Emmanuelle Walker

100 art-world Instagram accounts to follow right now — Museums and Galleries

You already follow The Met, MoMA and Tate Modern, of course, but what about quality feeds from other galleries, museums and institutions? Find out more in the final instalment of our hottest 100 Instagram accounts you might not already know about

Exploring the relationships between art and nature, this Danish museum has become famed for embracing the great outdoors. Its Instagram account features sculptures against grey skies, highlights from its indoor collections and reposts of the best photographs uploaded by visitors using its handle.

Showcasing highlights from its world-renowned historical collections, the Ashmolean Museum’s Instagram feed is full of art spanning 5,000 years of humanity. Every day is a new art-history lesson.

This powerhouse of the contemporary art world uses its Instagram account to highlight current exhibitions across the globe, while also digging up some of the greatest hits from its archive of historically important shows.

Owned by the gambling millionaire David Walsh, MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) also hosts a festival called MOFO, and a hotel called HOMO. AU$75,000 also gets you eternal membership and space for your ashes in an urn in the gallery. Its Instagram account is unorthodox and entertaining in equal measure.

Underlining the importance of people to a museum, the Hepworth Wakefield’s account features not only obligatory artwork photographs but also the occasional picture of its volunteers, curators and visitors next to their favourite works, complete with mini interviews.

Funded by a real-estate developer who built the surrounding Tokyo district of Roppongi Hills, the Mori Art Museum hosts exhibitions that cover contemporary art, fashion, design, photography and video. Its Instagram page shows visitors interacting with the exhibitions as well as the best visitor-submitted images.

This account belongs to one of London’s best small museums, housed in the former home of the neo-classical architect Sir John Soane. Artfully-shot Instagram posts show Regency Period works of art, sculpture and architecture from the museum’s permanent collection, with the odd contemporary loan featured among them.

The Instagram page for this group of cultural centres in Spain displays works of art ranging from medieval sculpture to contemporary painting, all of which are currently being exhibited in its museums. It also documents the annual changes to its famed vertical garden in Madrid, designed by the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron.

The Instagram of one of the most powerful commercial galleries in the world provides a diary of current projects. This is one of the most video-heavy accounts around, helping you to keep up to date with what’s happening on the art-commerce scene.

In between images of the works of art on display in the museum’s waterfront palazzo, this account intersperses photographs of Peggy Guggenheim herself, relaxing in her one-time home as well as at large in La Serenissima.

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  • TBA21, Vienna, Austria

TBA21 is a contemporary art foundation that focuses on unconventional, trans-disciplinary projects. It is currently working with artists such as Olafur Eliasson on environmental and socio-economic issues, including how to provide lighting in Third World countries and reducing the amount of plastic in the oceans — with Instagram documenting its projects and workshops.

The Palazzo Doria Pamphilj, in Rome, dates to the 16th century. In addition to renowned Italian artists such as Caravaggio, Titian and Rafael, the museum houses an exceptional collection of Flemish Old Masters. Its Instagram account beautifully showcases the stunning interiors of the galleries and private apartments, as well as highlights on display.

Located in the Italian Neoclassical sculptor's mountainous hometown of Possagno, across the hill from the Roman Catholic church The Temple of Canova based on his designs, is Canova's museum and plaster cast gallery. Their account, which is full of artfully taken shots, is a must for classical sculpture and architecture aficionados. 

Each day the Louvre posts one treasure from its superlative collection accompanied with a short art history lesson in French and English. It’s a great tool for learning how to study artworks, objects and jewels through an art historian’s eye. 

Offering an unlikely home for contemporary art, Britain’s most famous stately home has an art foundation that invites artists to take over the house and grounds for exhibitions. Fusing old and new, its wonderful Instagram account offers a behind-the-scenes look at how each show is mounted.

Housed in a 15th-century Florentine palace, the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation has been hosting exhibitions of art from antiquity to contemporary, changing the face of Florence’s art scene since 2006. Its Instagram feed includes works from the latest exhibitions, pictures uploaded by visitors, and snapshots of famous guests.

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  • The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, England @courtauld

As one of the most important art-historical institutions in the world, The Courtauld has amassed an important collection of works of art. Each day a picture from the collection is uploaded alongside a caption which offers a bite-sized art-history lesson.

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  • Inhotim, Brumadinho, Brazil

Located in a 5,000-acre botanical garden in the Brazilian rainforest, the Inhotim Institute has become one of South America’s most important centres for domestic and international contemporary art. Its Instagram feed features works of art surrounded by lush vegetation and under azure skies sure to brighten your feed.

One of America’s best historical museums, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has a brilliant collection of 18th and 19th-century art. Its Instagram account includes images of its team of conservators working tirelessly to preserve its collections, offering in the process a glimpse into the private life of a museum.

Over the course of its 253-year history, Christie’s has grown to become respected across the globe for its take on all things art. Our Instagram feed, which has almost half a million followers, highlights upcoming auctions as well as collecting guides, exhibition highlights, interviews and news. But, of course, you knew that already...

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