21 Beautiful Art Gallery Websites for Inspiration

Art galleries are in the business of aesthetics, yet it’s amazing how generic and uninventive many of their websites can be. Minimal graphics, fonts, and color schemes are designed to keep the viewer’s focus on the art itself, often at the expense of creativity and attractiveness. As in any business, it’s important for galleries to make a website that stands out and is memorable.

21 Beautiful Art Gallery Websites for Inspiration

The websites on this list have achieved that goal by making subtle, yet integral design choices that, in fact, often increase both functionality and the viewing experience.

You may be interested in the following related articles as well.

Please feel free to join us and you are always welcome to share your thoughts that our readers may like.

Don’t forget to subscribe to our RSS-feed and follow us on Twitter — for recent updates.

Beautiful Art Gallery Websites for Inspiration

The websites below are useful sources of inspiration, and they prove that there are multiple variations on similar themes which can be used when you make a website. They show the array of choices that designers have and the ways in which sophisticated, intricate, or visually interesting graphics can actually enhance the look of the art, not counteract it. By creating a balance between the work being sold and the design format, art galleries have the potential to optimize their website as a marketing tool and therefore increase their business.

01. The Pace Gallery

instantShift - Beautiful Art Gallery Websites

While many gallery websites take the minimalist approach, the Pace Gallery is not afraid to include elements of color, pattern, and interactive functions in a bulletin-like format. Their web page background images consist of a pale purple number “50,” in celebration of their 50th anniversary in 2010. Without tabs or links to separate sections, instead the gallery’s information is laid out in a series of boxes, with sections on artists, exhibitions, press releases, media, locations, books, news, and about the gallery. Click on an artist and the artists’ box transforms. Select the option to “expand” and the entire web page layout changes, so that sections where additional information appears are highlighted (perhaps old press releases, books, and the current exhibition), while irrelevant sections (maybe media or events) are darkened. It’s a unique system devised so that those looking for information on a specific person or exhibition can avoid skipping from section to section and, instead, find all the information they need laid out in one place.

Offical Link

02. SCAI The Bathhouse

instantShift - Beautiful Art Gallery Websites

Another website formatted in a bulletin style.

Offical Link

03. Galerie Emanuel Perrotin

instantShift - Beautiful Art Gallery Websites

And another version of the same concept.

Offical Link

04. Luhring Augustine

instantShift - Beautiful Art Gallery Websites

Luhring Augustine’s website may appear to have adopted the typically simplistic gallery approach, but here they show how to make a website where beauty is found in the details. They get their edge from a plethora of images, found in literally every section of the website, which create visual interest and easy navigation. Scroll your mouse over an artist’s name and a large sized image, rather than just a thumbnail, appears on the right hand side of the screen. Look up current exhibitions and find a long page dedicated to images from past and future exhibitions as well. Not a single news item is published without some sort of photo attached, so that the palette of grey in the web page background design becomes simply a canvas upon which a library of images is projected.

Offical Link

05. Galerie Thomas Schulte

instantShift - Beautiful Art Gallery Websites

Another deceptively simple website heavy on the images.

Offical Link

06. Bruce Silverstein

instantShift - Beautiful Art Gallery Websites

And a second example of rotating homepage images – this time of artists and collections.

Offical Link

07. Friedrich Petzel

instantShift - Beautiful Art Gallery Websites

This website allows scrolling back and forth between two main images that correspond with the gallery’s two locations.

Offical Link

08. Nature Morte

instantShift - Beautiful Art Gallery Websites

Here, the same concept with three gallery locations.

Offical Link

09. A Gentil Carioca

instantShift - Beautiful Art Gallery Websites

One of the most fanciful gallery websites around belongs to the Brazilian gallery A Gentil Carioca. While it may not be the most efficient website around, the colorful moving graphics and cartoon-like images speak to the art being sold, which is generally funky and irreverent itself. The gallery’s theme of a pool (instead of stairs leading to their second level, there is a pool ladder) is continued throughout the website, which shows an animated outlined figure walking through a doorway and jumping into the water. The musical accompaniment may be a bit overkill, but the point of this website is to show that art gallery websites don’t always have to be seriously somber and that, from a marketing standpoint, it’s an important goal to convey your gallery’s specific and personalized tone through the business website.

Offical Link

10. Galerie Gmurzynska

instantShift - Beautiful Art Gallery Websites

With a web page background consisting of full-blown, automatically rotating gallery images, Gmurzynska’s website immediately opens with an impact that demands attention. A moving timeline at the bottom of the screen permits visitors to browse through the gallery’s previous exhibition highlights, accomplishments, and events, while the main menu only appears when you roll the mouse over the gallery’s name. Click to view the artist list and the homepage’s layers and shifting images give way to complete functionality, with images laid out as thumbnails and information appropriately categorized. In this way, Gallery Gmurzynska offers an excellent example of how to make a website that combines the creative with the practical.

Offical Link

11. David Nolan Gallery

instantShift - Beautiful Art Gallery Websites

Another gallery website featuring a high impact, full-screen image.

Offical Link

12. Lisson Gallery

instantShift - Beautiful Art Gallery Websites

And another full-screen image.

