The Ultimate Guide Featuring the World’s Best Art Galleries ⇒ Defining what makes an art gallery one of the worlds best is not an easy task and might not be consensual. But one thing we are sure is that a wonderful gallery has the power to continually challenge the way things have been done in the past, it is by reinventing the concept of what’s within the gallery walls or supporting the next generation of artists who will change culture forever.
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Sometimes they even embrace some kind of political work, but always with the one purpose that is: celebrate art. And that’s precisely what makes the following art galleries the world’s best ones, so take a look at 50 of the world’s best galleries.
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Carpenters Workshop Gallery is a contemporary art and design gallery that transcends classical borders in terms of art and design. Its proposal stands just at the intersection of these two universes: reaching precisely a symbiosis of art and design.
Address: 54 Rue de la Verrerie, 75004 Paris, France
Established in 1993, CONVERSO has become one of America’s prominent dealers of furnishings and objects by modern designers and feature a catalogue that highlights furniture by architects, rare prototypes and limited-editions, attracting attention from collectors and designers alike.
Address: 490 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013, USA
Cristina Grajales is one of the most distinguished design galleries in the world specializing in masterpieces of the twentieth-century and cultivating future luminaries of the twenty-first century.
Address: 3rd floor, 152 W 25th St, New York, NY 10001, United States
Founded in 2005, Demisch Danant specialises in twentieth-century French design with an emphasis in the late 1950s through the 1970s. It represents the work of Maria Pergay, Pierre Paulin, Joseph-André Motte, Pierre Guariche, Michel Boyer, Philippon & Lecoq and René-Jean Caillette.
Address: 30 W 12th St, New York, NY 10011, USA
ERASTUDIO APARTMENT-GALLERY was founded in 2010 and as a design gallery it focuses exclusively on unique pieces, prototypes, artists’ proofs, limited and sometimes numbered editions, and works outside production projects from the best-known award-winning names from Italian and International architecture and design of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Address: Via Palermo, 5, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Founded in 2007, the gallery has played a vital role in the development of the contemporary design market and education and takes a comprehensive approach to work that intersects the fields of design, craft and art.
Address: 515 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001, USA
Galerie Kreo focuses on producing new pieces in collaboration with the world’s most relevant contemporary designers.
Address: 31, Rue Dauphine 75006 Paris and 14A Hay Hill – London, W1J 8NZ – UK
Founded in 1989, Galerie Patrick Seguin is located in Paris’s Bastille district in a 300 sqm (3200 sq ft) space, renovated by Jean Nouvel, a 2008 Pritzker Prize winner. Since its opening, the gallery has brought the talents of French designers, such as Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret, Le Corbusier and Jean Royère into the international spotlight.
Address: 5 Rue des Taillandiers, 75011 Paris, France
Founded in 2008, Galleria Antonella Villanova specialises in contemporary jewellery with a passion for art and design.
Address: Via del Parione, 47R, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
Gallery ALL is one of the first design galleries in China that dedicates to exhibiting limited-edition furniture and design objects. It was founded in 2013 and currently has two spaces, one in downtown Los Angeles and one in Beijing 751 Design Park.
Address: 915 Mateo St #208, Los Angeles, CA 90021, USA
This gallery was the first in the U.S. to exhibit twentieth-century artists and designers and is located at 35 and 51 E. 10th Street, in the heart of one of New York City’s richest destinations for design and decorative arts.
Address: 51 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003, USA
Founded in 1991, Jason Jacques Gallery, the preeminent purveyor of late 19th- and early 20th-century European ceramics, is a primary driver in elevating contemporary design.
Address: 29 E 73rd St #1, New York, NY 10021, USA
Galerie Downtown – François Laffanour specialises in furniture by European and American masters of design – most of whom are architects from the 20th century.
Address: 18 Rue de Seine, 75006 Paris, France
Lebreton is all about 20th Century Furniture and Fine Art
Address: 3307 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
Louisa Guinness Gallery works with today’s leading sculptors and painters to create jewellery as well as collecting and dealing in works by master artists.
Address: 45 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2YN, UK
Since 1997, Magen H. Gallery has pioneered revolutionary and significant design in sculpture, decorative arts, architecture and ceramics.
Address: 54 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003, USA
Maison Gerard exhibits a range of work, from French Art Deco and antiques to contemporary lighting, sculpture, and ceramics with an emphasis on authenticity, historical context and expertise.
