Nominees for the Leading Culture Destinations Awards Announced, The “Oscars” for Museums

Shortlist Announced For Leading Culture Destinations Awards 2015

The shortlist for the Leading Culture Destinations Awards, including the world’s most visionary museums and cultural institutions, has been announced. The award celebrates the vibrancy and vitality of museums and cultural institutions around the world, which are constantly evolving. Today cultural destinations are not only dedicated to art experiences and education; they have become social hubs for visitors to spend time, dine, shop, work and even sleep.

In appreciation of this, the jury selected the Leading Culture Destinations Awards shortlist, according to five categories: Exhibitions and Programming; Architecture and Spatial Design (presented by EcoWorld Ballymore); Digital Experience; Eating and Drinking and Shopping (presented by Selfridges & Co).Screen Shot 2015-09-20 at 6.27.59 PM

New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) and London’s Victoria & Albert Museum have been nominated alongside the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg and the recently opened Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris designed by Guggenheim Museum Bilbao architect Frank Gehry.

Now in its second year, the organizers has expanded the list to include ‘Emerging Culture Destinations’ from all over the world, sparking lively debate across creative communities everywhere about the changing role of museums and galleries. The 31-strong ‘Emerging Destinations’ shortlist includes the recently opened Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg, and the spectacular Sifang Art Museum in Nanjing, China.

Finally, the Traveller’s Awards for Best Art Experience in a Hotel and Best Emerging City for Culture, recognize a hotel and city with outstanding art collections, programs and offerings, highlighting the role of culture as the main catalyst for tourism and lifestyle.

This year the judging panel is chaired by Gail Dexter Lord of Lord Cultural Resources, one of the world’s leading consultancies for cultural capital. It includes Justine Simons OBE, Head of Culture at the Mayor of London’s office, fashion designer Neil Barrett, and ArtNet CEO Jacob Pabst.

The shortlist and winners was carefully selected by the jury from a long list of nominations put together by global Ambassadors, who are drawn from the community of the world’s most influential and traveled creative professionals – all of them cultural nomads, committed to supporting the arts and innovation wherever in the world they might be.

This year’s shortlist for the ‘Leading Culture Destinations’ Awards are:

Leading Culture Destination – Best Exhibitions & Programming

Tate Modern, London (UK)

Museum of Modern Art, New York (USA)

Victoria & Albert Museum, London (UK)

New Museum, New York (USA)

Serpentine Gallery, London (UK)

Leading Culture Destination – Best Architecture & Spatial Design presented by EcoWorld Ballymore

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (France)

Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao (Spain)

State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg (Russia)

Museum of Islamic Art, Doha (Qatar)

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (USA)

Leading Culture Destination – Best Digital Experience

Tate Modern, London (UK)

Museum of Modern Art, New York (USA)

Victoria & Albert Museum, London (UK)

Getty Center, Los Angeles (USA)

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (USA)

Leading Culture Destination – Best Eat & Drink

Centre Pompidou, Paris (France)

Tate Modern, London (UK)

Serpentine Gallery, London (UK)

Palais de Tokyo, Paris (France)

Somerset House, London (UK)

Leading Culture Destination – Best Shop presented by Selfridges & Co

Victoria & Albert Museum, London (UK)

Museum of Modern Art, New York (USA)

Palais de Tokyo, Paris (France)

Tate Modern, London (UK)

Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris (France)

The Shortlist For The ‘Best Emerging Culture Destination Of The Year’ Includes:


Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (Netherlands)

The Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris (France)

Barcelona Design Museum, Barcelona (Spain)

Whitworth Gallery, Manchester (United Kingdom)

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (Russia)

Fondazione Prada, Milan (Italy)


Museum SAN, Wonj (South Korea)

Asia Modern, Wufeng, Taichung (Taiwan)

Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing (China)

Oita Prefectural Art Museum, Oita (Japan)

Pinacothèque De Paris (Singapore)


Museum Mohammed VI, Rabat (Morocco)

Museum MMP +, Marrakech (Morocco)

Ouidah Museum of History (Benin)

Thread by Foundation Annie & Josef Albers, Sinthian (Senegal)


Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg (Canada)

Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York (USA)

The Aspen Art Museum, Aspen (USA)

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (USA)

Mana Contemporary, New Jersey (USA)


The Biomuseo, Panama City (Panama)

Museum of Memory and Tolerance, Mexico City (Mexico)

Museo Soumaya, Mexico City (Mexico)

La ene – Nuevo museo energía de arte contemporáneo, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR), Rio de Janerio (Brazil)

Gran Museo del Mundo Maya de Mérida, Merida (Mexico)


Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, (Qatar)

Oman National Museum, Muscat (Oman)

Design Museum, Holon (Israel)

Dubai Moving Image Museum, Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

Salsali Private Museum, Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

The Traveller’s Award Shortlist: Best Art Experience in a Hotel

La Colombe d’Or, Saint-Paul-de-Vence (France)

Gramercy Park Hotel, New York (USA)

Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resort, Rome (Italy)

Gladstone Hotel, Toronto (Canada)

Swatch Art Peace Hotel, Shanghai (China)

Palace Hotel Tokyo, Tokyo (Japan)

Best Emerging City for Culture

Manchester (UK)

Oslo (Norway)

Palma de Mallorca (Spain)

Mexico City (Mexico)

Venice (Italy)

Florian Wupperfeld, Co-founder of Leading Culture Destinations, said, “We are delighted to present the second edition of the Leading Culture Destinations Awards and are particularly excited to be recognising emerging institutions across varied regions for the first time this year. London, Paris and New York might be world leaders in museums and cultural institutions, but a growing number of cities in Asia, the Middle East and Latin America are starting to provide serious competition.

The museums selected for the Leading Culture Destinations Awards are making a vital contribution to the international cultural panorama and should also be considered in view of their visionary approach and offer, from iconic architecture to audacious programming and management structures, from cross-sector collaborations to Michelin-starred restaurants, late night openings and music performances.

We want to recognize innovators and leaders from around the world, and to become a platform to discuss the challenges and opportunities that characterize the sector while sharing the best practices by both established and emerging institutions.”

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Friday 9th October 2015 at Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge, London, where the category winners each will receive their trophy designed by United Visual Artists.

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