“Museums in the 21st Century: Concepts, Projects, Buildings”

Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz - Museum Modern Art Linz
Ernst-Koref-Promenade 1
November 23, 2006–February 19, 2007

K20 Grabbeplatz
Grabbeplatz 5
March 31–June 25, 2006

MAXXI - Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo
Via Guido Reni 4A
September 21–October 29, 2006

Curated by Christine Gisi

Some indication of the scale of the recent museum-construction spree may be gleaned from the fact that, for the second time in six years, the Art Centre Basel, an organizer of international traveling exhibitions, has mounted a showcase of contemporary museum design. Among the twenty-six projects documented in drawings, models, photographs, videos, and computer animation are Tadao Ando’s subterranean Chichu Art Museum in Naoshima, Japan, and the redevelopment of Berlin’s Museum Island. What are we going to put in all these new museums? As this show suggests, perhaps the museums themselves.

Travels to Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome, Sept. 21–Oct. 29; Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Austria, Nov. 23, 2006–Feb. 19, 2007; and other venues.