Monday, January 2, 2023

Opened or Expanded This Year


Bigger, Better, More: Here Are 10 Art Museums Around the World That Opened or Expanded This Year

Museums as far-flung as Sydney, Antwerp, and Hong Kong have opened or significantly expanded in 2022.

The "new museum" at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp. Photo: © Karin Borghouts.

Art doesn’t exist in a vacuum; it needs to be shown and seen, not to mention stored and preserved. In 2022, institutions, governments, patrons, and donors all over the world made or announced significant accommodations with respect to housing and exhibiting art collections. Not only were new spaces opened, major expansions were launched, too. These are some of the more important to occur this year.  

The Art Gallery of New South Wales Bills Its $246 Million Expansion as the Biggest Arts Project Since the Sydney Opera House By Caroline Goldstein

Image of the Sydney Modern Project as produced by Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA. © Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2021.

Image of the Sydney Modern Project as produced by Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA. © Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2021.

“The Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney is getting a major overhaul as part of its Sydney Modern Project, a AU$344 million ($246 million) expansion of the area overlooking the city’s famed harbor. Touted as the ‘most significant’ cultural development since the debut of the Sydney Opera House in 1973, the project includes a new building designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architectural firm SANAA. The museum’s footprint of about 250,000 square feet will be doubled with the expansion to 430,556 square feet [when the project] is completed and opened to the public on December 3.”  

Rome’s Newly Reopened Museum of Civilizations Is Decolonizing Its Collection. It Is a Rare Success Story By Hili Perlson, November 8, 2022

Museum of Civilizations, Rome. installation view Photo: Giorgio Benni courtesy Museum of Civilizations

“Following a six-year renovation and, more significantly, a pivotal redo, Italy’s Museum of Civilizations reopened its doors to the public on October 26. In recent years, many encyclopedic museums around the world began to anxiously tackle the ideologies and modes of presentation behind their ethnological collections—not to mention their often spotty provenance. Rome, which has been slow to confront its colonial past in the public discourse, is decolonizing the state-owned museum’s collection with remarkable clarity of vision, steered by Italian curator Andrea Viliani.”  

After an 11-Year Renovation, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp Reopens—With a Modern Twist By Jo Lawson-Tancred

The facade of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp. Photo: © Karin Borghouts.

“The newly renovated Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp will open its doors to the public this Saturday for the first time in over a decade. Within the museum’s palatial neoclassical exterior, built in the final decades of the 19th century, is a new contemporary “white cube”-style interior. Overall, the renovations cost the Flemish government €100 million ($98 million), which minister-president of Flanders, Jan Jambon, said is a steal for the additional 69,000 square feet that it gained.”  

Looking to Put Itself on the Cultural Map, the Swiss City of Lausanne Just Opened a New Art Center the Size of Five Football Fields By Anna Sansom

The new home of MUDAC and Photo Elysée. © Matthieu Gafsou

“A vast new arts hub called Plateforme 10 has opened in the Swiss city of Lausanne with the aim to revitalize the surrounding area through culture. Poised to become a new ‘arts district,’ Plateforme 10 spans 25,000 square meters, the equivalent of five football fields…Lausanne’s art scene has been long overshadowed by those of Geneva, Zurich, and Basel. The level of investment in the new project is a testament to the city’s desire to compete.”  

After Early Controversies and a Typhoon Delay, the $450 Million Hong Kong Palace Museum Opens to an Enthusiastic Local Crowd By Vivienne Chow

Hong Kong Palace Museum Officially Opens To Public

Visitors view an exhibit at the Hong Kong Palace Museum on July 3, 2022 in Hong Kong, China. (Photo by Li Zhihua/China News Service via Getty Images)

“[W]hile it might share a name with the historic Forbidden City institution, the $450 million Hong Kong museum is far from being a mere satellite branch of the Palace Museum in Beijing, which houses China’s Imperial Collection. Instead, newly created multimedia works by homegrown contemporary artists are shown alongside valuable ancient works of art on loan outside of Beijing for the first time, forging an entirely distinct identity for the new space.”  

Italy Opens the Museum of Rescued Art, Dedicated to Cultural Heritage the Country Reclaimed From Abroad By Amah-Rose Abrams

Plate with two red-figure handles of Apulian production with Eros emerging from a flower. Around the middle of the 4BC. Photo Courtesy Museo Nazionale Romano.

