-conception of art.
A collection of images from the Library of Congress organized as museum exhibits. Tickets to the EXPO terrain are free.
A very nice collection of Dutch poems on works of Vincent Van Gogh, Pieter Defesche, Marlene Dumas, Joan Miro, Paul Klee, Fra Filippo Lippi, Henri Rousseau, Jacob van Ruisdael, Rembrandt and Jan Theuninck. All these artists (and some more) have been selected for a gallery of ekphrastic poetry, realized by Dutch Boekgrrls. The poets are Joseph Brodsky, Robert Browning, Hein de Bruin , J.A. Emmens, Ida Gerhardt, Edith de Gilde, Jan Hanlo, Antjie Krog, Frans Kuipers, Joop Leibbrand, Ted van Lieshout, Lucebert, G.J. Resink, Felix Rutten, Christina Rossetti, K. Schippers en Jan Theuninck.
Free digital bakclist titels from the Getty Publications Archives. A great collection of art books with an overwelming amount of illustrations.
A voluntary organisation for everyone in the visual and applied arts in Hertfordshire.
Thinking Art Sociologically
In: Inglis, David / Hughson, John (eds)  The Sociology of Art - Ways of Seeing. London: Palgrave
Like any other branch of sociology, the sociology of art is made up of different theoretical perspectives and empirical foci. Despite this, there is much broad agreement on many key issues amongst scholars of many different persuassions. Inglis emphasisess the points of convergence between different scholars and different perspectives to illustrate the set of generally shared ideas that together make up the sociological analysis of art.
A virtual space exploration: scientific research in the visual environments of simulated model worlds an new media art. Frankfurt (Germany). Germnan and English version.
View thumbnail or large file formats of a long list of artists.
Sounds and Society - Themes in the sociology of music
What is Sociology of Art?
In: The American Catholic Sociological Review, 19(4): 310-321
Digital Art Worlds: Technology and Productions of Value in Art Education
In: Foundations in Art: Theory and Education in Review, 26: 7-15.
An analysis of student conversations about the role of information technologies in art education. Drawing upon ethnographic research at arts high school, it is argued that information technologies challenge traditional forms of artistic creation, but – perhaps more importantly – they encourage students to question and reconstruct meanings and experiences of art. What students discuss as the “value” of art is constantly negotiated in tension with competing definitions of artistic purity, and this reveals the politics of exclusion at work in attributions of value. Through discursive and creative practices, students reference information technologies to establish themselves as a reflexive community that simultaneously consumes and produces cultural products and collective identities.
The Centre Pompidou in Paris invites all the international Museums, Art Institutions, cultural website and all the people working in contemporary art to discover the New Media Encyclopedia. It is the first trilingual English-French-German catalogue of its kind freely available on-line. It is intended as a source of information, a tool for documentary research, and a scholarly work, but also a locus of debate on artistic practices related to the new media. For this project, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, the Centre pour l'Image Contemporaine in Geneva and the Fonds national d'art contemporain have pooled information on their respective holdings in order to provide the international public with a reference work bringing together four major European collections. The catalogue is composed of 7000 pages of information, bibliographies, biographyies and theorical apparates. More than 600 artistes are present in the collection on-line; interviews and supplementary materials are connected, as well, for a more precise explication and understading of video pratice.
Art as Weltanschauung: An Overview of Theory in the Sociology of Art
Electronic Journal of Sociology, 2005.
Offers a foundation for the sociological study of art. It is argued that art is Weltanschauung, or a window into the world through which we can identify and explore the social contexts of artistic forms. The traditional theoretical perspectives of the Functional, Conflict, and Interpretivist approaches are highlighted to ground a framework from which to study art sociologically.
The collection contains almost 300,000 original photographic prints representing an international range of photographers. The collection's documentary focus encompasses social documentation, portraits, topographical views, cityscaps, and events in suubject areas that complement the bibliographic strengths of the Humanities and Social Sciences Library (CHSS).
An annotated bibliography, compiled by Sylvan Barnet and William Burto for the Asia Society, It contains over 450 references to print resources about Japanese art.
Mobilization of the Arts
In: Journal of the Sociology of Art.
Sociologists have studies the world of art in identifying role differentiation, the deviance within jazz subcultures, the structures within which the artists survives, or the art world itself as the unit of analysis. This article concentrates on the commercial elements surrounding art.
