New Museums: Intentions, Expectations, Challenges

Musées du XXIe siècle : Visions, ambitions, défis

Published by Hirmer Verlag, Munich, May 2017.



The Art Centre Basel is pleased to present the accompanying catalogue for our exhibition ‘New Museums: Intentions, Expectations, Challenges’ at the Musée d’art et d’histoire de Genève, Switzerland, from May 11, 2017 – October 8, 2017.


The past decade was characterised by a real museum boom which persists today. Throughout the world museums have been built that are as unique as the art they contain, and the process continues. This volume assembles 19 of these museums, designed and realised by the who’s who of the architect scene.


The architecture of the museums is an artwork in itself. They include buildings such as the Changsha Meixihu International Culture & Art Centre designed by Zaha Hadid and the Zeitz Museum for contemporary African art in Cape Town. With designs that extend from exciting to dynamic to sensuously beautiful the architects have created places of encounter, communication and inspiration which make the world of art accessible to visitors in ways that are not always mapped out by curators. The volume shows magnifi cent photographs and documents through drawings the development of the buildings as well as the challenges of architecture today.



Editor: Art Centre Basel


Contributing authors:

Katharina Beisiegel (Deputy Director, Art Centre Basel), Karen van den Berg (Professor of Art Theory & Curating, Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen), Chris Dercon (Former Director, Tate Gallery of Modern Art, London), Anke Gröner (Art Historian), Suzanne MacLeod (Director and Head of School, School of Museum Studies, Leicester University), Kali Tzortzi (Assistant Professor in Museology, University of Patras), Wolfgang Ullrich (Art Historian and Critic, Formerly Professor at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg and Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe).



English and French editions, 240 pages with circa 260 colour illustrations, Softcover, Acrylic cover, 30 x 24 cm

ISBN: 978-3-7774-2724-9 (English), 978-3-7774-2726-3 (French)