Three stunning museum openings in 2018

Posted on January - 17 - 2018

Museum of Sound and Vision, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilCourtesy: Mis Museu Da Imagen E Do Som

In three different countries, in different continents, three museums will be opening their doors to the public this year, to attract new visitors to their cities and continue on the race set in motion by the “Bilbao effect.” Although these museums are far from being contemporary or even modern, their collections will contrast with the contemporary designs set by world-class architects that are undertaking the projects. Since none of the following projects selected a national architect, the museums set in non-western countries manage to appropriate a global design while still keeping part of their identity.


Grand Egyptian Museum, Cairo 

Although not a contemporary art museum, set between the great Pyramids of Giza and Cairo, the Grand Egyptian Museums will house thousands of ancient artifacts, including the Tutankhamen collection, and attract visitors from all over the world. The development of the museums has been in the talks for more than a decade, and the modern and massive structure was the final design of Dublin-based architecture firm Heneghan Peng. Its development by the Ministry of State for Antiquities aims to revitalize the city’s failing tourist industry as well as to display the country’s rich archaeological heritage.

Courtesy: heneghan peng architects

Museum of Sound and Vision, Rio de Janeiro

The original Museum of Sound and Vision was initially founded in 1965 and is relocating to its new home in Copacabana, designed by the interdisciplinary design New York-based studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro, drawing inspiration from the famous Copacabana’s sidewalk folded into vertical boulevards, with the intention of becoming one of Rio’s iconic buildings. The new innovative space complies the museum’s collection of documents, photographs, billboards, films, and records about the city and will also display the Carmen Miranda Museum collection. This project was possible due to the partnership between the Secretariat of Culture of Rio, the Roberto Marinho Foundation and the Ministry of Culture through the Federal Law for Cultural Incentive.

National Museum of Qatar, Doha

Design by iconic French architect Jean Nouvel, these white interlocking discs evokes the delicacy and simplicity of the desert rose and is intended to provide a space for exhibitions that will combine historical objects and underline their influence on contemporary Qatari society. As the museum states, “it will be a thriving hub for the public, students and museum professionals.” It provides not only galleries but, also an auditorium, research center and laboratories and a park. This and other museums, such as the long-awaited Louvre in Abu Dhabi (also design by Nouvel) are cementing the region as a cultural hub.

Which are you most excited about?

By: Gabriela Martinez de la Hoz

Courtesy: e-Architect