Writings on Contemporary Art and New Media
Whose Music? A Sociology of Musical Languages
A definition of the sociology of art
In: International Social Science Journal, 20(4): 567-88 (1968)
International Sociological Association (ISA): September 5-8, 2008
The Sociology of Art - A Reader
London / New York: Routledge
An introduction to the fundamental theoretical orientations which have characterised the sociology of art from its nineteenth-century origins, in Marxism, to contemporary contributions. Readings have been selected which are both representative of the major debates in the sociology of art and lend themselves most strongly to informing contemporary theoretical debates between art history and the sociology of art.
Max Weber and the Sociology of Music
Sociological Forum, 16(4): 633-653 (Dec. 2001)
Fewer occupations or cultural projects are more social than making music. Webers Sociology of Music, which combines urban theory, class/labor theory, rationalization theory, and even climatic changes, is an excellent place to begin a thorough discussion of the social components of music.
A site that aims to be the most thorough and comprehensive Van Gogh resource on the internet. It contains more than 1900 pages and more than 1900 graphics. And thats just the beginning. The site currently contains information about all of Van Goghs paintings, but this is really just the tip of the iceberg. The site includes biographical and chronological information, FAQs, a bibliography, related links, and an on-line forum. Editor: David Brooks.
Experience an interactive statement conveying that this site is about creating a mentality of how to experience and perceive a virtual space. The collage of Bits & pieces put together to present a semblance of a whole hints to the fact that the space to be entered is an experience of bringing together scholars and creative performers who have already taken a path that leads to multidisciplinary presence. The visitor is invited to participate in a dialogue between different attitudes, and to integrate the more relevant insights into a new perspective. All The Bit & Pieces of the site have a special space for Introduction, Interviews and reactions. Walker Art Center is one of the online resources that is definitely a different approach.
Sociology of Art and Culture
A course in the sociology of art and culture, including a nice list of topics.
100,000 slides of the J.-E. Berger Foundation are used to build a specific approach for each itinerary, emphasizing a specific and original trait in order to give birth to a true experience through the new technology.
Exihition Catalogues and Other Books on Art. A searchable and browsable database of more than 37,000 titles on art, architecture and photography systematically selected. It includes international museum and gallery catalogues published form the 1960 to the present and American trade and university press art books published since 1992.
Against the Sociology of Art
Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 32(2): 206-218
Museums & Online Galleries Anthropological Museums Science Museums
An international museum webzine.
Discover exhibits and collections from museums and archives all around the world. Explore cultural treasures in extraordinary detail, from hidden gems to masterpieces.
Alphabetically ordered list of museums in the USA.
A nonprofit organization of professionals dedicated to fostering the cultural aims of museums through the use of computer technologies. The core purpose of MCN is to foster innovation and excellence by supporting professionals who seek to transform the way their cultural organizations reach, engage and educate their audiences using digital technologies.
Society6 is one of the most active artist communities in the world. It empowers artists to make artwork immediately available for sale as a variety of products, without giving up control of their rights. The artwork on Society6 is created by hundreds of thousands of artists from around the world.
Compiled by the members of the ICOM committee UMAC (University Museums & Collections).
Find a museum next door, or on the other side of the globe. More than 10 million documents under your finger tips. Explore the famous paintings exhibition with great examples from all art art school from the Gothic Painting (1280-1515), the Italian Renaissance (1420-1600), the abstract expressionism, Pop Art and the Japanese Art.
Museums & Galleries in Africa & Middle East
It holds some of the greatest musical and traditional instruments which are part of the diverse communities in Burkina Faso and which are in use even today. This includes aero phones, membranophones, idiophones and chordophones.
Art and cultural museum including permanent exhibitions on the myth, legend and history of the Kingdom, Society and religion, Arts and technics, and Artist and craftmen.
The collection includes major objects from the cultural and artistic heritage of the kingdom of Baham. The permanent exhibition «Baham: arts, memory and power» is organised in themes such as secret societies and religion; costumes and textile art; musical instruments; kings and dignitaries; maternity, fertility and war.
The museum has more than one hundred objects of the cultural and artistic heritage of Bandjoun, one of the main centres of artistic creation and tradition in the Cameroonian Grassland. They celebrate the pomp of the court of the kings of Bandjoun, the grandeur and the power of these monarchs and their retainers and the solidity of the institutions. They also materialize universal themes such as death, life, defeat, love, victory, power, prestige, occult forces etc.
