New York MoMA Gets Another Facelift

We are just two days away from the public opening of the newly renovated Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.  Expansion, renovation, and art are the buzzwords of the work undertaken with its $450m pricetag.  The team behind the impressive architectural undertaking includes design studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro and design firm Gensler.  It is part of a series of large renovations the museum has commissioned since 1939 at its Manhattan 11 West 53rd Street premises.  According to Tel Aviv semi-retired architect Moshe Victor Keinig, this latest venture should bring deep pride to those involved:

“From what I’ve heard, it’s really going to be something spectacular.  The last major works – which I think took place around 15 years ago – was the brainchild of Yoshio Taniguchi and was absolutely fabulous. I can’t even imagine what architectural design beauty we will be able to see in the coming days, especially with such highly reputable firms Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Gensler.”

Over the years, since its inception, the museum has exhibited wonderful historic modern art collections alongside works of contemporary artists which has resulted in its growth and popularity to not only the New York community but to international visitors too.   With this latest development, architects such as Moshe Victor Keinig will be particularly delighted due to what Architectural Record has termed “the new mix-and-match curatorial approach.”

Curator Juliet Kinchin’s two galleries will be among the returnees with historical works: Designs for Modern Life and Taking a Thread for a Walk.


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