“In a triumphant stride toward its effort to retrieve its cultural heritage Italy has opened a museum to house art it has rescued. The museum, which opened in Rome this week, will stage rotating exhibitions of looted and stolen pieces that the country has reclaimed. The Museum of Rescued Art, which is housed within the National Roman Museum in the Baths of Diocletian, opened with an exhibition of 100 artifacts.”  

Prague Opens the Doors on Its New $40 Million Kunsthalle, Backed by a Prominent Czech Collecting Couple By Artnet News, 

Exterior view of the Kunsthalle Praha. Photography by Lukáš Masner.

Exterior view of the Kunsthalle Praha. Photography by Lukáš Masner.

The Kunsthalle Praha, a new nonprofit museum of contemporary art, opened its doors today in a former electrical facility in the center of Prague. The space plans to focus on Czech and Central European art from the 20th and 21st centuries, though its first show’s lineup is decidedly global. The group show of contemporary and modern art nods to the history of the museum’s building, an old transformer station [and] includes works by Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Angela Bulloch, teamLab, and Olafur Eliasson.”  

The German Government Just Bought Back the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum From a Real Estate Company for €170 Million By Jo Lawson-Tancred

The Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin houses the Museum der Moderne.
Photo by David von Becker.

“The federal and Berlin government have bought back the Hamburger Bahnhof museum and the adjacent Rieckhallen, following a lengthy negotiation with real estate developers. The Hamburger Bahnhof, a former train terminus station that used to run from Hamburg to Berlin, houses one of the country’s most significant collections of contemporary art. The adjoining Rieckhallen is a former freight depot turned exhibition hall. The federal government paid €66 million ($68 million) for the Hamburger Bahnhof and the state of Berlin bought the Rieckhallen for around €100 million ($103 million).”  

Graffiti Art Gets a Permanent Home in L.A. With the Opening of Beyond the Streets Gallery By Sarah Cascone

Merchandise at the new Beyond the Streets gallery in Los Angeles. Photo by Yubo Dong/ofstudio photography, courtesy of Beyond the Streets.

Merchandise at the new Beyond the Streets gallery in Los Angeles. Photo by Yubo Dong/ofstudio photography, courtesy of Beyond the Streets.

Roger Gastman, the noted graffiti historian and street art collector, is opening a permanent Los Angeles home for Beyond the Streets, his popular series of museum-scale exhibitions celebrating street artists both past and present. The gallery will offer a mix of museum-style shows with loans from private collections.”  

Here’s What to Expect From Factory International, the Long-Awaited $205 Million Arts Venue in Manchester By Jo Lawson-Tancred

An Architectural Render by the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) of Factory International in Manchester, UK. Image courtesy of OMA.

“The hotly anticipated opening of Manchester’s £186 million ($205 million) new cultural space Factory International will take place in June 2023, it was announced today…The space spans 144,000 square feet and is designed by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, in partnership with architect Ellen van Loon.”

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Here's everything you need to know about the new Rules of Golf for 2023
If simplicity and clarity were the buzzwords associated with the sweeping changes to the Rules in 2019, then inclusion and sustainability highlight the updates that go into place in 2023.
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Here's everything you need to know about the new Rules of Golf for 2023


Rob Carr

If simplicity and clarity were the buzzwords associated with the sweeping changes the USGA and R&A brought when modernizing the Rules of Golf in 2019, then inclusion and sustainability highlight the updates that go into place in 2023.

Officials with the two organizations revealed in November the revisions to the Rules of Golf that go into effect on Jan. 1 with the reinstitution of the four-year cycle of regular updates. While far from the overhaul made last time, a handful of notable modifications are on their way. Among them are relaxing the rule for replacing damaged clubs, an intuitive exception for playing a ball that moves due to natural forces and an option for tournaments not to disqualify players who forget to sign a scorecard. Also notable is the fact that there will no longer be printed rules books (more on that later).

Most significantly, on the heels of the USGA holding the inaugural U.S. Adaptive Open in July, the governing bodies are now fully incorporating the modified rules for players with disabilities into the playing rules with the addition of Rule 25. This does away with the need for committees to adopt a local rule for disabled golfers.

“To move Rule 25 into the book, to make [it] always in effect, that’s significant not only for that individual but more so for awareness,” said Craig Winter, senior director, Rules of Golf and Amateur Status for the USGA. “A golf professional in a shop that sees these are there, they may see that for the very first time starting in 2023. For that reason, it’s a really big step for us, and we think it’s going to do a whole lot for the game of golf to open up avenues for individuals to play.”