A non profit cultural organisation and art centre focussed on new urban practices of African cities.
Museum with focus on the arts and crafts of Cameroons Western Grassfields. Information Centre on Arts and Culture and a Centre for Music.
The Museum presents cultural and artistic production of the Kingdom of Mankon of the high plateaux of Western Cameroon or the Grassland. The permanent exhibition «Arts, Heritage and Culture from the Mankon Kingdom» is organized in thematic sections such as the Kingdom; Art and Power; Costumes and Personal Ornaments; Musical instruments and Arms.
Central African Republic
The museum is dedicated to the heritage and culture of the country. The thematic collections include: History, Art, Archeology and Religion; Volcanology and Earth Science; Oceanography and Natural Science; Social and Cultural Anthropology. The museum is part of the National Center of Documentation and Scientific Research (CNDRS). Two smaller regional museums on the islands of Anjouan and Mohéli are associated with main museum.
Congo Brazzaville - Republic of the Congo
Congo Kinshasa - Democratic Republic of the Congo
Cote dIvoire / Ivory Coast
The museums collections encompass the material culture of the country: masks, statues, furniture, musical instruments, utensils, textiles, archaeological objects, and contemporary and other works. It features ethnological, sociological, artistic, and scientific exhibits.
The museum shows traditional and contemporary artworks from across Africa and encompasses pieces by some of the regions best known creators.
A general collection of regional archaeology, history, and art.
The first art gallery in the Addis Abeba. It promotes Ethiopian art and culture and supports artists and crafts people throughout the country.
The museum houses some of the best of Libya's archaeological and historical heritage, including a spectacular collection of neolithic, prehistoric, Berber, Garamantian, Phoenician, Punic, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Christian, Islamic and Turkish treasures, such as marble and stone statues and busts, columns, grave covers, tombs, pottery, oil lamps, mosaic panels, coins, glass, funerary monuments, colour photos of the various archaeological sites, fossilised and stuffed animals, dinosaur bones, and a model of the Red Castle itself.
A museum of Islamic culture in very slow construction.
A historical and cultural museum that displays the nation’s archaeology, history and ethnography.
Primarily dedicated to military battles of the past and includes an impressive collection of more than 115,000 lead model soldiers. The lead soldiers have been placed in various settings based on major battles that have occurred right through history. These lead soldiers re-enact battles like Waterloo and Dien Bien Phû in as realistic a manner as possible.
Display beautiful examples of art from the 17th century right through to present day.
The collection includes many artifacts (such as neon green watering holes and bleached elephant foetuses), descriptions of animal migration, ancient pottery, and a small ethnology exhibit.
Commemorates the Rwandan genocide in 1994.
São Tomé and Príncipe
An 18th century slaves’ house, with preserved cells and shackles on Goree Island.
Dedicated to illustrating apartheid and the 20th century history of South Africa.
An amalgamation of eight national museums, seven in Tshwane and one in Johannesburg. These museums have diverse collections covering the fields of fauna and flora, palaeontology, military history, cultural history, geology, anthropology and archaeology.
A combination of South Africas heritage collections. Includes the Social History Collections.
Holds the largest collection of Roman mosaics in the world including the famous mosaic representing Virgil, the poet.
Contains pieces dating from the 6th century BC to the 6th century AD from both Islamic and Punic/Roman cultures.
Holds the country’s largest collection of Islamic art. This collection includes manuscripts of the Koran from the Great Mosque of Kairouan. The different styles of calligraphy and the richness of ornamentation of the manuscripts are exceptional.
Displays and exhibits ethnological, natural-historical and traditional life collections of Ugandas cultural heritage.
Displays artifacts that reflect the rich religious, cultural, social and political history of the Anglican church in Uganda. «The Blood and Ashes of Martyrs; The Seed of the Gospel» is a story of the storm of persecution and the Uganda martyrs. It depicts the story of torture, cruelty, blood thirst, yet ironically the story of unwavering faith in God.
The museum is dedicated to the struggle for the independence of the Western Sahara people. It presents weapons, vehicles and uniforms used as well as abundant documentation history.
