5 Modern Art Galleries to Explore Right Now

Take a tour of these leading institutions of modern and contemporary art in Street View

By Google Arts & Culture

Modern art has the power to delight and disgruntle. For example, Carl Andre's minimalist work is seen by some as brilliant, by others as infuriating. The art of the 20th Century and beyond is provocative and evocative in equal measure. But where best to discover it?

Whether you're a "My kid could do that!" sceptic or a modern art aficionado, you can scroll on to take a Street View tour of 5 of the world's best Modern Art galleries. Click and drag each image to look around, and use the arrows to explore...

11-22-63 [TO] 11-30-63 (1963) by Carl AndreTHAT'S CONTEMPORARY

Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

Two galleries for the price of one! In 2006, the Gallery of Modern Art in Queensland, Australia, was opened to complement its neighbour, the Queensland Art Gallery. Together they're home to more than 17000 artworks of all media, from Australia and around the world.

Since the Gallery of Modern Art opened in 2006, the galleries have jointly hosted the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art. The event presents the most exciting and important contemporary art from the region and aims to offer cross-cultural insight.

Tate Modern, London

Here's the iconic silhouette of the Tate Modern, on the south bank of London's River Thames. Britain's favourite gallery of international modern and contemporary art opened in 2000 to the approval of critics and the public, a must-see for any visitor to England's capital.

The cavernous hall at the centre of the gallery once held the power station's gargantuan steam turbines. Today it holds enormous art installations. Over the years, the space has seen films, performances, sculptures, and Olafur Eliasson's Little Sun.

Power Station of Art, Shanghai

Another former-power station, this time in Shanghai, China, on the left bank of the Huangpu River. The Power Station of Art is the city's foremost contemporary art museum, and since opening in 2012 has hosted the Shanghai Biennale.

Since 1984, Shanghai has held a special position in China: the city is often described as the most forward-thinking, and the place to find the most fashionable art and culture. The Power Station reflects this.

Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

This unashamed, hulking ode to high-tech architecture and contemporary culture landed in Paris in 1977, the vision of then-unknown architects Richard Rogers, Su Rogers, and Renzo Piano. Many hated it, but many more loved the 'inside out' structure.

Inside, it doesn't look too different to any other gallery - white walls and framed art. The collection holds some of the finest works from the 20th Century to the present day, including Fauvist, Cubist, and Dada masterpieces.

Guggenheim, Bilbao

The Guggenheim isn't just in New York. In 1997 the world-renowned gallery set up a new gallery in the Spanish city of Bilbao. The curved, reflective, steel structure is the unmistakable vision of American architect Frank Gehry.

Of all the works in the Guggenheim, this simple curving wall of rusty steel might be the most impressive. Richard Serra's Snake draws on his earlier Tilted Arc, which fired up such controversy when it was first exhibited in Manhattan in 1981, that it was eventually cut up.

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Perfectly Clear (Ganzfeld) (1991) by James TurrellMASS MoCA

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