The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Monday, December 22, 2014


SFMOMA Selects Snøhetta to Work with Museum on Design of Expansion
Sn°hetta principals (L-R) Craig Dykers and Kjetil Thorsen; photo: courtesy Sn°hetta; ę Sn°hetta.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) has selected the architecture firm Sn°hetta to be its partner in developing an expansion that enhances the museum's services to the community and its educational, social, and economic role in the city. The decision follows a comprehensive international search and two-year planning process to address the enormous growth of SFMOMA's collections and of audience demand for programming since the museum's move to its current building in 1995. Initial design concepts for the project—Sn°hetta's first building on the West Coast of the United States—will be unveiled in the spring of 2011. The current project budget of $480 million includes $250 million for the expansion and $230 million for SFMOMA's endowment to ensure the museum's long-term success.

In a special meeting yesterday, SFMOMA's Board of Trustees enthusiastically welcomed the architect selection committee's recommendation of Sn°hetta from among the four short-listed firms announced in May. In addition to Sn°hetta, the finalists were Adjaye Associates, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Foster + Partners. Sn°hetta will partner with a local architectural firm to execute the expansion and will join SFMOMA's project team after a contract is completed, pending the Board of Trustees' official ratification of the selection at its September board meeting.

"The distinction and preeminence of all four candidates made this an exceptionally tough decision," said SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra. "Yet Sn°hetta's dynamic and imaginative body of work demonstrates an outstanding commitment to innovation combined with a solid track record of unique, timely, and fiscally responsible approaches to complex civic and cultural projects. The selection committee was particularly thrilled by the stunning spaces, sophisticated use of materials, and quality of light in Sn°hetta's Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, which we feel is one of the great buildings worldwide to be designed and built in the last decade."

The decision was based on the firm's design philosophy and inspired response to the needs and goals of SFMOMA and the Bay Area community. Sn°hetta's sensibility is rooted in a collaborative working style, visionary concept, and environmental sustainability. The firm is committed to designing an expansion and renovations to the existing facility that are both progressive and complementary to the current building.

"Sn°hetta's ability to create original cultural buildings that deliver great art experiences makes them a perfect partner for SFMOMA as we work toward our goals for the new space," said Charles Schwab, chairman of the museum's Board of Trustees. "This project will be an economic stimulus for the city and region, bringing new jobs, fueling the creative economy, and boosting tourism. I am confident that Sn°hetta's fresh approach and global mindset will help SFMOMA realize a facility that represents the museum's enduring commitment to the future, to bringing the creative ethos of the Bay Area to the world, and to attracting the most exciting art from around the world to the Bay Area."

Formed in 1989 and led by principals Craig Dykers and Kjetil Thorsen, Sn°hetta is an award-winning international architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design firm based in Oslo, Norway, and New York City. As of 2010, the firm, which is named after one of Norway's highest mountain peaks, has approximately 100 staff members working on projects in Europe, Asia, and the United States. The practice is centered on a transdisciplinary approach where multiple professions work together to explore differing perspectives on the conditions for each project. A respect for diverse backgrounds and cultures is a key feature of the practice; reflecting this value, Sn°hetta is composed of designers and professionals from around the world.

The firm has completed a number of critically acclaimed cultural projects, including the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt, which includes several museums; the new National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, Norway; and the Lillehammer Art Museum, built for the 1994 Winter Olympics in Norway. Current projects include the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion at the World Trade Center site, New York; the Wolfe Center for the Arts at Bowling Green State University, Ohio; the Hunt Library and Institute for Emerging Issues, Raleigh, North Carolina; the Mutrah Fish Market in Muscat, Oman; the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; and the new Student Learning Center at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Sn°hetta was also recently commissioned to reconstruct the public spaces in and around New York City's Times Square. In 2004 the company received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and in 2009 it was honored with the Mies van der Rohe Award. Sn°hetta is the only company to have twice won the World Architecture Award for best cultural building, in 2002 for the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and in 2008 for the National Opera and Ballet in Oslo.

