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Best New Art Museums and Galleries: April 2016

The Met Breuer, New York

Word on the street in the Big Apple: the granddaddy of New York museums has gone mod! The Met Breuer is the prestigious museum’s new home for its staggering cache of modern art – aptly housed in Marcel Breuer’s edgy edifice, formerly The Whitney’s uptown home. In other words, all of The Met’s Picassos and Pollocks have been moved into Breuer’s brutalist behemoth, creating a whopper contemporary art culture one-stop to wow lovers of the more modern artistic persuasion.

945 Madison Ave, New York. +1 212 731 1675,

Newport Street Gallery, London

Stretching down a quiet, bitty-gritty, railway arch-flanked alleyway in Vauxhall, this epic, 37,000-sq-ft, Caruso St John-restored, red-brick Victorian warehouse is now home to YBA influential Damien Hirst’s art collection, as well as rotating exhibs. And with nary a pickled cow in sight…

Refuel at so-now cafe-resto Pharmacy 2, helmed by Mark Hix. In-house concept boutique Other Criteria stocks limited edition prints, sculpture, clothing, jewellery, stationery and homeware.

Newport St, SE11, London. +44 20 3141 9320,

White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney

Judith Neilson’s mass stash of impressive and important contempo Chinese multimedia art, housed in an old Rolls Royce service depot. Seasonal exhibitions shine a light on works by more than 400 emerging and established artists, plus there’s the tranquil Tea House for dumplings and Sino steeps. Down you go, Alice!

30 Balfour St, Chippendale, Sydney. +61 2 8399 2867,

National Gallery, Singapore

The Lion City’s former Supreme Court and City Hall have been transformed into a vast, elegant atrium… But once you’ve been wowed by the exterior, eyes peeled for the prize inside: the gallery is home to largest stash of modern Southeast Asian Art in the world. 

It being Singapore, there’s also a terrific selection of bars and restos spanning Peranakan at Violet Oon to mod French at Odette – if nothing else, ensure you sneak for crafty sips with panoramic views over the marina at sultry rooftop Smoke & Mirrors. It’s oh-so easy to make a day – and night of it.

More? The sharp STPI reps print by established and emerging talent, and Singapore Art Museum’s edgier baby sib Sam at 8Q are worth a gander too.

1 Saint Andrew’s Road, Singapore. +65 6271 7000,

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