The 8 most exciting new museum and art institutions opening of 2024.
What are the most exciting new art institutions opening (and reopening) around the world this year?
1. teamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
The teamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi, a vast 17,000-square-meter experiential art space in Saadiyat Cultural District, has reached 70% completion. Created as part of a collaboration between teamLab, the Department of Culture and Tourism, and the Miral Group, the venue is conceived as a ‘home to infinite curiosity’. The reinforced concrete structure is now fully complete, while the construction of the artwork spaces is underway, with the entire building scheduled to be finished in 2024. The project introduces a new art concept called Environmental Phenomena, in which visitors are invited to explore a fresh perspective on our world. The artworks within this new art space aren’t independent; instead, they are created by the environment, which triggers various phenomena . ‘A key characteristic of teamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi is the environment and the various phenomena created by it. The environment stabilizes the structure of these phenomena, and the stabilized phenomena become the artworks themselves,’ explains teamLab, emphasizing the symbiotic relationship between art and environment in this project.
Address: GCG4+X5Q – Al Saadiyat Island – Cultural District – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates
2. Kunstsilo, Norway
A grain silo built in 1934 will reopen on 11 May as the Kunstsilo art museum in Kristiansand, Norway. Built at a cost of around U.S. $66 million, the museum will have some 2,400 square metres of exhibition space spread across three storeys.
The museum’s collection combines works from the collection of former hedge fund manager Nicolai Tangen, which focuses on Nordic Modernist art, and works from the local government’s collection.
3. Grand Egyptian Museum, Egypt
Perhaps the most anticipated museum on last year’s list returns this year after ongoing delays. The $1 billion museum is now slated to open in Giza late spring.
The museum will house a trove of ancient Egyptian artefacts, including treasures from Tutankhamun’s tomb.
4. São Paulo Museum of Art, Brazil
The Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP), which features an iconic 1968 building designed by Lina Bo Bardi, will open a major expansion in late 2024.
The project, which began in 2019, consists of the construction of a new building, named after Lina’s husband, Pietro Maria Bardi, who was the museum’s first artistic director.
The addition of the new 14-storey Pietro building will increase the museum’s exhibition space by 66% to 17,680 square metres.
5. Hampi Art Labs, India
Set on 18-acres of land in Bellary, Karnataka, Hampi Art Labs was founded by art patron Sangita Jindal and her daughter Tarini Jindal Handa.
The art centre, which was designed by Mumbai-based architect Sameep Padora, comprises exhibition spaces, studios and apartments for residencies, gardens, and a café.
6. Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan
The Yokohama Museum of Art will reopen on 15 March following renovations that lasted three years. Among the changes are two new galleries and a redesign of the ‘Grand Gallery’ as a more open space, renamed the ‘Jiyu Area’ to emphasise freedom for visitors to enjoy it.
7. Palmer Museum of Art, U.S.A.
Penn State’s Museum of Art will nearly double its footprint when its new 73,000-square-foot building opens on 1 June. Located in The Arboretum, the building will include 20 galleries, educational and event spaces, a museum store and café, a sculpture path and outdoor terraces.
Dale Chihuly‘s site-specific installation Lupine Blue Persian Wall (2024) will be revealed at the building’s opening along with new acquisitions by artists such as Fernando “Coco” Bedoya, Malcolm Mobutu Smith, Toshiko Takaezu, and Arnold Zimmerman.
8. Museum Reinhard Ernst, Germany
Reinhard Ernst, who made his money manufacturing machine parts, will open a museum to display his extensive post-war art collection this year. Located in Wiesbaden, west of Frankfurt, the 8,910 square metre museum was designed by Pritzker Prize-winner Fumihiko Maki.
Works in the collection of more than 860 paintings and sculptures favour abstraction, including pieces by Josef Albers, Richard Diebenkorn, Helen Frankenthaler, and a number of pieces from the school of Japanese Gutai.
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