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The US Has A Vast Range Of Art Museum Collections

Jul 23, 2008
Many times, when people talk about taking in the finest collections of art that are available, they immediately think of visiting the great museums that are found in Europe. Of course, there is a good reason for people to immediately think that way.

The leading European museums do house some of the most marvelous collections of masterpieces available to be seen. But people should not overlook the many art museum collections that can also be found on American soil.

The fact is that many art museums in America also boast impressive collections of fine and treasured works of artistic expression. While the reputation that European museums enjoy is certainly justified, it should not eclipse the fact that there are many art collections featured in art museums across the US that are well worth the time to visit, especially if a trip "across the pond" is out of the question.

For the most part, the curator of an art museum in a US city is quite aware that they can't compete with the grand museums of Europe. However, they do know that they can capitalize on the assets they do have, which means that in most cases they are more technologically advanced in terms of how the art they have acquired is presented to their visitors.

On top of that, there are many who claim that the best of the US collections are found in some of the finest museums to be found anywhere. Rather than relying on centuries of collected masterpieces that can almost crowd each other out, as seen at some of the European museums, a museum of art in the United States is able to create better displays with fewer, more carefully selected pieces, so that the viewer is not overwhelmed.

In addition to that, some experts say that people prefer to find new and interesting art exhibits each time they visit an art museum. The smaller US museums are more likely to rotate their gallery exhibitions, providing variety and encouraging people to return often to see the attractions that have been added. In many cases, the curators of the European art museums feel they must leave the well-known masterpieces so that those who cannot visit the museum frequently have an opportunity to see the "celebrity" works of art, such as the Mona Lisa.

American art museums also differ from the European art museums in terms of their commitment to being on the cutting edge of the global contemporary art community. While not always the case, the more traditional of the European art galleries and museums also tend to feature the more traditional, classic and well-known artists and are generally slower to reach out to acquire works of art that are outside of that traditional style and genre.

One aspect that often stands out to many visitors of art museum galleries around the United States is that in many cases the artwork they come to admire is also housed in edifices which are often stand-alone, architectural works of art too. In many cases, these buildings are known for their cutting edge design and architectural innovations, which add to the overall effectiveness of the gallery exhibitions and appreciation of art and architecture as well.
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