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    A Wonderful ‘’Anti-Museum’’ in the Middle of Australia

    MONA Museum, Tasmania

    Forget all the things you know about museums. Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is unlike any other museum you have been before, it breaks all written and verbal narratives, expectations and boundaries. Located on the Tasmania island of southeast Australia, Mona is an ‘’anti-museum’’, a place for discovery and wonder. With its 6.000 square-meter exhibition space, labyrinths, hidden caves, archaeological objects, antiquities, massive installations, jazz concerts, Void Bar and more, this museum makes unthinkable and unimaginable possible.


  • _Faux Cul VI - X_, Ayana V Jackson, 2017-2018. Photo. Fanyana Hlabangane

    Art And Nature Comes Together In The NIROX Foundation

    South Africa is not only the rising star of contemporary art but also home for many gems. With its artist residency program, exhibitions and events, the NIROX Foundation stands out as one of those gems, which provides a unique experience for those looking for a close bond between art and nature. Located within The Cradle of Humankind, a biologically and ecologically rich center of research and wildlife, the NIROX Foundation fascinates artists, art lovers and nature enthusiasts.


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    South Africa’s New Art Destination: Norval Foundation

    Norval Foundation - Steenberg Estate, Cape Town

    With the opening of Norval Foundation in Steenberg, Cape Town in 2018, art & culture enthusiasts and the public alike gained access to a new space dedicated to showcasing art exhibitions with global appeal, in an environment that also fosters an appreciation for nature.


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    Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology Reflects Lisbon’s Light and Colour

    Maat Museum, Lisbon

    Along the Tagus River edge in Lisbon stands a serpentine structure reflecting the colour and light of the water. The Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) is a new structure which was opened to the public on the 5th October 2016. Although it is one of the newcomers to the city of Lisbon, with its roof terrace and 38 thousand square metre space, it has already become one of the most popular and iconic landmarks of this wonderful city of art.


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    A Place for your Childhood Dreams: Museum of Ice Cream

    Pink walls, neon rooms, sprinkle pools, banana swings, melting ice-creams and pink mirrors… I am not talking about Alice in Wonderland or Hansel and Gretel story; I am rather talking about a real 21st century museum. As the name suggests, the Museum of Ice Cream (MOIC) offers a world that is as cheerful and as colourful as ice-cream! In this vibrant and surreal museum, Instagram lovers’ and the millennium generation’s expectations and your wildest childhood dreams are coming true.

    Kaynak: globetrendermagazine.com

    Source: globetrendermagazine.com

    Museum of Ice Cream takes its name and theme from ice-cream. It consists of different rooms, each of which presents a different ice-creme themed art installation. The museum opened its doors firstly in 2016 in New York, followed by other venues in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Miami respectively, and since then it has been visited by over a million people. Different venues house different exhibits, but you can expect to see two common things in all places; colourful rooms and delicious ice-cream servings.

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    Source: incrediblethings.com

    In every neon and pastel room that you enter, you see an interactive installation. Here, every room is filled with people taking photos at every corner. These places are not only a product of a creative mind, but they are also very sensual. The cone room, melting ice-cream room, banana swing, mirrored room and sprinkle pool are of Instagram-lovers’ favourites.

    Getty. Kaynak: tmz.com

    Getty. Source: tmz.com

    The Museum of Ice Cream has no permanent building or collection. It stands out as a distinctive example of pop-up museums. Pop-up museum refers to a contemporary concept which goes beyond our conventional understanding of museums. These museums have no special mission to foster learning or research, but rather they function as temporary sites where you casually drop by and say ‘’let’s take a photo here.’’ Focusing on enjoyment and imagination, the Museum of Ice cream is like a pop-up screen; it opens in different locations and places on a changing basis. Accordingly, the museum targets Instagram and social media lovers, encourages them to take selfies and pictures and share on social media platforms.

    Kaynak: globetrendermagazine.com

    Source: globetrendermagazine.com

    You can buy tickets online. The entry ticket costs 28 dollars and includes a museum tour, all selfies and pictures taken inside of rooms, and of course, ice-cream tastings. I should note that tickets sell very fast and lead to a long waiting list. One example is the New York Museum, whose tickets are sold out in 3 days and caused a 200.000 people waiting list.

