May 28, 2011 |
Even with the economic recovery limping along, American museums keep planning, raising piles of money for and opening new wings. An architecture critic — at least one with a high tolerance for the work of Renzo Piano — could conceivably keep busy writing about these projects and nothing else. There's the Whitney Museum's recent agreement to lease its 1966 Marcel Breuer-designed building to the Metropolitan Museum of Art while it erects a massive new home (designed by Piano, naturally)
August 1, 1988 |
Los Angeles architect Frank Gehry, whose retrospective exhibition was a hit last spring at the Museum of Contemporary Art, is one of three finalists in a competition to design the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's proposed $70-million structure. A 160,000-square-foot museum is planned downtown near the San Francisco Convention Center in a redevelopment area. The other finalists are Mario Botta of Lugano, Switzerland, and Thomas Beeby of the Chicago firm of Hammond Beeby and Babka.
November 22, 2003 |
Swiss officials opened a museum of world literary heritage Friday with manuscripts and volumes ranging from an Egyptian Book of the Dead to a first edition of Karl Marx's "Communist Manifesto." The museum, built underground in Geneva's Cologny suburb by Swiss architect Mario Botta, also displays priceless editions of key texts of Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism, as well as classics from Japanese and Chinese literature.
December 31, 2002 |
The ambitious three-year renovation of Milan's famed La Scala opera house, begun in January 2002, is undergoing troubles of operatic proportion. Earlier this year, an Italian preservationist group protested the demolition of the stage and some backstage areas called for by architect Mario Botta's extensive modernization. Now fears are growing over news that the water level under the theater has risen by 31 inches.
June 4, 2008 |
Anyone looking for signs that Daniel Libeskind's work might deepen profoundly over time, or shift in some surprising direction, has mostly been doing so in vain. After winning the master-plan competition at the ground zero site in New York in 2003, and subsequently landing commissions all over the world, he seemed content to stamp the same jagged, mournful aesthetic on each of his new buildings, whether it was a museum in Copenhagen or Denver or a condominium tower in Covington, Ky. Even as the World Trade Center rebuilding effort collapsed around him, he smiled his Hillary smile and told everybody nothing was wrong, that he was moving forward, still thrilled to have the opportunity.
November 6, 2004 |
La Scala is back where it belongs. After a three-year exile on the city's outskirts, the famed opera company is returning to its renovated 18th century theater in the heart of Milan in time for its traditional Dec. 7 opening night. The contested renovation was completed a few weeks ahead of schedule, giving conductor Riccardo Muti time for rehearsals of Antonio Salieri's "Europa Riconosciuta," the opera that will inaugurate the 2004-05 season as it did La Scala's first season in 1778.