Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Modern Wing / Art Institute of Chicago’s Massive Extension

The Modern Wing
The Art Institute of Chicago
Opening May 16, 2009

Art Institute of Chicago’s massive extension opens on Saturday - The Art Newspaper
Renzo Piano-designed Modern Wing will make it the second largest art museum in the US
By Jason Edward Kaufman
The Art Newspaper, From Issue 202 (May 2009)

CHICAGO. "The Art Institute of Chicago has completed a stunning new building designed by the architect Renzo Piano to house one of the finest collections of 20th-century art in the United States. The Modern Wing, which opens to the public on 16 May, is the largest expansion in the Art Institute’s 130-year history. The building increases the institution’s space by 35% to one million square feet, making the Art Institute the second largest art museum in the US after the Metropolitan Museum in New York."

"Fundraising was largely completed before the downturn in the economy, but the expanded museum will be expensive to operate. Mr Cuno says the budget will rise from $77m to $97m. Mr Bryan says that is too high. The endowment has lost a quarter of its value since 30 June 2008 when it was $641m, and the economic outlook is causing “some anxiety”. Mr Cuno is confident that a deficit can be avoided without slashing programmes by reducing costs and raising money."

Summer Exhibitions
Cy Twombly: The Natural World, Selected Works 2000–2007
May 16–September 13, 2009
Judith Turner: Framing the Modern
Gallery 286
May 16–January 15, 2010
Beyond Golden Clouds: Japanese Screens from the Art Institute of Chicago and the St. Louis Art Museum
June 27–September 27, 2009
A Case for Wine: From King Tut to Today
July 11–September 20, 2009

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