With a difficult and very limited artistic year behind us, the truth is that we all look forward to returning to our old habits and pleasures. What could be more beautiful than a walk in a beautiful museum whose content travels you, educates and entertains you. The long-awaited museums that will open their doors in 2021 will form a new cultural map but will also renew the interest in the countries that host them.
Bourse de Commerce-Pinault
One of the jewel buildings of the French Capital, the Bourse de Commerce opens its doors to the public on January 23rd. The old grain storehouse on the banks of the Seine was designed and built by Nicolas Le Camus de Mézières in 1763. It housed the grain trade until 1873, when it was redeployed to house the Paris Stock Exchange from 1891. It is located near the Louvre Museum which enhances the cultural movement in the center of Paris while the remodeling of the circular building by the architect Tadao Ando has seen the spotlight many times throughout its construction. Construction was completed on schedule, but the opening has been repeatedly delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The delay, according to the general manager of the Pino collection, Jean-Jacques Aillagon, gave them time to think that their reports should be related to the serious situation we are in.
Frick’s collection at the Breuer building
The former home of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Met relocates the Frick collection for two years from its facilities on Madison Avenue. Frick Collection fans for the next two years, as the renovation and expansion of the Gilded Age mansion on East 70th Street last, will be able to admire the masterpieces of Rembrandt, Vermeer, Velasquez, Mourinho, Goya and of El Greco on the three floors of the Breuer, along with a number of selected items that will frame the exhibition.
Humboldt Forum, Berlin
The Humboldt Forum in Berlin, the impressive Royal Palace of Prussia and its long-awaited renovation have opened and are waiting for the public when the anti-coronary measures are lifted. The Humboldt Forum is the largest cultural center in Europe, a complex of 40,000 sq.m. under the roof of which the activities of four cultural institutions are combined. The 2021 program includes special reports on environmental and social change as well as Berlin’s global connections to colonialism. By summer, more than 20,000 items from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas will be displayed on the upper floors and undoubtedly spark an already lively debate about German colonial history.
Great Egyptian Museum, Giza
At a cost of $ 1 billion and inaugurated in June 2021, the Grand Egyptian Museum outside Cairo will be the largest archaeological museum in the world. Its construction began in 1992 at a location near the Pyramids of Giza and an area of 500,000 sq.m. The Great Egyptian Museum (GEM) or Museum of Giza, as it is also called, will replace the world-famous Cairo Museum, built in the city center in 1901 and today houses the largest collection of pharaonic antiquities in the world. The new museum will house 100,000 Egyptian artifacts ranging from prehistory to the Greco-Roman period. Includes more than 5,000 remains of Tutankhamun’s tomb (2,000 of which have never been publicly exhibited since his tomb was discovered by British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922, and was the only immovable royal tomb in the Valley of the Kings), while an entire wing will be dedicated to the young king who died at the age of 18.
Edward Munch Museum in Oslo
A 13-stores building, it is the new Munch Museum that will house its largest collection of works in the world. At a cost of $ 310 million, it will be inaugurated in the summer of 2021. The new house of the Munch collection was first announced twelve years ago and was designed for the Oslo waterfront by the Spanish architectural firm Estudio Herreros in Madrid, which lined the building with aluminum blinds. as if leaning towards the sea and located near the Oslo Opera House and the Deichman Library. In eleven galleries, visitors will have the opportunity to see the development of Munch’s career and enjoy the dowry from his legacy in the Norwegian state in 1944, more than 26,000 works and 10,000 personal items, including two painted versions of The Scream.
M +, Hong Kong
Herzog & de Meuron sign the construction of the M + Museum of Fine Arts in Hong Kong, West Kowloon. It will be inaugurated in 2021. The mission of the M + Museum is to focus on the visual culture of the 20th and 21st centuries, with exhibitions and a presence that will compete with Tate Modern, MoMA in New York and the Pompidou Center in scope and importance of his collections. The name of the museum means “museum and much more” and the ambition of its directors and curators is to go beyond the standard model of an art museum, serving a variety of topics such as architecture, animation and even video games. The museum’s amazing collection was enriched with 1,500 works of Chinese contemporary art donated by Swiss businessman, diplomat and great Chinese art collector Uli Sigg.