    Kaynak: hellomagazine.com

    Source: hellomagazine.com

    Celebrities are of museum visitors; Katy Perry, Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian and Gwyneth Paltrow are of famous names who visited the MOIC in the past. Thinking of the popularity of the museum, one question comes to mind: how did this museum start? It was founded by 28-year old Mary Ellis Bunn and her business partner Manish Mora. The partners wanted to open a new place in New York. Their aim was to create an experimental space that could inspire the millennium generation. When they thought about what could interest the Instagram and social media generation most, they found the answer: ice-cream!

    Kaynak: globetrendermagazine.com

    Source: globetrendermagazine.com

    Marry Ellis, who is also current creative director of the museum says ‘’I designed all rooms by myself. While doing this, I took an inspiration from my childhood dreams. I spent my childhood by the ocean and then I was imagining swimming in an ocean full of sprinkles.’’ Thinking from this perspective, it is not a coincidence to see a sprinkle pool in every different location of the museum. Another interesting feature about the MOIC is that it has many corporate partners including American Express and Tinder. Plus, every flavor of ice-cream served in the museum is donated by local or international ice-cream brands.

    Kaynak: miami.eater.com

    Source: miami.eater.com

    Museum of Ice Cream has had 4 pop-up branches so far. The first New York branch was opened in August 2016 in a 5.000 sq metre space in Manhattan. The second one is opened in the Arts District of Los Angeles. The third met its visitors in San Francisco, in a Neo-Classic building from 1911. The last branch was opened in Miami in a retro building located in the Faelo District. San Francisco and Miami branches will remain open until May 2018 and April 2018 respectively. In summer 2018, the Museum of Ice Cream will move to new pop-up buildings. New locations and opening times will be announced in upcoming days.

    Simge Erdoğan

  • Mori Sanat Müzesi

    A Museum in the Sky: Mori Art Museum

    Tokyo, Mori Art Museum

    Our next stop is Tokyo. Located in the Roppingi Hills Complex, the tower is visible throughout Tokyo. On the top floor, we have the Mori Art Museum, which was established by a contemporary art enthusiast Minoru Mori. As a businessman and urban development visionary, Minoru Mori had a dream of making the Mori Tower a lively and dynamic building. To make it an inherent part of the city culture, he founded the Mori art Museum in 2003. The building has achieved its aims and has become an arts and culture complex. Now it is one of the most important buildings of Tokyo and a must-see place for art lovers and tourists.

    Yayoi Kusama - Infinity Rooms / Kaynak: smithsonianmag.com

    Yayoi Kusama – Infinity Rooms. Source: smithsonianmag.com

    Built by Richard Gluckman, the Mori Art Museum is an exceptional museum in many ways. Unlike other corporate museums, it didn’t start to showcase its founder’s collection. Additionally, Mori Art Museum doesn’t have a permanent gallery to exhibit a permanent collection in its space.

    Ohmaki Shinji Liminal Air Space – Time. Kaynak: japanobjects.com

    Ohmaki Shinji Liminal Air Space – Time. Source: japanobjects.com

    Actually, the museum started to build a collection of Contemporary Asian Art in 2005, since then it grew with works acquired, as now it features important artists like Le Corbusier, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Takashi Murakami. Despite this, the Mori Art Museum has an aim to emphasize the artists over its collection; therefore it only presents selected works from the collection on a regular basis.

    Takashi Murakami - The 500 Arhats. Mori Art Museum, 2015. Fotoğraf: Mori Museum & Magic Pony.

    Takashi Murakami – The 500 Arhats. Mori Art Museum, 2015. Photo: Mori Museum & Magic Pony.

    Since its opening, the museum hosted many important artists from Asia and beyond. Its exhibitions featured iconic domestic and international artists such as Bill Viola, Takashi Murakami, Yayomi kusama and Tim Burton in its highly visual, engaging and rich spaces. In addition to this, it has been running a MAM Project (solo exhibitions) and MAM Screening (video works) to support lesser-known and emerging artists.

    Kaynak: livejapan.com

    Source: livejapan.com

    Another element that makes this museum exceptional is its Tokyo City View, which provides the visitors a panoramic view of the city from the 52nd floor. The museum hosts an exhibition within the Sky Gallery, where visitors can appreciate the art and stunning view at the same time. It also has a souvenir shop, The Sun and The Moon restaurants, which occasionally offer themed menus in parallel to the current exhibitions.

