The second and concluding part of the world’s best designed contemporary art galleries takes us to North America and Norway. The buildings featured are modern, contemporary and quite exquisite both in design and structure. They make fantastic artistic statements in their own right, and whet the appetite of what is in store for the visitor inside. We start our global tour in Norway and in Namar.
This is a quite incredible building that blends the old with the new, one half of the structure pays homage to the old and past history of the museum, the other is an ultra-modern dome then blends in perfectly with the former building.
This highly original building in Namar is built on the medieval ruins of a cathedral that is covered by a giant glass and steel structure, which highlights the old beauty as well as protecting it. The architects took almost two decades to produce this very clever piece of architecture and the end result is a juxtaposition of the new and old. The Hedmark Museum brilliantly showcases two very different worlds but allows them to live together in a modern composition of art.
Musee National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec
Another addition to an existing museum, the very well-known National Museum of Quebec had a face lift in 2016 that utilized cutting edge design when it produced the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion. The Dutch firm of architects, OMA designed the new addition, which completes a fourth structure in this large multi-building museum. It is based on a modern stacked concept which is encased in three amazing layers of glass, which illuminates this modern building from the inside. At night the whole building seems to glow in the park that surrounds the structure.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
This museum in Kansas City is almost entirely constructed out of translucent glass, again this structure is an extension of an existing building. The high proliferation of glass means not only does it take on a highly contemporary form, but it is entirely lit by natural light, and in the evening, it glows like a lit lantern. The architect’s main aim was to blend the new structure seamlessly with the existing 1933 building. The new addition is the fifth building of a massive interconnected museum of art.
The Weisman Art Museum
The final stop on our journey to visit the world’s best contemporary art museums is in Minneapolis and the Weisman Art Museum. It was designed by the same architect that designed the Guggenheim in Spain. You can see the same metallic curves made out of titanium with contrasting rectangular windows. The gallery and exhibits are illuminated by natural light, whilst one complete side is made out of brick so that it blends in effortlessly with the rest of the university campus that the museum is located in.
These museums and galleries have bought design and elegance of construction together to make fine contemporary statements. The art that the buildings enclose is enhanced by the use of natural light and materials, and visitors can see exhibits in the best possible manner.