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The SFMOMA reopens

Source: On 14 May 2016, the doors of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (M0MA) will be open again for all the culture-crazy San Franciscans. The museum, which closed up shop three years ago to start on an extensive renovation, now has almost triple the exhibition space for its huge collection of contemporary art. Complementing the original building – an exercise in postmodern architecture, designed by Mario Botta in 1988 – the bold new wing is an exciting addition to the landscape and a natural extension of the original museum, while also being quite strikingly distinct from it.
SFMoma2 Credit: Henrik Kam, courtesy of SFMOMA

The standout design was conceptualised by Norwegian studio Snøhetta, whose projects include the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet and Lampshade, a light installation in Singapore.
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'Our design seeks to create an intimate experience, welcoming a diversity of visitors to the magnificent collection, and fostering a connection between the visitor and museum for years to come,’  Craig Dykers, founding partner of Snøhetta, explains. While you won't be able to get into the gallery before 14 May, you can get a glimpse inside thanks to the Instagrams of a select few invited to preview the space this week.

'Geometric Apple Core' by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

Alexander Calder’s  'Untitled' mobile beneath the oculus in one of the museum's public spaces.


'Sequence' by Richard Serra at the Roberts Family Gallery, within the SFMoMA

The building's facade, an artwork in itself

Scott Dadich, editor of WIRED, captured this luminous piece

Dan Flavin | "the diagonal of May 25, 1963" | Blue fluorescent light

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A sculpture in front of 'The Living Wall' by Habitat Horticulture

Which way to go? Couldn't tell ya. Ask those guys. #NewSFMOMA A photo posted by linita blanco-ogden (@labandidalibre) on

Even Instagram itself gave a little love to the #newSFMoMA

The expansion of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (@sfmoma) includes a second entrance and soaring atriums — light-filled and welcoming places where visitors can spend time for free and view art even if they’re not planning a full museum visit. “It’s a way for the museum to say that this is a new gallery, a new type of work, with a new mission to bring people inside,” says Jon McNeal, the project architect at Snøhetta (@snohetta), the firm that designed the expansion. The elements in the museum that Jon expects will be photographed the most include the entryways, the dynamic new façade of the building and — perhaps surprisingly — the restrooms. “We designed them to be a visual reset for your eyes,” says Jon, describing facilities that relate to the artwork on each floor and are bathed in the same bright color from floor to ceiling, whether magenta or fire-engine red or bright green. “It’s a clear punctuation mark for your visit,” he says. “When you go back to the gallery, it’s as if you’re entering it for the first time.” Photo of @sfmoma by @henrikkamfoto A photo posted by Instagram (@instagram) on