new museum openings for 2022


Nasjonal Museum

Oslo, Norway

Opening on June 11, cost $ 670 million

New from Norway Nasjonal Museum is gigantic in every way, from its size to its budget. The largest museum in the Nordic region brings together the collections of three major Norwegian institutions – the National Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design – under one roof. The new building designed by German architects Kleihues + Schuwerk cost 6.1 billion crowns ($ 670 million) and is fully funded by the state.

More than 5,000 works, dating from Antiquity to the present day, will be exhibited in a permanent collection of more than 80 rooms and two floors. Important pieces housed in the new museum include Edvard Munch’s The Scream (1893); a self-portrait painted by Vincent van Gogh at the Saint-Rémy-de-Provence asylum in 1889; and Harald Sohlberg Winter night in the mountains (1914), who was elected Norway’s national painting.

The Light Hall, a 2400 m² illuminated rooftop for temporary exhibitions, is a highlight of the new building. Its opening show will be dedicated to Norwegian contemporary art, with more than 150 artists and artist collectives.

The Nasjonalmuseet is part of the FutureBuilt program which aims to develop carbon neutral urban areas in Norway. According to a project statement, the museum has “high environmental ambitions” and is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50%, while a heat pump using sea water will be used for cooling. The entire facade is covered with Norwegian slate.

The great Egyptian museum of Giza Khaled Desouki / AFP via Getty Images

Great Egyptian Museum

Giza, Egypt

Opening at the end of 2022, costs over $ 1 billion

the Great Egyptian Museum (GEM) is finally on the verge of completion and is slated to open in November, 20 years after former President Hosni Mubarak laid the foundation stone. The cost of the new museum, designed by Dublin architects Heneghan Peng, is estimated at more than $ 1 billion. Much of the funding comes from Japanese government loans.

With nearly 500,000 m², the GEM is the size of a large airport terminal. The sprawling site near the Pyramids of Giza will house 100,000 Egyptian artefacts, presented in chronological order from prehistoric times to the Greco-Roman period. Among the larger objects are an 11 m high, 75 ton red granite statue of Ramses the Great in the atrium and a 45 m long wooden “solar boat” which was excavated in 1954 at the base. of the great pyramid of Cheops. But for many visitors, the biggest draw will be the collection of 5,000 relics from Tutankhamun’s tomb, transferred from the Egyptian Historical Museum in central Cairo and exhibited in its entirety for the first time.

Artist’s impression of the Sydney Modern extension of the Art Gallery of New South Wales Render: Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA; © Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Sydney, Australia

Opening at the end of 2022, cost 247 million dollars

Known as Sydney Modern, the expanding Art Gallery of New South Wales showcases a new, airy glass-fronted building designed by Tokyo-based architecture firm Sanaa above a pair of disused WWII oil tanks. This will connect to the existing neoclassical sandstone gallery via a public art garden which will be accessible 24 hours a day, with a view of Sydney Harbor. The design, including green roofs, solar panels and rainwater harvesting, achieved Australia’s highest rating for environmentally friendly buildings.

The transformation will create 16,000 m² of exhibition space, almost doubling the current footprint, and is expected to increase the number of visitors to over two million per year. A complete overhaul of the collection will give works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists pride of place in a dedicated space near the entrance and throughout the gallery’s exhibits. One of the old oil reservoirs will be transformed into a cavernous underground gallery for special exhibitions and performances.

Sydney Modern is supported by A $ 244 million ($ 175 million) from the State Government of New South Wales and over A $ 100 million ($ 72 million) in philanthropic support.

Cluny Museum in Paris © Muchel Denancé

Cluny Museum

Paris, France

Opening spring, cost 21.5 million euros

The seven-year renovation of the Cluny Museum in Paris, the French national museum of the Middle Ages, will soon be completed. The work took place in stages, starting with the restoration of a Gothic chapel and the ruins of old Gallo-Roman thermal baths in the park. In 2018, a new reception building designed by Bernard Desmoulin was inaugurated, while the 15th century mansion of the museum and the 19th century annex buildings were made accessible to disabled visitors.

The final phase will consist of redesigning the museum’s exhibits, which date back to the 1950s. A thematic approach will give way to a chronological arrangement. A new route will lead visitors to the Byzantine collections and the birth of Gothic art until the 16th century, including the famous Lady and the Unicorn tapestries. Five of the tapestries represent the senses of touch, taste, smell, hearing and sight while the mysterious sixth is inscribed “To my only desire”.

