The exhibition will be shown at Musées d’Art et d’Histoire de Genève in Switzerland, until October 8, 2017.
The past decade of both economic crisis in Europe and North America as well as extraordinary growth of wealth in Asian countries has led to new questions and concepts for future museum buildings. The exhibition ‘New Museums: Intentions, Expectations, Challenges’ investigates these questions by analyzing recent and future designs on all continents.
Through contemporary project studies it aims to show, with a particular focus on sustainability, how museums position themselves as places of exchange and communication. The role of the museum as a location factor for economic development and gentrification of towns and regions remains controversial. Nevertheless these are still essential criteria in the planning of new museums. The driving question behind many new projects is the relation between current and future requirements that have to be met by the museum. This will therefore also be the central and combining factor of this exhibition.
Further strands of investigation followed by this project include: The development of museums towards multifunctional social spaces providing a platform for a vast variety of activities and the rising number of private art museums in which individual collectors showcase their collection and operate outside the conventional rules of long established public institutions. Furthermore the conversion of existing structures, such as silos, airplane hangars or train depots, and extension of museums becomes more important since urban space is limited and the ecological footprint of buildings has to decrease.
The exhibition illustrates how museums change under communal, commercial and cultural influences and the important role the new museum as a stimulating factor can play for an entire region.
Large scale models provided by the architecture firms are accompanied by photographs and digital renderings as well as multimedia presentations. The exhibition presents a wide array of information such as interviews with architects, museum directors and private collectors. It provides a comprehensive insight into the thought processes and the collective work that feed into the development of new museums.
Curated by Art Centre Basel in collaboration with Musées d’Art et d’Histoire de Genève
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