All the museums that will open this year, despite the coronavirus

All the museums that will open this year, despite the coronavirus

All the museums that will open this year

Cultural life does not stop. From the largest cinema museum in the world in Los Angeles designed by Renzo Piano, which will debut on September 30, to Ges 2, the new contemporary art center in Moscow that will see the light in a former power plant in the summer and autumn, here are the next openings

In 2020, the crisis caused by the coronavirus has delayed the opening of many exhibition spaces and museums; but 2021 seems to be the year of the great revenge. From Paris to Hong Kong via Berlin, many will be inaugurated, thus celebrating a new season for world art. For example, the Munchmuseet in Oslo is making its debut this summer, which houses the largest and most numerous collection in the world of works by Edvard Munch (Løten, 1863 - Oslo, 1944) and which is the main destination for those wishing to deepen the great expressionist painter. The new Munch house was designed by the Herreros studio and inside it houses over 1,100 paintings, 3,000 drawings and 18,000 lithographs.

La Bourse de Commerce, the new art museum, will soon open its doors in Paris. contemporary of the Pinault Collection. The inauguration, initially scheduled for January 23, has been postponed by a few months due to the new wave of Covid-19 that has rocked France, but the organizers promise to open by spring. The private space, which houses the collection of French magnate François Pinault, shareholder of the LVMH group, occupies a circular building near the Louvre, which was once a grain depot. The structure was erected in 1767, saw the addition of the dome in 1811, was rebuilt in 1889 and today it has been renovated under the careful direction of Tadao Andō, the Japanese architect who has also given new life to the Palazzo. Grassi in Venice.

In Holland, on the other hand, the construction of the Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen designed by the MVRDV architecture firm in the Museumpark in Rotterdam has recently been completed. This unusual bowl-shaped building, covered with mirrors and with a roof garden, will become the first art depot in the world open to the public. A structure where visitors can discover the backstage of the entire collection of the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, which contains a heritage of over 151,000 works, collected in 170 years of activity. The official inauguration is expected in autumn 2021.

Traveling beyond the European borders, we arrive in Egypt with a record-breaking museum, the Grand Egyptian Museum (Gem), destined to house over 100 thousand artifacts, among the which we find 5,000 treasures from the tomb of Tutankhamun. The ambitious project would be in its final stages and could open to the public in 2021, with its immense heritage of antiquities. Designed by Dublin's Heneghan Pengun, the building is a veritable giant in the shape of a beveled triangle that towers a few steps from the archaeological site known as the Giza Necropolis. It will rise on an area of ​​over 480,000 square meters of land and at its entrance will welcome visitors with a huge statue of Ramses II. With a total cost of almost a billion dollars, it will be one of the most expensive archival institutions ever created.

Among the most anticipated openings there is also that of the Pudong Art Museum , in the new financial district of Shanghai in China. The project is part of the local multi-year plan for the revitalization of the nation's arts and cultures. Designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel, known for his work at the Louvre in Abu Dhabi and the National Museum of Qatar in Doha, its new construction is a six-story building with over 40,000 square meters of exhibition space and will be positioned at the foot of the iconic Oriental Pearl Tower. Tate has already announced that it will offer its collaboration after the inauguration, scheduled for mid-2021, by lending three exhibitions a year and thus continuing the cultural partnership between East and West.

There would instead be a date, September 30, for the inauguration of the Academy Museum of Motion Picture in Los Angeles, the largest cinema museum in the world. It was signed by one of the best-known Italian studios, that of the archistar Renzo Piano. The futuristic spherical structure is located near the LACMA, the Los Angeles Museum of Art. The project involved the complete renovation of a former 1930s shopping center, the May Company Building, which remained unused for years after the damage suffered by the earthquake. in 1987, and the creation of a new globe-shaped theater that will host the most important film festivals in the world. And Renzo Piano has also signed the reconversion of Ges 2, the early twentieth century power plant located in the center of Moscow, which has become the new headquarters of the V-A-C Foundation, an institution created to promote Russian contemporary art. Spanning 40,000 square meters, the cultural center will feature exhibitions, performance and learning programs, a glass-fronted 420-seat theater overlooking a birch grove, as well as a library, cafes, restaurant and a residential block. The works should be completed between summer and autumn 2021.

The Hong Kong museum of visual culture designed by Herzog & deMeuron, a famous Basel studio, will be called M +. It will become the hub of the West Kowloon cultural district and will open in late 2021. Formed by a large horizontal parallelepiped and a vertical tower, it will have the shape of an inverted T, with an exhibition space of 65,000 square meters designed to be open to all forms of 20th and 21st century art, such as architecture, design, photography. and video.

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