The Art Institute of Chicago: From 1879 to the Modern Wing
This book celebrates one of America's best-loved art museums and the opening of its major new extension, designed by acclaimed architect Renzo Piano. The Art Institute's first permanent building, which opened in 1893, was designed by Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge in collaboration with the organisers of the World's Columbian Exposition. Successive additions followed over the next century, the museum always pushing forward in its structural expansions, just as it has done with its exhibition programmes and its acquisitions. It now holds the third largest permanent collection of any art museum in the United States in one of the largest physical complexes. The illustrious suite of buildings is now complemented by the inspiring new Modern Wing. Piano's canopy of shaped blades brings light into the galleries from the north, providing the perfect venue for the Art Institute's world-famous collection of modern and contemporary art.
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Allerton Building Allerton Wing Armory Show atop Blackstone Hall blades building's Chicago Stock Exchange Construction view Coolidge and Hodgdon courtyards Department of Architecture designed by Howard Doren Shaw east pavilion East Wing Ellsworth Kelly European decorative arts exhibition expansions Ferguson Building flying carpet front Goodman Theatre Grand Staircase Griffin Court Gunsaulus Hall Henry Field Holabird and Root Howard Van Doren Hutchinson Wing Illinois Central Railroad Indiana limestone installation Institute of Chicago Institute's lake lakefront leries light looking north Lorado Taft's Fountain McCormick Memorial Court McKinlock Court Michigan Avenue building Millennium Park Modern Wing Monroe Street museum's collection Nichols Bridgeway North Stanley McCormick North Wing original building Owings and Merrill photograph Piano Building Workshop Pritzker Pavilion railroad tracks renovation Renzo Piano Building Rice Building Rubloff Auditorium Rutan and Coolidge Ryerson Library skylight soft machine South Garden space Stanley McCormick Memorial suite of galleries visitors west facade World's Columbian Exposition