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Museums in the 21st Century

Art Gallery of Alberta
Edmonton AB – Sep 19-Dec 13, 2009

Kunsthaus Graz am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria.

Kunsthaus Graz am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria. The BIX-Media façade of Kunsthaus Graz, based on a concept by Berlin architects realities:united, represents a unique fusion of architecture and media technology [Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB, Sep 19-Dec 13]

Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Eyebeam Museum of Art and Technology

Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Eyebeam Museum of Art and Technology, New York, NY, USA, 2001 (on hold), Rendering, South-west-view © Diller Scofidio + Renfro [Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB, Sep 19-Dec 13]

Coop Himmelb(l)au, Musée des Confluences, Lyon, France

Coop Himmelb(l)au, Musée des Confluences, Lyon, France, 2001-2008, Rendering, 2005 © rendering isochrom/vienna [Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB, Sep 19-Dec 13]

Anamorphosis Architects, Museum of the Hellenic World

Anamorphosis Architects, Museum of the Hellenic World, Athens, Greece, 2009-2011, Model general view with the roof removed, 2003 © Bernard Tschumi Architects with Michael Photiadis, ARSY, Athens [Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB, Sep 19-Dec 13]

From the turquoise ribbon candy-like folds of New York's Eyebeam Museum to the bizarre black alien body of the Kunsthaus Graz in Austria and from the shimmering strips of the National Centre of Contemporary Arts in Rome and the futuristic Musée des Confluences in Lyon, France to the rambunctious metallic-sided addition to the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, the past decade has witnessed a plethora of striking and innovative designs for contemporary art galleries and museums.

In the swooping, light-filled new Art Gallery of Alberta, Museums in the 21st Century: Concepts Projects Buildings, organized and circulated by Art Centre Basel, showcases 27 of the world's most important museum building projects that have been conceived, planned and built this century. In cities around the world, bold and imaginative museums have become new urban landmarks, fulfilling a role once reserved for cathedrals and government buildings.

The exhibition explores a broad range of possibilities and trends in museum architecture. The projects are represented by sketches, architectural plans, photographs and models that highlight the diverse personalities of leading architects.

The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated colour catalogue edited by Art Centre Basel that covers the history and significant role of museums in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America.

www.artgalleryalberta.com

Mia Johnson


 Fri, Sep 4, 2009