An Outpost of the Louvre and 2 Saint Laurent Shrines

There is the art of travel, and then there is traveling for art. In 2017, art lovers can expect splashy new museums in both well-known and surprising locales, noteworthy exhibits timed to milestone birthdays and an under-the-radar art fair that is not to be missed.

In a project 10 years in the making, the Louvre, one of the world’s largest museums, has collaborated on the Luvre Abu Dhabi (opening sometime this year) on Saadiyat Island along Abu Dhabi’s coast. Is the architecture more enticing or the art inside? The Pritzker Architecture Prize recipient Jean Nouvel designed the striking web-patterned, white-domed building, but the abundant collection, spanning ancient civilization through contemporary times, promises to deliver as much visual appeal.

Another much-anticipated opening will be the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (September) in Cape Town in an early-20th-century grain silo on the Victoria & Albert Waterfront. Named after the philanthropist and conservationist Jochen Zeitz, this first major contemporary art museum on the continent will house his collection of African art.

Late in the year, the Remai Modern will make its debut in Saskatoon, the largest city in the Canadian province Saskatchewan. Clad in a mesh copper screen, the four-level building will house more than 8,000 pieces of international contemporary art. Although there are works from well-known Canadians like the visual artist Althea Thauberger, the main attraction may be the Picasso gallery where there will be more than 400 of his linocuts and nearly two dozen of his ceramic pieces.

Yves Saint Laurent was an artist of a different kind, and come fall, the fashion designer, who died in 2008, will be honored with two museums. In Paris, the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris in the actual house where he designed for almost three decades will open to visitors who may walk through his studio and haute couture salons. And in Marrakesh — a city Saint Laurent adored and to which he frequently retreated — a new museum’s sprawling display will include more than 5,000 pieces of clothing, 15,000 accessories and several thousand sketches that illustrate his creativity coming to life.