    Kaynak: Mori Art Museum

    Souerce: Mori Art Museum

    The Mori Art Museum’s “Art + Life” motto becomes evident in Leandro Erlich’s recent exhibition entitled ‘’Seeing and Believing’’. This special exhibition which took place between 18th of November-1st of April 2018 was the largest solo exhibition devoted to the artist. It provided new ways of seeing our world and reality through optic illusion and sound effects. Just like this exhibition, other Mori exhibitions offer new ways of looking at the world around us. And then it becomes possible for all of us to realize the importance of an enriched society where art relates to all aspects of life.

    Simge Erdoğan

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    50 Most Interesting Art Museums in the World

    In our 50 Museums Section, we are aiming to list 50 most interesting museums around the world which fascinate us with their collections as well as designs.

    If you want to send us your suggestions or share with us your photos taken from these places, please contact us on [email protected] With your contributions and featured content coming from our readers, we wish to reach 50 as soon as possible. Enjoy!

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    Contemporary African Art’s Second Home is in Marrakesh: MACAAL Museum of Contemporary African Art Al Maaden

    Marrakesh, MACAAL Museum of Contemporary African Art Al Maaden

    Contemporary African Art is gaining further importance and visibility every day with its constantly growing art fairs, exhibitions and museums. Following the opening of the Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town last year, African Art has found a second home in Marrakesh, under the roof of MACAAL Museum of Contemporary Art Al Maaden. From this time onwards, artists and works from Africa and its diaspora will meet their audience in MACAAL, which is ready to reflect the colors, richness and energy of African Art in all international platforms.

    MACAAL © SIMO DRISSI. Kaynak: museumnetwork.sothebys.com

    MACAAL © SIMO DRISSI. Source: museumnetwork.sothebys.com

    MACAAL had a soft opening in 2016, and an offical and international launch last week. With
    with the international opening of MACAAL, all eyes are turned to Marrakesh to this non-profit private institution. The president and the founder of the museum, Othman Lazraq highlights the museum’s mission and goals, as he says that they aim to introduce and promote art in Morocco, and bring to light the continent’s rich artistic and cultural heritage. With its exhibitions, events and education programs the most important works and masterpieces of African art will come to life. It can be said that the museum has already started to pursue its mission in various levels.

    Namsa Leuba

    Namsa Leuba, Statuette Kafigeledio Prince – Guinea, 2011, Ya Kala Ben series © Namsa Leuba and Art Twenty One Gallery. “Africa Is No Island,” the Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL), Marrakech, 2018. Photo: Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden.

    When one takes the location of the MACAAL into account, having such museum in Morocco becomes important. Morocco is located at the crossroads of the African and the Arab world, which makes it easier to in every way to follow new artistic developments and rising trends. On the other hand, it is a gateway to Europe as it sits at its doorstep. This proximity gives MACAAL an opportunity to introduce African art to an international audience, and bring it together with a broader public.

    Hicham Benohoud ‘’Untitled’’, © www.macaal.org

    Hicham Benohoud ‘’Untitled’’, © www.macaal.org

    One of the must-haves of a museum is certainly a building that can reflect the soul and mission of the institution. Looking at the MACAAL’s building from this perspective, we see a 700-square metre solid and strong structure which consists of 2 floors. Designed by Nieto Sabejano, with its three reddish intersecting cubes, the building reflects the sould of the red city. Other distinctive feature of the museum architecture is the horizontal block which covers the main entrance. In contrast to the strong and soplid appearance of the exterior, the interior is full of light.

    Nicola Lo Calzo, Portrait de David Godonou-Dossou, riche marchand et fondateur de la dynastie Godonou-Dossou, Porto Novo, Bénin, 2011, © Nicola Lo Calzo, Fotoğraf: The Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden. Kaynak: www.vogue.com

    Nicola Lo Calzo, Portrait de David Godonou-Dossou, riche marchand et fondateur de la dynastie Godonou-Dossou, Porto Novo, Bénin, 2011, © Nicola Lo Calzo, Fotoğraf: The Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden. Source: vogue.com

    The institution showcases works including digital art, painting, video, photography by both emerging and established contemporary artists from Africa and its diaspora. The art upstairs presents a sampling of Lazraq collection, which consists of over 2.000 works collected in past 40 years. This semi-permanent exhibition spans the breadth of the continent and it includes works by artists such as Moataz Nasr, Sergei Attukwei Clottey, and Farid Belkahia. “Every work has a story,” says Lazraq and he adds, “and all of them hold an important place in our collection.”

