5 New Museums Not To Miss This Summer

A spate of major new museum openings boasting top notch architecture and serious modern and contemporary art exhibitions make this summer’s cultural landscape one worth traveling for.

  • Fondazione Prada Milan

    Fondazione Prada Milan

    Those heading to Venice this summer for the Biennale might consider making a quick pit-stop in Milan for Miuccia Prada and husband Patrizio Bertelli’s brand new arts compound, which opened earlier this month. A little off the beaten path from the fashionable side of town, it’s worth the trip to the industrial ex-distillery for a full day’s enjoyment courtesy of the Pradas and architect Rem Koolhaas’s firm OMA. The three new buildings—one of which is painted gold—reference Italy’s architectural past and are dispersed through the elegantly restrained complex. It’s the sort of place where you just sort of wander around: You might come across the whimsical Wes Anderson-designed Bar Luce, chance upon the Prada’s own stunning collection of contemporary works from John Baldessari to Jeff Koons, discover the site’s ‘Haunted House’ (and a recent commission by Robert Gober), or take in the heady opening exhibition, Serial Classic, which explores the Roman tradition of copying Greek originals.

    Photo: Bas Prinzen. Courtesy Fondazione Prada.

  • Fondation Louis Vuitton

    Fondation Louis Vuitton

    Located in the Bois de Boulogne, Frank Gehry’s gleaming, some say boat-like structure for the Fondation Louis Vuitton is the latest gem to dot the Parisian architectural landscape. Though Bernard Arnault’s foundation opened late last year to much ado—mostly because of its splashy glass construction—it’s really only now that you get to see the collection. Currently,  The Keys to a Passion, packs a punch with major works of art by Edward Munch, Constantin Brancusi, and Matisse on loan from major institutions around the world. Since opening, the museum has been slowly revealing more of Arnault’s own collection—including contemporary works by Tacita Dean, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Bas Jan Ader —,the third stage of which opens next month. The staged reveal makes a welcome excuse to return again and again.

    Photo: Iwan Baan. Courtesy Fondation Louis Vuitton.

  • Whitney Museum of American Art

    Whitney Museum of American Art

    The splashy new Whitney in NYC’s Meatpacking District is not without its star architect: Renzo Piano’s asymmetrical feat of steel and glass yields four enormous, light-filled galleries, not to mention a series of terraces and outdoor stairwells on which to take in views of the city and the Hudson river. This Summer, Artist Mary Heilmann’s installation Sunset, made up of sculptural chairs which the public are free to use, makes the outdoor “galleries” all the more fun to experience. Meanwhile, the opening show inside, America is Hard to See, re-examines the museum’s own permanent collection of American art with over 600 works on display in 26 chronological chapters. We’re pretty confident the upcoming exhibitions, not to mention the next Biennial, will continue to wow the city’s serious art crowd as much as the new space already has.

    Photo: Karin Jobst, 2014. Courtesy Whitney Museum.

  • Kunsthaus Dahlem

    Kunsthaus Dahlem

    This new space in Berlin for post-war German modernism sparks interest mainly for the building’s checkered past—before WWII it was constructed as a studio for one of the Nazi party’s predilect artists, Arno Breker. Under the watchful eye of  architects Petra and Paul Kahlfeldt, who are charged with its restoration, the studio has been re-cast as a cultural institution. The opening show and subsequent exhibitions will feature both East and West German art in tandem, as an attempt to reconcile these two streams of German modernism which were segregated for many years after the war.

    Photo: Robert Conrad. Courtesy Kunsthaus Dahlem

  • The Broad

    The Broad

    The Broad has suffered some significant delays in opening, but on September 20th, when the doors do finally swing open, Angelenos can expect to find an entirely columnless, sky-lit gallery by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. And then all the impatience will  surely be forgotten. The museum will house and continually exhibit Eli and Edythe (aka Edye) Broad’s collection of contemporary art, which is one of the largest and most significant worldwide. Plus, they’ve got great taste and have amassed large collections of works by artists like Cindy Sherman, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons, and Christopher Wool. The fact that restaurateur Bill Chait of Bestia and Republique fame and Tim Hollingsworth of The French Laundry are teaming up on the restaurant next door should provide LA residents with even more incentive to head downtown.

    Photo: Iwan Baan. Courtesy The Broad.