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New Museum of Contemporary Art

   
 

Thinking outside the box!

   

 

  

 

There has been a trend toward two contradictory ideas in the design of modern museum buildings—the museum as a blank wall or neutral space on the inside that does not compete with the art on display and then the museum building as an object of art or sculpture in itself.  The New Museum of Contemporary Art succeeds on both counts—its stacked boxes are perfectly neutral, white, and plain on the inside, and on the outside the building is a sculptural object much like the Guggenheim or the Whitney.  

Designed by Sanaa, the Japanese team of Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, it is a series of staggered boxes of different sizes–a form in motion, irregular and asymmetrical.  The exterior skin of aluminum mesh adds to the unstable or dynamic nature of the building, changing in appearance with the light and time of day.  

We walked up through the floors and particularly liked the current show ‘After Nature'.  Despite the natural light that tentatively peeks in where the stacked forms are staggered, we did feel a little boxed in, dying for a window or a glimpse of the outside—until finally—we walked out onto the roof terrace—with its marvelous view and its clean glass and white walls and we let out a sigh of delight—what a perfect spot!

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
 

Visit: New Museum of Contemporary Art

Read about Sanaa: Sanaa

 

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