Leaving the iconic Marcel Breuer-designed building of the Whitney Museum New York on Manhattan’s Madison Avenue had long been anticipated and finally allows the Whitney to showcase its large permanent collection over two floors, build the largest column-free gallery in the City (for temporary exhibitions) and create a dedicated floor for projects by contemporary artists. When the Whitney built the Breuer building in 1966, its collection totaled 2,000 works, today it has more than 19,000.
The new neighborhood played an key role in the Whitney Museum’s decision to move: Downtown was the choice and one of the great advantages of the chosen site was the proximity to the High Line. Being located right at the southern entrance to this public park the new Whitney building was conceived as a cultural anchor for one of New York’s already most vibrant quarters.
Small wonder that the museum also plans to cooperate with the High Line and other players of the Gansevoort district it is embedded in. The environment is also cosidered an aspirational and inspirational spot where “where contemporary artists can realize their vision and audiences can connect deeply with art” as Whitney Director Weinberg puts it.
The opening of the new Whitney on 01 May was one of New Yorks top-rated art events. The building provides the Whitney with an additional 18,000 square feet of indoor galleries, for a total of 50,000 square feet of gallery space. The new Renzo Piano designed building also has 13,000 square feet of outdoor space facing the High Line for installations, performances and events. With a project budget of $720 million, the new building will have state-of-the-art galleries, educational facilities and performance capabilities.
The move also gets the Whitney back to its roots; Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney founded the Whitney Studio Club, the predecessor to the museum, several blocks away from the new location in 1914 as a venue to show innovative contemporary art and support artists. Continuing her legacy, the new location positions the Whitney to realize its mission to be “the artist’s museum,” where contemporary artists are continually creating and exhibiting new work.
Yuji Agematsu „Walk on ABC“
From May 6, 2015
ART & DESIGN FAIRS
FRIEZE MASTERS 03 OCT/ 06 OCT
FRIEZE LONDON 03 OCT/ 06 OCT
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