Top 5 new art museum openings in Europe not to be missed

From photography to pictorial art, from modern art to exclusive collections: here are five art museums that have opened in recent months to visit
From photography to pictorial art, from modern art to exclusive collections: here are five art museums that have opened in recent months to visit

The European design and art scene is witnessing a cultural renaissance in the wake of the pandemic, with a fresh wave of new and exciting museums opening their doors to the public. These projects represent the finest examples of contemporary design, innovation, and aesthetics, and invite visitors to immerse themselves in Europe’s rich and diverse artistic expressions. 

Here there are some of the top five new art museum openings in Europe that you should not miss out on in 2023. Whether you are looking for inspiration, education, or entertainment, these museums are the place to go this year for a fresh air of culture.

The Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway

A museum that has been eagerly awaited by art lovers around the world is the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway, which showcases the artistic legacy of the renowned painter Edvard Munch. The museum, created by Estudio Herreros, is an impressive 60-meter-high structure by the sea, with 13 floors of art and cultural activities. PE Munch Museum Oslo contains the world’s biggest collection of Munch’s art, with 11 galleries and over 26,000 original artworks made by the artist, as well as his items and archives. 
Some of his most famous works, such as The Sun and The Frieze of Life, are exhibited in a specially designed double-height gallery. At the same time, the most celebrated masterpiece, The Scream, is offered in three versions: a painting, a drawing, and a print, one of which is always visible to the public. 
The institute also offers temporary exhibitions of modernist and contemporary artists in conversation with Munch, as well as concerts, performances, film shows, and art talks.
1. Munch Museet

Fotografiska Museum in Berlin, Germany

 One of the most highly anticipated new art museum openings in Europe is the Fotografiska Berlin, in Germany, an art space dedicated to contemporary photography, art, and culture. The museum, part of the global Fotografiska family that already has branches in Stockholm, New York, and Tallinn, will open its doors in the second half of 2023, taking over almost 5500 square meters of a historical building in the centre of Berlin’s Mitte district. 
The building, which was built in 1906, has survived all the dramatic political and social transformations that the city has experienced and represents therefore a location of great symbolic importance, making it even more interesting to visit the exhibitions inside.
2. Fotografiska Berlin

The Fotografiska Museum will showcase exhibitions by prominent international artists from the wide field of contemporary photography and related media, as well as diverse cultural events and fine dining. The institute will also feature works by local talents and emerging photographers, creating a dialogue between different views and practices. 

Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, The Netherlands 

 A museum that will surely provide a novel experience for visitors is the Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, which represents the world’s first publicly accessible art storage facility. The institute, created by MVRDV, is located in a post-modern building with a mirrored glass exterior, situated next to the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Museumpark. The museum contains more than 152,000 pieces of the art collections of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, ceramics, and more. 
Visitors can discover the different storage and care areas, which are separated into five different climate zones according to the materials of the artworks. The institute also features restoration studios and galleries, as well as a restaurant and a rooftop forest with 75 birch trees. Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen represents a unique opportunity for visitors to see behind the scenes how a world-renowned museum maintains and manages its art collection. 
3. Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen - Ph. Ossip van Duivenbode

Accademia Carrara in Bergamo, Italy 

Reopened in January 2023 to present the renewal of its spaces, Accademia Carrara in Bergamo, Italy, is one of the most important collections of Italian paintings in the world. The museum, originally established in 1796 by Giacomo Carrara, displays hundreds of works, with masterpieces by Pisanello, Mantegna, Bellini, Botticelli, Raffaello, Lotto, and others. The institute also hosts temporary exhibitions, cultural events, and educational activities. 
4. Accademia Carrara - Ph. Gianfranco Rota

The reopening has taken place on the occasion of the inauguration of the Bergamo Brescia Capital of Italian Culture 2023 campaign, with the museum showcasing the world’s first exhibition dedicated to Cecco del Caravaggio, the most mysterious and brilliant of Caravaggio’s direct pupils. The new spaces of the Accademia Carrara, together with its collections, are undoubtedly among the new art museum openings in Europe not to miss out, a place that can offer visitors a more complete and rewarding experience of the astonishing artistic heritage. 

Istanbul Modern Museum, Turkey 

Last but not least, the Istanbul Modern Museum in Turkey is the first museum of modern and contemporary art in the country. The institute opened its doors to the public on May 15, 2023, with a new space that features an iridescent facade inspired by the scales of fish. The building, created by Renzo Piano, is a 10,500-square-meter structure with five levels, situated on the waterfront of Karaköy, one of the oldest settlements on the Bosphorus. 
Established in 2004 by Oya Eczacıbaşı, the Istanbul Modern Museum displays hundreds of works by Turkish and international artists, ranging from the late 19th century to the present day. The institute also hosts temporary exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, film shows, educational programs, and cultural events.
Istanbul Modern - Ph. Cemal Emde

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