Museums are known for being admired for what they hold inside and the buildings themselves are mere containers were the art is deposited and safely kept for many generations to come. In the last few decades, that has changed quite a lot. As the line between art and architecture becomes blurrier, museums also have transformed into works of art that encase other works of art. Beauty within beauty.
Here at Kenny Slaught’s blog, we talk about the most amazing works of architecture all over the world, but today we want to take a special look at art and what it holds inside.
Guggenheim Museum – Bilbao, Spain
Designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, this museum is considered one of the most important works of contemporary architecture today. It is said the museum has changed the way the public sees museums all around the world and architecture in general. The design is a beautiful combination of futuristic design, urban context integration and the endless possibilities of architectural innovation.
The Museum of Islamic Art – Doha, Qatar
This museum is an amazing blend between ancient Islamic architecture and modern design. The 5-story building has areas for prayer, show rooms for the art obviously as well as a gift shop and a theater. The Chinese-American architect Ieoh Ming Pei is responsible for The Museum of Islamic Art in Doha and Wilmotte & Associates did the interior design.
The State Hermitage Museum – Saint Petersburg, Russia
None other than Catherine the Great founded this museum back in 1764 and it has been opened to the public for more than 150 years, making this huge museum not only one of the largest, but also the oldest in the world. Catherine the Great commissioned French architect Jean-Baptiste Vallin de la Mothe to build the first pavilion that gave life to the museum and from there started displaying her own personal collection of art, back then before the museum was even opened to the public.
Royal Ontario Museum Expansion – Toronto, Canada
The Roy Ontario Museum is not only one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, but with over one million annual visitors, is also one of the most popular in North America. The architectural style of the original building is Italianate Neo-Romanesque and it has been open to the public since 1912. Its newest extension has been operation since 2007; it’s called The Crystal and Polish-American architect Daniel Libeskind designed it.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art – Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City architects Wight and Wight designed the building that opened back in 1933. In 1999, architect Steven Holl won the competition for the design of what is known today as the Block Building. The addition blends the local landscape with the old building and the modern lines of the new additions, created a beautiful contrast for the eye to see.
The Hanoi Museum – Hanoi, Vietnam
The museum was designed by GMP Architects in 2010. The sleek squared building houses an internal circular atrium that gives access to three different levels of exhibits. The museum has more than 50,000 pieces of art and many artifacts of local ancient history. From the outside you can appreciate the beautiful inverted pyramid design that reflects on the water mirror that greets visitors.
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum – East Lansing, Michigan
Another marvelous creation by Zaha Hadid; the Broad Art Museum was possible due to the generous donation of Eli Broad and his wife Edyth back in 2007. The line and composition of the buildings design in marvelous and it truly creates path through which the eye of the viewer travels when admiring this masterpiece.
Museum aan de Stroom – Antwerp, Belgium
Neutelings Riedijk Architects is the firm responsible for this ten-box sixty-meter tower sitting along the river Scheldt in the Eilandje district of Antwerp, Belgium. Every floor shifts a quarter turn creating a spiral shape that allows visitors to gaze upon the city or to stop and enter each one of its gallery spaces as they climb to the top of the tower.
Modern Art Museum – Fort Worth, Texas
This building in Fort Worth, Texas is a beautiful creation by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando. The Japanese influence is more than clear and it reflects on its surrounding pond, the trees and the simple, yet elegant lines and materials used for its construction.
Niterói Contemporary Art Museum – Niterói, Brazil
This is perhaps one of the most impressive buildings you will ever see. The whole thing seems taken out of a science fiction film as it defies the cliff overlooking the ocean from where it stands. Oscar Niemeyer with the assistance of structural engineer Bruno Contarini, are responsible for this amazing work of art. The permanent collection that is displayed in the museum belongs to a Brazilian private art collector.