The “new museum” is confronted with the demanding task to mediate between the expectations and intentions of the different parties involved. It is participating in an extensive global network of research and cultural exchange. These increasingly complex conceptualizations of the “museum” and social transformations of recent decades entail more diverse demands towards the museum. Thus, more and more institutions position themselves as places of exchange and communication.
The Arts Centre Basel, on behalf of the Musées d'art et d'histoire in Geneva, Switzerland have developed an international exhibition about contemporary museum architecture which will be presented in Geneva from May 10 to August 27, 2017. In May 2016, The Palestinian Museum was selected for participation. The exhibition, ‘New Museums: Intentions, Expectations, Challenges’ is the third instalment in a series of international architecture exhibitions by the Arts Centre Basel. It is preceded by: Museums for a New Millennium, May 2000, and Museums in the 21st Century, November 2016. The Palestinian Museum and Heneghan Peng architects have collaborated to prepare new and original material for exhibition.
The exhibition opened in the Musées d’Art et d’Histoire in Geneva, Switzerland, from May 10 to August 27, 2017.