• Louvre_Abu_Dhabi

    The Birth of a Museum: Louvre Abu Dhabi

    Louvre Abu Dhabi

    Louvre Abu Dhabi is more than a museum. It is one of the most important products of inter-governmental cooperation, partnership and dialogue between France and United Arab Emirates. Even its name gives hints about the cultural synthesis that it represents; milestone of modern museology, Louvre and France on one hand, and the rising star of the international art scene, Abu Dhabi and United Arab Emirates on the other. We watched the creation of this museum step by step, and finally, we came to the end of a 10-year journey. Its first baby steps, then growth and finally completion, what we have been looking for has finally come true; Louvre Abu Dhabi opened its doors to the public on the 11th of November. From masterpieces to its marvellous building, exhibitions to programming, Louvre Abu Dhabi has already become one of the most important institutions in the World.

    Louvre Abu Dhabi. Fotoğraf: Mohamed Somji

    Louvre Abu Dhabi. Photo: Mohamed Somji

    Everything started in 2007 when the cultural partnership between France and United Arab Emirates was officially announced to the public. The idea of existence of a Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi was very important to highlight the universality of art and culture, and the role that Middle East plays in the sector. To achieve this goal and provide guidance and expertise to the authorities of the United Arab Emirates, Agence France-Museums was set up. Under its roof, 17 most prestigious institutions of France including the Louvre Museum, Orsay Museum and Pompidou Center were brought together. These institutions started working together to provide support to the project. Even important posts of the museum are filled by people coming from these institutions.

    Louvre Abu Dabi. Tasarım ve plan.

    Louvre Abu Dhabi. Source: 3oneseven.com

    Finding the perfect location and building for the museum was of vital significance. The major challenge was to create an iconic building that would be capable of representing the universality of the museum. For that reason, Pritzker-prize winner, French architect, Jean Nouvel was assigned as the head architect. Under his supervision, a museum city on Saadiyat Island was created. Today, the museum is made of building series that take inspiration from the low-lying settlements of the area. Made of a total of 55 buildings, the museum city includes galleries, children’s museum, restaurant, cafes and shops.

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    The most iconic element of the project is the dome, which covers the majority of the museum city. It consists of 8 different layers, 180 meters in diameter, held aloft with four massive invisible towers. The dome itself is referred as a work of art. Made of stainless steel and aluminium, this gigantic dome is a result of a geometric design which is a reference to Arabian architecture such as mosque, mausoleum and madrasa. It comprises of 7.850 unique stars set in a geometric pattern. These starts are visible from both inside and out, filter the light and create a cinematic effect that is called the ‘rain of light’.

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    Louvre Abu Dhabi.

    Louvre Abu Dhabi is a universal museum which aims at reflecting shared human stories across civilizations and cultures. Its collection certainly represents this mission. Director of the museum, Manuel Rebaté says ‘’with a unique global narrative and a vision to explore the history of art in a fresh context, Louvre Abu Dhabi is a place where visitors can come to understand their own and others’ cultures. Its ground-breaking architecture complements a presentation of exceptional treasures that represent a snapshot of humanity’s creativity, and paves the way for new discussions.”

    A Young Emir Studying, Osman Hamdi Bey, Istanbul ?, 1878, Oil on canvas Louvre Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi LAD 2012.017 © Louvre Abu Dhabi

    A Young Emir Studying, Osman Hamdi Bey, Istanbul ?, 1878, Oil on canvas. Louvre Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi LAD 2012.017 © Louvre Abu Dhabi

    The museum collection made of artefacts, artworks and loans start from pre-historical times to Modern and Contemporary Art, covering different periods, geographies and civilizations on the way. 600 objects belong to the museum collection, whereas other 200 are taken on loan from 13 French institutions. These treasures are presented to the audience in 23 permanent galleries. The museum has many masterpieces such as Sarcophagi from Ancient Egypt, Ottoman Turban Helmet, Paul Gauguin’s Children Westling, Mondrian’s Composition with Blue, Red, Yellow and Black. The most important figure in Ottoman-Turkish painting, Osman Hamdi Bey also greets us in this museum. His oil-painting, Young Emir Studying is one of the star objects of Louvre Abu Dhabi.

