Top Small Art Museums

12 collections that make a sizable impression despite their intimate size.

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Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

Built in 2004, the Leeum, located in a hilly portion of Seoul’s Hannam-dong neighborhood, consists of three buildings designed by as many starchitects: Mario Botta’s hexahedral terra cotta structure showcases an impressive array of Korean ceramics dating back to the 15th-century Joseon Dynasty; Jean Nouvel’s building, which resembles loosely stacked boxes, holds works of modern and contemporary art by both Korean and international artists (Anish Kapoor, Willem de Kooning, Damien Hirst); and Rem Koolhaas designed the museum’s master plan, as well as the Education & Culture Center. The combination makes for one stunning institution, inside and out. 60-16 Itaewon-ro 55-gil, Yongsan-gu; 82-02/2014-6901; —Nikkitha Bakshani