The Good and the Bad of Museum Addition Building


A couple of pieces of museum building news from Art Info we picked up on. First up comes locally, as the opening date has been set for Renzo Piano‘s addition to the Art Institute of Chicago, “The Modern Wing.” The big day will be May 16th of next year, meaning we’ll only have a few more months of hearing complaints from tourists wondering where all the famous paintings went (see: they removed a bunch of them during this construction). Here’s a bit of that:

The modern European collection will showcase works by artists such as Picasso, Matisse, and Wassily Kandinsky. The contemporary art collection will include the work of Jackson Pollock, de Kooning, and Eva Hesse. The opening show for the special exhibition galleries in the new wing will be Cy Twombly’s “The Natural World, Selected Works 2001-2007,” on view from May 16 – September 13, 2009.

Second up comes news that the Tate Modern, after already collecting mondo bucks to add a new wing designed by the firm Herzog & de Meuron and making plans that they’d be ready to show off in time for the 2012 Olympics in that city, has announced that things aren’t going so hot. They’re now hunting for more money because the costs have risen, the structure plans will have to change a bunch to fit with the news of less money, and they probably won’t get to open the wing until 2013 or 2014. So things are not so happy, we’re figuring, around the Tate’s head office right now.