Building projects

A £2.8m transformation of London's Studio Voltaire addresses shortage of affordable studio space

The not-for-profit has added 45 spaces for artists as well as a cafe and shop

London’s Museum of Childhood to be renamed the Young V&A following £13m renovation

East End institution will no longer cater to adults “revelling in nostalgia” and rather be focussed on those aged up to 14 years old

Arts & Crafts Movement gets a dedicated museum in St Petersburg, Florida

The new institution has been founded by the private collector and businessman and Rudy Ciccarello

Putting Uruguay on the art map: sculptor Pablo Atchugarry is building a world-class museum in his home country

Billed as Uruguay's most comprehensive hub for international contemporary art, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Atchugarry will open in Punta del Este next January

Museu de Arte de São Paulo plans to tunnel its way through to a new 14-storey building

The Lina Bo Bardi-designed museum in Brazil can currently only display 1% of its 11,000-piece collection

Mies van der Rohe's landmark Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin ready for reopening after 'surgery' by David Chipperfield

Architect's Modernist masterpiece was “incredibly badly built” and took six years and €140m to restore to its former glory

Hide and seek: Hirshhorn museum to cover entire building in a giant painting by Nicolas Party

As the Washington, DC institution begins a renovation project in September, a four-storey-high work will adorn its scaffolding

No luck getting tickets for immersive Van Gogh show? San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum opens with more cutting-edge projections by teamLab

The pandemic-delayed expansion features an interactive exhibition by the Japanese contemporary art collective that was designed to disorient

London's National Gallery appoints architect Annabelle Selldorf for its major renovation

First phase of the work is due to be completed by May 2024, in time for the gallery’s 200th anniversary

Richard Serra steel work to get its own art cabin in the woods at Glenstone

The artist is collaborating with the architect Thomas Phifer to design the new stand-alone gallery

Cinematic revival: Hong Kong's post-war landmark State Theatre to be restored by 2026

Billionaire collector and property developer Adrian Cheng is leading the project to reopen the defunct 1950s cinema as a "cultural oasis"

Frank Gehryinterview

Frank Gehry on LUMA Arles: ‘I kept thinking about what the light was like for Van Gogh’

The distinguished architect talks about his new structure in France, a tower clad in 11,000 shimmering stainless-steel tiles, influenced by the light, landscape and historic architecture—and Vincent van Gogh

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Home truths: east London's museum of domestic life emerges from lockdown after £18.8m makeover

Museum of the Home reopens on 12 June with double the public space in its 18th-century almshouse buildings

Door still open to Hermitage Barcelona after city council calls for revised project

Ongoing negotiations for a new satellite of the Russian museum will focus on a collaboration with the Barcelona opera house

'Intelligent design': Frank Gehry's surprisingly subtle $233m makeover of Philadelphia Museum of Art revealed

Architect's Core Project expansion creates 90,000 sq. ft of new galleries and reimagined public spaces at heart of 1928 landmark

Australian billionaire’s proposed museum for $380m art collection angers rural community

Planning application for Melbourne businessman Lindsey Hogg’s Rosemaur Gallery has international support but faces local opposition

Greece completes long-awaited National Gallery revamp for Independence Day bicentenary

Greek culture minister promises €59m expansion will put the museum "on the map" ahead of public reopening

After more than a decade, Hong Kong's M+ building is finished and will open in 2021—even if international travel ban persists

Herzog & de Meuron-designed museum will not shy away from displaying controversial works, director assures

Frank Gehry’s twisting tower for Luma Arles to open its doors in June

Patron Maja Hoffmann is driving the ambitious cultural project in southern France

National Gallery London: new details of development plans revealed

A 1960s office block behind the Sainsbury Wing will be demolished to make way for a new building to provide more exhibition space

In Pictures: an early look inside the Frick Madison

Before the public opening on 18 March, see the startling installation of the museum's Old Masters collection in the Brutalist Breuer building

'Building on our strengths': National Gallery London unveils plans for £25m upgrade

Refurbishment, to be partly completed for the museum's 200th anniversary in 2024, will encompass the lobby of the Sainsbury Wing, a new research centre and improved outdoor space

Fast forward: revamped Australian Centre for the Moving Image promises a high-tech experience

The Melbourne museum of screen culture reopens with a contactless device that allows visitors to curate virtual collections

Discoveries at Stonehenge highlight controversial new tunnel's threat to heritage

Recent excavation has uncovered late Neolithic and Bronze Age artefacts and human remains

Exhibitions at new $450m Hong Kong Palace Museum will offer ‘a fresh, contemporary interpretation of Chinese culture’

Director Louis Ng insists that the institution—due to open in 2022—will be distinct from its namesake in Beijing's Forbidden City

An arms dealer casts a shadow over Kunsthaus Zurich

Petition calls for more transparency in planned display of the collection of Emil Georg Bührle, who bought Nazi-looted art with a fortune built on weapons

National Arts Club in New York opens new galleries renovated during the pandemic

Restoration work uncovered the original plaster from the building’s former occupant, New York governor and 1876 presidential candidate Samuel Tilden

