13 museums to open in 2023
These cultural institutions are likely to open their doors in 2023. Among them may be the house-museum of the chansonnier Gainsbourg, and the Berlin branch of Fotografiska, and some other projects that have missed their deadlines.
Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) in Cairo
Egypt has been working on this ambitious project for 20 years. The opening date has been postponed more than once: in November 2022, for example, the football championship in Qatar prevented the launch – the creators of GEM rightly did not want the start of the project to get lost in the feed filled with sports news. And so the museum is 100% ready. In December, even a test launch took place: visitors were taken along a shortened route.
The building of the Grand Egyptian Museum with a total area of 500 thousand square meters was designed by the Heneghan Peng bureau. Inspired, of course, by the pyramids of Giza. The GEM will feature treasures from Tutankhamen’s tomb, works of art owned by other pharaohs, including Cheops’ solar boat that supposedly transported souls to another world, and more than 100,000 artifacts from prehistoric times. This is the largest and richest collection of ancient Egyptian treasures in the world. Many of the exhibits will be available for the first time to the curious eyes of connoisseurs of history.
Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw
10 years ago, the New York-based studio Thomas Phifer and Partners began the reconstruction of a four-story building next to the Palace of Culture and Science, the most photographed architectural monument of the capital of Poland. The results of the work done will be presented to the public in May.
The fashionable concrete building, two floors underground, will serve as a cultural center, lecture hall, cinema, cafe and theme shop. Total area – 20,000 sq. The space in front of the building is designed as a forum: there will be a zone for cultural events and a promenade connecting the Central Square and Swietokrzyski Park. According to the plan of the city authorities, who allocated a lot of money for the project, the museum should become the heart of the new center of the capital. You can watch the construction of the building online – from a street camera.
House of Serge Gainsbourg in Paris
They wanted to open the house of the famous French singer Serge Gainsbourg to the public back in 2021, then the launch was postponed to 2022, now they promise to finish the work in 2023. This house is located in the heart of the abbey district of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. The artist settled here to live in seclusion, shortly before his death in 1991. The project of the house-museum is carried out by his daughter, Charlotte Gainsbourg, widely known for her roles in the dark films of Lars von Trier, and her own indie music.
The authentic interior of the house “like a chansonnier” will be complemented by a museum exposition, a bookstore and a hybrid space – a cafe that will turn into a piano bar after dark.
Fotografiska in Berlin, Shanghai and Miami
The network of modern photography museums Fotografiska continues its global expansion: after Stockholm, Tallinn and New York, three more cities are next in line. In Berlin, the museum will be located on an area of 5,400 square meters in the famous Tacheles art squat. The first Asian branch will open in Shanghai – in a former warehouse complex with an area of 4600 square meters. m., by the sea. The opening in Miami is scheduled for the very end of the year: there, the creators of Fotografiska have chosen an industrial building in the Allapatta area.
Fotografiska only hosts temporary exhibitions and does not sell art: “We are solely committed to inspiring, entertaining and influencing.” This is a wonderful place to get emotions, learn new stories for yourself and recharge for change.
Museum of Manchester
This is not a new museum, but a big update of the old museum. London-based studio Purcell has designed a two-story addition to the 130-year-old Neo-Gothic building of the Manchester Museum. The “cube”, clad in green-glazed terracotta tiles, will house a new exhibition hall for temporary exhibitions and a gallery dedicated to South Asia. The opening is scheduled for February 18th.
Actually, the Manchester Museum of Archeology, Natural History and Anthropology opened at the University of Manchester already in 1867. The foundation of his collection was the meeting of the city society of natural sciences. A significant place is given to exhibits from ancient Egypt and Sudan. In the archaeological collection there are objects created several hundred thousand years ago. About 140,000 exhibits are at the disposal of the Earth Sciences department: these are fossils, rock samples, minerals and meteorites.
The hall dedicated to archery deserves special attention. The collection grew out of objects donated to the museum in 1946 by Ingo Simon, an experienced archer, archery record holder and researcher of this martial art.
National Gallery of Scotland
In the summer of 2023, a new space in the historic center of Edinburgh, with an existing gallery of Scottish art, will present a fresh exhibition of works by William McTaggart, Ann Redpath, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Phoebe Anna Traquher and other artists who have made fame for Scottish art. On the walls will hang master paintings from the National Gallery of Scotland’s own collection, as well as works courtesy of other institutions.
