9 newly opened museums enrich the artistic and cultural scene


9 newly opened museums enrich the artistic and cultural scene

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie / Reinhard Friedrich

Last year, a series of new museums, expansions and several museum renovations opened their doors to the public, adding a new dimension to the cultural landscape around the world. From the long-awaited reopening of the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, to Ryue Nishizawa’s Jining Art Museum merging with the landscape, to MVRDV’s reflective Art Depot, discover the architecture of the latest art and culture venues .

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The world’s first fully accessible art museum opens its doors to the public

© Ossip van Duivenbode / MVRDV
© Ossip van Duivenbode / MVRDV

MVRDV’s Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, the world’s first fully accessible art depot, opens its doors to the public this weekend. The official opening ceremony takes place on November 5 and the public will be able to visit from Saturday November 6. Located at Museumpark in central Rotterdam, the reflective structure includes exhibition halls, a roof garden and a restaurant, and offers a behind-the-scenes look into the world of museums, making art collections accessible to the public.


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‘Most people thought it was ugly – like a petrol station’: David Chipperfield on the renovation of the Neue Nationalgalerie

©Simon Menges
©Simon Menges

When David Chipperfield was asked what visitors should expect to see when he completes the renovation of Mies van der Rohe’s Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, he replied: “Imagine a Mercedes from 1965. It has the looks good, but it’s falling apart inside. We want to put it in the workshop, take it apart and put it back together, so when someone turns on the switch, the motor will run. Due to ongoing pandemic health regulations, the 2021 reopening saw a limited number of journalists and visitors visiting alongside Chipperfield and exploring the newly refurbished architecture. Editor and photographer Gili Merin had the opportunity to photograph the project during the pre-opening event and interview the world-renowned architect.

Hong Kong’s new M+ museum is a beautiful study in contradiction

© KEVIN MAK COURTESY OF HERZOG & DE MEURON
© KEVIN MAK COURTESY OF HERZOG & DE MEURON

In this week’s reprint by Metropolis, author Mimi Zeiger explores Hong Kong’s new M+ Museum, finally open to the public. “Designed by Herzog & De Meuron, the impressive building affirms the cultural ascendancy of the city while magnifying the inescapable political tensions of the region”.

Paul Clemence posts images of David Chipperfield’s new Kunsthaus Zurich

© Paul Clemence
© Paul Clemence

Architectural photographer Paul Clemence has published a new series of photos of the new Kunsthaus Zürich museum extension, designed by David Chipperfield Architects. The extension is a free-standing addition to the existing Kunsthaus museum and houses a collection of classic modernist artworks, the Bührle collection and temporary exhibitions. The architectural identity is inspired by the traditional stone facades of the existing Kunsthaus as well as other important public buildings in the Swiss city, and combines tradition and innovation through thin vertical fins made from local Jurassic limestone.

The long-awaited Munch Museum by Estudio Herreros is finally open to the public

© Adria Goula
© Adria Goula

After winning first prize in the Munch Museum competition in 2009, Spanish architecture firm Estudio Herreros has finally completed construction of the museum and will open on October 22, 2021. The long-awaited museum will feature a rich collection of Legacy and culture and thousands of works of art by artist Edvard Munch, as well as a contemporary museum concept that highlights the urban role of architecture and the historical responsibility of Oslo and the nation in general.

Atelier Jean Nouvel’s Pudong Art Museum opens to the public

© Chen Hao
© Chen Hao

The monumental granite-clad Atelier Jean Nouvel museum in Shanghai’s Pudong district is now complete and open to visitors. Labeled “estate” by the architecture firm, the Pudong Art Museum covers a vast land of nearly 40,000 m² on the outer banks of the Huangpu River and offers visitors a cultural space surrounded by the river and a hilly landscape of tall trees.

Images from Ryue Nishizawa’s Jining Art Museum showcase the organic forms that inhabit the landscape

© Paulo dos Sousa
© Paulo dos Sousa

The Jining Art Museum, designed by Japanese architect Ryue Nishizawa in China’s Shandong province, merges architecture and landscape through three structures unified by a distinctive architectural language. Images by photographer Paulo dos Sousa show how the museum relates to the adjacent lake and surrounding greenery while highlighting how the main architectural gesture of the organically shaped roof creates a series of intermediate spaces that extend the activities of the museum outward. outside in the environment.

Olson Kundig reinterprets Noah’s Ark for children’s experience at Jewish Museum Berlin

© kubix Berlin
© kubix Berlin

Completed in 2020, in the midst of a pandemic, ANOHA – The World of Children designed by Olson Kundig for the Jewish Museum in Berlin is finally opening its doors to young audiences. The design reinterprets the myth of Noah’s Ark and expands on the concept and ideas of a similar installation at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, created by the company then named Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen. More than a museum experience, the project is a space for community building, a place for imagination and play that stages a universal story, creating an inclusive environment for children and families of all cultures and backgrounds.

Philadelphia Museum opens after massive renovation project led by Frank Gehry

© Hall + Merrick Photographers
© Hall + Merrick Photographers

The Philadelphia Museum of Art opened to the public earlier this month after completing an extensive four-year interior renovation and expansion project led by Frank Gehry. The intervention, dubbed the Core Project, focused on renewing the museum’s infrastructure, creating galleries and public spaces while leaving the 1928 exterior intact. The culmination of two decades of planning and design, the project led by the renowned architect creates a compelling vision for the future of the museum while honoring the historic building.



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