With Its New Building, SFMOMA Cements a Place on the World Stage

The exterior of SFMOMA. HENRIK KAM

The exterior of SFMOMA, which was designed by Snøhetta. It opens to the public on May 14.

HENRIK KAM

Pop open the champagne and ignite the fireworks! The staff of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art deserves to celebrate. Their $305 million expansion and renovation project, designed by the Norwegian firm Snøhetta, is a triumph. They have completed a building that can compete on the world stage, bolstered the museum’s finances with a $610 million capital campaign, and added more than 3,000 works to its collection. Its opening on May 14 will mark the start of a new art era for the City by the Bay.

Let’s not get carried away, though: when the celebrations are over, some tough work will have to begin, because even as the building delights, its initial hang is uneven and, in places, awkward. There are resplendent, gilded shows of

Article source: http://www.artnews.com/2016/04/28/sfmoma-opens/

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