    Leila Alaoui ‘’Moroccans’’, Kaynak: www.npr.org

    Leila Alaoui ‘’Moroccans’’, Kaynak: npr.org

    In the entrance hall there is a memorial to the French Moroccan photographer Leila Alaoui. A friend of Othman’s, Alaoui died in a terrorist attack in 2016. Here we see her photograph series entitled ‘’Moroccan’’ under a white marble archway. The exhibit is completed with speakers playing a sound installation by Italian artist Anna Raimondo, which uses everyday noises from the Marrakesh market. According to Othman, this exhibit brings a sense of familiarity and belonging to the museum. He says “Our target is the local population. Eighty per cent of Moroccans have never visited a museum, so here, we want them to feel at home.’’

    Sol: Maimouna Guerresi – Trone in White, 2016 / Sağ: Maimouna Guerresi – Trone in Black, 2016, Fondation Alliances Collection, © Maimouna Guerresi ve Mariane Ibrahim Gallery.

    Left: Maimouna Guerresi – Trone in White, 2016 / Right: Maimouna Guerresi – Trone in Black, 2016, Fondation Alliances Collection, © Maimouna Guerresi ve Mariane Ibrahim Gallery.

    On the ground floor we meet with the inaguration exhibition ‘’Africa is No Island’’ which takes place between 24 February-24 August 2018. This special exhibition features photographs of 40 artists, and each explores a different concept of tradition, family and environment with an aim to provide insight into the continent from a different lense.

    Africa is No Island Sergisi’nden bir kare. Joana Choumali, Mme Djeneba Haabré, la dernière génération series, 2013-2014, © Joana Choumali ve 50 Golborne Gallery. Fotoğraf: Saad Alami, kaynak: www.vogue.com

    An image from Africa is No Island. Joana Choumali, Mme Djeneba Haabré, la dernière génération series, 2013-2014, © Joana Choumali ve 50 Golborne Gallery. Photo: Saad Alami, source: vogue.com

    Bringing together works by Maimouna Guerresi, Baudouin Mouanda, Ayana V. Jackson and Walid Layadi-Marfouk, Africa is No Island presents alternative ways and fresh approached to Africa. With the works, one can go beyond stereotypical way of thinking, and start celebrating the endless creative energy and cultural diversity of Africa.

    Simge Erdoğan

  • Yves Saint Laurent

    Fashion and Art in the Red City: Yves Saint Laurent Museum, Marrakesh

    Marrakesh, Yves Saint Laurent Museum

    Everything started in 1964 when fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent decided to set aside certain prototypes and accompanying accessories from his every collection, which are housed in the Yves Saint Laurent Museum today. The Museum gives its visitors a chance to get to know the life, works and the creative mind of the 20th century’s iconic haute couture fashion designer who was also a big fan of Mondrian’s art. Located near the Jardin Majorelle, the Museum invites its visitors on a vogaye to artistic creativity and fashion.


    Source: thedailybeast.com

    The Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakesh is one of the two museums that house and display Laurent’s fashion collections. The building opened its doors to the public in October 2017. It hosts approximately 4.000 garments, 15.000 accessories and thousands of drawings, pictures and videos with an aim to shed light on the life of the designer and the history of the fashion house. It features many iconic garments that Saint Laurent designed, including the Mondrian dress, le smoking coat and safari jacket. One sees references to painting, literature, the theatre and street fashion, as well as many important objects such as original sketches, atelier worksheets, collection boards, photographs and videos of the runway shows, client notebooks. We also see important portraits of the couturier including one by Bernard Buffet, painted in 1958, and a series of portraits by Andy Warhol from 1972.

