Every country has its own cultural relics. Every Museum has its own characteristics. There are more than 8,000 pieces in the collection of the Chicago Museum of Art.
You really can spend days here if you want, but don't let that intimidate you or make you think you dont' have enough time. You don't have to see it all on your first or every trip. It's worth going if you have at least an hour and a half, I'd say.Pick a room. Enjoy it. You may have to walk away from your buddy or group *gasp* but I think a huge part of viewing art is doing it in my own order and at my own pace. I like to have a back-up rendezvous time for exactly this reason.Also- you'll probably want to have a deep talk after all that art. Grab a coffee, drink or food at the famed gastropub, The Gage, across the street afterwards.If you are an Illinois resident, check the website for free days, usually on Thursday nights.
Wow.... spend a day here and experience the gallery. It's crazy to wander around and turn the corner to see a piece you've read about in magazines/books in real life. Not only is it generally bigger than you'd imagine, it's presence is just incredible. Easily possible to lose the whole day to the place.Bring comfortable shoes, and be ready / well rested to see art. It can get exhausting so no surprise if you're ready to take a break. Our strategy was to pick the top areas / sections / art pieces we wanted to see and use that as our guide. Otherwise some of those high impact items will be hard to enjoy because you've already become too numb to enjoy the artistry.
Camouflaged in the center of downtown Chicago is this beauty, sometimes overlooked for Millennium Park right across the street. The Art Institute houses a massive collection of most everything you can think (and neglect to think of) to put in a museum. Sculptures from the Himalayas, Etruscan relics, a variety of displays in Impressionist paintings, South American portraits, European classics, traditional Native American tools, Greek tiles, Southern Italian marble, textiles, photography, modern mixed media, remnants of the colonial period, the list goes on. At $25, your ticket is absolutely worth it.
One of the most impressive single collections in the world, the Art Institute is the current home of some of the world's most famous works. The Impressionists wing is truly remarkable, and features the most widely recognized paintings by artists like Monet, Renoir, Gauguin, and Degas. The new Modern wing is breathtaking for its views of Millennium Park as well as its collection of contemporary works by Lichtenstein, Warhol, and Pollack, among others. The museum and some of its famous paintings make an appearance in John Hughes classic film FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF.
From my research, this place was rated one of the top Art Institute's in the world. I definitely needed to see for myself. After exploring almost every inch of that place (which is gigantic), I have to say, each exhibit was extremely fascinating. Not only do they have some famous artists and pieces housed in there, but my absolute favorite part was the miniature modeled homes exhibit they had at the bottom level. I am so glad I checked it out, it gave me a greater perspective and appreciation of art in different forms!
I just about grew up at this place and visit every time I'm in Chicago. They have a terrific collection of Impressionist's work, and now the new Modern Wing has three floors with lots of space for some really great contemporary art. I like the de Koonings, but you may go for the Jasper Johns. It's a big museum, so plan a full day, or maybe take you time and visit twice. The cafe is good, and if you like tiny stuff you'll be gaga over the miniature homes in the Thorne Rooms. Lately I head straight to the photo exhibits.
This renown art museum is located in Grant Park. It has one of the world's most notable collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art as well as significant American art, Old Masters, European and American decorative arts, Asian art and modern and contemporary art.The recent expansion of the building allows more of the permanent collection to be displayed. It's a little confusing to move between the old and new sections but the staff are around everywhere and can help direct you to where you want to go.
I went to the Art Institute on one it's " Freedays". I could not believe that I got to see some of my favorite art work of all time without even paying admission. Surely , aside from the Louvre the best art museum I have had the pleasure of spending time in. The impressionist room is simply insane, My eyes began to water when I got up close to the tedious dots in Seurat's " A Sunday on La Grande Jatte". A must go for any art lover, especially late 19th and early 20th century art.
*Miniature room exhibit*Tiffany Glass pieces*Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Degas, Cassatt, O'Keeffe*Asian pieces* and of course the famous pieces like American Gothic, Night Hawks, Picture of Dorian Gray, etc. were my favorite parts of the museum. Took 5 hours to only cover 85% of the museum and that was taking time to look at my favorite pieces!Highly recommend visiting and allotting a whole day if you want to see everything.