Milwaukee Art Museum Celebrates Architecture in 2011

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of its addition designed by Santiago Calatrava, the Milwaukee Art Museum is featuring an architecturally focused exhibition and program series for 2011.

The 2011 anniversary program will present three exhibitions, Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century (February 12–May 15, 2011); The Emperor’s Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City (June 11–September 11, 2011); and Building a Masterpiece: Santiago Calatrava and the Milwaukee Art Museum (September 8, 2011–January 1, 2012).

Overlooking Lake Michigan, the Milwaukee Art Museum’s white concrete, 142,050-square-foot Quadracci Pavilion is recognizable by its movable sunscreen, which lifts like wings over the museum’s soaring reception hall—unfolding when the Museum opens each morning and folding at night. A suspension pedestrian bridge connects the city to the museum, and the interior cathedral-like structure has a vaulted 90-foot-high glass ceiling. Finished in 2001, the Quadracci Pavilion is the first building Calatrava completed in the United States.


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