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Brian Bemis competes during the final round at the U.S. Adaptive Open at Pinehurst in July. Come the new year, the Rules of Golf will for the first time fully incorporate rules for disabled players

Jeff Haynes

As for rules that have been updated, arguably the biggest change comes in the area of equipment. Come the new year, players will be allowed to replace a club damaged during a round for any reason except in anger or abuse. This takes the next step from 2019, when the USGA and R&A approved some allowances for replacing a damaged club due to outside influences.

Now if players scrape a clubhead by hitting a ball off a cart path or bend a shaft when hitting a shot near a tree, the club can be fixed and put back in the bag or taken out of play and replaced. “It just means there are no traps,” says Winter, noting the complexity of the old rule as to whether a club could be replaced. “Golfers can’t get it wrong.”

If avoiding confusion explained the change regarding damaged club replacement, common sense fuels a new exception to the rule regarding a ball moved by natural forces. Perhaps you recall the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open, where Rickie Fowler hit a shot into the penalty area on the 11th hole at TPC Scottsdale. He took his drop, but moments later the ball moved again into the penalty area, and Fowler had to take another penalty stroke on his scorecard. Fowler still won despite making a triple bogey on the hole, but the rules took a beating from the public for what appeared to be their unfairness regarding this matter.

Moving forward, if golfers have taken relief from a penalty area and the ball subsequently moves again to another area of the course, they can replace the ball to the spot it was first dropped with no additional penalty.

“We don’t think this is going to happen much. It hasn’t happened very much even in the last 20 years that we’re aware of, but when it does happen, it’s pretty significant,” Winter said. “So as uncommon as it is, we feel like this is something that we go back to what we were trying to do in 2019, what is the player intuitively thinking what they should do? It's kind of like ‘this can’t be right.’ My ball just rolled back in and I just took relief, I’m just going to put another one down and play it. That’s the direction we’re going in 2023.”

Another change likely to have more of an impact on pro golf than the recreational game is a change to the back-on-the-line relief procedure used for penalty areas and unplayable ball relief. In this instance, the USGA and R&A are returning to how the procedure worked prior to 2019, letting players drop their ball directly on the line that extends from the hole and their ball. So long as the ball stays with one club length of the drop in any direction (it had been two club lengths prior to 2019), the dropped ball is in play.

Winter acknowledged the governing bodies had buyer’s remorse in changing the back-on-the-line relief four years ago, thinking it was smart to have it correspond with other instances of taking relief by creating a relief area to drop the ball, but not appreciating the unintended consequences. Because of the unusual nature of drops using the back-on-the-line option, and the fact recreational golfers hadn’t really changed their old habits, the return to the pre-2019 standard made sense.


Several changes to the Rules in 2023 are attempts to continue to make them easier to understand and apply.

Michael Reaves

Additionally, the governing bodies have tried to make things easier on recreational golfers in another subtle way by no longer penalizing them for failing to put their handicap on their scorecard in stroke-play competitions. Instead, the committee will be responsible for including each player’s handicap and ensuring its accuracy.

Fairness and equity are behind the decision to reduce penalties applied for certain rules infractions from two strokes (the general penalty) to one, most notably with regard to what happens when incorrectly switching a golf ball.

That’s also why Model Local Rule L-1 is being introduced, which reduces the penalty for failing to sign a scorecard at the end of a round from disqualification to two strokes accessed on the last hole. It is expected that most pro tours will adopt this for their competitions—they must opt in for the rule to be in effect.

Winter says that the governing bodies will see what happens in the next four years regarding whether to incorporate the Model Local Rule into the rules permanently.


Sustainability efforts are behind the USGA and R&A's decision to no play print the Rules of Golf book in 2023.

All the updates will be available in the new Rules of Golf released on Jan. 1. But the rules “book” will only be available digitally or via the USGA and R&A Rules of Golf app. The governing bodies will print a few hard copies for rules officials, but in the interest of sustainability, they will end their practice of encouraging players to carry the book in their bags. By doing this, the USGA alone with eliminate printing 2 million books, or almost half a billion pages of paper.

“We have a really good rules app that has a really powerful search function,” Winter said. “There’s a lot of engagement opportunities for individuals to learn the rules or to find their answers. So we’re going to rely on that.”