The Whitney Museum moves to its new home in Manhattan

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The famed Whitney Museum of American Art is settling into a new home and gearing up for its grand opening. After 50 years it moved from Madison Avenue uptown to the meatpacking district downtown.

The Whitney Museum moves to its new home in Manhattan

The famed Whitney Museum of American Art is settling into a new home and gearing up for its grand opening.

After 50 years it moved from Madison Avenue uptown to the meatpacking district downtown.

It’s a unique addition to the lower West Side of Manhattan.

Adam Weinberg is the Whitney’s director.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ADAM WEINBERG, DIRECTOR, WHITNEY MUSEUM, SAYING:

“It’s quite an amazing experience. It’s very rare that you open a ground up museum in the city of New York. It’s often there are renovations or wings added, but this is the first time, I think probably in quite a long time, that there has been a building designed were you basically started from scratch.”

The new nine-story buidling was designed by renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano.

It gives the museum added interior exhibition space at 50,000 square feet as well as 13,000 square feet of outdoor galleries with sweeping views of the Hudson River and the city.

The museum will now be able to show off more of its 22,000 works of art.

Its inaugural exhibition is called ‘America is Hard to See’.

Chief curator Donna de Salvo.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) DONNA DE SALVO, CHIEF CURATOR AND DEPUTY DIRECTOR FOR PROGRAMS, SAYING:

“I think one of the great things of this exhibition is that people are going to see the things they know well. ‘Calder’s Circus,’ Edward Hopper’s ‘Early Sunday Morning,’ Georgia O’Keeffe. But then they are also going to see many things they haven’t seen before. Actually, some of them are things we haven’t seen for a very long time.”

The doors of the revamped Whitney Museum officially open May 1st.

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