Hoskins Architects was commissioned to design new guest routes from the historic building to the Princess Street Gardens. A wonderful view of these gardens opens from the huge windows of the museum.
Museum of Art and Photography in Bangalore
The Museum of Art and Photography (MAP) in Bangalore, Minsk’s Indian sister city, will open its doors to the public in February 2023. The institution was created to support South Asian art and promote it around the world. The museum’s collection contains almost 60,000 works dating from the 10th century to the present day, most of the works were created by Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi authors. An excellent opportunity to get acquainted with how the geniuses of the Indian subcontinent view the world.
In order to spread local art more widely and more actively, without regard to visa and transport difficulties, many MAP exhibitions will be available online. But this, of course, is a completely different story.
Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation in New York
Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation opens February 17th. This 18,000-square-foot site is an “annex” to the American Museum of Natural History, with multiple galleries, immersive experience spaces, and lecture halls. Basically, the exposition of the Center is devoted to insects and microscopic creatures. Separate good news for those who admire butterflies: about 80 species of these beauties will live in the local vivarium.
The architectural part of the Richard Gilder Center was handled by Studio Gang specialists – they got something like a high-tech cave, or maybe a glacier or a canyon. Entering the building, guests instantly get visual contact with various objects and immediately immerse themselves in the world, carefully and carefully thought out by the curators of the institution.
White Cube in New York
In the fall, for the gallery’s 30th anniversary, White Cube will open a new space in New York in a 1930 building. Next to it are the Metropolitan Museum, the Frick Collection and the Solomon Guggenheim Museum, so you can arrange a whole art hopping.
White Cube founder Jay Jopling has long wanted to open a venue in New York, and now a suitable place has been found. “The year 2023 marks the 30th anniversary of the White Cube, and this is the right moment to start an exciting new chapter in our history,” said Jopling. The “mother” gallery of White Cube is located in London. For example, such stars as Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin are exhibited there.
Hammer Museum in Los Angeles
Michael Maltzan Architecture is completing the renovation of a major art museum and cultural center founded in 1990 by industrialist and philanthropist Armand Hammer to display his attractive collection.
The first exhibition here was the presentation of works by Suprematist Kazimir Malevich. Now the Hammer Museum is known for the fact that, in addition to popular names, it pays attention to artists and movements that undeservedly remain “on the sidelines”, and the museum also tries to maintain a gender balance and show as many artists as possible. In addition to exhibitions, the museum annually holds more than 300 events: symposiums, lectures, film screenings and readings. The new building, which will bear the name of the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Cultural Center, will increase this impressive figure.
There will also be an outdoor sculptural terrace and a new restaurant. The new building will welcome its first guests on March 26.
Holocaust Museum in Toronto
Experienced Reich + Petch designers are renovating a museum that was founded 35 years ago by Holocaust survivors. The construction was initiated by The Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre.
In the spring, the first exhibitions are to be held here. They are promised to be made relevant so that the topic will catch the younger generation, which is less and less likely to encounter living carriers of the tragic experience of World War II and the inhumane practices associated with it. Visitors will be told about contemporary manifestations of anti-Semitism and racism, including those taking place in their native Canada. The importance of the topic seems to be understood at the highest level of government: $ 2.5 million was allocated from the treasury for the needs of the Holocaust Museum in Toronto.
Museum of Robots and Artificial Intelligence in Seoul
The Robot & AI Museum is due to open in the summer of 2023 and will be the first museum in Asia dedicated to robotics.
An all-new four-story museum will host exhibitions about drones, robots and artificial intelligence. Of course, the building itself corresponds to its “stuffing”: the architects of the Turkish bureau Melike Altınışık Architects came up with a shape that resembles a futuristic ship. And the robots are also actively involved in the construction of the museum, which will tell people about their history and complex device. For two years, the “robots” have been 3D-printing concrete models, welding and assembling metal plates that cover the facade, and doing other important things.
Arte Museum in Busan
By spring 2023, digital design studio D’Strict will transform a former speaker factory into an immersive exhibition space. Video art inspired by nature itself will be presented here, and, of course, all works will be available for purchase in the now fashionable NFT format. Projections, 3D images, ASMR – in general, if you don’t like “classic” art museums, check out the Arte Museum to be impressed and make fantastic stories.
The new museum promises visitors a “perfect immersion” in the world of man-made nature – with the coolest visual effects, sound design and aromas that pleasantly tickle the receptors. From the waterfalls to the garden, to the magical beach, to the acid jungle, and on to the magical night safari, you will experience an absolutely unique experience.