"SFMOMA's extension is the natural next step in its evolution, from the museum's origins in a shared building in San Francisco's Civic Center, to its distinctive Mario Botta–designed structure on Third Street," states Mr. Dykers. "Today, after 15 years of institutional and programmatic growth, SFMOMA is poised to grow organically and in an entirely different environment and context than when the current building opened in 1995. The new extension will unite the Botta design with its dynamic urban surroundings. It will become the tissue that merges building and community, supports the museum's role as an educational and civic catalyst, and opens up the museum to the diverse audiences it serves."

Sn°hetta's practice has been described as an "architecture of engagement" that imagines buildings as social and environmental gestures or events rather than static structures. They have worked closely with acclaimed contemporary artists on a range of site-specific projects, collaborating with Olafur Eliasson on the 2007 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion and with Pae White on interior aspects of Oslo's National Opera and Ballet.

Sn°hetta will work as part of a collaborative team to create additional gallery space and interior enhancements in the museum's Third Street building and an extension on Howard Street to the south, which will connect to the back of the existing museum along the southern facade. SFMOMA owns the site at 670 Howard Street and, thanks to an innovative partnership with the city of San Francisco that will boost both public safety and the arts, SFMOMA's development will also include a neighboring site currently occupied by a fire station. SFMOMA will finance the construction of a new, replacement fire station on nearby Folsom Street, representing a gift to the city of more than $10 million.

The Selection Process
SFMOMA formed an architect selection committee last fall and engaged David Meckel, FAIA, director of research and planning at California College of the Arts, to serve as a resource in the process. In addition to Mr. Benezra and Mr. Schwab, the selection committee is composed of civic leaders and museum trustees with expertise in the realms of community service, art collecting, philanthropy, and real estate development: Gerson Bakar, Robert Fisher, Mimi Haas, Helen Schwab, Bill Wilson, and Robin Wright. The committee was also assisted by SFMOMA Deputy Director Ruth Berson.

The architect selection committee began by examining the work of some 35 firms last winter, and in May 2010 the museum announced a short list of four firms who were invited to present ideas on how they would approach the project and meet SFMOMA's goals. During the months of June and July, the search committee traveled to the four firms' offices and visited relevant buildings to better understand how each practice might contribute to SFMOMA's vision of creating an inspiring place for visitors to engage with modern and contemporary art. After thorough consideration, the search committee presented its history-making recommendation to the SFMOMA Board of Trustees in a special conference call on Wednesday, July 21.

The Expansion
SFMOMA first announced plans to expand in April 2009. In September, the museum announced that the Fisher family would share its renowned collection of contemporary art with the public at SFMOMA. This past February, the museum announced challenge pledges totaling more than $250 million toward its projected $480 million campaign goal. This early challenge grant from museum leadership includes $100 million for the endowment—increasing it by 100 percent.

As part of the expansion planning process, SFMOMA worked with the management consulting firm Bain & Company late last year to complete a comprehensive business plan determining the operating expenses and related revenue and endowment requirements necessary to sustain an expanded program and facility.

SFMOMA's current building is 225,000 square feet with nearly 65,000 square feet of galleries, including the 14,400-square-foot Rooftop Garden. The expansion will provide approximately 100,000 square feet of additional gallery and public space, greatly enhancing and expanding both the presentation of art in all areas of its collections and its educational programs.

The expansion will also include approximately 60,000 square feet of support space, including larger and more advanced conservation facilities and an expanded library. SFMOMA plans to relocate administrative support space into the new facility, providing new gallery and public space in its original building, while consolidating all staff offices in one on-site location. In addition, the expansion may include a new entry on Minna Street (which runs along the museum's northern facade) to improve access for school groups and for visitors to public programs in the museum's Phyllis Wattis Theater.

SFMOMA last completed a major expansion in 1995, when it moved from the small rented space in the War Memorial Building across from San Francisco's City Hall into the celebrated brick-front building on Third Street. The move catalyzed incredible growth in the museum's audiences, educational programs, exhibitions, and collections. During the past 15 years, SFMOMA's annual average attendance has more than tripled to 700,000, membership has grown to 40,000, and the collection has more than doubled to 27,000 works. SFMOMA has also developed one of strongest exhibition programs in the world, organizing groundbreaking shows that travel to leading museums internationally, including recent surveys of the work of Diane Arbus, Olafur Eliasson, Eva Hesse, Frida Kahlo, William Kentridge, Sol LeWitt, Richard Tuttle, and Jeff Wall.