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     Left: Self-Portrait, Vincent Van Gogh, France, 1887. Oil on canvas, Musée d’Orsay © Musée d’Orsay, dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt. Right: The Red Rock, Paul Cézanne, France, c. 1895, oil painting, Paris, Musée de l’Orangerie © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée de l’Orangerie) / Hervé Lewandowski.

    The museum has temporary displays. 200 objects are loaned from 13 French institutions for 10 years. Among these are many masterpieces. Van Gogh’s Self-portrait, Da Vinci’s La Belle Ferronniere, Giacometti’s Sculpture Standing Woman II, Cezanne’s The Red Rock and more are now waiting to be seen in Louvre Abu Dhabi.

    Left: Guiseppe Penone, Leaves of Light, (2016) Model, by Ateliers Jean Nouvel, the Louvre Abu Dabi, ©Giuseppe Penone. Right: Jenny Colzer, Engraved stone Cuneiform wall, Louvre Abu Dabi, ©2015 Jenny Holzer.

    The Museum offers more. Louvre Abu Dhabi supports and promotes contemporary art. For this reason, two important artists are commissioned to produce site-specific works for the outdoor areas. Jenny Holzer created 3 engraved stone walls called For Louvre Abu Dhabi (2017), with inscriptions from historical texts. Italian Guiseppe Penone created Leaves of Light (2017), a vast bronze tree installation with mirrors. Another important contemporary name is Ai Wei Wei. Highly renowned artist’s Fountain of Light (2017) questions the notions of globalisation.

    Louvre Abu Dhabi. Fotoğraf: Mohamed Somji

    Louvre Abu Dhabi. Photo: Mohamed Somji

    The inauguration exhibition ‘’From One Louvre to Another: Opening Museum for Everyone’’ will open on 27 December, 2017. Programmed and created by French Institutions, it will explore the history of the Louvre in Paris and will feature approximately 145 paintings, sculptures and decorative arts from Louvre and Château Versailles collections.

     

    Louvre Abu Dhabi in Numbers:

    • The name of Louvre is loaned for a period of 30.5 years
    • Artworks from 13 French institutions are loaned for 10 years
    • The creation of the museum was completed in a total of 10 and the construction was completed in 7 years
    • The museum city covers nearly 64.000 sq meters
    • For construction 50.000 sq meters sand was moved
    • The dome covers two thirds of the museum
    • The dome weights 7.500 tonnes- almost as heavy as the Eiffel Tower
    • The dome has 7.850 star figures
    • Interior exhibition spaces cover 8.600 sq meters
    • The overall project cost approximately 600 million Euros

     

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  • tate-st-ives

    Long-Awaited Tate St. Ives is Returning

    Tate St. Ives, England

    Located in Cornwall, England, Tate St. Ives opened its doors to the public after the completion of a 4-year renovation and restoration project.

     

    With the project doubling the museum’s size, now the visitors will be able to visit new exhibition areas, and attend to new programs and events that will be carried out in newly built spaces.

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    Clore Sky Studio

    The development of new display techniques and an increase in visitor numbers brought the need to renovate the existing museum building which was built in 1993. For that reason, architects of the original building, Rvans and Shalev was appointed for the creation of new Clore Sky Studio, St. Ives Studio and entrance area. For the first time, the museum will display 20th century artworks. Organized in a chronological order, featuring artists who lived and/or worked in St. Ives such as Peter Lanyon, Barbara Hepworth, Piet Mondrian, Naum Gabo and Paule Vézelay, the exhibition reveals St. Ives’ impact on the development of the 20th century art.

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    Tate St. Ives Visitor Facilities

    The second part of the project was extension of the museum building. Due to the lack of space, the museum had to be closed during times of exhibition installations and change. A new building was created by Jamie Fober Architects to solve the problem. Decorated with tiles, this new building has a terrace garden which creates a unity with the beach below, and has new restoration hubs, staff offices and visitor facilities.

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    © Rebecca Warren

    The inauguration exhibition that celebrates the opening of the museum consists of Rebecca Warren’s works. Artist’s first solo-exhibition in the UK in past 8 years, ‘’All that Heaven Allows’’ exhibits a selection from Warren’s special sculpture and neon case works between October 14, 2017-January, 2018.

