Whether it’s a former police station or what was once an Arab sheikh’s palace, there’s no shortage of new, relocated and renovated art museums to satisfy your cravings for culture next time you take a trip. Destinations in themselves, here are some of the best places to check out the world’s most incredible paintings, sculptures and artifacts.
Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Jameel Arts Centre opened in Dubai last November. It was developed by Art Jameel, an independent organisation that supports the arts, education and heritage in the Middle East. It was designed by the UK’s Serie Architect. It is the first private contemporary arts institutions of its kind in the Gulf. The property offers three floors of exhibition space, a library, restaurant, design shop, outdoor amphitheater and members’ room. It is also home to Jaddaf Waterfront Sculpture Park, Dubai’s first open-air art park, with initial installation including sculptures by Helaine Blumenfeld, Talin Hazbar, Latifa Saeed, Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim, David Nash and Slavs and Tatars. This April marks the opening of the Jameel Prize 5 exhibition, on tour from the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, who organise the Prize in collaboration with Art Jameel.
Address: Jaddaf Waterfront – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Opening Hours: Saturday – Thursday: 10am – 8pm
Friday: 12pm – 10pm
Tai Kwun – Centre for Heritage and Arts, Hong Kong
Once a closed compound of the Central Police Station, Tai Kwun has undergone a 10-year revitalisation project by the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Opened in May last year, the property comprises 16 historic buildings and outdoor spaces on a 13,600 sq m area in the heart of Central, it is a home to three monuments; the former Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison, which are witnesses to more than 170 years of Hong Kong history. The compound now has an international-grade art gallery and an auditorium. The new building, JC Contemporary, houses a non-profit art centre dedicated to contemporary art exhibitions and hosts six to eight exhibitions every year. Its inaugural exhibitions include a group show, “Dismantling the Scaffold”, curated by Christina Li of Spring Workshop, and an exhibition of new work by Wing Po So.
Address: 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong.
Opening hours: Tai Kwun Site: 10am – 11pm
Visitor Centre: 10am – 8pm
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Toronto, Canada
Formerly known as the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, the museum moved to a new location, a 55,000 sq ft former industrial space at the heart of the Lower Junction neighbourhood in Toronto last September. The museum showcases Canadian and international artists. It aims to be a “listening museum” where artists, their works and the public interact in this welcoming space. Throughout 2019, the museum has hosted Andreas Angelidakis’s DEMOS-A Reconstruction exhibition, its first large-scale Invitation Projects that invites visitors to reconfigure 74 modular foam blocks.
Address: 158 Sterling Rd, Toronto, ON M6R 2B2, Canada
Opening hours: Monday: 10am-5pm (including holidays)
Friday: 10am – 5pm
Hayward Gallery, London
The Hayward reopened last year after two years of renovation. There’s a few additions to the museum including more natural lights in the upper galleries and a new roofscape of pyramids to replace the Hayward’s original roof. Part of South Bank Centre, the museum displays contemporary art presenting a wide range of adventurous and influential artists from across the world, and also a landmark of brutalist architecture. Current exhibitions including The Typographic Dante by Barrie Tullett, an exhibition of typographic illustrations responding to Dante’s Divine Comedy.
Address: Southbank Centre, 337-338 Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX, UK
Opening hours: Monday: 11am – 7pm
Wednesday – Sunday: 11am – 7pm (Thursday until 9pm)
Mori Building Digital Art Museum:teamLab Borderless, Tokyo
This is a full-scale digital art museum in the Palette Town complex of Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan. The concept is a collaborative initiative between Mori Building, known for its support in culture and art and teamLab, an interdisciplinary creative group that utilizes digital technologies to create art. The museum boasts a 10,000 sq m labyrinthine floor space structured around 5 areas, in which the artworks have no borders with one another as the artworks leave the installation rooms and move down corridors, to communicate with other works and sometimes fuse with them. From July until October this year, teamLab also has an annual outdoor exhibition: “teamLab: A Forest Where Gods Live – earth, music & ecology” in Kyushu, Japan.
Address: 1-3-8 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Opening hours: Weekdays: 10am – 7pm
Sunday, Saturday and Holiday: 10am – 9pm
National Museum of Qatar, Doha
French architect Jean Nouvel has restored a sheikh’s palace, turning it into a stunning new museum building in Doha that is inspired by the region’s desert rose. The museum features unique architecture and gallery spaces, as well as a 220-seater auditorium. It also offers a new research centre and laboratories along with access to digital archives. A landscaped park also available for visitors to explore and learn about Qatar’s indigenous plants and their role in Qatari culture.
Address: Museum Park Street, Doha, Qatar
Opening hours: Saturday – Thursday: 9am-7pm