Tate Modern, Vitra Design Museum and International Center of Photography have fresh quarters and exhibits.
Summer days are made for meandering museum visits, and new additions and locations will offer travelers an array of gallery spaces and exhibitions in Germany, New York City and London.
• The Vitra Design Museum has just opened a new building, Schaudepot, opposite Zaha Hadid’s Vitra Fire Station on the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein, Germany. The ground-floor gallery showcases the first permanent display chosen from the museum’s vast furniture collection, including rarely seen works by Charles and Ray Eames, along with recent acquisitions like Dutch designer Joris Laarman’s 3D-printed aluminum Gradient Chair and Mali designer Cheick Diallo’s Ségou Rocker.
In the basement, hundreds more furnishings and accessories are visible through glass walls, including sculptures and prototypes from the Eames estate, and classic lamps by Alvar Aalto, among others.
“You get a glimpse of what there is,” said Mateo Kries, the museum’s director. “You see that it goes on and on and on.”
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• The International Center of Photography recently reopened in a two-level, glass-fronted space in New York City, across the street from the New Museum. The debut exhibition, “Public, Private, Secret,” is a constellation of contemporary and historic works alongside social media feeds curated in real time.
One room juxtaposes historic mug shots with a stream of modern-day police Amber Alerts and surveillance footage. Historic photography, such as the suburban living rooms of Larry Clark’s “Tulsa” series, illuminates privacy issues that continue to be debated.
“None of us are being told off in this exhibition about how much we choose to reveal,” said curator-in-residence Charlotte Cotton. “It’s a distinctly empowering exhibition.”
• In London, Tate Modern just opened a new addition to its existing, 1950s-era power station campus. Switch House, a brick-clad pyramidal design by Herzog & de Meuron, emphasizes physical and digital interaction. Visitors can climb into Ricardo Basbaum’s steel cages or take in a floor-to-ceiling, multiscreen display of international artists and their work spaces. A new Tate app will also launch with background on art and artists featured in the museum, and navigational tips to guide visitors toward specific works and exhibitions.
New displays in the existing Boiler House will feature artists outside North America and Europe, like painter Malangatana Ngwenya and his depictions of civil war in Mozambique.