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The 25 Best Museum Buildings of the Past 100 Years – ARTnews.com

The 25 Best Museum Buildings of the Past 100 Years – ARTnews.com
Written by Noah Roy

What makes a great museum? It is about more than just the art within its walls – it is also those walls themselves, which are meant to work in the service of what is on display. As many architects have realized over the years, museum buildings, if any, can function like works of art themselves, as objects of appreciation. In some cases, these buildings have become recognizable as masterpieces in museum collections.

This list brings together some of the most important museum buildings of the past 100 years. It includes poignant modernist experiences and polarizing postmodern expansions, architectural oddities and endearing additions, circular museums and glass pyramids. These structures suggested strange and new possibilities for how the museum might come to be – and in some cases, completely changed the cultural landscape. In the last few decades alone, motivated by Frank Gehry Guggenheim in Bilbao in Spain, there has been a museum boom that has prompted architects to push their practice in new directions, and while the momentum of that boom has faded, its energy remains.

From a space resembling a hovering spaceship to an unfettered carpet-shaped institution, these are the 25 best museums since 1922.

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