The Philadelphia Museum of Art Unveils Frank Gehry's MAKING A CLASSIC MODERN Exhibition
Presented for the first time in this exhibition is the comprehensive design for the renewal and expansion of the Philadelphia Museum of Art by internationally celebrated architect Frank Gehry. Best known for the expressive sculptural forms of buildings such as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, Gehry's approach to this project is dramatically different and virtually unique. It focuses on the transformation of the interior of our main building through the renovation of beloved spaces like the Great Stair Hall, dramatic improvements to how our visitors will enter and move through the Museum, and the creation of a substantial amount of new space for the display of more works of art and for a new Education Center.
Gehry's design is the embodiment of creative stewardship. It reflects a deep sympathy for a much beloved architectural landmark and, at the same time, an understanding of how this facility needs to be changed to continue to serve the needs of our visitors and our community. It is, in sum, an inspiring blueprint for the future of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and one in which we believe everyone should have an interest.
Learn more about this great building and how this project proposes both to conserve and improve it. Carefully detailed, large-scale models, architectural drawings, photographs, and videos are featured in the exhibition.
Frank Gehry said: "We began by studying the character of this wonderful building-its DNA, so to speak. It is rare to have the bones of the existing building show you the way to expand it. From there, we used the significant assets that the original architects gave us to create a strong entry sequence and circulation pattern that connects the new galleries to the existing building in a way that makes the new galleries seem like they have always been there. My goal is to make the building feel like one coherent design statement."