10 of the Best Private Museum Shows On View Worldwide Right Now
Got travel plans? Check out these private museum shows.
1. “International Pop” at Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)
This exhibition chronicles the emergence of Pop art from 1950s to early 1970s, investigating tangential movements such as Nouveau Realisme, Capitalist-realsim, Fluxus, and Neo-Dada. Comprised of 140 works from 14 countries, the show promises to explore the global scale of the movement with works by Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Niki de Saint Phalle, David Hockney, Yves Klein, and Yayoi Kusama. The Walker Art Center was founded by T.B. Walker, a lumber baron, in 1927. Since then the exhibition space has gone through several changes including a new section designed by starchitects Herzog & de Muron, which opened in 2005.
“International Pop” is on view through August 29, 2015.
2. “Beneath the Surface” at De La Cruz Collection (Miami, Florida, USA)
A group show in one of Miami’s top private museums brings together work from a long list of established contemporary artists including Isa Gensken, Christopher Wool, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Sterling Ruby, and Rob Pruitt. Founded in 2009 by Carlos de la Cruz, the chairman of soft drink bottling conglomerate, and his wife, Rosa, the De La Cruz Collection serves as a 30,000-square foot extension of the couple’s home, right in the heart of the up-and-coming Design District.
“Beneath the Surface” is on view through October 2015.
3. “Marlene Dumas” at Fondation Beyeler (Basel, Switzerland)
Nestled in the grounds of the Villa Berower estate in Basel, the Renzo Piano-designed Fondation Beyeler is one of the most beautiful private museums anywhere. Currently on view at the museum founded by art dealers and partners Ernst Beyeler and Hildy Kunz is a fantastic show of South African artist Marlene Dumas as well as a project by Tobias Rehberger. Recently, the museum staged a Gauguin exhibition that included the notorious $300 million Gauguin.
“Marlene Dumas” is on view May 31 through September 6, 2015.
4. “Beauté Congo” at Fondation Cartier (Paris, France)
Situated in the 14th arrondissement of Paris, the Fondation Cartier was founded in 1984 by Alain Dominique Perrin, then president of Cartier International, the jewelry brand. The airy Jean Nouvel-designed building also has an incredible outdoor space. The museum’s summer’s exhibition Beauté Congo explores the culture and spirit of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Primarily focused on modern painting in the Congo starting from the 1920s, the show will also encompass sculpture, music, photography, and comics.
“Beauté Congo” is on view through November 15, 2015.
5. “Altered Appearances” at Fisher Landau (New York, New York, USA)
The 25,000-square-foot Long Island City museum founded by Emily Fisher Landau, a New York philanthropist, is dedicated to showing her 1,500-piece art collection, which spans from 1960 to the present day. Key artists in her collection include Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, Jenny Holzer, Alfredo Jaar, Ed Ruscha, Agnes Martin, and Kiki Smith. The upcoming exhibition titled “Altered Appearances” will be a photography show featuring works by Shirin Neshat, Matthew Barney, Abelardo Morell, James Casebere, Cy Twombly, Richard Prince, Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Andres Serrano.
“Altered Appearances” is on view July 30th through January 4th, 2016.
6. “Exquisite and Precious: The Splendor of Korean Art” at Leeum Samsung Museum (Soeul, South Korea)
Leeum Samsung Museum was founded in 2004 by Samsung president Lee Kun-hee. The current exhibition at the space is “Exquisite and Precious: The Splendor of Korean Art,” a comprehensive look into the tradition of Korean art that includes three sections: one dedicated to laquerware, metal work in Buddist sculptures, and painting.
“Exquisite and Precious: The Splendor of Korean Art” is on view July 2 through September 13, 2015.
7. “Slip of the Tongue” at Francois Pinault Foundation (Venice, Italy)
Artist Danh Vō curated the exhibition whose opening coinciding with that of the 56th Venice Biennale. The group show up at the Punta della Dogana (which presents exhibitions of work from the collection of Francois Pinault) features 120 works by artists including Elmgreen & Dragset, Nairy Baghramian, Zoe Leonard, Marcel Broodthaers, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Piero Manzoni, Auguste Rodin, Sigmar Polke, Martin Wong, Cameron Rowland, and Nancy Spero. As his own contribution to the show, Vō also created a limited edition tequila bottle of Casa Dragones’ signature Joven variety.
“Slip of the Tongue” is on view through December 31, 2015.
8. “Design Office: Noise Name Paintings and Sculptures of Rock Bands That Are Broken Up” at Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art (Athens, Greece)
What Greece desperately needs now is your tourism dollars, so if you’re on the way there, make sure to check out collector Dakis Joannou’s museum in Athens. This summer Sonic Youth member and artist Kim Gordon filled the museum’s hallways with “noise paintings” and sculptures that play tribute to the memory of broken up bands that experimented with noise music—a genre that employs a cacophony of sounds.
“Design Office: Noise Name Paintings and Sculptures of Rock Bands That Are Broken Up” is on view through August 30, 2015.
9. “William Kentridge: Notes Towards a Model Opera” at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing, China)
This summer the UCCA, a museum opened by Belgian collectors Guy and Myriam Ullens, presents a retrospective dedicated to South African artist William Kentridge. The exhibition is the artist’s largest exhibition held in an Asian institution. Sprawled across two floors, the show displays a comprehensive look into the artist’s oeuvre from 1988 to present day which includes drawings, paintings, sculptures, and video installations.
“William Kentridge: Notes Towards a Model Opera” is on view through August 30, 2015.
10. “Future Present: Emanuel Hoffmann-Stiftung” at Schaulager (Basel, Switzerland)
It’s been 30 years since the Schaulager displayed the extensive collection of Emanuel Hoffman-Stiftung. So, this exhibition, which takes you through a century of important art, is a definite must-see. The show presents works by Joseph Beuys, Salvador Dalí, Robert Gober, Paul Chan, and Marc Chagall.
“Future Present: Emanuel Hoffmann-Stiftung” is on view through January 31, 2016.
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