    Yves Saint Laurent Marakeş sokaklarında. © Reginald Gray. Kaynak: theguardian.com

    Yves Saint Laurent in Marrakech © Reginald Gray. Source: harpeersbazaar.com

    The Museum and its collection have an interesting story. Yves Saint Laurent started to preserve important prototypes and accessories (jewellery, shoes, gloves, hats, etc.) from his every collection in 1964. Over the years, he built a rich collection that was created and preserved as passionate as a collector. To preserve his pieces, he founded the Yves Saint Laurent Fondation and hence became the first fashion designer of his age who systematically collected and stored his works. In time, more pieces including drawings, sketchbooks and fabrics were added to the Fondation collection.

    ©Horst P. Horst, 1980. Photograph by Dan Glasser.

    ©Horst P. Horst, 1980. Photo by Dan Glasser.

    Why Marrakesh? This city had a special place in Yves Saint Laurent’s designs and life. The designer first visited Marrakesh in 1966 after which he fall in love with this city’s colors. In 1980, he bought a villa with Pierre Bergé and hence became one of the inhabitants of the city. The Museum building which immortalizes the designer was created by Studio KO headed by Karl Fournier and Olivier Marty. While studying the couturier’s archives, Studio KO became intrigued by the duality between his curved and straight lines, and his approaches of cutting fabric. The interior is radically different, like the lining of a couture jacket, it is velvety and smooth.

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    Source: thedailybeast.com

    The museum welcomes diverse exhibitions related to fashion, art, contemporary art and design in its 120m² space. The museum also includes a hall for temporary exhibitions, a research library with over 5,000 volumes, a 140-seat auditorium, bookshop and terrace café.

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    Art for Everyone, Everywhere, at Every time: Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art

    Los Angeles, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA LA)

    There is a new foundation in Los Angeles Art District, the city’s center of art and culture. The Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art recently opened its doors to the public after the completion of 2-year renovation and building project, and now it is the Arts District’s newest art museum. The Institute is originally based on and replaced a former foundation, the Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA), which was founded in 1984 and closed in 2015. Reopened with a new name of ICA LA, this new museum has already brought a new energy to the city.

    ICA LA, Dominique Vorillon

    ICA LA, Dominique Vorillon / interiordesign.net

    It is possible to say that the ICA LA was reborn with a new name, building and logo. With its reopening to the public, from the time of its transformation into the ICA LA, the museum has a mission of embracing diversity and addressing social issues. Parallel to that, quite surprisingly, the ICA LA does not have a permanent collection or an exhibition; rather it will host a variety of temporary exhibitions that aim at presenting a series of rotating exhibitions of artists across cultures.

    The director Elsa Longhauser during installation works in the ICA LA. © Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times, Source: latimes.com

    The director Elsa Longhauser during installation works in the ICA LA. © Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times, Source: latimes.com

    The entrance to the ICA LA and its special exhibitions is free of charge. The director of the Museum, Elsa Longhauser underlines the institute’s public mission and its aim to increase its visitor numbers with these following words ‘’we want this to be an active space, crackling with energy.’’

    ICA LA, © Sarah M. Golonka/smg photography, kaynak: ICA LA

    ICA LA, © Sarah M. Golonka/smg photography, Source: ICA LA

    The ICA LA occupies an industrial building that was designed by Kulapat Yantrasast, on the outskirts of the downtown Arts District of LA. The museum extends over a space of 12,700 square-foot of which 7,500-square-feet devoted for the exhibition space, as well as it includes areas for public programs such as workshops, seminars and panels, offices, and a café.

    “Abigail DeVille: No Space Hidden (Shelter),” 2017, Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA). BRIAN FORREST, kaynak: www.artnews.com

    “Abigail DeVille: No Space Hidden (Shelter),” 2017, Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA). BRIAN FORREST, Source: artnews.com

    ICA LA’s inauguration exhibition is entitled “Martín Ramírez: His Life in Pictures, Another Interpretation”. It features drawings by the Mexican artist, who migrated to Los Angeles in 1925. The exhibition focuses on the life of Ramírez, which was perfectly characterized by a sense of displacement. With the hit of the Great Depression of the 1929, and the following unemployment and homelessness, soon after, he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and spent more than 20 years of his life at the hospital. By presenting the artists’ works that were produced in this setting, the museum aims to explore the issues of diversity and alienation. In addition to the exhibition, the museum also hosts an installation by Abigail DeVille named as “No Space Hidden (Shelter)”. Made of found materials around the downtown, this installation draws attention to enormous economic disparities.

    Simge Erdoğan

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