Qatar telling its cultural capital’s history, Shanghai locating its new cultural destination in the historical district, the Big Apple dedicating a solid piece of space to performance and visual art, and London enlarging medicines displays. Here is some news about the world’s museums scene.
National Museum of Qatar (Doha)
While many museums try to broaden their collections by including artworks and findings from all over the world, this hub focuses on its own young nation’s past and future. The museum’s architecture is impressively avant-garde and unique. Its creator Jean Nouvel – who also designed the Louvre in Abu Dhabi – compares the National Museum of Qatar structure to concentrations of minerals in the desert and petals of the desert rose.
West Bund Art Museum (Shanghai)
China’s largest city opened a new art gallery on the Huangpu River’s northern bank, in the rapidly developing cultural district. The project’s designer David Chipperfield worked out a museum consisting of three gallery bodies surrounding a glass atrium that has two main entrances. A wonderful setting of marine waters frames the West Bund Art Museum.
The Shed (New York)
Boasting an area of 20 square kilometers, this Big Apple’s cultural destination with a non-attraction-catching name is dedicated to the theatre, visual and pop art. The eight-leveled construction has two spacious galleries, a 160-square-metre creative laboratory, and a movable roof for various events that extends away from the main building.
Science Museum (London)
Medical Galleries for London Science Museum were developed by one of the global leaders in the architecture field – WilkinsonEyre. The area on the first floor was doubled to create enough room for the museum’s grand collection of more than 2000 objects including medicines and discoveries. The new galleries at one of the three main Victorian age museums will provide a historical context for the nation’s present health and medicine experience. The opening is expected this fall.