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    Tate St. Ives Interior

    Ready to host 3 times more visitors, adding 600 square metres to its original space and having new life with new studios and areas, the Tate St. Ives is now welcoming visitors and art lovers who visit the city.

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  • Yayoi Kusama Müzesi2

    Yayoi Kusama Museum

    A Mysterious World Made of Dots: Yayoi Kusama Museum, Tokyo, 2017

    Yayoi Kusama Museum with infinity rooms, dot-covered interiors and giant installations

    Japanese Avant-Grade artist Yayoi Kusama, who draws art-loving crowds with her colours, dots and lines opened her own museum, Yayoi Kusama Museum, in Tokyo.

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    Yayoi Kusama, Photo: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty Images

    Yayoi Kusama, one of the world-renowned Japanese artists, commissioned a mysterious building in Shinjuku region of Tokyo years ago. Built in 2014 by Kime Sekkei, this tall white building was easily distinguishable from surrounding brown buildings, however its aim was not. The building project of the structure sparked a lot of interest amongst locals and art circles.  The structure led to many speculations and a wave of wonder. Then suddenly, a new website for the Museum was created, and announced the opening of the building to the public as Yayoi Kusama Museum in October 2017.

    Starry Pumpkin” (2015) by Yayoi Kusama. Fotoğraf: Motohiko Hasui - New York Times

    Starry Pumpkin” (2015) by Yayoi Kusama. Fotoğraf: Motohiko Hasui – New York Times

    5-storey building with wide windows opened its doors on the 1st of October. It presents and offers the visitors a magical world made of neon colors, dots and lines. The museum’s first floor holds the gift shop and entrance, the second and third floors display a range of Kusama’s artworks, while the fourth floor houses environmental installations that are instagram-lovers’ favorite . The fifth floor has a reading room and archive of Kusama-related documents, as well as a terrace.

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    I WHO HAVE ARRIVED IN THE UNIVERSE, 2013, 194×194cm ©YAYOI KUSAMA

    The Museum is directed by Tensei Tatebata, the president of Tama Art University and director of the Saitama Museum of Modern Art. In addition to Kusama’s artworks, the Museum will also host temporary exhibitions which will change twice a year. Yayoi Kusama Museum, a place of mystery and interest since its very beginning is waiting to be discovered and unrevealed.

    Yayoi Kusama Museum Inaugural Exhibition

    ‘Creation is a Solitary Pursuit, Love is What Brings You Closer to Art’

    Yayoi Kusama “Love Forever’’ Serisi. ©Motohiko Hasui - The New York Times

    Yayoi Kusama “Love Forever’’ Series. ©Motohiko Hasui – The New York Times

    The inaugural exhibition at the Yayoi Kusama Museum centres on her newest painting series “My Eternal Soul”. Other new works by Yayoi Kusama will also be on display. In addition to the sixteen works from “My Eternal Soul”, the series entitled “Love Forever” will be presented, a collection of black and white drawings that formed the precursor to Kusama’s latest series. Furthermore, an installation piece Kusama has created especially for the museum’s opening will be showcased, along with a new pumpkin.

    Pumpkins Screaming About Love Beyond Infinity

    Pumpkins Screaming About Love Beyond Infinity

     

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  • ZeitzMOCAA

    Zeitz MOCAA

    The World’s Largest Museum Dedicated to Contemporary Art from Africa and Its Diaspora

    Our 50-museums list continues with new upcoming museums which created waves of excitement and wonder in the 2017-2018 autumn-winter season. Our journey starts with the Zeitz MOCAA, Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, and will continue in the following weeks with the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Tate St Ives and China Design Society and Japan Yayoi Kusuma Museum. Let’s have a look at Zeitz MOCAA together, one of the most significant developments in the art sector, which is opened to the public this week.