Hundreds of artists’ studios in Moscow to be bulldozed amid government’s huge renovation plan

Evicted artists say authorities are leaving them out in the cold by failing to provide alternative workshops

Art Nouveau pioneer Alphonse Mucha’s Slav Epic finds a home at last—and it’s designed by Thomas Heatherwick

Monumental cycle of 20 paintings will be displayed in the Savarin development in central Prague

Paris news

Champs Élysées—one of Paris’s most polluted roads—to be transformed into ‘extraordinary garden’

The major avenue will undergo a €250m makeover to restore its former splendour, following the 2024 Summer Olympics

Indianews

India's Supreme Court approves Modi's £2bn 'vanity project' to redevelop Delhi parliament complex

The reconstruction of the Central Vista is a significant step in the prime minister's efforts to sever the nation from its colonial past

Major museum openings and expansions in 2021

From the much-anticipated Grand Egyptian Museum to the Frick’s move to a Brutalist landmark, here are the building projects aiming to change cultural landscapes around the world

Sneak peek: Snarkitecture designs new gallery in Detroit for Library Street Collective

The art space in a historic building in the Belt neighbourhood will open with a show curated by the street artist Kaws

Greecenews

Huge historic tobacco factory in Athens to be renovated into cultural space by 2021

Arts organisation Neon are working on the project with the Greek government to mark 200 years since the country’s liberation from the Ottoman Empire

Indianews

'New Hindu India': Narendra Modi begins £2bn overhaul of Delhi's colonial parliament buildings

Politicians and cultural leaders have questioned the use of state funds for prime minister's "vanity project" during Covid-19 crisis

Kunsthaus Zurich counts down to ‘quantum leap’ for Swiss art scene after Chipperfield expansion

City hopes the $230m new building will raise its profile as an art destination to match Basel

New Art Gallery of Nova Scotia building is inspired by indigenous Mi’kmaq culture

The winning design is meant to be both a centrepiece of Halifax’s burgeoning waterfront arts district and an earnest symbol of reconciliation, the project leads say

Boola Bardip: Perth’s revamped Western Australian Museum opens with new name and focus on Aboriginal heritage

The museum worked with around 60 Aboriginal language groups across the vast state to bring their perspectives into every gallery

Challenges overcome as Houston's Museum of Fine Arts completes $450m campus expansion

Delayed by just three weeks amid the pandemic, new Kinder Building will dramatically increase space for Modern and contemporary art

Hong Kong's M+ museum delayed to autumn 2021 amid management troubles and spiralling costs

West Kowloon Cultural District chief executive heads for early exit, accused of contributing to cost overruns and delays

Space race: how the pandemic is pushing museums to rethink design

Experts predict bigger galleries, a stronger connection to the outdoors and an end to the expansion juggernaut

Has Putin’s $1.6bn plan to build new cultural centres throughout Russia hit the rocks?

Foundation running the huge project has cut more than 80% of staff, but construction continues

Inside The Box: Plymouth’s £48m bid for cultural revival

Pandemic scuppers city’s celebrations of Mayflower anniversary and hopes for tourist crowds—but flagship museum project opens against the odds

Plans for world's biggest Picasso museum in south of France scuppered

Aix-en-Provence city council says that sale fell through after negotiations with artist’s stepdaughter broke down

Sigmund Freud Museum reopens in Vienna after a €4m expansion

Family's private apartment, displays about psychoanalysis and collection of conceptual art go on view

The next Tate Modern? Helsinki power plant to become vast new arts hub under city masterplan

Hanasaari plant will be at the heart of burgeoning Suvilahti culture district

'Grand Egyptian Museum will be finished this year': behind the scenes of the giant $1bn project

We take a tour of Egypt’s vast antiquities museum—the future home of Tutankhamun’s treasures—before its long-awaited opening in 2021

Sydney's Powerhouse Museum saved from sell-off, but debate rages on

NSW government scraps controversial billion-dollar relocation plan but faces questions from community groups and parliament

Notre Dame's spire to be rebuilt the way it was—but use of lead likely to spark new controversy

French President Macron makes u-turn after first suggesting the 19th-century spire, which was destroyed in the fire last year, should be replaced by a contemporary design

Kentucky philanthropist launches ambitious arts hub and 'incubator' in the Appalachian mountains

Entrepreneur and contemporary art collector Brook Smith plans to turn former coal-mining region into a "cultural destination"

Istanbul Museum of Painting and Sculpture plagued by delays after top curators quit

Turkey’s national modern art collection, closed off for much of its 80-year existence, will be hard-pressed to open $25m new building this year

Saudi Arabiaanalysis

Are Saudi Arabia's big culture plans turning to dust?

As oil prices slump and the pandemic continues to spread, the kingdom's ambitious initiatives are being scaled back

coronavirusanalysis

Russian museums in crisis: State Hermitage projects losses of almost half its annual revenue after closing for two months

Loss of tourism and oil market crash because of coronavirus pandemic wreak havoc as institutions seek state help

Prizesnews

Los Angeles Times art critic Christopher Knight wins Pulitzer prize

Writer was recognised for his criticism of Lacma’s controversial expansion plan

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