The oldest and largest of the four national museums in the country. The museum holds a vast archaeological collection among which is evidence from the biggest trade market in central Africa and excavated finding of prehistoric Broken Hill man. It also holds the largest collection of the biodiversity of Zambia as well as a rich ethnographic collection dating back to the early 20th century.
An ethnographic museum that depicts various aspects of material culture of the people of Northern Zambia: initiation emblems, cultural diversity in terms of iron smelting, chieftainship, witchcraft and herbal medicine, food security, handicrafts, body ornaments and decorations, music and dance and traditional toys. The Pre-History Gallery displays two successive periods of human evolution and cultural development from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. The History Gallery tells the History of Zambia from around the Late Stone Age to the present.
National, regional and European art collections.
Geologic, ethnographic, historical and zoological collections.
Archaeological, historical, zoological and other collections.
Museums & Galleries in Asia
A temple to the nations heritage as the countrys largest archaeological and cultural history museum and home to many of the nations ancient treasures, some dating back to the 4th century.
An audiovisual center located that restores, protects and enhances the Cambodian audiovisual heritage. This is done through the archiving of an ever-expanding film, sound and photography collection, which is freely accessible to the public.
A platform for the development of contemporary visual arts in Cambodia.
A large art gallery and media centre that actively supports Cambodian artists and promotes the development of contemporary art in Cambodia through local and international exhibitions, workshops, community-based projects, and artist exchange programs.
Specialised in progressive, contemporary art and promoting up-and-coming Cambodian artists.
The museum has a massive (> 104.000) and comprehensive collection of cultural relics. It displays a great number of bronzes with the line of common usages, porcelains from the Western Zhou Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty, delicate Hui-style architecture and many other valuable historical relics, such as jade and gold ornaments, weapons, dead stocks and relics of the Neolithic Age.
The museum houses a large collection of over 200,000 cultural relics: ancient porcelain, bronze, calligraphy, painting, jade, sculpture, and Buddhist statues from imperial China as well as other Asian cultures. The best academics in the country were employed to produce a high-tech exhibition using world-class museum display methods.
The Museum holds more than 50,000 cultural relics, mainly including rare artworks, excavations and revolutionary documents. Most notable cultural relics include silk costumes unearthed in a Southern Song (1127-1279) tomb, a porcelain statue of Guanyin (a Bodhisattva of Compassion) produced in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), and paintings of masters in the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911).
This history and art museum is one of the oldest and largest in China. The collection of more than 130,000 pieces of cultural relics through the ages, contains more than 5,000 pieces that are treasures of the first and second grades.
The museum houses a collection of more than 2,000 historical artifacts ranging from Wangfutun Man in Prehistoric Times (one million years before) to the Opium War (1839 - 1842). Included is a collection of calligraphic masterpieces and paintings by famous Chinese poets and painters in ancient times. The highlights are prehistorical relics, bronze ware of Shang Dynasty and Zhou Dynasty, jade ware and porcelain of the various dynasties in Chinese history, and music show featuring mock ancient Chinese instruments thousands of years ago.
The museum houses a collection of more than 210 000 historical artifacts. Highlights of the historical collection include relics from the neolithic Dawenkou and Longshan cultures, bronze artifacts from the Shang and Zhou Dynasties, stone carvings from the Han Dynasty, and paintings from the Ming and Qing Dynasties.
A large museum of ancient Chinese art that boasts a collection of 140,000 precious relics, featuring bronzes, ceramics, paintings and calligraphy. houses several items of national importance, including one of three extant specimens of a transparent bronze mirror from the Han Dynasty.
The museum houses a rich collection of over 100,000 cultural relics: ceramic, bronze ware, painting and calligraphy, jade ware, wood carving, enamel ware, seal etc. The highlights includethe bronze bells (bianzhong) excavated from the Tomb of Marquis Yi, and the lacquered drum stands (instruments used to call back souls after death).
One of the premier art and history museum in India. The museum has the art, sculpture, old firearms, rare coins and a priceless collection of antiques from pre-historic era.
The museum exhibits different varieties pertaining to geology, zoology and anthropology and botany. It has the largest collection of Roman antiquities outside Europe.
Holds a very rich collection of Gandharan sculptures, Pahari and Rajasthani miniature paintings.
