Friday, March 4, 2011

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a world famous museum located in Midtown New York City and opened in 1929. It is dedicated to educating the public about the evolution of modern art. The museum exists to be an educational center about the development of modern art and showcasing modern art from around the world, and to showcase modern art from across the world.

The founders of the museum were the wives of Lillie P. Bliss, Cornelius J. Sullivan and John D. Rockefeller, Jr., three people who were devoted to the arts and sought out to challenge the conservative ways of how museums were operated at the time. They also wanted the public to understand the arts better and to enjoy what was happening at that time.

Its modern art collection varies from 150,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, and photographs they have acquired over the years. They are well known for showcasing its Van Gogh collections, including his Starry Night piece; as well as its Picasso collections over the years. But throughout the years, the museum has acquired other pieces of art from other artists such as Matisse, Cezanne and Monet.

Within its art collection, famous American painters such as Georgia O'Keefe, Cindy Sherman, and Edward Hopper's works are all featured. The museum has also featured the influential American painters within its art section. MOMA has showcased a wide array of American pop artists that has One of the most famous pieces on display at the museum is Andy Warhol's 'Campbell's Soup Cans' piece, which is a huge Campbell's Tomato Soup can.

Aside from the art collection, the museum has a large art photography collection, capturing a wide range of subjects. There is a film and video collection that shows popular films such as Citizen Kane and Vertigo, as well as Andy Warhol's Empire and Bjork's 'All Is Full of Love' music video. The museum also has a section with important designers from around the globe, showing various industrial and manufactured pieces by these people. Each designer's subjects that they created are on display, which allows visitors to get an idea of what kind of subjects they thought up at that time.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Donetsk Regional Museum of Art

Donetsk Regional Museum of Art is one of the largest museums of art museums in Ukraine. It is cultural center of Donetsk and its region. The museum was founded on Sept. 23, 1939 as the Museum of Fine Arts, from 1941 ceased to exist due to the outbreak of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945, and in 1965 resumed its existence.

The museum collection was formed with the proceeds from the Republican and Union artistic exhibitions and from the collections of public museums in the USSR - the Tretyakov Gallery, Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, the Hermitage, Russian museum, the Museum of Ukraine. Also it was formed with the acquisition of works from private collections and gifts from artists. Its collection includes 11,500 works of painting, drawing, sculpture, decorative arts. Among them: the Russian and Ukrainian art of the XVIII - XX centuries, the domestic art of the XX century, western European art XVI - XX centuries, decorative arts, a collection of icons of XVI - XX centuries.

The main activities of the museum are study, conservation and use of monuments of material and spiritual culture, attracting people to a national, worldwide historical and cultural heritage, aesthetic, moral, artistic, patriotic education of the population, promotion and study of the works of amateur and folk art.

The museum has created the interesting exhibitions of the domestic fine and decorative art, in its halls each year exhibited more than 30 exhibitions from the museum and private collections, works of Donetsk artists, children's studios and folk artists.

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