10 of the Best Private Museum

1. “International Pop” at Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)
This exhibition chronicles the emergence of Pop art from 1950s to early 1970s, investigating tangential movements such as Nouveau Realisme, Capitalist-realsim, Fluxus, and Neo-Dada. Comprised of 140 works from 14 countries, the show promises to explore the global scale of the movement with works by Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Niki de Saint Phalle, David Hockney, Yves Klein, and Yayoi Kusama. The Walker Art Center was founded by T.B. Walker, a lumber baron, in 1927. Since then the exhibition space has gone through several changes including a new section designed by starchitects Herzog & de Muron, which opened in 2005.
“International Pop” is on view through August 29, 2015.

Installation shot of "Beneath the Surface". Photo: courtesy of De La Cruz Collection.

2. “Beneath the Surface” at De La Cruz Collection (Miami, Florida, USA)
A group show in one of Miami’s top private museums brings together work from a long list of established contemporary artists including Isa Gensken, Christopher Wool, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Sterling Ruby, and Rob Pruitt. Founded in 2009 by Carlos de la Cruz, the chairman of soft drink bottling conglomerate, and his wife, Rosa, the De La Cruz Collection serves as a 30,000-square foot extension of the couple’s home, right in the heart of the up-and-coming Design District.
“Beneath the Surface” is on view through October 2015.

Marlene Duman, The Teacher (Sub A)M (1987), private collection, © Marlene Dumas, Photo: Peter Cox, © 2015, ProLitteris, Zürich.

3. “Marlene Dumas” at Fondation Beyeler (Basel, Switzerland)
Nestled in the grounds of the Villa Berower estate in Basel, the Renzo Piano-designed Fondation Beyeler is one of the most beautiful private museums anywhere. Currently on view at the museum founded by art dealers and partners Ernst Beyeler and Hildy Kunz is a fantastic show of South African artist Marlene Dumas as well as a project by Tobias Rehberger. Recently, the museum staged a Gauguin exhibition that included the notorious $300 million Gauguin.
Marlene Dumas” is on view May 31 through September 6, 2015.

JP Mika, Kiese na Kiese, (2014). Collection Pas-Chaudoir, Belgique © JP Mika

4. “Beauté Congo” at Fondation Cartier (Paris, France)
Situated in the 14th arrondissement of Paris, the Fondation Cartier was founded in 1984 by Alain Dominique Perrin, then president of Cartier International, the jewelry brand. The airy Jean Nouvel-designed building also has an incredible outdoor space. The museum’s summer’s exhibition Beauté Congo explores the culture and spirit of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Primarily focused on modern painting in the Congo starting from the 1920s, the show will also encompass sculpture, music, photography, and comics.
“Beauté Congo” is on view through November 15, 2015.

Abelardo Morell, Camera Obscura Image of Windows in Gallery with Two Paintings, Whitney Museum, (2003). Photo: Courtesy of Fisher Landau Center for Art.

5. “Altered Appearances” at Fisher Landau (New York, New York, USA)
The 25,000-square-foot Long Island City museum founded by Emily Fisher Landau, a New York philanthropist, is dedicated to showing her 1,500-piece art collection, which spans from 1960 to the present day. Key artists in her collection include Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, Jenny Holzer, Alfredo Jaar, Ed Ruscha, Agnes Martin, and Kiki Smith. The upcoming exhibition titled “Altered Appearances” will be a photography show featuring works by Shirin Neshat, Matthew Barney, Abelardo Morell, James Casebere, Cy Twombly, Richard Prince, Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Andres Serrano.
“Altered Appearances” is on view July 30th through January 4th, 2016.

Portrait Jae-sun (1700s). Photo: courtesy of Leeum Samsung Foundation.

6. “Exquisite and Precious: The Splendor of Korean Art” at Leeum Samsung Museum (Soeul, South Korea)

Leeum Samsung Museum was founded in 2004 by Samsung president Lee Kun-hee. The current exhibition at the space is “Exquisite and Precious: The Splendor of Korean Art,” a comprehensive look into the tradition of Korean art that includes three sections: one dedicated to laquerware, metal work in Buddist sculptures, and painting.
“Exquisite and Precious: The Splendor of Korean Art” is on view July 2 through September 13, 2015.

