The East Wing of the National Gallery of Art reopened today after a three-year renovation, and it is a triumph!
Known as home to the modern works of the National Gallery in Washington, the I.M. Pei-designed building has undergone a massive facelift, introducing a vibrant new energy to the space and the collection.
With the new layout, impressive quantity of works, and varying media, D.C. now has its own world-class contemporary art museum. Take a selfie with the 15-foot blue rooster on the terrace. Stand in awe of Henri Matisse’s monumental Cut-Outs. Experience the serene delight of the museum’s considerable collection of Rothkos. Gaze at the Gallery’s signature Calder mobile as it floats over the mezzanine.
What was always perfect about the East Wing is back; what was missing is found.
The rooms are smartly organized by artist and style, and they flow logically among contemporaries. Familiar names abound: Warhol, Bonnard, Picasso, Modigliani, Georgia O’Keefe and husband, Alfred Stieglitz. Museum staff went deep into the collection, dusted off classics, and waste no space reintroducing them to a receptive audience. The smiles on the faces of visitors say it all – people love it. They love the works, new and old. They love the larger, free-flowing footprint. They love that 15-foot blue rooster.
The East Wing will, deservedly, be a very popular place on the Mall for the coming months! It is not to be missed!
The museum encourages visitors to share experiences on social media using the hashtag #myngadc.
The National Gallery of Art is free to all visitors. Enter the East Wing at 4th & Constitution, NW. Open seven days a week.
(Photo – édgérie: Bruce Nauman’s SWEET SUITE SUBSTITUTE, 1968/1982.)