The earliest and the largest multipurpose museum in the Asia-Pacific region of the world. It includes galleries on archaeology, art, anthropology, geology, zoology and botany. It has rare collections of antiques, armour and ornaments, fossils, skeletons, mummies, and Mughal paintings.
One of the largest museums of India that holds more that 200,000 works of art, both of Indian and foreign origin. The museum houses a variety of collections that include jewelry, paintings, armors, decorative arts and manuscripts. In the Buddhist section one can find head of a Buddha statue, and Buddha Stupa having remnants of Gautam Buddha, constructed in 3rd century BCE by Sovereign Ashoka.
A repository of the artistic achievements of diverse European, Asian and Far Eastern countries of the world. The collection inclides sculptures, paintings, carvings, textiles, manuscripts, ceramics, metallic artefacts, carpets, clocks, and furniture from Japan, China, Burma, Nepal, India, Persia, Egypt, Europe, and North America.
3D Trick Art museum: playing with the dimensions.
Focuses on modern, contemporary art from young Indonesian talent coming out of Jakarta, Jogyakarta, Bali and Bandung.
National treasures & important cultural properties of national museums.
A research institute and museum that provides graduate-level training in anthropology and ethnology. In a never-ending quest to explore human cultures it launches core research projects, using new concepts to transform our displays, and disseminating information in fresh, creative ways.
The flagship museum of Korean history and art in South Korea.
The museum has a collection of more than 696,000 pieces of ancient Chinese imperial artifacts and artworks. The collection encompasses over 10,000 years of Chinese history from the Neolithic age to the late Qing Dynasty. Most of the collection are high quality pieces collected by Chinas ancient emperors.
The main regional museum of the north traces the history of the region back to prehistoric times; featuring geographic history and Neolithic settlements but with a major focus on the history, culture and lifestyle of the Lanna Kingdom. The museum also covers the history since the end of the Lanna Kingdom and Chiang Mai becoming part of the Kingdom of Siam and then Thailand. Display cases filled with textiles, gold jewelry, pottery, ceramics, money and much more.
An international gallery featuring contemporary Vietnamese art: painting, sculpture, lacquer, photography, video, and prints.
Displays Vietnams art history, from the earliest periods through to modern 20th century movements. It includes ancient Champa stone carvings and some astonishing effigies of Guan Yin, the thousand-eyed, thousand-armed goddess of compassion. On display there also are some pieces from the most progressive period, the 1990s, when a group of contemporary artists labelled the gang of five grabbed the international art worlds attention.
Museums & Galleries in Australasia
ACMI celebrates, explores and promotes the moving image in all its forms - film, television and digital culture.
Dedicated to exhibiting, interpreting and collecting contemporary art, both from across Australia and around the world.
The oldest and most visited gallery in Australia 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. It has a vast treasury of more than 70,000 works that span thousands of years and a wealth of ideas, disciplines and styles.
Museums & Galleries in Europe
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Dedicated to failed love relationships. Its exhibits include personal objects left over from former lovers, accompanied by brief descriptions.
The Art Hall is an institution for contemporary Estonian people, and it communicates in a contemporary way. It is not a museum, it focuses primarily on the art practices taking place today.
Artists represented by the gallery are a mix of emerging and well-known.
Museum of the History of France since the 19th century. The collections display painted, sculpted, drawn and engraved images illustrating events or personalities of the history of France since its inception.
The permanent collection bolsters the thread of artistic debuts, while innovations include the hugely popular Nomadic Nights, which focus on the performing arts, enabling a discourse between different creative genres and themes.
Features a mix of cherry-picked graffiti artists, painters, photographers and sculptors.
Displays pioneering artists of conceptualism, minimalism and land art.
Arts centre for modern and postmodern photography and media.
The worlds most visited museum contains more than 380,000 objects and displays 35,000 works of art from prehistory to the 21st century. The collection includes: Egyptian, Near Easter, Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiquities; Islamic art; Sculpture; Decorative arts; Paintings, Prints and Drawings.
An art museum that displays objects from the collections of the Musée du Louvre that are lent to the gallery.
Features a spectrum of new contemporary artists,
The gallery prioritises artists whose work is dedicated to, or inspired by, ways of diverting or reconfiguring circumstantial urban constraints.
The collections are singular and unique, showcasing a range of styles, media and talents. This eclecticism is driven by the gallerys notable presence at art fairs globally, which seeks to bring back the best to the historic centre of arts in France.
