In 2013 many new museums and institutions around the world opened their doors to the public, while others unveiled newly renovated spaces after years of restoration. In March, the Museo de Arte do Río was inaugurated on the 448th anniversary of its hometown, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. On 24 April the Mark Rothko Art Centre opened its doors in Daugavpils, Latvia and on 7 June, the Musée des civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée (MuCEM) opened in Marseille, France, offering a permanent collection dedicated to Mediterranean civilisations throughout history and to the present day. The Museum of African Design (MOAD), the first museum in Africa dedicated exclusively to design, was inaugurated on 24 October in Johannesburg, South Africa and Museo Jumex unveiled its contemporary art collection in Mexico City, Mexico on 17 November.
The ICOM International Training Centre (ICOM-ITC) in Beijing, China was inaugurated in July 2013, giving its first workshop from 4 to 12 November. A training centre for museum professionals, ICOM-ITC draws support from ICOM’s professional network to offer quality training programmes for ICOM members from around the world, particularly those from emerging countries.
While these new institutions were just starting out, several established museums were re-opening their doors after years of restoration. Closed for renovation for 10 years, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, re-opened on 13 April with a lavish celebration that included fireworks and music. The museum welcomed its two millionth visitor of 2013 on 3 December. Nanjing Museum, one of the largest and oldest museums in China, re-opened its doors after four years of renovation and expansion, on 6 November, its 80th anniversary.
Photos: ©Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre
©Pedro Pegenaute. Image courtesy of Rijksmuseum