Danh Vō.

7. “Slip of the Tongue” at Francois Pinault Foundation (Venice, Italy)
Artist Danh Vō curated the exhibition whose opening coinciding with that of the 56th Venice Biennale. The group show up at the Punta della Dogana (which presents exhibitions of work from the collection of Francois Pinault) features 120 works by artists including Elmgreen & Dragset, Nairy Baghramian, Zoe LeonardMarcel Broodthaers, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Piero Manzoni, Auguste Rodin, Sigmar Polke, Martin Wong, Cameron Rowland, and Nancy Spero. As his own contribution to the show, Vō also created a limited edition tequila bottle of Casa Dragones’ signature Joven variety.
“Slip of the Tongue” is on view through December 31, 2015.

Installation view of "Kim Gordon." Photo: courtesy of Destes Foundation/ Fanis Vlastras & Rebecca Constantopoulou.

8. “Design Office: Noise Name Paintings and Sculptures of Rock Bands That Are Broken Up” at Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art (Athens, Greece)
What Greece desperately needs now is your tourism dollars, so if you’re on the way there, make sure to check out collector Dakis Joannou’s museum in Athens. This summer Sonic Youth member and artist Kim Gordon filled the museum’s hallways with “noise paintings” and sculptures that play tribute to the memory of broken up bands that experimented with noise music—a genre that employs a cacophony of sounds.
“Design Office: Noise Name Paintings and Sculptures of Rock Bands That Are Broken Up” is on view through August 30, 2015.

William Kentridge,  Notes Towards a Model Opera, (2015). Photo: courtesy of UCCA.

9. “William Kentridge: Notes Towards an Opera” at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing, China)
This summer the UCCA, a museum opened by Belgian collectors Guy and Myriam Ullens, presents a retrospective dedicated to South African artist William Kentridge. The exhibition is the artist’s largest exhibition held in an Asian institution. Sprawled across two floors, the show displays a comprehensive look into the artist’s oeuvre from 1988 to present day which includes drawings, paintings, sculptures, and video installations.
William Kentridge: Notes Towards an Opera” is on view through August 30, 2015.

Andy Warhol, Maja Sacher-Stehlin, (1980). © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / 2015, ProLitteris, Zurich, photo: Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel, Martin P. Bühler Exhibition view © Toba Khedoori, © Monika Sosnowska, photo: Tom Bisig, Basel. Jean-Frédéric Schnyder, Wanderung 1-119/35, 16.4.92, © Jean-Frédéric Schnyder, photo: Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel, Martin P. Bühler Bruce Nauman, Plaster Steps, 1997–1998, © Bruce Nauman / 2015, ProLitteris, Zurich, photo: Michael Tropea, Courtesy Donald Young Gallery, Chicago Exhibition view © Julian Schnabel / 2015, ProLitteris, Zurich, © Rainer Fetting, © Francesco Clemente, photo: Tom Bisig, Basel Elizabeth Peyton, Swan (Leonardo di Caprio), 1998 © Elizabeth Peyton, photo: Bisig & Bayer, Basel Katharina Fritsch, Oktopus, 2006/2009, © 2015, ProLitteris, photo: Ivo Faber © 2015, ProLitteris, Zurich Ausstellungsansicht: Fiona Tan, Correction, 2004 © 2015, ProLitteris, Zurich, Foto: Tom Bisig, Basel. Steve McQueen, Static, 2009, © Steve McQueen Thomas Demand, Daily # 15, 2011, © 2015, ProLitteris, Zurich David Claerbout, Oil workers (from the Shell company of Nigeria) returning home from work, caught in torrential rain, 2013, © 2015, ProLitteris, Zurich.

10. “Future Present: Emanuel Hoffmann-Stiftung” at Schaulager (Basel, Switzerland)
It’s been 30 years since the Schaulager displayed the extensive collection of Emanuel Hoffman-Stiftung. So, this exhibition, which takes you through a century of important art, is a definite must-see. The show presents works by Joseph Beuys, Salvador Dalí, Robert Gober, Paul Chan, and Marc Chagall.
“Future Present: Emanuel Hoffmann-Stiftung” is on view through January

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