SFMOMA reopens its doors - Art Collector

An external view of SFMOMA's expansion.Photo: Henrik Kam. Courtesy: SFMOMA

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) has reopened this week after almost three years of closed doors and constant construction.

The 10-story expansion by international architectural firm Snohetta is almost three times the original gallery space. Comprising 170,000 square feet of new and renovated indoor and outdoor galleries, it will be the largest modern and contemporary art museum in America.

“The opening of the new SFMOMA celebrates extraordinary growth of many kinds,” said Neal Benezra, director of SFMOMA. “… SFMOMA embraces its enhanced role in the Bay Area and the international cultural world, offering its visitors unparalleled experiences with modern and contemporary art.”

Receiving more than 3,000 promised and outright gifts of artworks from 230 donors through the museum’s Campaign for Art, SFMOMA is supported by a strong community of collectors.

Richard, Serra, Sequence, 2006. Installation view, Roberts Family Gallery, SFMOMA.Photo: Henrik Kam. Courtesy: SFMOMA

The inaugural exhibitions (of which there will be 19) will display 600 of these newly acquired works. A selection of 260 post-war and contemporary works from the distinguished Doris and Donald Fisher Collection will also be on show, as well as favorites from SFMOMA’s permanent collection and works specifically commissioned for the new museum.

Found within SFMOMA’s permanent collection of more than 33,000 artworks is the 100-year partnership with the renowned Doris and Donald Fisher Collection, which will allow significant works of American abstraction, Pop, minimal and figurative art to be shown at length.

Included in the collection are artists such as Chuck Close, Ellsworth Kelly, Lee Krasner, Roy Lichtenstein, Agnes Martin and Andy Warhol; works of German art post 1960s by such artists as Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter; a broad range of Alexander Calder works from the late 1920s to the late 1960s; and sculpture by leading British artists including Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, Barbara Hepworth and Richard Long.

From May 14 2016, SFMOMA will be open to the public seven days a week from 10am to 5am. Access to free public spaces (all ground-floor galleries) opens at 9am daily.

Emily Cones-Browne

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