Fotografiska to expand to Berlin, Miami, and Shanghai, becoming the world’s largest private art museum
International Photography Museum Opens New Locations in 2022 and 2023, Becoming the World’s Largest Privately Owned Art Museum
Fotografiska is pleased to announce its expansion to three new locales: Berlin (opening Q3 2022), Shanghai (opening Q3 2022), and Miami (opening Q2 2023). Upon completion of the expansion, Fotografiska will become the world’s largest privately owned art museum by multiple measures, including number of locations; number of exhibitions produced per year; and total indoor size.
Each of the new museums will be housed within spectacular contemporary restorations of buildings that are either historically and architecturally significant themselves (Fotografiska Berlin will be in the magnificent building formerly known as Kunsthaus Tacheles, constructed in 1908 as a Jewish Quarter department store and situated adjacently to the New Synagogue) or characteristic of the neighborhood’s historical fabric (Fotografiska Miami’s new home was originally built in 1946 as a factory in a then-industrial subset of the Allapattah neighborhood). Fotografiska Shanghai, meanwhile, finds its home in a historically significant warehouse complex, next to the site of a pivotal moment in the 1937 Battle of Shanghai. Its location is within a rapidly developing cultural district unified by a pedestrian promenade. Leadership and curatorial plans for the new locations will be announced in the coming months.
Fotografiska’s plans for its Shanghai, Miami, and Berlin locations build upon the remarkable architecture of its three existing museums: Fotografiska New York is housed within the landmarked 1894 Renaissance Revival-style Church Missions House; Fotografiska Tallinn is in an 1890s factory building characteristic of the region’s historical fabric; and Fotografiska’s flagship Stockholm home is a landmarked former customs house built in 1906. Upon completion of its renovation, Fotografiska New York won an award from the New York Landmarks Conservancy for its “extraordinary contributions in preserving the city.” For its architecture and design projects, Fotografiska is intentional about combining internationally renowned names with up-and-coming local talents.
This global expansion follows the museum’s early-2021 merger with private work and social space, NeueHouse, and the formation of their parent company, CultureWorks. The three new locations will each embrace Fotografiska’s status as a museum experience for the modern world, combining immersive photography exhibition spaces with eclectic cultural programming, lively dining and drink establishments, and smartly curated museum shops.
“The concept for Fotografiska has always been to invite culturally curious audiences to view art in a welcoming environment,” said Yoram Roth, Executive Chairman of CultureWorks. “At Fotografiska, we introduce hospitality and community into the overall experience, and know these feelings of belonging, connecting, and being inspired by photography will translate across the globe.”
“It is a real honor to call these remarkable landmarks the dwellings of Fotografiska, and we are humbled by the opportunity to reimagine such important buildings,” said Josh Wyatt, CEO of Fotografiska. “We have been very intentional on our path toward global expansion, and have thoughtfully identified these cities for their flourishing cultural scenes, passion for photography, and forward-thinking attitudes on the future of immersive art experiences. We are thrilled to meet our new neighbors and guests.”
Margit Aasmäe, CEO of Fotografiska Tallinn:
We are happy and honored to be the first location to emerge from Fotografiska Stockholm in 2019. The expansions today take us to the wider reaches of the culture and photography arena, where we are very excited to belong. Fotografiska growing isn’t just good news for the company, but also to the art lovers community we call our members. The possibility to offer a wider experience and travel destinations with our service benefits grows as well. For example all the members get free entrance to all the Fotografiskas across the world.
Fotografiska is a museum experience for the modern world. Founded in Stockholm in 2010, Fotografiska is a destination to discover world-class photography, eclectic programming, elevated dining and surprising new perspectives.
Guided by a mission to inspire a more conscious world through the power of photography, Fotografiska produces dynamic and unparalleled rotating exhibitions, spanning various photographic genres, in inclusive and immersive environments.
With a dedicated international community and locations in Stockholm, New York City, and Tallinn, Fotografiska is the premier global gathering place for photography and culture.
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