The Textile Museum
In the heart of the George Washington University’s Foggy Bottom campus, a new museum complex will open on March 21, 2015 as Washington, DC’s newest cultural destination. The museum is intended to foster the study and appreciation of art, history, and culture, both within the university and throughout the global community. The museum’s walls will house three components: The Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection focusing on DC history; artworks from George Washington University’s collections, including paintings, prints and drawings, photography, sculpture, and decorative arts; and the newly reimagined Textile Museum. The latter is an institution with a nearly one-hundred-year history, an established audience, and a respected collection of textile art representing six continents and five millennia. It was founded in 1925 by collector George Hewitt Myers and until 2011 was located in his family’s gracious home and a neighboring structure in northwestern DC. Its move to GWU and a purpose-built museum structure marks an important new chapter in its development.
Museu De Cultures Del Món
The Museum of World Cultures of Barcelona shows its visiting public the artistic and cultural diversity of different cultures from Africa, Asia, America and Oceania. The Museum of World Cultures of Barcelona has collaborative links with museums of ethnography and world cultures internationally, as well as with some private collections. The Museum of World Cultures of Barcelona is one of the eleven members of the SWICH network of museums of ethnography and world cultures.
Musée des Confluences
The construction of the Musée des Confluences in Lyon is nearly complete and its public opening is scheduled for December 20, 2014. The architecture of the building is radical—hovering somewhere between crystalline and cloudlike—and it will be home to the museum’s holdings of more than two million objects representing fields as varied as paleontology, mineralogy, zoology, entomology, anthropology, Egyptology, and prehistory. The core of its current collection is that of the former Musée d’Histoire Naturelle augmented with donations of famous collector Émile Guimet, as well as with objects collected by missionaries and from the holdings of the Musée Colonial. It was further enriched over the years by the new institution’s active acquisitions policy. The permanent collection will present more than 3,000 works shown in four thematic sections: Origins: The Stories of the World; Species: The Fabric of Life; Societies: The Theater of Mankind; and Eternities: Visions of the Great Beyond. Two inaugural exhibitions will feature most of the Émile Guimet pieces in Les Trésors de Guimet (The Guimet Treasures) and objects derived from curiosity cabinets in Dans la Chambre des Merveilles (In the Chamber of Marvels), both on view from the museum’s opening until July 2015. An abundance of cultural events—lectures, concerts, and a variety of academic programs— are also planned.
Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac
From its vantage point on the banks of the Seine, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, the musée du quai Branly strives to give the full measure of the significance of the Arts and Civilisations of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas, at the crossroads of cultural, religious and historical influences. As a place of scientific and artistic dialogue, a crossroads for exchanges between the general public, researchers, students or contemporary artists, the museum hosts a series of exhibitions, performances, conferences, workshops and screenings that punctuate its life throughout the year.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is the central museum for the greater Los Angeles region. LACMA was founded in 1910 as part of the Museum of Science, History and Art in the Exposition Park area near the University of Southern California, and became an independent art-focused institution in 1961. The museum moved to its current location in 1965. It has major collections relating to all aspects of Western and world art. Among its many holdings is one of the most important collections of pre-Columbian art in the United States. The collection is particularly strong in objects from the major civilizations of ancient Mexico. A significant portion, which was assembled by Proctor Stafford and acquired by the museum in 1986, represents the ceramic funerary offerings found in the tombs of the west Mexican states of Nayarit, Colima, and Jalisco. The museum’s Constance McCormick Fearing Collection contains a broad selection of ceramic sculpture from West Mexico as well as from other areas of Mesoamerica. Finely carved stone sculpture forms an important component of the Fearing collection, ranging from the exquisite jade figures produced by Olmec artists on the Gulf Coast to the massive and intricately designed basalt representation of ball game regalia from Veracruz. The ancient kingdoms of Peru are also well represented in the galleries. The collection features an array of intricately patterned textiles, brilliantly painted ceramics, and finely worked metal objects spanning the geographical breadth and temporal history of this great region. The museum has a costume and textile department that oversees a large collection of clothing, textiles, and accessories ranging from the pre-Columbian Americas to contemporary couture. The department has outstanding collections of Islamic, South and Southeast Asian, and Far Eastern material. It has a strong collection of Indonesian textiles, as well as significant Chinese, Japanese, Tibetan, and Korean holdings. The Southeast Asian Art Gallery displays works from Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. Bronze and Iron Age objects from the Dongson culture of Indonesia and Vietnam and the Ban Chiang culture of Thailand are on view along with Buddhist and Hindu sculpture from all periods and regions. The collection of Sri Lankan art is one of the largest and most comprehensive outside Asia.
The Newark Museum, in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, is the state's largest museum. It holds fine collections of American art, decorative arts, contemporary art, and arts of Asia, Africa, the Americas, and the ancient world. Its extensive collections of American art include works by Hiram Powers, Thomas Cole, John Singer Sargent, Albert Bierstadt, Frederick Church, Childe Hassam, Mary Cassatt, Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, Joseph Stella, Tony Smith and Frank Stella. Founding Director John Cotton Dana believed that museums were established to promote the appreciation, understanding, and enjoyment of the arts and sciences. Together with a group of public officials, prominent businessmen and local collectors, he established the Museum in 1909 at the Newark Public Library. He provided the intellectual leadership that made it one of the most progressive cultural institutions in the country.
Musée d'ethnographie de la Ville de Genève (MEG)
A major cultural challenge for Geneva, the MEG 2014 project grew out of a shared determination to design an ambitious, contemporary museum infrastructure that will give the ethnographic collections from the five continents a showcase worthy of their value and make them accessible to the widest possible audience. The new MEG holds out the promise of profoundly human experience. Through exhibitions, research and mediation, it explores the diversity of cultures and the wealth of the differences between them. A new cultural hub forging links at local, regional and international level and taking an interactive approach to all categories of visitors, the MEG comes to grips with today’s complex, plural world.