Other key items in the collection include stained glass windows from the Sainte-Chapelle and 13th-century statues of the Kings of Judah that were torn from the facade of Notre-Dame Cathedral during the French Revolution and only recovered in 1977.

Hong Kong Palace Museum © ROCCO Architects Design

Hong Kong Palace Museum

Hong-Kong, China

Opening July, costs $ 450 million

After the long-awaited revelation last November of the M + Museum in Hong Kong, comes the neighbor Palace Museum, dedicated to the imperial treasures of China, on loan from the Forbidden City in Beijing. The museum was announced by the Hong Kong government in December 2016, sparking controversy over the lack of prior public consultation. This is a late addition to the West Kowloon Cultural District, which spans 40 hectares of reclaimed land adjacent to Victoria Harbor. The HK $ 3.5 billion ($ 450 million) investment project is fully funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.

Designed by Hong Kong architect Rocco Yim, the building will include nine galleries of 7,800 m², as well as a 400-seat theater, educational spaces and nurseries. About 800 artefacts from the Beijing Palace Museum will make up the inaugural exhibits, including paintings, calligraphy, decorative arts and rare books. Other galleries will focus on the history of art collecting in Hong Kong and interactive experiences for children. The first in a series of international partnerships, an exhibition on horses will juxtapose ancient Chinese art with works from the Louvre in Paris.

Artist’s impression of the refurbished Burrell Collection in Glasgow John McAslan + Partners

Burrell Collection

Glasgow, United Kingdom

Opening March, costs £ 68million

Home to 9,000 works of art donated to the city of Glasgow by shipping magnate William Burrell, the Burrell Collection will reopen in the spring after more than five years of closure. Its namesake has amassed a rich collection of medieval and early Renaissance art from Northern Europe, with stained glass windows, armor and over 200 tapestries; Chinese ceramics, bronzes and jade; and 19th century French art, including pastels, drawings and oils by Edgar Degas. The museum, located in the woods and gardens of Pollok Country Park, was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1983.

Architects John McAslan + Partners led a major renovation of the 1970s listed building, creating 35% more gallery space and adding a new entrance and learning center. The renovated building is also more environmentally friendly, following repairs to the chronically leaking roof and the installation of new heating, ventilation and lighting systems. A comprehensive re-exhibition of Burrell’s collection promises works that haven’t been seen in decades and immersive, family-friendly exhibits designed to appeal to those under the age of five.

On the horizon

Prague’s former Zenger electrical substation will open on February 22 as Prague Kunsthalle, a non-profit exhibition space supported by the family foundation of Petr and Pavlína Pudil. The program of modern and contemporary Czech and international art begins with a performance paying homage to the building’s original function from the 1930s, Kinetismus: 100 years of art and electricity.

the Platform 10 the arts district of the Swiss city of Lausanne will end on June 18 with the inauguration of a new building housing the Élysée Museum, a leading photography museum, and the mudac, dedicated to contemporary design and applied arts.

the Fotografiska chain of photography museums in Stockholm, New York and Tallinn expands to Berlin and Shanghai in the second half of 2022. Fotografiska Berlin renovates the Kunsthaus Tacheles, a former Nazi Party department store and office that was saved from demolition in the 1990s by artist squatters. Fotografiska Shanghai takes over a former warehouse in the waterfront district of Suzhou Creek. Another new space is slated to open in Miami in 2023.

The new building of the Orange County Museum of Art in Costa Mesa, Calif., will open on October 8 with free entry for the next ten years, sponsored by Lugano Diamonds. Its inaugural shows will be the 2022 California Biennale and an investigation spanning the entire career of Light and Space sculptor Fred Eversley.

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, will reopen in late 2022 as Buffalo AKG Museum of Art after a $ 160 million campus expansion designed by OMA Architects Shohei Shigematsu. New additions include the 2,800 m² Gundlach Building, an educational wing, and collection galleries dedicated to the works of Clyfford Still and Marisol.

Manchester Museum, which is part of the University of Manchester, will complete construction of its £ 13.5million extension at the end of 2022, unveiling a new exhibition hall and galleries for Chinese and South Asian culture. The latter is organized in partnership with the British Museum and members of the South Asian diaspora community.

Founded by Indian businessman and collector Abhishek Poddar, the Museum of Art and Photography (MAP) will open in Bengaluru at the end of 2022. Its collection includes more than 18,000 works donated by Poddar, spanning paintings, photographs, textiles, graphic arts and sculpture from the 10th century to the present day.


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