If you have ever wondered about all the brand new shiny art spaces by collectors across the globe, be it strange, trendy or prominent, this list is a must-read for you.
TEXT: CoBo Editorial
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In a world increasingly defined by the digital and ephemeral, far from losing its relevance, physical spaces are still seen as a symbol of materiality and ambitious expansion. We could even go as far as to say its physicality offers a temporary reprieve, allowing us to connect with the intangible—such as art, music, religion and film among others—in a definitive manner.
This seems to be the case in the art world, with more art spaces, museums and galleries being launched, expanded, revamped almost every other month. For better or worse, private art spaces, museums and art centres have always been a mainstay and this trend looks set to persist with art collectors opening more spaces in 2019 and 2020.
Bourse de Commerce–Pinault Collection
French billionaire art collector and owner of auction house Christie’s, François Pinault is set to open his new contemporary art museum in June 2020 in Paris. Located, near the Louvre and the Centre Pompidou, the US$170 million Bourse de Commerce—Pinault Collection will host 10 exhibitions a year featuring works from Pinault’s collection spanning over 40 years and filled with heavyweights such as Cindy Sherman, Albert Oehlen, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, and Louise Bourgeois. The museum, designed by award winning Japanese architect Tadao Ando, will also present a program in collaboration with the Pompidou to be held at both spaces in 2020.
El Espacio 23
Florida real estate baron Jorge M. Pérez, opened his new private museum during the week of Art Basel Miami earlier this month. The 28,000 square-foot space is located in Allapattah, an up-and-coming neighbourhood in Miami close to Wynwood. An experimental space to exhibit his massive personal art collection, the opening show featured more than 80 artworks by big names such as Kara Walker, Rasheed Johnson, Ai Weiwei and William Kentridge. Pérez also plans on organising programmes that activate and engage the neighbourhood.
Housed in a decommissioned power plant in Moscow, GES-2 contemporary art centre is the brainchild of Russia’s richest man, Leonid Mikhelson and is slated to open in September 2020. GES-2 will be helmed by V-A-C Foundation, which was co-founded in 2009 by Mikhelson and Teresa Iarocci Mavica, who was recently appointed commissioner of the Russia Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Its programming explores philosophical and cosmological topics with Russian cultural relevance, although Mikhelson’s US$200 million art collection alone—with artists such as Christopher Wool, Gerhard Richter and Rudolf Stingel—would be quite a sight to behold.
He Art Museum (HEM)
Opening to visitors on 21 March, 2020 in Shunde, a small Guangdong district, the museum is named after its founder He Jianfeng, president of Midea Holding Limited. The museum, designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, will house the family’s art collection and archives of centuries old Lingnan art. The rotating exhibitions will also showcase iconic works by international contemporary and modern artists such as Pablo Picasso, Anish Kapoor, and Chinese modern artists including Qi Baishi, Chang Dai-chi, and Zao Wou-Ki.
Billionaire collector Adrian Cheng launched cultural-retail destination K11 MUSEA in August this year in Hong Kong’s Victoria Dockside. The new 10-storey space provides a diverse and immersive experience with works by contemporary artists such as Erwin Wurm, Elmgreen & Dragset, Katharina Grosse, Zhang Enli, Adrian Wong, Samson Young, and Haegue Yang, among others, placed in various locations throughout the complex. Retail offerings include up to 70 restaurants, luxury fashion labels, young on-trend brands, the first MoMA Design Store in Greater China and the first permanent site of L’ECOLE School of Jewellery Arts outside of Paris, which is supported Van Cleef & Arpels. K11 MUSEA also provides programming with free or ticketed music, dance, theatre, film screenings and even a three-hour long cooking class led by a Le Cordon Bleu chef instructor.
The strangest private museum on this list, with possibly the most adverse environmental impact, is Museum Susch by billionaire Polish art collector and tech entrepreneur Grażyna Kulczyk. Located in a small Swiss town, the museum, which opened in January this year, is housed in a renovated 12th-century monastery with 9,000 tons of alpine mountain rock drilled into and cleared to make space for the galleries. In addition to exhibitions, Kulczyk plans to hold discussions, artist residences, an experimental choreography performance program, as well as making space for a research institute examining the function of women in arts and sciences.
A distinctively red coloured building housing a contemporary art centre envisaged by late artist and philanthropist Linda Pace opened in San Antonio, Texas on 13 October 2019. With free entry to the public, the museum displays more than 900 works from Pace’s contemporary art collection in a building designed by David Adjaye who was inspired by Mesoamerican culture, the history of the city and America.
One of the most prominent Asian spaces on this list, China’s Tank Shanghai, was spearheaded by Chinese entertainment mogul and art collector Qiao Zhibing. Launched in March 2019, the museum is located next to Long Museum, in the arts and cultural part of West Bund and comprises five empty oil tanks converted into an art space. Housing Qiao’s art collection, which is filled with works by artists such as Tracey Emin, Olafur Eliasson, and Damien Hirst, Tank Shanghai has already made quite a name for itself—French President Emmanuel Macron made a pitstop at the space during his visit to Shanghai in November this year.
The Museum of Graffiti
This new space, co-founded by graffiti artist, collector and historian, Alan Ket and Allison Freidin, a Miami-based lawyer who worked with street artists, opened during Art Basel Miami Beach in December. Located in the neighbourhood of Wynwood, which is historically known for its displays of graffiti art, 11 murals were commissioned for the façade of the building. Inside the museum, visitors can view a permanent exhibition charting six decades of the history of graffiti art through photographs of murals that no longer exist and famous artists’ spray cans. There are plans for rotating installations and exhibitions in the accompanying galleries.
Another private museum slated to open in Beijing in March 2020, X Museum is helmed by the trendy millennial art collector Michael Xufu Huang, with fellow millennial collector and business woman Theresa Tse. Huang co-founded Beijing museum M WOODS during his sophomore year studying abroad in the States. After five years at M WOODS, he stepped down in September 2019 and is now working towards the opening of X Museum, scheduled to coincide with the city’s 2020 Gallery Weekend. Located in the Chaoyang District, nearby the Red Brick Art Museum, the new art space will have almost 26,000 square feet of space across 10 galleries and a metal “X” looming over the main entrance.