Aberdeen Art Gallery
Reopened November 2019
A renovation and expansion costing £34.6m almost doubled the number of permanent galleries (to 19) and allowed three times as many objects to go on display. The history and wealth of Aberdeen’s civic collections, from founding collector Alexander Macdonald’s Victorian portrait gallery to recent acquisitions of Scottish silver, are now handsomely presented in the manner they deserve.
The Box, Plymouth
Opened September 2020
One of few capital projects to have steamrollered its way through the pandemic this year (at a cost of more than £40m), the Box draws together the old civic art museum and library, their renovated buildings linked by a large extension that includes on-site collection storage in the ‘box’ that caps off the structure.
British Galleries, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Reopened March 2020
The renovation of these galleries – the Met’s flagship project in its 150th year – has involved a reconsideration of the global contexts of six centuries of British decorative arts. Around a quarter of the objects here were acquired with the new display in mind.
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister und Skulpturensammlung bis 1800, Dresden
Reopened February 2020
This €50m project has done much to improve facilities, but has also reintegrated sculpture and painting in the galleries and increased the sense of spectacle in the display of these great collections. Extensive conservation has been carried out on some 200 paintings and 300 frames.
KBR Museum, Brussels
Opened September 2020
This new museum for the Royal Library of Belgium (now KBR), displays manuscripts from the collection of the dukes of Burgundy. Around 100 of them are shown across two floors, alongside armour, prints, sculpture and paintings, with the appreciation and interpretation of manuscript illumination at the heart of the museum’s mission.
Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Art, Ibeju-Lekki
Opened October 2019
The first dedicated university art museum in Nigeria is named after Yemisi Shyllon, a Yoruba prince who has donated around 1,000 works it – a founding collection that ranges from pre-colonial objects to modern and contemporary works by Ben Enwonwu, Nike Davies-Okundaye and others. Shyllon has also committed to funding the museum for at least 15 years.