ByNikkitha Bakshani and Sarah Virginia White on October 23, 2013
12 collections that make a sizable impression despite their intimate size.
Whether they showcase the standard-bearers of a particular movement or a dedication to a small number of exemplary works, these petite museums from Pittsburgh to Seoul make up in focus what they lack in size. Take the Fabergé Museumin Baden-Baden, for example, which features more than 700 pieces from the iconic jeweler, or Paris’s Musée National du Moyen Âge, which concentrates on a tight edit of medieval art and architecture. Many of these museums, often sprung from private collections, reveal the characters of their founders, from architect John Soan’s brimming London home, to the modern art amassed by Dutch collector Helene Kröller-Müller in the small village of Otterlo in the Netherlands. Carefully curated, these small houses of wonder should not be overlooked.