Louvre Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi, photo © Roland Halbe
Louvre Abu Dhabi, photo © Roland Halbe

On November 11, the Louvre Abu Dhabi opened on Saadiyat Island, a cultural district off the coast of the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. The museum was designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel and is the result of a €1 billion agreement between Abu Dhabi and France.

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Zeitz MOCAA

Zeitz MOCAA; photo © Iwan Baan, courtesy of Zeitz MOCAA
Zeitz MOCAA; photo © Iwan Baan, courtesy of Zeitz MOCAA

On September 22, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) opened in Cape Town, South Africa. It’s a major development, locally and globally, and is described in superlatives: the first major contemporary art museum in Africa; the largest museum to open in Africa in a century; and the largest contemporary African art museum in the world.

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Centro Botín

Centro Botín; photo by Enrico Cano, courtesy of Centro Botín
Centro Botín; photo by Enrico Cano, courtesy of Centro Botín

In Santander, about 60 miles west of Bilbao on Spain’s north coast, the new Centro Botín opened on Friday, June 23. The waterfront arts center was designed by Renzo Piano as a new regional museum along with the redevelopment of an urban park.

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The New SFMOMA

Exterior view of the new SFMOMA, designed by Snøhetta; image © Henrik Kam, courtesy of SFMOMA
Exterior view of the new SFMOMA, designed by Snøhetta; image © Henrik Kam, courtesy of SFMOMA

After a three-year expansion and renovation, the new San Francisco Museum of Modern Art opened to the public this weekend. The museum has more than doubled in size and is now the largest modern and contemporary art museum in the US.

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Louvre to Move Collections from Paris to Liévin

rendering of the Louvre project in Liévin; image © Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
rendering of the Louvre project in Liévin; image © Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has been selected to construct a new storage and conservation center for the Musée du Louvre. The new facilities will be located in Liévin, 200 kilometers north of Paris near the Louvre-Lens. The center is expected to open in 2018, and moving the collections will take until 2023.

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Guggenheim Helsinki Design Revealed

Rendering of the winning design by Moreau Kusunoki Architects for the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition; image by artefactorylab, courtesy of Moreau Kusunoki Architects / Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition
Rendering of the winning design by Moreau Kusunoki Architects for the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition; image by artefactorylab, courtesy of Moreau Kusunoki Architects / Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation has announced that Moreau Kusunoki Architectes is the winner of the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition. The French architecture firm’s design, Art in the City, is proposed for a site at Eteläsatama on Helsinki’s South Harbor. The Finnish outpost would be the Guggenheim’s fifth museum, and its third in Europe, if it is constructed.

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Centre Pompidou Málaga

Centre Pompidou Málaga; Muelle Uno designed by L35 Architects; photo by Jose Aznar for Le Monde
Centre Pompidou Málaga; El Cubo and Muelle Uno designed by L35 Architects; photo by Jose Aznar for Le Monde

The Centre Pompidou, France’s national museum of modern art, has opened a satellite location in Málaga, Spain. It is the museum’s first location outside of France, and it opened in the same week as an outpost of the State Russian Museum in Málaga. Together, the two satellite museums are expected to attract 400,000 visitors to the Andalusian city that has quickly become established as a cultural destination.

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