     

    The World’s Largest Museum Dedicated to Contemporary Art from Africa and Its Diaspora

    Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, South Africa

    We are in Cape Town, South Africa. A building located in the heart of the city, in picturesque Victoria and Alfred waterfront hosts long-waited Zeitz MOCAA Museum of Contemporary Art. Founded by German collector Jochen Zeitz, this museum located in iconic Grain Silos building opened its doors to the public very recently, on the 22th of September. With its 9.500 square metres building, provocative opening exhibits and wide collection, Zeitz MOCAA has already become a rising star of African and global art scene.

    Zeitz MOCAA, Heatherwick Studio, Fotoğraf: Iwan Baan

    Zeitz MOCAA, Heatherwick Studio, Photo: Iwan Baan

    Zeitz MOCAA is the first museum that is built to host and display Contemporary Art of Africa and its diaspora in its continent. Officially announced in 2013, it was founded in collaboration with the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and Jochen Zeitz. After more than 4 years of making, Zeitz MOCAA is situated in historical Grain Silo Complex which was builded in 1921. One of the agricultural and industrial symbols of the city, the complex was also Africa’s tallest structure for more than a half century, and played a key role in the economic growth of the continent. This factory which served as a center for continent’s grain production until 2001 was abondened and disused until 2013. Now it is home of one of the most important contemporary art museums of the World.

    Zeitz MOCAA, Heatherwick Studio, Fotoğraf: Iwan Baan

    Zeitz MOCAA, Heatherwick Studio, Photo: Iwan Baan

    The building consists of 9-floors, and its body made of wide circular cells and a Cathedral-like atrium attracts as much attention as its collection and exhibitions. The building was restored by London-based Haetherwick Studio. In its 9.500 square metres space, the museum offers to the public an open-air terrace exhibition area, state art collection stores and restoration areas, a bookshop, restaurant/bars and reading rooms. The executive director and chief curator of the Museum, Mark Coetze underlines the amount of hard work put in the making and setting of the museum by more than 1.000 people.

    Zeitz MOCAA, Heatherwick Studio, Fotoğraf: Iwan Baan

    Zeitz MOCAA, Heatherwick Studio, Photo: Iwan Baan

    One of the major patrons of the museum, Robert Redford congratulates the V&A waterfront and his friend Johan Zeitz on this outstanding accomplishment, the first major museum for contemporary African and diaspora art. ‘’I can’t imagine a better place than Cape Town to represent African art, but also to bring international artists to this amazing city to celebrate unity within the arts. I’m excited to participate as a patron and my hope is that we can find a way to collaborate with Zeitz MOCAA Institute of the Moving Image so we will be able to create a stronger voice for the arts worldwide,” he says. Another patron, Kofi Annan underlines the museum’s leading role and says ‘’by providing a platform for the incredibly talented and passionate artists across Africa and beyond, this museum fills a critical gap in the continent’s art scene. I am proud to be part of this journey.”

    Athi-Patra Ruga, Proposed Model for Tseko Simon Nkoli Memorial, 2017.

    Athi-Patra Ruga, Proposed Model for Tseko Simon Nkoli Memorial, 2017.

    Zeitz MOCAA starts its journey with a mission to reflect lives and stories of people living in 54 African countries and represent Africa in global community. In that respect, the museum aims at collecting, preserving and exhibiting contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora, organizing international exhibitions to increase dialogue, and developing education programs to boost access to art. As a non-profit institution, Zeitz MOCAA’s wide art collection comes from Jochen Zeitz’s world-renowned personal collection. In addition to this collection that meets visitors in over 100 galleries, the museum also houses different departments such as the Art Education Center, Curatorial Studies, Photography and Costume Enstitute.

    William Kentridge - More Sweetly Play the Dance

    William Kentridge – More Sweetly Play the Dance

    Artworks and temporary exhibitions that greet us in the museum reflect the museum’s mission at its best. Nijerian-English artist Yinka Shonibare MBE’s canvases and Cape Town-born artist Nicholas Hlano’s huge sculpture in rubber and ribbon are only a few examples that reveal the richness of exhibits. Moreover, the museum is also hosting 3 provocative opening exhibitions; Kudzanai Cjhiurai’s retrospective of (22 September-31 March 2018), world renowed photographer Edson Chagas’ ‘’Luanda, Enclopedic City’’ (22 September-27 January 2018) and South African artist Nandipha Mntambo’s retrospective (22 September-27 January 2018), all shows us different ways of looking at Africa.

