Emery Walker’s House
The best-preserved Arts & Crafts interior in Britain reopened after an 18-month restoration (as part of the wider Arts & Crafts Hammersmith project, which cost just shy of £1 million) that has ensured its preservation for future generations. While the house was closed, more than 6,000 objects were conserved and catalogued.
Freer Gallery of Art, Freer|Sackler
The Freer’s complete refurbishment has returned the displays, including the Asian art holdings, to something more faithful to Charles Lang Freer’s founding aesthetic, while also modernising the gallery’s infrastructure.
Musée d’arts de Nantes
The former Musée de Beaux-Arts reopened following a six-year renovation and expansion project led by Stanton Williams architects. The original building has been renovated and new galleries for modern and contemporary art added, along with a subterranean auditorium and education centre.
Musée Camille Claudel
Dedicated to the French sculptor, who lived in the building as a child, this museum displays the largest public collection of Claudel’s works in 15 new galleries designed by Adelfo Scaranello architects. Works by her contemporaries are also on show.
National Gallery of Ireland
The historic Milltown and Dargan wings have been fully refurbished to modern museum standards as part of a €25 million restoration project, with a new courtyard linking the wings. The reopening coincided with the exhibition ‘Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting’.
Cape Town, South Africa
‘Africa’s Tate Modern’ opened in Cape Town in September in a former grain silo converted by Thomas Heatherwick. The museum displays works by artists from Africa and the African diaspora from the collection of Jochen Zeitz.