Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Art Institute's new Modern Wing : gotta love that new gallery smell

Today I made a long-awaited pilgrimage to a great new sanctuary of contemporary art, The Art Institute's new Modern Wing. I approached it from Millennium Park, crossing the Nichols Bridgeway. With its wide, flat cantilevered roof and shimmering curtain wall, the new addition fits in perfectly with the park's Frank Gehry band shell.

At the end of the bridge I arrived at a beautiful new restaurant with an outdoor terrace. They have Knoll Bertoia chairs, my most favorite modern dining chair.

There is another terrace downstairs.

Here are a few more views of the exterior of the museum.

The galleries display the Art Institute's impressive collection of modern art. Finally the modern collection has the space that it deserves. All my old favorites were there, as well as new pieces, too. Warhol, Lichtenstein, Picasso, Chagall, Dali, Matta... The list goes on and on. They also expanded the education department and there were beautifully sunlit classrooms where children can create artwork of their own.

But don't just take my word for it. Go and see for yourself! The museum will be free every day this week until Friday.

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