It is an exciting year ahead for new art institutions and museums opening around the world. With new institutions the art world can be rest assured that artworks will continue to have an influence globally, even in the most unlikely places. These new institutions are opening in some countries where no previous art museums or institutions have ever been. It is an exciting time for these cultures to be able to have a place to get their artistic voices heard and publicly seen in their own countries. Here are a few standout institutions we at Artlink Canada think are notable new ventures that will have a large impact on the art world locally and globally.
Indonesia’s capital city, Jakarta, is building the country’s first Modern and Contemporary Art Museum, Museum MACAN. Museum MACAN was funded by Indonesian philanthropist and art collector Haryanto Adikoesoemo. The museum will include Haryanto’s collection of American, European and Asian art with a strong focus on Modern and Contemporary Art from his native country, Indonesia. The Museum is to be complete this March 2017 and was designed by London-based firm MET Studio Design Ltd. With 43, 000 square feet of museum space, Museum MACAN will be providing public access to key Indonesian artists the likes of Adus Suwage, Raden Saleh, Affandi and Heri Dono as well as blue chip artists Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Jeff Koons, Anish Kapoor and Gerhard Richter.
This spring 2017, the long awaited Louvre Abu Dhabi, will be the first encyclopaedic museum in the Middle East opening on Saadiyat Island. Saadiyat Island is located 500 meters off the coast of Abu Dhabi and is the new museum and culture quarter developed by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority. The Louvre Abu Dhabi is an interesting project as France and the United Arab Emirates signed an unprecedented agreement in 2007 to create the Louvre Abu Dhabi and it will have loans from twelve French institutions including the Centre Pompidou for ten years. Louvre Abu Dhabi was designed by architect Jean Nouvel and has 9200 square meters of gallery space dedicated to display a permanent collection, as well as 2000 square meters for temporary exhibitions. The Museum is an important institution in the United Arab Emirates to discover new artworks, exchange ideas and provide art education. Two blue chip artists have also been asked to do commission contemporary artworks for the museum; these include world-renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone and American neo-conceptual artist Jenny Holzer.
The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) is due to open this September 2017 in Cape Town, Africa. The much-anticipated Zeitz MOCAA is the first major museum dedicated to contemporary art in Africa and is a public not-for-profit cultural institution established via a partnership between V&A Waterfront and German entrepreneur Jochen Zeitz. The Museum is located in the heritage listed Grain Silo building in the Silo district of the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, which was originally constructed in 1921. The V&A Waterfront have funded the redevelopment costs of the building and Heatherwick Studio, London are the architects. Zeitz MOCAA will boast 102,000 square feet of gallery space spread over nine floors focusing on collecting, researching, preserving and exhibiting cutting edge contemporary art from Africa. The founding collection in the museum will be the renowned Zeitz’s Collection.
The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London in collaboration with China Merchants Shekou Holdings (CMSK) are opening a new design gallery October 2017, Design Society, in Shekou district in Shenzhen, southern China. Design Society will house a new V&A gallery and is the first ever collaboration between a UK museum and a Chinese partner. The architect behind Design Society is Japanese architect Fumihiki Maki, owner of architecture firm Maki & Associates. The Museum will be situated within the 70, 000 square meter Sea World Culture and Arts Center. As the V&A is a founding partner, Design Society has developed a gallery dedicated to 20th and 21st century international design and the institution will host two major V&A touring exhibitions in both 2018 and 2019. Design Society will be an important collaboration and international initiative representing a new way of engaging with China and its culture.
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA), is due to open it’s new space this autumn 2017 in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District. ICA LA is a Museum that was previously known as the Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA). The renamed and relocation of the Museum is due to the recently emerging artistic, and cultural epicenter in downtown Los Angeles. The architect behind ICA LA is New York based Kulapat Yantrasat, the founder of the architecture firm, wHY. ICA LA will be 12, 700 square feet and will house expansive galleries, an indoor/outdoor café, a garden and an education annex. ICA LA, similarly to SMMoA, will continue to act as a non-collecting museum. Renowned US artist Mark Bradford, who is representing the US at the Venice Biennale in 2017, has designed the visual identity for the ICA LA, as well as the logo.