Category Archive: museum architecture

the museum of contemporary art australia

i was in sydney for the opening of the expansion of the museum of contemporary art.   located on circular quay, the museum occupies an imposing art deco (former government) building in the very… Continue reading

the piano addition to art institute of chicago

the art institute of chicago opened a $300 million, 264,000 square foot addition designed by renzo piano in may of 2009.   i’m a big fan of piano’s museums — menil collection (1987), cy… Continue reading

turner contemporary –

a new david chipperfield-designed museum will open in margate, kent, in the south of england next week.  the decidedly subdued exterior is based on the forms of fishing sheds, but clad in translucent… Continue reading

more museums in and around düsseldorf

don’t miss the kunstsammlung nordrhein westfalen (art collection of the regional government), housed in two impressive venues – k20 (classic 20th century art) and k21 (work since 1980).   the collection  is extraordinary. k20… Continue reading

new(ish) museum architecture

i’ve been in a few of the new museum projects lately.    here’re my impressions — newest to oldest: the addition to museum folkwang in essen, germany opened the last week of january.   the… Continue reading

the museum insel hombroich

outside düsseldorf, germany may be the most successful venue for exhibiting art that i’ve experienced.  in 1982, the collector karl-heinrich müller bought an 18th-century house on a large property in order display the… Continue reading

regarding the fisher museum in the presidio,

louis says: In John King’s 1 March 2009 article on the proposed art museum in the Presidio, John Jarvis, director of the National Park Service Western Region is quoted. “They’ve come a long… Continue reading

teresita fernandez at the blanton museum

the jack s. blanton museum of art at the university of texas, austin has a first rate curatorial team, a terrific exhibition program and a very good collection.   it’s the largest university art… Continue reading

modern museum fort worth

very impressed by the modern art museum in fort worth.   completed in 2002 and designed by tadao ando, it joins phillip johnson’s 1961 amon carter museum and louis khan’s 1972 kimbell museum.    an… Continue reading

mexico city – mueso national antropologia

wow.    astonishing.     you could spend a week here and not see everything…    the 1/2 million square foot facility was built in 1963/4 and designed by pedro ramírez vázquez .    an enormous… Continue reading

the renzo piano designed california academy of sciences

opens the 27th of september.   the building is gorgeous.    and more ammunition for the piano-is-the-best-museum-architect-in-the-world argument. it’s a $488 million “renovation” that essentially tucks the 400,000 square foot research and exhibition facility… Continue reading

herzog and de meuron — caixa forum

the best thing about contemporary architecture outside of the u.s. is the way it gets integrated into the fabric of the historical city. the new herzog and de meuron designed caixa forum (http://obrasocial.lacaixa.es/centros/caixaforummadridedificio_es.html)… Continue reading