Address: 53 E 10th St A, New York, NY 10003, USA
Mercado Moderno is a house of design. A pinch of history, lots of art and a bunch of boldness. From this mix, emerges Mercado Moderno, a gallery specialised in vintage design from the 50s to the 80s.
Address: R. do Lavradio, 130 – Centro, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 20230-070, Brazil
Moderne Gallery has been internationally renowned for its high quality, vintage 20th Century furniture, lighting and accessories since 1984.
Address: 111 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA
Founded in 2002, Ornamentum Gallery exhibits a dynamic collection of contemporary jewellery as well as related objects and artworks.
Address: 506 Warren St, Hudson, NY 12534, USA
Patrick Parrish Gallery is a design and art gallery that shows both contemporary and vintage works.
Address: 50 Lispenard St, New York, NY 10013, USA
With a speciality in contemporary decorative arts, the gallery represents international artists working with glass, ceramics and silver. The gallery also collaborates with designers for the production of unique objects or limited editions. A rich selection of modern and contemporary pieces makes the ceramics section particularly noteworthy.
Address: Rue de Praetere 7, 1050 Bruxelles, Belgium
This gallery showcases the work of inventive international designers from the 20th & 21st centuries.
Address: 82 Franklin St, New York, NY 10013, USA
Since its creation in 2002, the mission of Salon 94 has grown from exhibiting special projects by emerging and renowned artists alike. This minimalist gallery is dedicated to modern art and features rotating exhibitions.
Address: 243 Bowery, New York, NY 10002, USA
Sarah Myerscough Gallery is a contemporary design gallery based in London. The gallery specialises in unique and limited edition handcrafted and sustainable sculptural designs with a strong focus on wood.
Address: Studio 401, Southbank House, Black Prince Road, London SE1 7SJ, United Kingdom
Southern Guild has spearheaded the high-end design category in Africa, propelling its artist-designers to make spirited, challenging and complex work. Its highly curated exhibitions have redefined global perceptions of African design and escalated its value on the international market.
Address: Silo 5, Unit 5B, South Arm Road, Silo District, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
The Future Perfect, founded by David Alhadeff in 2003, is one of the world’s foremost platforms for collectable contemporary design.
Address: 55 Great Jones St A, New York, NY 10012, USA
Thomas Fritsch opened his gallery of French Decorative Arts from 1945 to 1970 on rue de Seine in 2004. He is acknowledged as the specialist on post-war French ceramics.
Address: 6 Rue de Seine, 75006 Paris, France
Their services are focused on the search and investment of limited edition works by the most established and remarkable emerging designers. Victor Hunt is a branded personality of themselves, an alter ego capable of customising their relation with each customer in constant personal progress.
Address: 51, Rue Emile Claus, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
Volume Gallery focuses on American design, with a strong emphasis placed on emerging contemporary designers. The Volume Gallery releases editions, publications and organises exhibits that showcase the work of American designers to regional, national and international audiences.
Address: 2nd Floor, 1709 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, United States
Since founding Galerie VIVID in Rotterdam in 1999, Saskia Cooper and Aad Krol have been dedicated to presenting contemporary design within an art context.
Address: Scheepmakershaven 17, 3011 VA Rotterdam, Netherlands
Jean-Jacques Dutko has been at the forefront of Paris’ art community since the 1980s and is considered a pioneer in the field of Art Deco. In recent years, Dutko has also turned his discerning eye to contemporary works, forging relationships with contemporary artists and designers, and frequently commissioning limited edition works to complement his Art Deco findings.
Address: 11 rue Bonaparte 75006 Paris
Founded in 2010, in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the gallery Oscar Graf devotes to Modern design by French, British and American artists, from 1870 to 1910
Address: 15, rue de Seine 75006 PARIS FRANCE
Since 2010, Galerie BSL has been distinguishing itself by the desire to rouse this emotion, instilling the unexpected into the heart of the functional.
Address: 10 rue Bonaparte 75006 Paris and 23 rue Charlot 75003 Paris
The Avant-Scène gallery is considered a reference in the world of decorative fine furnishings. The creations it highlights receive high praise from both discerning enthusiasts and the media, as well as from auction experts.
