Museums in the 21st Century: Concepts Projects Buildings

January 29, 2007 /

Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz
Linz, Austria
On view: November 16, 2006 - February 19, 2007

Photo © Diller Scoficio + RenfroDiller Scofidio + RenfroNew York, NY, USA

The projects represented highlights the diverse personalities and handwritings of the architects.

The museum has assumed the role of an urban landmark, formerly fulfilled by the cathedral, serving as a symbol of cultural identification.

A spectacular museum building can enhance a city's attractiveness, shifting a remote locale into public awareness through its striking presence, or endowing a fallow industrial zone with a new function.

Photo: Niki Lackner courtesy Kunsthaus GrazSpacelab Peter Cook/Colin FournierKunsthaus Graz am Landesmuseum JoanneumGraz, Austria

Illustrated by 27 of the world's leading museum building projects, realized since the turn of the century, the exhibition presents the most important trends in museum architecture.

The projects, represented by a selection of sketches, architectural plans, photographs and models, as well as multimedia displays, highlights the diverse personalities and handwritings of the star architects.

Among the projects represented are:

Photo © Anamorphosis architectsAnamorphosis ArchitectsMuseum of the Hellenic World (2009-2011)Athens, Greece
Sketch © Fumihiko Maki + Maki and AssociatesFumihiko Maki + Maki and AssociatesShimane Museum of Ancient Izumo (2002-2006)Shimane, Japan
Image courtesy Allied Works ArchitectureBrad CloepfilAllied Works ArchitectureUMMAUniversity of Michigan Art MuseumAnn Arbor MI, USA
Image © Zaha Hadid ArchitectsZaha Hadid ArchitectsMAXXI (2003-2007)Rome, Italy
Image © CA2M, Shigeru Ban Architects EuropeShigeru Ban / Jean de GastinesCentre Pompidou Metz (2006-2008)Metz, Lothringen, France
Frank O GehryModel photo © Gehry Partners, LLPGehry Partners LLPWashington, DC, USA
Model photo courtesy Rafael ViñolyRafael ViñolyThe Cleveland Museum of ArtCleveland, OH, USA
Sketch © Jun Aoki & AssociatesJun Aoki & AssociatesAomori Museum of Art (1999-2005)Aomori, Aomori Prefecture, Japan
Photo: Michel DenancéRenzo Piano Building WorkshopZentrum Paul KleeBern, Switzerland
Photo © Tadao Ando/by Mitsuo MatsuokaTadao Ando Architect & AssociatesChichu Art Museum (2004)Naoshima, Kagawa, Japan
Photo © Mario Botta by Pino MusiMario BottaMART (1988-2002)Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e RoveretoTrento, Italy
Photo © AJN: Architectures Jean NouvelAJN: Architectures Jean NouvelMusée du Quai Branly (1999-2005)Paris, France
Photo: Philip WegenerDaniel LibeskindFrederic C. Hamilton BuildingDenver Art MuseumDenver, CO, USA
Photo: Pavilion "Hearing" © Heinrich HelfensteinAnnette Gigon / Mike GuyerMuseum and Park Kalkriese (1998-2002)Osnabrück, Germany

Also included are:

Coop Himmelb(l)au
Musée des Confluences
Lyon, France

Bernard Tschumi
The New Acropolis Museum
Athens, Greece

Steven Holl
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art expansion
Kansas City

Kisho Kurokawa
The National Art Center
Tokyo, Japan

Wood/Marsh Pty Ltd Architecture
ACCA (1996-2002)
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Atelier brückner, ART+COM
New conception of the BMW museum
Munich, Germany

Stephan Braunfels
Pinakothek der Moderne
Munich, Germany

David Chipperfield
Museumsinsel Berlin (Masterplan)
Berlin, Germany

Denton Corker Marshall Group
Visitor Centre and Interpretive Museum
Wiltshire, UK

Taniguchi and Associates
Expansion of the Museum of Modern Art
New York, NY, USA

We wonder why "The 21st Century Museum" by SANAA is not included:

21st Century Museum
Kanazawa, Japan


Idea and concept:

Suzanne Greub & Thierry Greub
Christine Gisi

Musée des Confluences
Lyon, France
March 20, 2007 - June 17, 2007

Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto
Trento, Italy
July 13, 2007 - October 7, 2007

Caixa Geral de Depósitos Culturgest Lisboa
Lisboa, Portugal
November 2, 2007 - February 3, 2008

Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Berlin, Germany
February 29, 2008 - May 25, 2008

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Humlebæk, Denmark
June 20, 2008 - September 14, 2008

National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design
Oslo, Norway
October 10, 2008 - January 11, 2009

University of Michigan
Museum of Art
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
February 6, 2009 - May 3, 2009

Frist Center for the Visual Arts
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
May 29, 2009 - August 23, 2009

Neues BMW Museum
Munich, Germany
May 14, 2010 - Aug 22, 2010

The exhibition, a follow-up of the exhibition Museums for a New Millennium: Concepts, Projects, Buildings, was organized by Art Centre Basel in close collaboration with the individual architects.

Last updated: December 19, 2013

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