12 Fascinating Museums Dedicated to One Artist

Some of the world's most treasured artists are so beloved that entire museums have been dedicated to them. Here are 12 of our favorites.

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Where: Mexico City, Mexico

What's on View: This colorful museum is more than just the artist's former residence. Key paintings like Viva la Vida and Frida and the Cesarean are shown alongside the Mexican folk art with which Kahlo (1907–1954) and her husband, the muralist Diego Rivera, decorated the home, and Kahlo's studio space still outfitted with brushes and easels. The space also features rotating exhibitions—a show of the artist's clothing and personal objects is on view through December.

Architecture Highlight: The museum is known as La Casa Azul, or The Blue House, for a reason: Kahlo's famous three-winged residence is painted a striking cobalt blue. Kahlo was born here, lived the majority of her life here, and died here, giving the house the same expressionistic air that permeates her work. Visitors can also explore the artist's private garden with its local cacti and flowers, where she often painted.


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The Noguchi Museum

Where: Queens, NY

What's on View: Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988) is acclaimed for his designs integrating both Western modernism and elements from Japanese zen gardens. This museum, which holds the most extensive collection of the artist's works, displays Noguchi's projects across art, architecture, and design.

Architecture Highlight: The museum's distinguishing feature is the open-air sculpture garden, which is surrounded by a converted industrial building with ten galleries. Noguchi designed the complex himself.


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Where: Pittsburgh, PA

What's on View: The largest museum dedicated to the famed Pop artist Andy Warhol (1928–1987) is situated in the city where he was born and raised. Spanning six floors of gallery space, The Warhol, as it's called, features a rotating collection of a thousand paintings, drawings, photographs, and film. Starting June 4, the museum will open Andy Warhol / Ai Weiwei, an exhibition which explores how each artist has influenced modern and contemporary culture.

Architecture Highlight: Occupying an eight-story, 85,000-square-foot converted warehouse, the museum was overhauled by architect Richard Gluckman to reflect certain Beaux-Arts elements of Warhol's original studio at 231 East 47th Street in New York City.


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Zentrum Paul Klee

Where: Bern, Switzerland

What's on View: With over 4,000 works by Paul Klee (1879–1940), the museum rotates a thematic selection of 120 to 150 of the artist's playful Bauhaus works—mainly his watercolors and pencil drawings. From now through January 2017, visitors can see the artist's works focusing on movement in the human body and in nature.

Architecture Highlight: Designed by award-winning architect Renzo Piano, the contoured building is inspired by the hilly landscape at Klee's nearby gravesite in Bern.


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Musée Rodin

Where: Paris, France

What's on View: The museum, which is housed within the famed sculptor's former Paris home, shows key works including The Thinker and The Kiss. Both on view in the extensive Sculpture Garden, which stretches over seven acres, these are just two examples of the bronze and marble works that the artist erected there beginning in 1908. Rodin's collection of Greek and Roman sculptures, as well as his little-known landscape paintings, are also on view in the residence, known as Hôtel Biron.

Architecture Highlight: The recently renovated 18th-century mansion which Rodin (1840–1917) used as his studio was converted into a museum in 1919, two years after the artist's death. Just last year, the space fully reopened with original parquet floors and ornamental window frames and doors repaired and replicated to their original grandeur.


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Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

Where: Santa Fe, New Mexico

What's on View: The work of the prolific modernist painter Georgia O'Keeffe (1887–1986), best known for her flower paintings and depictions of the Southwestern landscape, is memorialized in this Santa Fe museum. The museum exhibits the artist's oil paintings and drawings from a collection of 3,000 works alongside works by other artists including local Susan York, who is influenced by O'Keeffe, and O'Keeffe's own collaborators such as photographer Ansel Adams. Now through October 30 see an inspiring exhibition of O'Keeffe's watercolors.

Architecture Highlight: The museum makes its home in a former private residence built in the traditional adobe style. Renovated by the architecture firm of Gluckman Tang, the building brings to light the influence of local architecture and landscape in O'Keeffe's work.


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Musée Marc Chagall

Where: Nice, France

What's on View: The museum features artist Marc Chagall's (1887–1985) works depicting the stories of the Old Testament. Works on view include paintings, drawings, and sculpture all in the artist's signature fantastical style.

Architecture Highlight: Designed by André Hermant, the museum is made to feel like a home, where the presence of the art is felt more strongly than the structure. Leading up to the building is a Mediterranean garden which emulates the Garden of Eden, and within is a layout designed to hold the permanent display of his works (his 12 paintings of Genesis and Exodus, for example, are displayed in a 12-walled room).


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Fundació Joan Miró

Where: Barcelona, Spain

What's on View: Dedicated to the work of Surrealist Joan Miró (1893–1983), the museum shows a selection of paintings, sculptures, and drawings across the artist's prolific career, touching on themes such as the Spanish Civil War and the human psyche.

Architecture Highlight: Modern architect and friend of Miró, Josep Lluís Sert, designed the museum building in his signature avant-garde style. The central courtyard, terrace, and skylights in a geometric pattern are representative of the iconic rationalist architecture of the artist's era.


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Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

Where: St Ives, Cornwall, U.K.

What's on View: The home and gardens, which modernist sculptor Barbara Hepworth (1903–1975) called her studio for 26 years, now serve as a museum showing the artist's bronze, stone, and wood works as well as her paintings and drawings. Key sculptures on view include Mother and Child, Pelagos, and Squares with Two Circles, which are representative of her influential, abstract style.

Architecture Highlight: While the museum is housed in Hepworth's simple country home, it remains a town highlight as part of the Tate St Ives and because of its significance to the post-war art landscape, which attracted artists including Peter Lanyon, Roger Hilton, and Terry Frost, all of whom followed Hepworth's influence.


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Museu Picasso

Where: Barcelona, Spain

What's on View: Displaying works from the breadth of the artist's career, Museu Picasso is the only museum of the five (!) dedicated to the artist that Picasso himself had a hand in creating. Opening this month and next, the museum will present exhibitions on Picasso's (1881–1973) etchings and ceramic works.

Architecture Highlight: The museum, stretched across five townhouses dating from the 13th to 15th centuries, is emblematic of the Catalan Gothic style. The buildings unite around a common courtyard.


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