A major municipal museum dedicated to Modern and Contemporary art of the 20th and 21st centuries. The collections include more than 10,000 works from art movements of the 20th century. Exhibitions highlight the European and international art scenes of the 20th century, as well as displaying monographic and thematic exhibitions of trends in todays art.
An art gallery of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings. Most famous for being the permanent home for eight Water Lilies murals by Claude Monet. But it also contains works by Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and others.
Devoted to European and Mediterranean civilisations.
A museum dedicated to the indigenous art and cultures of Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. The museum has 450,000 objects, of which 3,500 are on display at any given time.
The national museum for modern art of France is housed in the Centre Pompidou in Paris. It has the second largest collection of modern and contemporary art in the world (after the Museum of Modern Art in New York), with more than 100,000 works of art by 6,400 artists from 90 countries. These works include painting, sculpture, drawing, print, photography, cinema, new media, architecture and design.
Dedicated to French art dating from 1848 to 1915, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. It houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world. Some of its highlights are Manets On The Beach and Woman With Fans; Monets Gardens at Giverny; Cézannes Card players and still lifes; Renoirs Ball at the Moulin de la Galette and Girls at the Piano; Degas Ballerinas; Toulouse-Lautrecs Cabaret dancers; Pissarros The Harvest; Sisleys View of the Canal St-Martin; and Van Goghs self-portraits, Bedroom in Arles and Starry Night.
Presents the masterpieces of Auguste Rodin. Iconic works in the collection include The Thinker and The Kiss.
Dedicated to modern and contemporary art.
One of the largest galleries dedicated to fresh and established artists across Paris. Xippas also has showrooms and galleries in Greece, Switzerland and Uruguay,
The historic, realistic, symbolic and graffiti painting about Berlin Wall.
The gallery represents contemporary artists, especially engravers and graphical artists, sculptors and painters.
Northern Irelands principal gallery dedicated to contemporary photography, maintaining a substantial archive and community photography resource
Dedicated to the visual arts, both historic and contemporary. Offers a permanent collection of European and Irish art along with a collection of casts of classical Greek and Roman statues cast by Antonio Canova. The collection is particularly strong in Irish art of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
The exhibition programme includes shows by major contemporary international artists as well as by emerging Irish artists.
A museum of contemporary figurative art and gardens.
The national centre for contemporary photography in Ireland.
Northern Irelands leading creative media arts centre. Very many peple benefit from the wide-ranging programme of arts events, cutting edge projects, creative learning centres, training opportunities, and state-of-the-art production facilities.
Irish Museum Finder
Unites artists from different generations, national and international, with the objective of initiating a dialogue that will express the multifaceted world of contemporary art.
The focus is contemporary art in general and experimental art in particular.
Circoloquadro wants to broaden the access to contemporary art by making it more accessible to the general public and easier to understand. Art is a mirror of present times and shouldnlt be aimed only at an elite of literati.
Presents the best of national and international photography.
An ever-changing programme of avant-garde contemporary exhibitions.
A fluid container, thought out to be reconfigured following the guidelines of a single, unbridled principle: total freedom of expression, without limitations on regards of means, matter, language. A space where to create, on the long term, that kind of linguistic metissage which is the essence of contemporary culture, safe from the rigidity of official schemes. (...) Marsèlleria Permanent Exhibition is a laboratory where limits, possibilities and crossovers of artistic languages are tested. Planning follows emotional, rather than institutional, criteria, with an accent on the Italian milieu.
The collection that totals to about 230,000 exhibit items represent old and contemporary master paintings, sculpture prints and drawings, applied and folk art as well rare amber stone and jewellery specimens and other museum objects.
The oldest and largest repository of the Lithuanian cultural heritage. The Museum collects, preserves, conserves and popularises valuable objects of Lithuanian archaeology, history and ethnic culture.
The gallery hosts a permanent exhibition of contemporary artworks by over 100 artists including the likes of Andy Warhol, Thomas Struth and Daniel Buren.
A collection of about three million works of art and monuments of world culture.
A network of galleries in and outside Bratislava.
The gallery hosts a permanent art collection from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century.
