MoMA reborn with newly expanded building

Taniguchi's addition to the institution has substantially increased the floor space - and the admission prices


On 20 November, the Museum of Modern Art opens its newly expanded building in Manhattan. Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi has added acres of gallery space, restaurants, shops, a huge new lobby as well as a 110-foot high atrium which pierces six storeys. Skylit galleries on the top floor house temporary shows; the painting and sculpture collection fills the fourth and fifth floors; architecture and design, drawings, and photography are on the third floor, and the double-height second floor will display art since 1970 and installations of contemporary art.

Trustees contributed more than $500 million to the $858-million expansion project, and a $300-million bond issue helped fund the rest. Visitors will have to up the ante as well, paying the world’s highest price for museum admission: $20 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $12 for students.

o For commentary by John Elderfield, chief curator of painting and sculpture, see p. 21; for a Feature on the museum, see pp. 24,26.

Originally appeared in The Art Newspaper as 'MoMA reborn'