    Nandipha Mbtambo, Emabutfo, Material Value solo exhibition

    Nandipha Mbtambo, Emabutfo, Material Value solo exhibition.

     

    Cyrus Kabiru, Macho Nne.

    Cyrus Kabiru, Macho Nne.

     

    El Anatsui, Dissolving Continents, 2017.

    El Anatsui, Dissolving Continents, 2017.

     

    Mary Sibande, In the Midst of chaos there is opportunity, 2017.

    Mary Sibande, In the Midst of chaos there is opportunity, 2017.

     

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    The list of artists from Africa and its diaspora, whose works are displayed in museum’s floors under the title “All things being equal”:

    Leonce Raphael Agbodjélou (Benin), Ghada Amer (Egypt), 
El Anatsui (Ghana)
, Joël Andrianomearisoa (Madagascar), Roger Ballen (United States of America), Njideka Akunyili Crosby (Nigeria), Godfried Donkor (Ghana), Hasan and Husain Essop (South Africa), Frohawk Two Feathers (United States of America), Kendell Geers (South Africa), 
Frances Goodman (South Africa), 
Lungiswa Gqunta (South Africa), 
Nicholas Hlobo (South Africa), 
Taiye Idahor (Nigeria), 
Rashid Johnson (United States of America), 
Isaac Julien (United Kingdom), 
Cyrus Kabiru (Kenya), 
William Kentridge (South Africa), 
Glenn Ligon (United States of America), 
Liza Lou (United States of America), 
Mack Magagane (South Africa), 
Misheck Masamvu (Zimbabwe), 
Mohau Modisakeng (South Africa), 
Daniella Mooney (South Africa), 
Sethembile Msezane (South Africa), 
Zanele Muholi (South Africa)
, Wangechi Mutu (Kenya), Gareth Nyandoro (Zimbabwe), 
Chris Ofili (United Kingdom), 
Owanto (Gabon), 
Jody Paulsen (South Africa), 
Thania Petersen (South Africa), 
Jeremiah Quarshie (Ghana), 
Athi-Patra Ruga (South Africa), 
Chéri Samba (Democratic Republic of Congo), Mary Sibande (South Africa), Julien Sinzogan (Benin), 
Penny Siopis (South Africa), 
Marlene Steyn (South Africa)
, Hank Willis Thomas (United States of America), Kehinde Wiley (United States of America)

    Kendell Geers, Hanging Piece, 1993.

    Kendell Geers, Hanging Piece, 1993.

     

    Müzenin çatısındaki heykel bahcesi, Now and Then: El Loko/Kyle Morland ikilisine ait ortak bir çalışma

    Now and Then: El Loko & Kyle Morland

    On the Zeitz’s Collection and Jochen Zeitz

    The Zeitz Collection was founded in 2002 by business entrepreneur Jochen Zeitz and is one of the most representative collections of contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. Its mandate is to collect and preserve contemporary cultural artefacts of Africa. The Zeitz Collection is held and exhibited in spaces such as Switzerland, Spain, South Africa, and through an extensive presentation of art at Segera Retreat in Kenya. The Zeitz Collection collaborates on an ongoing basis with the Zeitz Foundation for Intercultural Ecosphere Safety. As part of the 4Cs philosophy (conservation, community, culture, commerce) the Zeitz Foundation supports creative activities that strengthen intercultural relationships and understanding, and raise awareness of cultural diversity, and inspires others to act in kind.

    The Zeitz Collection curator, Mark Coetzee, acts as the cultural specialist for the Zeitz Foundation. Both organisations collaborate on cultural outcomes at the Foundation headquarters based at Segera, Kenya and globally.