More than 5.000 images. Paintings from Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (Taking Christ into Custody), Frans Hals, Teniers the Younger, Juan Carreno de Miranda, Pierre Mignard, Alessandro Magnasco, Christoffel Bischop, Jozef Israels, Mihaly Munkacsy, Albert Gustaf Edelfelt, Susanna Savary, Rockwell Kent, and others. The museum collection of Oriental art contains works by masters spanning several generations from Central and Southern Asia, the Near and Middle East. Exhibitions of the modern artists on-line. Is monthly adding about 200-300 pictures.
Museums & Galleries in the Middle East
Displays arts from the different Islamic eras that Egypt passed through including the Fatimid, Turkish and Persian periods.
It conveys the fascinating narrative of the Jewish people and the essence of the Jewish culture, faith, purpose and deed while presenting the contribution of world Jewry to humanity.
Israels official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust.
The museum illustrates the 100-year history of Iranian cinema. It shows posters, equipment and on-set photos.
A unique collection of Persian art dating back to the second millennium BC, from both the pre-Islamic and Islamic eras. The artifacts cover a wide variety of eras as well as different nations and tribes of this region. The main collection includes manuscripts, jewellery, clay, metalwork, and lacquer paintings.
The Museum houses the most valuable collection of Western modern art outside Europe and the United States/ It includes works of Kandinsky, Pollock, Monet, Renoir, van Gogh, Ensor, Léger, Picasso, Giacometti, Bacon, Margritte, Warhol, Miró, Hamilton, Graque, Munch, Degas, Hopper, Moore, Duchamp and many others.
A forum for the promotion of Iranian artists, and contemporary Iranian art in general.
The Gallery shows a range of media, including painting, photography, sculpture, video and installation in order to promote young Iranian artists.
Shows works of major established artists as well as works by emerging artists in Iran and abroad.
A gallery devoted to Iranian photography.
The huge collection tells the epic story of human civilization, from the earliest settlements to the rise and fall of vast empires. The artifacts, some of them more than 10,000 years old, show the development of everything from hunting and writing implements to mathematics, art, law, religion, and industry — and ultimately — humankinds best and worst impulses.
A great virtual tour through the history of Iraqi art history: Prehistoric, Sumerian, Akkadian and Neo-Sumerian, Babylonian, Assysian, Achaemenid and Seleucid, Parthan and Sasanian, and Islamic.
Encourages and promotes art of Iraqi art pioneers as well as emerging and established artists working primarily in painting, sculpture, graphic and ceramic art.
Contains objects related to the history and culture of Lebanon from the Phoenician era to modern times.
The museum holds a permanent exhibition of sculptures made in Lebanon of wood, metal and stone dating from the early 1920s to the present. It also displays various works by contemporary Lebanese ceramic artists.
Promotes and exhibits contemporary art in Saudi Arabia, especially that of young Saudi artists. Some of the works that are presented make statements about the society in which the artists are living
United Arab Emirates
Museums & Galleries in North America
Dont forget to visit the Research Library and Archives.
A collection of resources pertinent to Canadian heritage in the disciplines of history (including military and postal history, geography, archaeology, ethnology, folk culture and popular culture). They document the events, experiences, people and objects that reflect and have shaped Canada’s history and identity,
The gateway to museums, galleries, and heritage information in Canada and around the world. The «Great Canadian Guide» allows visitors to search by keyword (what), by location (where), and by event (when). «Artefacts Canada» is a database of over 3 million records and images from Canadian museums collections.
Contains some great virtual exhibitions.
An encyclopedic collection of 30,000 objects spanning nearly 4,000 years of art history.
The ImageBase is a searchable image and text database of objects from the collections of the FAMSF. The image collection (110,000+) is one of the largest imagebases in the world.
Provides glimpses into permanent collections as well as current exhibits. The J.P. Getty Museum is dedicated to the visual arts and humanities. You'll find short descriptions and some pictures of the permanent collections, and of temporary and special exhibitions. The Getty Research Institute provides information on several research projects. You can browse the publications of the institute, or search the collections using the Research Library's online catalog (IRIS) that contains records of archival and special materials, monographs, serials, media, and auction catalogs. The Collections Integrated Catalog (CIC) displays links to all public databases and provides access to subject and alphabetical lists of subscription databasesand internet links.
Encompassing the activities of the four affiliated museum: New York, Bilbao, Venice, Berlin and Las Vegas. The site contains some excellent online exhibitions.
