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New Museums on the Block

By Sarah Belmont
Oslo’s Munch showcase isn’t the only site to debut in 2021 – here are five other coming attractions

The Kunsthaus, Zürich

The Kunsthaus Zürich is undergoing an expansion that will see it become Switzerland’s largest museum. The new site, designed by British architect David Chipperfield, will open in two stages. A preview period will take place from 23 April to 24 May, with an installation by American choreographer William Forsythe on view. The rest of the art, starting with the Impressionist and Modernist Emil Georg Bührle collection, is expected to be on display by October.
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Frick Madison, New York City

The Frick Collection is temporarily moving to 945 Madison Avenue and East 75th Street, a Marcel Breuer-designed structure which was previously the location of the Met Breuer and the Whitney Museum of American Art. The space opened under the name Frick Madison on 18 March, while a controversial two-year $160 million renovation and expansion begins at the Frick’s permanent site – the former home of industrialist Henry Frick Clay.
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GES-2, Moscow

The V-A-C Foundation, established in 2009 by Leonid Mikhelson, the wealthiest man in Russia, is set to launch a new venue in Moscow this year. The contemporary art centre will open in a former 1907 power plant, redesigned by Italian architect Renzo Piano. The inauguration, which is expected to take place this summer or autumn, will feature a major new production by Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson.
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Humboldt Forum, Berlin

Finally opening after several major delays, this 42,000 sq m addition to Berlin’s Museum Island complex will be a melting pot for art, science and culture. The institution is opening in phases (the digital preview was held on 16 December). Its full programme is set to feature around 1,000 events and exhibitions; among them is a first-floor display exploring how Berlin interacts with the rest of the world.
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The Grand Egyptian Museum, Cairo

Situated just outside of Cairo on the Giza Plateau, near the Pyramids, the Grand Egyptian Museum is one of the most highly anticipated museums in the world. Originally planned to open in 2011, the museum has now been scheduled for launch this June. Among the 100,000 ancient artefacts in its collection will be 4,549 objects from the tomb of King Tutankhamun.
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