    Jochen ZEITZ
    Co-Founder and Co-Chair, Zeitz MOCAA

    Jochen Zeitz

    Jochen Zeitz is recognised as one of the world’s leaders in sustainable business practices,conservation and philanthropy. After becoming the youngest CEO in German history to head a public company at the age of 30, Zeitz served 18 years as Chairman and CEO of PUMA. Zeitz turned PUMA from near-bankruptcy into one of the top 3 sporting goods brands in the world, growing sales to $4 billion and share price by 4000%. While at PUMA, Zeitz conceived and pioneered the ground-breaking Environmental Profit and Loss account (E P & L) that puts a monetary value on environmental impacts across a business’ supply chain, inspiring a new internationally-recognised environmentally and socially conscious business model. Zeitz retired from PUMA in 2010 to focus on his environmental, sustainability and philanthropic projects. In 2013 Zeitz co-founded The B Team with Sir Richard Branson, an initiative comprising of some of the world’s top business leaders, including Mohammed Yunus, Mo Ibrahim, Paul Polman and Arianna Huffington, promoting socially and environmentally conscious business practices across the globe. Zeitz is a Board Member of Harley Davidson, Cranemere sustainable investment company, Wilderness Safari, and also served as Board Member and Chair of Sustainability Committees for Kering, the international luxury goods company.

    Following his life-long passion for Africa and it’s wildlife, Zeitz opened Segera Conservancy, a 50,000 acre nature retreat in Kenya, and launched Segera Retreat in 2012, a completely sustainable, luxury eco-safari retreat, now considered one of the best safari resorts in the world. As Founder of the Zeitz Foundation, which supports the 4C’s – sustainable solutions that balance conservation, community, culture and commerce – Zeitz has supported the building of 6 eco-sustainable schools (including the winner of LEED’s 2015 “Greenest School in the World” award), a soccer academy, an initiative for inter-tribal understanding and female empowerment, and provided hundreds of educational bursaries for Kenyan children. Zeitz is also Founder of ‘The Long Run’ initiative, a not-for-profit conservation alliance
    preserving 12 million acres of wilderness, and touching the lives of 520,000 people, across Africa and the rest of the globe.

    In 2013, Zeitz, along with his partners at the V&A Waterfront, started construction of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) in Cape Town, South Africa. Zeitz MOCAA will house The Zeitz Collection, Zeitz’s world-renowned personal collection of cutting edge contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora.

    As a published author, Zeitz co-wrote “The Manager and The Monk” with Anselm Grün, which has been translated into 15 languages, and “The Breakthrough Challenge” with John Elkington. Zeitz has received numerous awards during his professional career, including “Entrepreneur of the Year”, 3-times “Strategist of the Year” by the Financial Times, “Trendsetter of the Year” and winner of the “Best of European Business Award”. He was also awarded the Federal Cross of Merit of the Republic of Germany, and was appointed “Honorary Warden of Kenya” by the Kenya Wildlife Service. In 2015, Zeitz was ranked #18 of “The World’s Top 100
    Compassionate Business Leaders” by Salt Magazine, awarded for his advocacy of Responsible Capitalism by FIRST Magazine, and in 2016 Zeitz was also included in OOM’s “The World’s 100 Most Inspiring People” list.

  • National Gallery Singapore

    Singapore

    Located in Singapore’s Civic District, the National Gallery Singapore is a recently opened museum. Since its opening to the public in 2015, this special Museum, whose has been developed over 10 years, has become one of the leading institutions of art and the city.  

    Singapore witnessed a significant increase in artistic colloboration, participation and interest over the past decade with the impact of important events such as Singapore Biennial and Singapore Festival of Arts. With an aim to represent the artistic heritage of Singapore and the Southeast Asia, in 2006, the government officially announced a project for the opening of the National Gallery. During a 10-year period, two important buildings, the former Supreme Court Building and the City Hall were renovated, and turned into museum which was opened to the public in November, 2015.

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    The Museum today hosts the largest and richest collection of Singapore and of the region. Over 8.000 artworks are presented here in a 64.000 square meters space, and divided to two buildings, both of which of national importance.

    The collection consists of Modern and Contemporary Art that were produced in Singapore and in the Southeast Asia from the 19th century to present day. The ‘’DBS Singapore Gallery’’ presents  a rich collection of Singapore from the colonial period to present day, with a major intention to culminate dialogue and create a platform for education. The ‘’UOB Southeast Asia Gallery’’ houses Souteastern art and explores its history around artistic trends and movements shared across the region.