Address: 4, place de l’Odéon 75006 PARIS
Gallery Gosserez is a leading design gallery dedicated to contemporary furniture and decorative pieces, located in the North Marais (NoMa) district in Paris.
Address: 3, rue Debelleyme 75003 Paris – France
Ammann Gallery is an artistic home to twenty-four area artists, craftsmen and jewellers. The gallery is staffed seven days a week by working members, so when you visit you’ll always get to meet at least one of the artists.
Address: Teutoburger Strasse, 27 50678 Cologne
Gallery FUMI is a contemporary design gallery based in Mayfair, London, established in 2008 by Sam Pratt and Valerio Capo. The gallery focuses on high-level, conceptually and aesthetically audacious contemporary designers and artists.
Address: 2 Hay Hill, Mayfair, London W1J 6AS
Not only are the designs of Juan and Paloma Garrido influenced by crystalline structures from nature, but also the forceful and geometric gestures of contemporary architecture.
Address: Calle Nevada 5-7 28500 Arganda del Rey, Madrid
Starting from the end of the Nineties, the Gallery knew how to cut out its own space and become the reference point for lovers of historical design as well as to people following the evolution of contemporary design, above all within that more learned, poetic and visionary area shifting between production and contemporary art. Nilufar has its own small manifesto, composed of three words: Discovering, Crossing, Creating.
Address: Via della Spiga, 32 20121 Milano
Mouvements Modernes, founded in 2002 by Pierre Staudenmeyer, proposes a selection of design furniture from 80’s to our current times as well as contemporary art objects.
Address: 11, rue Léopold Bellan 75002 Paris
Regarded as one of the more idiosyncratic design gallerists of today, Paris-based Franck Laigneau specialises in Jugendstil and artistic colonies of the turn of the last century, as well as what he calls the Dornach style, or anthroposophical style, developed by Rudolf Steiner.
Address: Outeiro das Freiras, Santo Estêvão 7100-909 Estremoz PORTUGAL
The Lumières Gallery exhibits lighting objects from Antiquity to the 20th century, as well as works by artists who have taken light as their medium.
Address: 2, rue de Miromesnil 75008 PARIS
88 Gallery London focuses on work by Italian, French, Belgian and American designers, from post-war to contemporary.
Address: 86-88 Pimlico Road SW1W 8PL London UK
Specialising in 20th Century Decorative Arts, Jacques Lacoste has set out to promote French Design of the 1950s.
Address: 12 rue de Seine 75006 Paris France
Founded in 2009, under the former name The Peak Suite, Gallery Gérard Lasés inherits the expertise from its founder, Gérard Lasés, who has more than twenty years of professional experience in the field of art in Europe. Gallery Gérard Lasés is committed to the promotion of well-known and newly established Chinese and Western artists, providing original fine art to collectors and the general public.
Address: Unit 801, S/F New Victory House 93-103 Wing Lok Street Sheung Wan Hong-Kong
The Galerie Flak in Paris specialises in Ancient Tribal Arts from Africa, Oceania & North America. For PAD Paris 2017, we have selected museum-quality masks, statues and ornaments that combine aesthetic excellence, intense sculptural presence and superb stylizations.
Address: 8, rue des Beaux-Arts 75006 Paris France
The Alb Antiquités Gallery, based at the 3 rue de Lille in Paris, managed by Antoine Broccardo, dedicates itself to the search for objects and pieces of furniture from European artists, to decorative arts of the 20th century and to their sources.
Address: 3, rue de Lille 75007 Paris France
In the heart of Paris’ antique quarter and just a stone’s throw from the Musée d’Orsay, Galerie Negropontes is run by its founder Sophie Negropontes and Hervé Langlais, designer and art director. The gallery presents exceptional creations made by craftsmen of unmatched skills, reviving the tradition of French Decorative Arts with a resolutely contemporary vision. The guiding principles of the gallery are a love of beauty and fine craftsmanship, and a wish to renew the tradition of luxury à la française.
Address: 60 rue de Verneuil 75007 Paris
Priveekollektie represents internationally recognised artists and designers, providing young and upcoming talents with a platform for showing their exceptional collectable design and art pieces. Key in the collection is the combination of contemporary art, collectable design and the crossing of the fine line between both disciplines.
Address: Kerkstraat 1 Pelsestraat 13 5256 AT Heusden aan de Maas Pays-Bas, The Netherlands
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