Calling it a dazzling beauty would be an understatement, we are describing the master piece that is the Art Institute of Chicago by renowned architect Renzo Piano. The 264,000 square foot giant opens its doors this Saturday to become the nation’s second largest museum.
The President and Director James Cuno intimated that a t $300 million, this was largest expansion ever adding to the $110 million already taken by similar improvements.
With the revelation that admittance was going to cost from $12 to $18, it was going to be the most expensive museum countrywide but it has since been revised to $16. Piano’s legendary expertise is paying off finally. The wing has been made so exclusively that it allows enough natural light into the hall.
Though largely windowless, there will be enough natural light to allow visitors to enjoy al that goes on and save on power bills.
Beginning with the works of Pablo Picasso at the top, there will be a continuous demonstration of such famous artists like Piet Mondrian and Constantin Brancusi. There will be enough space also for other bizarre works that have always been kept under lock and key. For the lovers of European and American works, a visit to the second floor will reveal works going as far back as the 1950s not forgetting drawings by Ellsworth Kelly, and the German Gerhardt Richter.
The other obvious major attraction will be the wing’s windows for they border Millennium Park and its Frank Gehry – designed music porch and the city’s skyline. On the third floor is a cantilevered bridge connecting to the adjacent Monroe Street. The entrance is on the first floor housing the new photography and makeshift exhibition galleries, education center, offices and top of range restaurant. Beginning with a free admission on May 22, there are plans to increase them as day move on.