Issue Number: 92
Scott Reyburn reports on four new and refurbished museums
Sixty-odd years after its destruction by the RAF, the legendary Green Vault in Dresden has been reconstructed to its former glory (opens 15 Sep; www.skd-dresden.de
). This series of early eighteenth-century treasure chambers was recreated from old photographs at the cost of €41.6 million. The eight chambers of the Historic Green Vault will house the Saxon elector Augustus the Strong’s original collection of 2000 jewels and works of art, removed from Dresden prior to the bombing.
Meanwhile, the construction of new museums continues apace. The I.M. Pei-designed Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Mudam, is Luxembourg’s first ever museum devoted to contemporary art (now open; www.mudam.lu
). The museum is showing a selection of art from the permanent collection and a group show, ‘Eldorado’, which features work from 60 international artists, including new commissions.
Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s dramatic cantilever design for Boston’s new waterfront Institute of Contemporary Art looks set to become a signature landmark. ICA Boston, like Mudam, will combine a permanent collection with temporary exhibitions (opens 17 Sep; www.icaboston.org
The Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris also has a new look (opens 15 Sep; www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr
). The restored Marsan wing of the Louvre is now flooded with natural light, and houses fresh displays of the museum’s peerless collection of French furniture and decorative objects.
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