Offical Link

13. Von Bartha

instantShift - Beautiful Art Gallery Websites

The Von Bartha website screams sophistication. With pared down images and a strong font, they show how simplicity doesn’t have to be boring, but instead can be quite evocative. With a palette of black, white, and sky blue, the homepage opens with three clean squares showing shots of each of the gallery’s locations and titled with the name of their current exhibitions. A strong, bold Von Bartha logo dominates the upper-right-hand corner of each subsequently linked page, while the web page background color alternates between white and black depending on the section. One visually notable choice occurs in the artists’ section, where each name is highlighted in a chunk of the same eye-catching blue.

Offical Link

14. Kamel Mennour

instantShift - Beautiful Art Gallery Websites

Another simple and elegant site that garners attention for its unordinary font and unique three dimensional graphic effect.

Offical Link

15. Galerie Urs Meile

instantShift - Beautiful Art Gallery Websites

Sophistication with a twist. Instead of a homepage image, this gallery turns its list of artist names into a surprisingly refreshing graphic.

Offical Link

16. Mitchell-Innes & Nash

instantShift - Beautiful Art Gallery Websites

Mitchell-Innes & Nash’s website inserts the viewer into their actual gallery space. Different views of the gallery provide the consistent backdrop to the web page design, yet the site remains dynamic with drop-down menus, shading, and website Flash templates that enable dynamic movement as images shift and pages turn. Perhaps one of the most interesting features here can be found in the artists’ section; browsing through images becomes a much more dynamic task, as each work appears projected against the gallery walls, rather than a solid background or color. The result is as though you are viewing the work actually hung up in the gallery space, a sensation which is almost interactive in its effect. This gallery knows how to make a website that is both straightforward and functional, but yet subtly involves the viewer.

Offical Link

17. Tony Shafrazi Gallery

instantShift - Beautiful Art Gallery Websites

Another website that opens with beautiful rotating images of the gallery space.

Offical Link

18. Galerie Thaddeus Ropac

instantShift - Beautiful Art Gallery Websites

And another that uses a washed-out photo of their skylight ceiling.

Offical Link

19. Galeria Joan Prats

instantShift - Beautiful Art Gallery Websites

Galeria Joan Prats makes the memorable artistic choice of photographing their floor.

Offical Link

20. Andrea Rosen Gallery

instantShift - Beautiful Art Gallery Websites

This website allows you to scroll through a range of gallery images at the top of the page.

Offical Link

21. Victoria Miro

instantShift - Beautiful Art Gallery Websites

Victoria Miro picks the outside of the gallery to display, rather than the inside. This shot alternates with an image from the current exhibition.

Offical Link

Find Something Missing?

While compiling this list, it’s always a possibility that we missed some other great gallery websites. Feel free to share it with us.

Like it? Share it.

30 Comments

  1. Nice collection about art’s web sites!
    Thanks for sharing! And great site’s description!

  2. great article about art gallery

  3. That kind of Art is out of reach…..atleast design is possible!

  4. What an awesome collection! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I am very thank you to share this interesting thing

  6. Great collection. Here i have got an idea to my next design. Thanks a lot.

  7. Nice collection

  8. Nice collection thanks!

  9. You’ve done nice work! It’s quite helpful. Thanks a lot for providing awesome information. As a webdesigner I’m very interested in such post. Also I was wondering to know whether I can share with you my own works, cause I’m dealing with something similar and developing such thematic websites. You are welcome to see mu works.

  10. thank you for this article..! :)

    very2x inspiring..

  11. thanks for sharing ,these sites are really inspiring me

  12. The Pace website is the worst gallery website I’ve ever seen. It’s a confusing non-intuitive mess. I can’t believe you cite this as an example of good website design.

    • Really? I agree that it looks stupid, but this is actually brilliantly intuitive. I’d love to work with the developers who put this together.

    • It looks like Pace have redone their website recently – the screengrab above needs updated. The new design looks really good.

  13. The websites on this list have achieved that goal by making subtle, yet integral design choices that, in fact, often increase both functionality and the viewing experience.

  14. know whether I can share with you my own works, cause I’m dealing with something similar and developing such thematic websites. You are welcome to see mu works.

  15. I really find the sites that show the actual galleries to be most appealing. You can’t help but want to visit looking at the amazing display for art work some of those provide.

  16. The Amazing works that are comes form nature.

  17. I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here.

  18. Nice Collection. It will be helpful if you include more Best Art gallery’s website. And also if possible please add Best Artist’s website.

  19. güzel bir site olmus tebrikler..

  20. smart send and you

  21. “Beautiful Art Gallery Websites” good page :) thank you.!

  22. güzel bir site tebrik ederim.

  23. thnask admin very good blogs.

  24. thnask admin very good blogs.

  25. sir i will request to u i want put my art picture so i dont have a any idea about it so pls sir guide me

  26. maybe add vickycampbellart.co.uk to the list?

  27. This is a great site. I am a lover of all things art whether they be in New York, London, Sao Paulo or anywhere else. I recently came upon this great gallery galerialogo.com

  28. i love this austrian artshop called the bunch of ITS. bunchofits.com There isalso an onlineshop.

Leave a Comment Yourself

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>