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travelarchitecture Compiled and written by LIISA KUITTINEN Buildings worth travelling for THESE THREE contemporary art museums are must-sees for their architecture and art, as well as their stunning rooftop views. 1. When the New Museum re-opened in a new location on New York's seedy Bowery Critics describe the New Museum's building as a revitalising force. in December 2007, some local residents were worried. Would the museum turn the old working class Lower East Side neighbourhood into the same kind of expensive, trendy area as Soho had become? Critics at The New York Times and other newspapers were impressed, though. They described the New Museum's new building as a pearl and a revitalising force in New York's art world. The 32-year-old contemporary art museum's new home was designed by the Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa. The structure is made up of seven square boxes stacked unevenly around a central steel core, rising dramatically from the otherwise low skyline of the Bowery district. The view from its seventh-floor outdoor Sky Room terrace is stunning. New Museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday, but the Sky Room is only open on weekends. 2. Designed by Italy's Renzo 3. Opened in late 2005, New Museum in New York City Piano and Briton Richard Rogers, the Pompidou centre immediately aroused passionate debate among Parisians when it opened in 1977. Opponents called it an appalling pile of piping, while supporters considered it a successful expression of the architecture of the day. Like it or not, the Pompidou centre has cemented its position as one of the world's leading modern and contemporary art museums and multi-use cultural centres. One of the centre's main draws is the chic sixth-floor restaurant Le Georges with its rooftop terrace offering views over the sprawling city. It's worth a stop even if you don't have time to delve into the museum's extensive exhibitions. The museum is open until 10 pm daily except Tuesdays. Shanghai's Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA Shanghai) is located in People's Park, also known as Renmin Gongyuan. The city's "Central Park" is also its administrative and cultural heart, as it's also home to the Shanghai Museum and the Shanghai Art Museum. MoCA's glass building may well be the park's most stylish and fascinating structure. Its first two floors feature contemporary art exhibitions that change every few months, the third floor houses the Art Lab café-restaurant, which brings together food, art, design and music. Although MoCA is only three storeys high, the restaurant terrace affords a panorama of Shanghai's green heart. New Museum 235 Bowery New York City www.newmuseum.org Centre Pompidou, Paris Place Georges Pompidou www.cnac-gp.fr MoCA Shanghai 231 Nanjing West Road www.mocashanghai.org Dean Kaufman Thai art and culture BANGKOK'S long-awaited contemporary art museum finally opened its doors last summer. The 11-storey BACC is not just a museum, but a massive culture and entertainment centre, which besides galleries offers a library, auditorium, shops and restaurants. Despite some early hiccups and opposition, the BACC is well worth seeing and experiencing. Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) 939 Rama I Road Wongmai www.bacc.or.th "Napoleon in the Wilderness," by Max Ernst, 1941. ...and don't miss this THE LOUISIANA Museum of Modern Art, located north of Copenhagen, is known for its lovely setting and sea views. This spring's most interesting exhibition focuses on German surrealist Max Ernst (1891-1976), a show which was recently on display at Stockholm's Moderna Museet. "Max Ernst ­ Dream and Revolution" To June 1, 2009 Louisiana Museum of Modern Art Gl. Strandvej 13, 3050 Humlebæk www.louisiana.dk 16 BLUE WINGS MARCH 2009 Courtesy and © MoMA/SCALA

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