A crowd at the Mona Lisa in the Louvre in Paris

A destination painting or bucket list painting is a painting that in itself may inspire cultural tourism to a museum or other destination.[1][2][3] Often such a work would be considered a "masterpiece". A more general characterization would be destination art.[4]

Role in museums

Collections may adopt a policy to keep a destination painting permanently on location, where visitors can expect to see it, by preventing any loan to a travelling exhibition.[5] They may also compete to acquire a potential destination painting during an art auction.[1][6]

Such paintings can lead to overtourism in parts of a museum where the work is displayed, leading to challenges in exhibit design.[7][8][2][3][9][10] This overcrowding can be exacerbated by modern social media photography.[11] The tendency toward a crowded quick experience for major works has had a reaction in the more contemplative "slow art" movement.[12]

See also


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  2. ^ a b Farago, Jason (2019-06-06). "A Noisy Half-Hour With van Gogh's Masterpiece". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-03-19.
  3. ^ a b Farago, Jason (2019-11-06). "It's Time to Take Down the Mona Lisa". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-03-19.
  4. ^ A guide from Phaidon Press which focuses more on contemporary installation art. "Destination Art: 15 Permanent Public Artworks Worth Traveling the Globe to Experience". Artspace. Retrieved 2021-03-19.
  5. ^ "Girl with a Pearl Earring Banned from Travel". Artnet News. 2014-07-21. Retrieved 2021-03-24.
  6. ^ Booth, William (2006-06-20). "The $135 Million Klimt Portrait With A Rich Background". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2021-03-25.
  7. ^ Lowrey, Annie (2019-06-04). "Too Many People Want to Travel". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2021-03-19.
  8. ^ Nayeri, Farah (2019-08-12). "Want to See the Mona Lisa? Get in Line". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-03-19.
  9. ^ "Uffizi, accustomed to taming crowds, looks to outbreak's end". ABC News. Retrieved 2021-03-25.
  10. ^ Buckley, Julia (2 March 2021). "Italy has a new way to combat overtourism". CNN. Retrieved 2021-03-25.
  11. ^ Reyburn, Scott (2018-04-27). "What the Mona Lisa Tells Us About Art in the Instagram Era". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-03-19.
  12. ^ Rosenbloom, Stephanie (2014-10-09). "The Art of Slowing Down in a Museum". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-03-20.