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.
‘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
San Francisco is that much better when @sfmoma is open. Come May 14th, the four year wait will be over. When the #newSFMOMA opens its doors, the museum will have 3x more gallery space. #AlwaysSF Photo by @danjrosenbaum. Remember to tag your photos with #AlwaysSF to be featured on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Alexander Calder’s ‘Untitled’ mobile beneath the oculus in one of the museum’s public spaces.
Welcome back to the neighborhood @sfmoma, and thanks for spending the day showing us the new you – it’s #museumlove at first sight! #NewSFMOMA #SanFrancisco A photo posted by de Young Museum (@deyoungmuseum) on
‘Sequence’ by Richard Serra at the Roberts Family Gallery, within the SFMoMA
Press Preview day is underway in #SF today! We’re getting ready for the opening of the #NewSFMOMA on May 14. Here’s a first look at one of our favorite spots, the new Roberts Family Gallery at the #HowardStreet entrance. The #maple bleacher seats will let everyone sit and hang with Richard Serra’s sculpture #Sequence – for free! This gallery is one of several spaces in the New @SFMOMA that will be free and open to the public! Keep using #NewSFMOMA #Snohetta #SFMOMA to share your snaps! Photo by @henrikkamfoto
The building’s facade, an artwork in itself
@snohetta-designed SFMOMA expansion set to open in #sanfrancisco. the expanded building seamlessly integrates a 10-storey structure with the original mario botta-designed building and is set to open on may 14th. see the first series of images of the #architecture on #designboom #snohetta #mariobotta #SFMOMA #NewSFMOMA image by henrik kam A photo posted by designboom (@designboom) on
Scott Dadich, editor of WIRED, captured this luminous piece
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