On May 20, 2017 national museums, art galleries, international cultural institutions, universities and other cultural spaces will stay open to the public until late at night to celebrate the thirteenth “European museum night”. Visitors will be invited to view the collections and participate in initiatives and performances demonstrating that a museum is a living place, a place to “have fun”.
And as we are interested in the architectural container itself, as well as its contents, we take a look at pages in Floornature focusing on new museums in Europe. Starting in Italy, with Maxxi in Rome, the museum designed by Zaha Hadid, the subject of a recent “Re-Evolution”. Zaha Hadid also designed the Messner Mountain Museum Corones in Plan de Corones, the last of six museums about the Alps and mountain-climber Reinhold Messner.
Warsaw’s Katyn Museum designed by BBGK Architekci and Rivesaltes, a museum designed by Rudy Ricciotti, are two memorials to tragic events in European history which were both shortlisted for the EU Mies van der Rohe Award 2017. Another museum in France, in Rodez, Musée Soulages designed by architects Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramón Vilalta of RCR Arquitectes, won the 2017 Pritzker Prize.
Heading north, we take a look at the Danish National Maritime Museum by BIG and the expansion on the Lillehammer Art Museum in Norway by Snøhetta.