If you’re a fan of art and or museums in general, you’ll appreciate that fact that San Francisco’s SFMOMA has recently been newly transformed with three times the previous exhibition space, feature more then 260 works from the Fisher Collection and has a new outward-looking architectural design that weaves the museum into the city as never before.
Story By: Christian B
Images By: Henrik Kam
SFMOMA raised more then $610 million and more than tripled its endowment from the more then 500 donors who have supported the cause to raise money for education, art commissioning and exhibition programs at the museum. The funds also covered construction costs of the upgrade.
Here are some of the exciting new features of the new SFMOMA’s seven-year expansion project:
-a new 10-story, 235,000-square-foot addition designed by the internationally acclaimed architecture firm Snøhetta, integrated seamlessly with the museum’s existing 225,000-square-foot building designed by Mario Botta
-an unprecedented public/private partnership with the world-renowned Doris and Donald Fisher Collection, displaying the works at SFMOMA and presenting exhibitions for the next 100 years. In its opening presentation, SFMOMA will display nearly 260 works from the Fisher Collection by nearly 70 postwar and contemporary artists
-a multi-year collections campaign—the Campaign for Art—which to date has secured more than 3,000 artworks promised to the museum from over 200 donors, enhancing key areas of the museum’s holdings and providing visitors with a fuller, more textured view of the art of our time
-the Pritzker Center for Photography, the largest gallery, research and interpretive space devoted to this medium in any U.S. art museum
-a vibrant commissioning program that will begin with works by Claudy Jongstra and Julie Mehretu and will also commission performance works
-a new partnership with the San Francisco Film Society that will enable SFMOMA to provide its first ongoing film program—Modern Cinema—in the newly renovated Phyllis Wattis Theater
free admission in perpetuity for all visitors 18 and younger
-nearly 45,000 square feet of free public access, confirming SFMOMA’s role as a vital cultural and social hub in the heart of San Francisco
Other significant benefits of the project include a double-height White Box space enabling an enhanced presence for performance, a global culinary experience in the new restaurant In Situ led by Corey Lee, chef-owner of the Michelin three-star restaurant, Benu.
Neal Benezra, the Helen and Charles Schwab Director of SFMOMA said: “This expansion enables us to tap more fully into the energy all around us, in a region known for its special creativity and beauty, while greatly increasing the presentations of a collection that includes remarkable concentrations of artworks that can be found nowhere else,”
“On May 14th San Francisco will experience the extraordinary scope of the SFMOMA collection for the first time and see firsthand how the newly expanded museum will be able to serve our community, art lovers and school children in exciting ways we’ve only dreamed of doing in the past.”
SFMOMA will open to the public on Saturday, May 14, 2016. For more information on what’s featured throughout the various floors, can be found on SFMOMA’s new website at sfmoma.org