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This season, some cities across the world will celebrate the openings of major new museums. Some of these openings, represent important events for the architectural world or the maturation of their country’s flourishing art scenes. Check them out with us and keep updated with the best design news!
Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami
Opening in December 2017, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami’s new location is an impressive 20,000 square feet of exhibition galleries and a public sculpture garden designed by Aranguren + Gallegos Arquitectos.
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town, South Africa
The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town is the first major museum in Africa dedicated exclusively to contemporary art. The 100,000-square-foot space within the historic Grain Silo Complex is also the largest museum to open on the continent in over a century.
King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, was designed by architects at Norwegian firm Snøhetta. The cultural center will include a cinema, library, museum, and auditorium. This futuristic design admired by architecture lovers the world over is slated to open late this year.
Musée Yves Saint Laurent, Marrakech
Located in Marrakech, the Musée Yves Saint Laurent will open this Fall, celebrating the life and work of one of the 20th century’s most defining figures in fashion. The museum, designed by French architecture firm Studio KO, will feature a permanent collection of Saint Laurent’s work staged by Christophe Martin, as well as a gallery, café, and restaurant.
Remai Modern, Saskatchewan, Canada
Remai Modern in Saskatchewan officially opens its doors this month. Canada’s newest home for contemporary artwork, the modernist building — designed by Canadian architect Bruce Kuwabara — features roughly 130,000 square feet of total space which can be used for various functions.
National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), Athens, Greece
The new location of the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) in Athens is finally due to open this fall. Following an architecture competition, EMST awarded 3SK Stylianidis Architects, I. Mouzakis & Associate Architects, Tim Ronalds Architects, and K. Kontozoglou the task of collaboratively refurbishing the historic FIX Brewery.
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MACAN), Jakarta, Indonesia
The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MACAN) will open this November, coinciding with the Jakarta Biennale. The 43,000-square-foot space is located in a mixed-use building and will feature the work of Indonesian artists like Raden Saleh and Affandi, as well as international stars like Ai Weiwei, Jeff Koons, and Gerhard Richter.
Louvre Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is finally ready to open this fall. Designed by French Pritzker Prize–winner Jean Nouvel, the museum promises to be worth the wait. The collection includes more than 600 artworks, manuscripts, and objects of historical and cultural significance, with more than 300 masterpieces on loan from French institutions.
Museum of the Bible, Washington, D.C.
Designed by SmithGroupJJRA and a few blocks from both the Capitol and the National Mall, the 430,0000-square foot Museum of the Bible plans to welcome its first crowds this November. The private museum is being funded by Hobby Lobby President Steve Green, who will also provide 40,000 artifacts from his collection, including papyrus fragments of the New Testament.
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