6 New Museums Opening in 2020

January 20, 2020

It seems that 2020 will be a bumper year for major art events, as it will see a variety of new museums opening all around the world.

Apart from brand new museums opening, we will see the end of restorations for many of the already existing ones. The newly restored and refurbished Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Semperbau am Zwinger, one of the world’s most high-profile Old Master picture galleries, home to Raphael’s Sistine Madonna (1513), Giorgione’s Sleeping Venus (1510) and Vermeer’s The Procuress (around 1657), will open on February 23rd; the next major phase of The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s redevelopment masterplan will be unveiled this September; and Dia: Chelsea will unveil its expansion this September.

Below, we have created a selection of new art museums opening during the year 2020 that can serve as a great excuse to travel around the world.

The Momentary

The Momentary, a new contemporary art space satellite to The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, will open on February 22nd, 2020 in Bentonville, AR.

Located in a former 63,000 square-foot cheese factory along the Razorback Regional Greenway near 8th Street Market and designed by the American architecture studio Wheeler Kearns, the new American will be a multi-disciplinary space for visual and performing arts, culinary experiences, festivals, and artists-in-residence.

Before the opening, the institution invites visual artists from around the world to take up residence in one of their three dedicated studio spaces, encouraging them to create work that engages with the landscape of Northwest Arkansas and examine how the connection to the land informs varied identities.

Albertina Modern

One of the largest museums of modern and contemporary art, Albertina hosts a collection of over 60,000 works by 5,000 artists. On March 12th, 2020, it will open its second location, the Albertina modern.

Focusing on contemporary art, the new museum will be housed at the Künstlerhaus on Karlsplatz in Vienna, a venue that was constructed in 1865 and established as a gallery. Designed by MHM Architects, the building cost $55.7 million.

The new museum will house important works from the Essl Collection and from the Albertina Museum's most recent acquisition, the Jablonka Collection, joining the museum's preexisting holdings as a basis for major exhibitions. The opening exhibition will be titled The Beginning.

He Art Museum

Located in the Shunde business district of Foshan, Guangdong Province, China is the He Art Museum.

It is owned by the He family and backed by a collec­tion of 400 to 500 pieces that includes Zhang Daqian and Lin Fengmin in its modern Chinese art segment, a Liu Ye and Ding Yi under its contemporary Chinese art holdings, and Anish Kapoor, Olafur Eliasson and Damien Hirst under its Western contemporary art section.

Designed by Tadao Ando, this new culture center worth $28.3 million integrates Cantonese culture by extracting the unique meaning of its geometric form in the regional context.

The opening scheduled for March 21st, 2020 was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Bourse de Commerce - Pinault Collection

The Bourse de Commerce in Paris, former stock exchange that is being converted by the luxury goods billionaire’s go-to architect, Tadao Ando, will showcase the works from the Collection Pinault, one of the most important collections in the world today that now includes more than five thousand works from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The collection is owned by François Pinault, who has been sharing his passion for art with as broad an audience as possible, and to accompanying artists as they explore new territories.

As Pinault explains, the new museum, which will now open in spring 2021 due to coronavirus delays, is a new chapter in his cultural project, presenting thematic displays and monographic exhibitions, as well as new productions, commissioned works, carte blanche events and in situ projects. The cost of the museum was $170 million.

Munch Museum

Before his death in 1944, Edvard Munch bequeathed all his works of art to the City of Oslo, consisting of approximately 1.150 paintings, close to 18.000 prints depicting more than 700 different motifs, 7.700 drawings and watercolors as well as 13 sculptures. Further works as well as his extensive collection of letters were bequeathed to the City of Oslo by his sister Inger Munch. 

A brand new museum designed by Estudio Herreros and worth $312 million will open by Oslo’s waterfront, tailor-made for the world's largest collection of art by Munch, replacing the already existing museum n Tøyen in eastern Oslo. Providing a strong, engaging and modern art experience, the new Munch Museum will have 11 exhibition areas spanning over seven floors, presenting many of the 28.000 works by Munch from the museum's collection. The opening of the Munchmuseet has been postponed until the autumn due to delays “in the building process managed by the council”, according to the museum's spokeswoman.

Western Australian Museum

Opening in November 2020, the New Museum for Western Australia will share the stories of the country's incredible people and places, and act as a gateway to explore all of Western Australia.

Located at the heart of the state in Perth, it will present innovative new exhibitions across eight galleries showcasing the extraordinary stories of their people and places throughout time. Designed by HASSELL and OMA and worth $274.7 million, it will offer a mix of significant and fascinating objects, interactive and multimedia experiences and new ways of engaging with Western Australia's unique plants, animals, people and places.

The new museum, which will be more than three times the size of the previous Museum, will be housed in a building built by Multiplex to reflect Western Australia's land formations and the stories of this place.