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The best new museums for 2016

Zeitz MoCAA (Museum of Contemporary African Art) Cape Town

The eye has to travel’ said fashion doyenne Diana Vreeland. And where better to take the eye than on a tour of new spaces that wow on the outside as much as they deliver thought-provoking displays inside? Here’s where to gallery hop this year.

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Zeitz MoCAA (Museum of Contemporary African Art), Cape Town

FOR A FRESH LOOK AT AFRICAN ART

OUTSIDE: Thomas Heatherwick reworks the 42 concrete cylinders of a disused colonial-era grain silo on the city’s V&A Waterfront.
INSIDE: Former Puma CEO Jochen Zeitz’s first-rate collection of pan-African artists include Julie Mehretu and Nicholas Hlobo. Above it will be a 28-room hotel, The Silo, from the extraordinary Liz Biden.

Museum of Tomorrow, Rio de Janeiro

Museum of Tomorrow, Rio de Janeiro

FOR SCIENCE IN SOUTH AMERICA

OUTSIDE: Santiago Calatrava’s museum has a huge cantilevered roof covered in solar panels that tilt like wings following the sun.

INSIDE: They say ‘The museum will focus on the sustainable future of 2061, 50 years from its 2011 foundation.’ Translation: cool forward-thinking games designed to connect science to everyday life.

Louvre Abu Dhabi

FOR EAST MEETS WEST

OUTSIDE: Jean Nouvel’s ultra-modern structure on Saadiyat Island is haphazardly arranged and appears to float on water.

INSIDE: Billed as the pioneering international museum in the Arab world, there will be Monets, Manets and other masterpieces on loan from French institutions as part of 300 artefacts spanning world cultures…

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