This year will be a busy one in the calendar of a museum lover. From history to contemporary art, America to Asia, passing trough Europe and Africa, there is a bit for everyone. Here we highlight our top 7.
- Museum Barberini
Designed by Hilmer & Sattler und albrecht,the acclaimed munich and berlin studio, museum Barberini is a reconstructed building that was ruined during the second world war and turned into new classic architecture form. Founded by the collector Hasso Plattner, who was not only instrumental for the founding of the museum but also lends his private collection that includes master pieces from claude Monet), Pierre August Renoir and Alfred Sisley. The building is classic and soft and you can match the structure like Tinder with a beige trench coat but we can’t guarantee that you will leave the museum with a date.
- Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art
Cape Town, South Africa
Do you know when you make perfectly shaped ice cubes? This is exactly how the outside of the Zeitz museum looks like. Ice cubes captured in geometrical lines- have you seen something like that before? We bet you not, so prepare yourself to look at this magnificent building and the most significant museum of contemporary art in the African continent. Designed by British architect Thomas Heatherwick, the building is like a cocoon with very spacious halls with permanent exhibitions, performances, curatorial studies and costumes expanding over 9 floors. If you didn’t have a reason to visit Cape Town, now you have one.
- Institute of Contemporary Art of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, United States of America
Founded in 1984 as the Santa Monica Museum of Art, the Insitute of Contemporary Art of L.A is back and with a whole new look. The new logo was designed by the Artist Mark Bradford, who is know for his grid abstract paintings, and the building by any other then Kulapat Yantrasat and his outrageous team at wHY design studio. The space consists of 7500 square-feet of exhibition halls, as well as areas for public programs, offices and a caffe. The exhibition counts with works from international artists, dynamic public programs and community partnerships, reflecting the connection of Los Angeles with the world. ICA LA are committed to make contemporary art relevant and accessible for all. And for that it couldn't be spotted in a better location other then the Downtown arts district.
- Louvre Museum
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
The new Louvre in Abu Dhabi is a bridge between occidental and oriental art with its permanent collection mixing antique and contemporary styles. The building was designed by the architect Jean Nouvel and he was influenced by climate change and a combinations of light, shadow and reflections. Looking up the ceiling reminds us of the moon and down to the floor you will see water flowing from all sides. Located in Saadiyat island, you can get to it by boat or by foot, so no excuse to miss if you're planning a visit to Abu Dhabi.
- Museum of Second World War
This beautiful and modern palace was designed by Studio Kwadrat- the highly appraised polish architecture group, which has won competition for the design of the museum. The museum is built underground so prepare yourself to go down and see the terror that the Second World War brought to the world in Poland, where it all began. There you will find a permanent collection with 2000 pieces of work that mark this obscure time in history. The design was invented to remind us of how it was like to be a part of the war, fighting for your life. When you are down there, looking up you can see a crack that extends to a hole on the top of the building, and looking through it you can see the clouds, the sun and the sky, as a way out, a sign of hope. Breathe in and breathe out is Mandatory to live this experience.
- Museum of Contemporary Art in Nusantara
Macan is the first museum in Jakarta that hosts global modern art. It is a link between Indonesian and international art from Europe and United States. Thanks to Haryanto Adikoesoemo, the founder, more people now have the opportunity to appreciate art in the country. The collection is substantial, with 800 works, and will occupy a floor of the building that is in future development alongside with offices, apartments a hotel and a retail area. The best part: the entrance is free, so get your tickets and let’s go on a little trip to Asia.
- Musée Yves Saint Laurent
Marrakesh, Morocco and Paris, France
These two museums are dedicated to the collection of the french designer, Yves Saint Laurent. We are sure you have heard of Laurent at least once in your life and if you are lucky enough you have a piece of one of his collections hiding in your wardrobe. Paris is the city where monsieur Saint Laurent created his designs, which hosts a museum located along with other art and culture institutions in the 8th neighbourhood, next to the river Sene. It's interiors are designed by Jacques Grange, one of most well known interior designers in Europe for his exquisite style. Jacques mixes traditional with contemporary, corresponding to Laurent’s taste. Marrakesh museum is ten times bigger, an equivalent of 4000m and is painted in earthy tones, which makes it quite remarkable to an outside spectator. Inside the museum is divided into a permanent exhibition space, a temporary exhibition hall, a research library, an auditorium, a bookshop and café providing guests a cosy break spot.