The International Museum of Photography opens new premises in 2022 and 2023, becoming the largest private art museum in the world
NEW YORK, November 26, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Fotografiska today announced its upcoming expansion into Berlin, germany (Q3 2022), Shanghai, China (Q3 2022), and Miami, Florida (T2 2023), making it the largest private art museum in the world by several measures; including the number of locations, the number of exhibitions produced per year and the total size. The existing locations are in Stockholm, Sweden (2010 est.), New York City, United States (2019 est.), And Tallinn, Estonia (2019 est.).
Executive Chairman of CultureWorks, Yoram Roth, says –
Photography is an extremely communicative medium, which transcends language, nationality and knowledge of art. A viewer can stand in front of a photograph and draw meaning and emotional connection from it. Our vision has long been to expand Fotografiska internationally, and we look forward to sharing this incredible experience with culturally curious audiences around the world.
CEO of CultureWorks, Josh wyatt, says –
We are so excited to be working with the most talented teams of architects, designers and curators on the ground in each of these amazing cities. Each new destination and iconic space will reflect the local culture, spirit and feeling of its place through our programming, exhibitions, bars and restaurants. We look forward to creating a truly unforgettable experience for our customers and a growing global membership community.
The three new locations will further build on Fotografiska’s status as a museum experience for the modern world, combining immersive photography exhibition spaces with eclectic cultural events, membership programs, dining establishments and vibrant drinks and thoughtfully curated museum shops. The museum values and searches for new locations in culturally defined cities, neighborhoods with historic past and iconic buildings available for creative and adaptive reuse.
The global expansion plan follows the museum’s merger with private works and social space, NeueHouse, and the formation of their parent company, CultureWorks, earlier this year.
Project companies: Herzog & de Meuron (extension of the outer roof of the Kunsthaus Tacheles and development plan for the surrounding town of Am Tacheles); Aisslinger Studio (inside the building)
Original structure: 1908
Cut: 58,000 feet2 (5,400 m2)
Fotografiska Berlin will open in the building formerly known as Kunsthaus Tacheles, in the Mitte district. The building was saved from demolition by an artists’ organization in 1990, which took over and transformed the structure into an experiential and rebellious center of creative and independent thought and expression. Adopting the Yiddish word “Tacheles”, a word which means honest and frank speech, the building signifies the Cultural Revolution of post-Wall Berlin and has become a historical monument after the “squat” of artists and activists. famous in the history of the city. .
Fotografiska will inhabit the entire building, which will include three floors of exhibition space, a restaurant, event venue, bistro, bakery, lounge and rooftop bar. The interior walls are covered with graffiti emblematic of its resident artists from the 90s, and Fotografiska will preserve and integrate the works of art into the newly renovated structure.
The opening is currently scheduled for fall 2022 and the schedule for the inaugural exhibition will be announced early next year.
Project company: David rockwell / Rockwell Group (interior & exterior architect)
Original structure: 1946
Cut: 42,000 feet2 (3,900 m2)
Fotografiska Miami will reside in the colorful and culturally diverse neighborhood of Allapattah (a name derived from Seminole word for alligator), located west of Wynwood.
Rockwell Group will lead the interior and exterior transformation of Fotografiska’s new home: a mid-century warehouse that first served as a door maker, then a market and grocery distribution center. The 42,000 feet2 (3,900 m2) will feature unique design elements such as a central outdoor courtyard and rooftop garden, and will be located near Superblue and the Rubell Museum, contributing to the neighborhood’s emerging reputation as a hub for contemporary art.
“The expansion of Fotografiska is a tremendous victory for Miami,” noted Mera Rubell. “The world-class museum experience they have established through their existing locations will join the cultural destination we have created with our museum and Superblue. Fotografiska suits the dynamic and multicultural nature of the city’s residents and visitors perfectly, and we couldn’t be happier to welcome Fotografiska Miami to the neighborhood. “
District: Along the Suzhou Creek River, in the center of Jing’an District
Project company: Neri & Hu (interior & exterior architect)
Original structure: 1931
Cut: 50,000 feet2 (4,630 m2)
As one of the most dynamic and forward-thinking cities in Asia, stimulated by the creation of creative industries in the fields of fashion, arts and design, Shanghai will be Fotografiska’s first Asian site. The museum will open near the newly rejuvenated and rapidly developing Suzhou Creek area. The central district includes a newly constructed pedestrian promenade along the river, an influx of incoming commercial, residential and cultural residents and new museums opening within a radius of 1 km from the future Fotografiska site.
Fotografiska Shanghai will be located in one of the four historic warehouses built at the beginning of the 20e century as a connection point between the international colonies and the city of Suzhou. These deposits provided Shanghai with basic food and fresh produce brought by boat through the dense network of inland river canals.
The listed building adopts the industrial design of the time and presents two magnificent staircases which will be the focal points of the site. The warehouse has four floors and 50k pi2 (4,637 m2) exhibition spaces, indoor and outdoor event rooms, a concept store, restaurant and lounge bar overlooking the river and the famous Sihang Warehouse nearby. The design is led by Neri & Hu – an award-winning interdisciplinary architectural design practice based at Shanghai and famous for the design of many of the city’s iconic sites.
Fotografiska Shanghai is scheduled to open in fall 2022.
Fotografiska is a museum experience for the modern world. Founded in Stockholm in 2010, Fotografiska is a destination for discovering world-class photography, eclectic programming, fine dining and surprising new perspectives.
Guided by the mission to inspire a more conscious world through the power of photography, Fotografiska produces dynamic and unprecedented rotating exhibitions, spanning various photographic genres, in inclusive and immersive environments.
With a dedicated international community and locations in Stockholm, New York City, and Tallinn, Fotografiska is the world’s premier gathering place for photography and culture.
www.fotografiska.com | @fotografiska
Director of Communications, CultureWorks