January 22, 1988 |
The proposed $30-million Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center will join a growing list of new, smaller museums that have recently sprung up around the nation. Costs for constructing and operating museum buildings vary from city to city. Art world officials say that costs generally run at least $125 a square foot for new repositories and an additional $2 million a year for maintenance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1987 |
The next major cultural project in Orange County took a big step forward Wednesday night with the tentative selection of Italian architect Renzo Piano--known for his work on the Centre Georges Pompidou cultural center in Paris--to build a new $20-million home for the Newport Harbor Art Museum.
February 1, 1989 |
Italian architect Renzo Piano will unveil his final design for the Newport Harbor Art Museum's new building on March 28 during a lecture at UC Irvine, the last in a four-part series of evening talks about museum design by internationally prominent architects. "Artworks or Containers: Issues in Contemporary Museum Architecture" is being jointly sponsored by Newport Harbor and the Architecture Foundation of Orange County.
October 22, 1988 |
In art, as in life, things are not always what they seem. The drawings of the proposed Newport Harbor Art Museum displayed Thursday at a Newport Beach reception, for example, fell somewhere between an impressionistic and an abstract vision of the $20-million facility. In other words, museum director Kevin E. Consey said, there was no guarantee that these drawings and the final plans would look anything like each other.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1990 |
Donald L. Bren has hired William Pedersen, an architect from New York City, to provide an alternative to Renzo Piano's design for the Newport Harbor Art Museum's proposed new building. Museum officials last week revealed that an architect, whom they would not name, had been engaged by an unnamed "friend" of the museum without prior approval of the museum board. On Monday, both Pedersen and a senior museum official who requested anonymity confirmed the hiring and Bren's involvement.
January 16, 1988 |
Among the Newport Harbor Art Museum's key criteria for choosing an architect to design its new home in Corona del Mar was that the person be an internationally recognized talent not represented by other major buildings in the Los Angeles area. After an 18-month examination of dozens of architects, the museum's search committee settled on Renzo Piano, a Paris-based Italian who was in Orange County last week for his first site visit.