A Brief History of the Carnegie International, 1896–2008

In 1895, Andrew Carnegie inaugurated the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh, including what is now Carnegie Museum of Art. While many US museums of the time were buying old master collections, Carnegie’s museum was to acquire “the old masters of tomorrow.”  In effect, he had created the country’s first contemporary art museum. Invented as a means to build the collection of the newly founded Carnegie Institute,, the Carnegie International (est. 1896) is, after the Venice Biennale (est.
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