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    In addition to two permanent galleries, the Museum also provides spaces for curators and researchers to encouage new methods and experimentation. These spaces not only support projects that present materials from the collection in new and original ways and encourage dialogue in the region, but aslso they give the museum dynamism and spirit.

  • The Underwater Museum of Art

    Cancun, Mexico

    In Cancun National Marine Park, deep in the ocean, you can visit an extraordinary museum that represents important Mexican artists and  exhibit their sculptures. Since its foundation in 2009 in Cancun, Mexico, the Underwater Museum of Art has become one of the major and largest underwater attractions in the world, which takes the visitors on a journey to the fascinating life of underwater.

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    The Museum consists of 500 sculptures that are fixed to the seabed with the help of a special lift. Today the sculptures occupy a total of 420 square meters and weigh over 200 tons and they are placed in 8 meters deep.  Most of them are made by the artist, Jason decaires Taylor while the others are made by five well-known Mexican sculptors.

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    The Underwater Museum of Art was founded by Jaime Gonzalez Cano, Roberto Diaz Abraham ve Jason decaires Taylor, with an aim to bring to light the relationship between art and environment. All of the sculptures are made from special materials and they have holes in them, to promote coral life and allow the wildlife to colonize. One of the most interesting part of this project is that through time, these sculptures and hence the Underwater Museum would be formed by nature into a coral reef.

    The Museum has a total of three galleries, two under water and one on land. Visitors access to the Museum before it will be lost, see sculptures and explore the harmony between the art and nature through an enclosed crystal boat or by scuba diving.

  • The Museum of Fine Arts

    Boston, United States

    The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) opened its doors to the public on July, 4, 1876. Since then, it has become one of  the largest and iconic art museums in the world. It houses a rich collection that encompasses more than 500.000 artworks of all kinds and types.

    As a result of rapid growth in museum collections and in number of visitors, the museum moved to its current site on the Huntington Avenue in 1909. Through time, it has gone through more extensive restoration and extension projects in hopes to answer changing visitor needs and house its ever-growing collections.

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    The first project was the opening of the new ‘’The Arts of the Americas Wing’’, which today features best examples of American art in a 4-floor building. Second project was the transformation of the West Wing into the ‘’Linde Family Wing’’ to explore contemporary art and represent the most influential artists of our time. Last but not least, new galleries for European, Asian and African art were opened in 2013, to reflect artistic heritage and richness of these geographies.

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    From Asia to Africa, contemporary art to photography, textiles to drawings, the MFA explores the art in great depth. It  holds the most complete John Singer Sargent collection, which is also considered as one of the most distinguishing feautures of the museum. At the Sargent Room located in the new wing of the Museum, visitors find a speical chance to meet with the 19th century’s most influential artist, and explore his life, creativity and works through his 25 oil paintings, water colours, drawings and sculptures.  Here, they also find a chance to see one of the treasures of the Museum and European Art History, Sargent’s scandalious and wonderful painting ‘Madame X’. 

    In addition to its rich collection, the Museum also celebrates the artist with the Sargent Archive. Both accessible at the MFA and online, this archive provides visitors and researchers a special collection of records, and includes letters from Sargent to several correspondants.

  • The Dali Museum

    St. Petersburg, Florida

    In Florida’s Dali Museum all is about Salvador Dali, the most important artist of the 20th century. It not only celebrates and represents the artistic life and production of the great artist, but also it is as an artistic treasure with its building, rich collection and library. 

    The story of the Museum dates back to 1945, when the founders of the Museum, Reynold and Eleanor Morse bought their first Dali painting. Following this first acquisition, they grew their collection and culminated their friendship with Dali for 40 years, which resulted in the establishment of a museum in 1984. Today, the Museum collection consists of over 2.100 works of the artist. From his oil paintings to original drawings, his notebooks to sculptures and prints, the Dali Museum is a place for the presentation and preservation of Dali’s name and works.

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    The Museum hosts its visitors in a new, 3-floor building which was opened to the public on January 11, 2011. With a solid rectangular structure and extension called ‘Enigma’ which is made up of 1.062 triangular pieces of glass, this building harmonizes the simple with the fantastic. Another architectureal feature that not only complements the building but also represents Dali is a helical staircase that recalls Dali’s interest in DNA molecules and spirals.