A virtual web art museum. Includes the 1st India International Digital Art Exhibition. Presented by Pygoya (a.k.a. Rodney Chang), Honolulu, Hawaii.
The Museum of Web Art is dedicated to presenting the art of the Web in its own environment. It primarily shows graphic design and commercial art. In the North Gallery you'll find "things that work": buttons. The West Gallery is a place for "things that move": communication in motion. The South Gallery contains "things that are constant": patterns, motifs, and textiles ("wallpaper") And the East Gallery contains "things that change": time and counters. All the exhibitions are accompanied by guides, which you can open in another browser window, to keep handy while you view. The museum also has a special exhibition and a kids wing.
An impressive overview of modern art. Provides information on the collection, exhibitions, programs & events, publications, and more. You can take take an historical look an three periods in the evolution of modern art. "Modern Starts" focuses on seminal people, places, and things from the formative years [1880-1920]. "Making Choices" is a web sketchbook highlighting 24 exhibitions from the dynamic, disturbing mid-century [1920-1960]. The "Open Ends" period [1960-present] is still under construction. Each historical cycle is interspersed with works from other periods, creating a dialogue between various historical moments.
With more than 450.000 works of art the MFA is one of the largest musems in the USA.
You can look at the collection and special exibitions. There's a very good resource section were you can visit the Art Research Library, the Center for the Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, many Education Resources, the Gallery Archives, and more.
Museums & Galleries in South America
Despite an intriguing exterior, the museum is basically filled with bad replicas of famous artwork, at a childs height.
Pré-Colombian art from across South and Central America. Beautiful works of art more than a thousand years old abound. Indian artifacts from peoples that lived in the Andinean region.
The collection includes about 7,000 items mainly related to the areas of paleontology, archeology, and history of Chile and the world. Its a stunning collection of everything from pre-Hispanic objects throughout the Americas and local Indian artifacts to Spanish conquest-era helmets and artillery and huaso ponchos, and more.
An extensive collection of Latin American artists and an impessive collection of Salvador Dalí (great sculptures - Venus spatiale), Marc Chagall, Rene Magritte (Le fils de lhomme), and Joan Miró.
An educational website on Mexico and the Aztecs/Maya, aimed at teachers and students of all ages with a serious interest in the Aztecs and Maya.
The rather small museum displays some exquisite art of the Italian impressionist era: paintings, bronze & marble sculptures.
Displays archaeological artifacts and examples of pre-Columbian artworks drawn from all regions of pre-Columbian Peru. The works of art encompass a period of time ranging between 1250 BC and AD 1532.
Journals & Magazines
Not a real journal, but a lot of artistic ideas for anyone who wants to start a journal on (the sociology of) modern art.
An e-journal promoted by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) which analyses the intersections between Art, Science and Technology.
A digest of some of the best arts and cultural journalism in the English-speaking world. Each day ArtsJournal features link to stories culled from around the internet, including blogs and more than 200 English-language newspapers, magazines and publications featuring writing about arts and culture. Stories from sites that charge for access have generally been excluded. The journal includes some great blogs written by prominent writers on culture.
Established in 1942 by the American Society for Aesthetics, JAAC publishes current research articles, symposia, special issues, and book reviews in aesthetics and the arts.
Editor: Klaus Ottmann.
PAJ explores innovative work in theatre, performance art, dance, video, writing, technology, sound, and music, bringing together all live arts in thoughtful cultural dialogue.
The journal has a particular interest in examining what is an art world and who or what are the significant players. Attention to issues related to race, gender, class, or power are also of interest. Full text articles. Editor: Robert Moore.
OAJ is committed to the political analysis of visual art and material representation from a variety of theoretical perspectives, and has carried work addressing themes from Antiquity to contemporary art practice.
List of art and art history related sites, collected by Michael Kearl.
A guide to the visual arts. With reviews, feature articles, and image catelogue, galleries, artists, museums, art schools and more.
Claims to be the biggest gateway to the arts on the internet. Links to art galleries, museums, exhibitions, art for sale, art schools & agencies, art history, film resources, theatre resources, dance resources. If you don't want to browse the categories, you can use a search engine with a database of over 100,000 arts related pages:
dr. Albert Benschop
Social & Behavioral Studies
University of Amsterdam
05th September, 2016