Museums shaking up the world of culture

Maureen O'Hare, CNNUpdated 25th September 2015
(CNN) — The shortlist for Leading Culture Destinations 2015 has been announced, and there are some surprising new entries.
The prestigious awards honor the world's most visionary art institutions and emerging cultural hotspots.
While plenty of the usual suspects make the list -- MoMA in New York, London's Tate Modern -- there are new arrivals like the jaw-dropping Sifang Art Museum in Nanjing, China, and architecture supremo Frank Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris.

Who got left out?

The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, got a nod for Best Architecture & Spatial Design.
There are some notable exceptions, too. France's Louvre might be the world's most-visited art museum, but it doesn't even get a look-in.
Global heavyweights including Florence's Galleria degli Uffizi and Madrid's Reina Sofia are similarly out in the cold.
The selections reflect the shift away from the art world's big boys in New York, Paris and London.
After all, 2013's most attended art exhibitions were in Taipei and Rio de Janeiro, not Europe or North America.
The 2015 shortlist gives shout-outs to the Oman National Museum, the Ouidah Museum of History in Benin and other unexpected destinations that are beginning to present serious competition on the global stage.

Eating, drinking and shopping

Getting oohs and aahs for its architecture: The Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar.
In addition, the cultural institutions leading the way this year aren't just about art appreciation. They're also places to eat, drink, work, shop, socialize and even sleep.
As Andy Warhol said, "All department stores will become museums, and all museums will become department stores."
So alongside exhibitions and programming, museums are also judged on architecture and spatial design, digital experience, shopping, and eating and drinking.
There's even a category for best art experience in a Hotel, with nominees including France's La Colombe d'Or, a favorite of stars including Francis Ford Coppola and Drew Barrymore.
The 2015 winners will be announced at the award ceremony in London on October 9.
The full shortlist of the nominees announced is below:

Best exhibitions and programming

Tate Modern, London (UK)
Museum of Modern Art, New York (U.S.)
Victoria & Albert Museum, London (UK)
New Museum, New York (U.S.)
Serpentine Gallery, London (UK)

Best architecture and spatial design

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (France)
Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao (Spain)
State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg (Russia)
Museum of Islamic Art, Doha (Qatar)
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (U.S.)

Best digital experience

Tate Modern, London (UK)
Museum of Modern Art, New York (U.S.)
Victoria & Albert Museum, London (UK)
Getty Center, Los Angeles (U.S.)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (U.S.)

Best eat and drink

Centre Pompidou, Paris (France)
Tate Modern, London (UK)
Serpentine Gallery, London (UK)
Palais de Tokyo, Paris (France)
Somerset House, London (UK)

Best shop

Victoria & Albert Museum, London (UK)
Museum of Modern Art, New York (U.S.)
Palais de Tokyo, Paris (France)
Tate Modern, London (UK)
Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris (France)
The shortlist for the Best Emerging Culture Destination of the Year includes:


Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (Netherlands)
The Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris (France)
Barcelona Design Museum, Barcelona (Spain)
Whitworth Gallery, Manchester (UK)
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (Russia)
Fondazione Prada, Milan (Italy)


Museum SAN, Wonj (South Korea)
Asia Modern, Wufeng, Taichung (Taiwan)
Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing (China)
Oita Prefectural Art Museum, Oita (Japan)
Pinacotheque De Paris (Singapore)


Museum Mohammed VI, Rabat (Morocco)
Museum MMP +, Marrakech (Morocco)
Ouidah Museum of History (Benin)
Thread by Foundation Annie & Josef Albers, Sinthian (Senegal)

North America

Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg (Canada)
Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York (U.S.)
The Aspen Art Museum, Aspen (U.S.)
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (U.S.)
Mana Contemporary, New Jersey (U.S.)

South America

The Biomuseo, Panama City (Panama)
Museum of Memory and Tolerance, Mexico City (Mexico)
Museo Soumaya, Mexico City (Mexico)
La ene -- Nuevo museo energia de arte contemporaneo, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR), Rio de Janerio (Brazil)
Gran Museo del Mundo Maya de Merida, Merida (Mexico)

Middle East

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, (Qatar)
Oman National Museum, Muscat (Oman)
Design Museum, Holon (Israel)
Dubai Moving Image Museum, Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
Salsali Private Museum, Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
The Traveler's Award shortlist:

Best art experience in a hotel

La Colombe d'Or, Saint-Paul-de-Vence (France)
Gramercy Park Hotel, New York (U.S.)
Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resort, Rome (Italy)
Gladstone Hotel, Toronto (Canada)
Swatch Art Peace Hotel, Shanghai (China)
Palace Hotel Tokyo, Tokyo (Japan)

Best emerging city for culture

Manchester (UK)
Oslo (Norway)
Palma de Mallorca (Spain)
Mexico City (Mexico)
Venice (Italy)
Curious to see who won? Click here.
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