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    The Museum also has a library, which provides a platform for the study of Dali, Surrealism and Avant-garde.  Located on the 2nd floor of the Museum, the library offers a rich archive for researchers and scholars, and bring them together with over 7.000 volumes of catalogues, video and sound recordings and books.

    All the galleries are located on the 3rd floor of the Museum. The ‘’James Family Wing’’  holds permament collection of the Dali works, while the ‘’Hough Family Wing’’ houses special temporary exhibitions. The Museum also has a special garden named ‘’Avant-Garden’’ which provides visitors a space for learning and interaction. The Mathematical garden allows students to explore the relationship between mathematics and nature, while the labyrith placed in the south corner of the garden allows exploration.

  • The Museum of Broken Relationships

    Zagreb, Crotia

    The Museum of Broken Relationships is an extraordinary museum that focuses on love that warms and break our hearts. Founded in 2006 in Zagreb, this Museum reflects the universality of love and seperation at its best.

    The story behind the establishment of the museum is quite interesting. After the end of a 4-year love relationship in 2003, two Zagreb based artists, film producer Olinka Vistica and sculptor Prazen Grubisic, joked about setting up a museum to house the leftovers of personal objects. Departing from this point, they first turned this joke into a create original art project, and then into a Museum. The holdings which initially consisted of their personal items and objects collected from their friends, have grown everyday by donations that came from all over the world.

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    The Museum collection, first opened in Zagreb in 2006 and last year in Los Angeles, consists of personal, ordinary items that are sent to the Museum. Letters, books, photographs, clothing, tickets… Built on a collective collection, the Museum focuses on notions of love, seperation and affection. Accompanied by a personal and anonymous story of its contributor, each object reflects a momento of a relationship, takes us to an empathetic journey and challenges our understandings of heritage and museums.

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    The Museum is free of any physical boundaries. Contributions to the Museum can be simply made by sharing break-up stories on the museum website under the ‘’Shared Break-up Stories’’ section. Some short, some long, these stories are growing in number everyday. If you need time to recover from your heartbreak, you can choose to lock your story, seal it and keep it out of sight until the day that you prefer.

    From stories to feelings, the Museum of Broken Relationships is a place beyond any social, cultural and geographical norms, that encompasses the timeless and universal love.

  • An Extraordinary Museum: The Baksı Museum

    Bayburt, Turkey

    Near the Black Sea, 45 kilometers from Bayburt, on a hilltop overlooking the Coruh Valley, rises a 3-layered building. This area which was initially called Baks,, now called the village of Bayraktar, is the site of the Baksı Museum. Bridging together traditional handcrafts such as weaving and ceramics with Contemporary Art, this extraordinary Museum enables us to think outside of the box and it is one of its kind.

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    The foundation of the Baksı Museum, which today covers 30 hectars was initiated by Prof. Dr. Husamettin Kocan, a Bayburt born academic and artist. With an aim to bring arts to his homeland, he started the idea, which later turned into reality. A foundation was formed in 2005, and with the volunteer and artist contributions, the Museum’s building project was turned into a social project. As a result of the extensive work, Baksı Museum opened its doors to the public in 2010.

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    The Museum is unified with the surrounding environment, and it has two buildings, a main building which was opened in 2010 and a new exhibition area, namely ‘The Storage’ which was opened in 2012.  In these buildings, the Baksı Museum exhibits Turkish Contemporary art and artists, such as Kemal Tufan and Tugrul Selcuk alongside with traditional handcrafts such as weaving, ceramics and embrodiery. Reflecting the mission of ‘openness’,  it challenges, and hence goes beyond any limitations and rectrictions.

    Being in a constant dialogue with its environment is of key aims of the Baksı Museum. Accordingly, it brings a new spirit to the region with its education programs and events. These are as diverse as its exhibits that merge the new and the traditional. While reflecting Turkish cultural heritage through special workshops on traditional arts and handcrafts, the Museum also organizes Contemporary Art programs and hosts symposiums.

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