Today, SFMOMA is expanding to accommodate the growth of the past 15 years and to enhance its offerings for growing local audience and visitors from around the world. The expansion also provides great potential for continued future growth of the museum's permanent collection. The Fisher Collection will be on display in the expansion alongside works from SFMOMA's collection. The Fisher Collection will also become an integral part of SFMOMA's exhibitions, educational and public programs, and ongoing scholarship.

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art | Neal Benezra | Sn°hetta |




Last Week News

July 22, 2010

Leopold Museum Pays a $19 Million Settlement for Egon Schiele's "Portrait of Wally"

Lost Franz Kafka Writings Resurface, Trapped in Trial

First Lady Michelle Obama Praises Designers Who Push Boundaries

Smithsonian Holdings to Aid Researchers in Gulf of Mexico

MusÚe Maillol Announces Exhibition of Treasures of the Medicis

Lynette Roth Appointed as Harvard Art Museums' Associate Curator

Gerald Scarfe: Heroes & Monsters at the German Museum for Caricature

Sir Peter Blake at Christie's: 60 Years of Printmaking   

Well-Qualified Crowds Discover 2nd SOFA WEST: Santa Fe

First U.S. Exhibition for Cuban Painter Ra˙l MartÝnez at Magnan Metz Gallery

International Participation Doubles for 3rd Edition of India Art Summit

Aperture Appoints Linda L. Truesdale as New Director of Development

Wallace Collection Announces French Drawings from Poussin to Seurat

Bodies In Question Photography Exhibition at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts

Indiana Man Gives Painting to Colorado bin Laden Hunter

Solo Exhibition of New Video Works by Sean Capone at Dumbo Arts Center

Diego Rivera Created the Mexican Revolution Plastic Myth

Museum Folkwang Presents Innovative Project "Hacking the City"

The Statue of Liberty Evacuated over Faulty Sensor

July 21, 2010

Robert Capa Exhibition at CÝrculo de Bellas Artes Focuses on Famous Photograph

More Findings Registered Under Palacio de Bellas Artes

British Culture Minister Barrs Export of Murillo Painting

Advancing Abstraction in Modern Sculpture at the Baltimore Museum of Art

Walker Art Center Invites Audience to Select Artworks for Exhibition

Jessica Stockholder: Peer Out to See at Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid

Exhibition on the Reconstruction of Lost Buildings at Pinakothek der Moderne

Journey through the Black Atlantic Opens at Centro Galego de Arte Contemporßnea

Striking New Portraits Revealed In Road To 2012: Setting Out

Polly Morgan's Psychopomps on View at Haunch of Venison

Exhibition Celebrates Alumni from The Kansas City Institute of Art

Rarely Viewed Russian Photographs at Michael Hoppen Gallery

What Lies Beneath? Archaeology in Action @ Museum of London

Solo Exhibition of Recent Work by Ryan Trecartin on View at MOCA

Artists Find Ways to Protest Gulf Spill

Digital Art by Dominican Artist MariojosÚ Angeles Opens in Santo Domingo

U.S. Army Unveils a Trove of Soldiers' War Paintings

National Anthropological Archives Receives Grant from President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities

"Tome Raider" Antique Book Thief Jailed Again

Sergio Cortesini Receives First Annual Terra Foundation for American Art International Essay Prize

July 20, 2010

Painting by Spanish Baroque Master Francisco Ribalta Restored After Being Hidden in Church

Shortlist Announced for New Fourth Plinth Commission

Important British Treasure Saved for the Jewish Museum London

Renaissance Drawing in Florence and Venice at the J. Paul Getty Museum

Thyssen-Bornemisza Announces Exhibition of Photographs by Mario Testino

Vestiges of a Prehispanic Oven to Melt Copper Found in Zacatecas

Christie's to Sell Property from the Collection of Dennis Hopper

Asia Society Presents Exhibition Featuring the Vanishing Glaciers of the Himalaya

Princeton University Art Museum Appoints Kelly Baum as Curator

Exhibition by Portuguese Artist Joana Vasconcelos at Haunch of Venison

Art Production Fund Set to Present "White Ghost" by Yoshitomo Nara on Park Avenue

Optical Installation by Morgane Tschiember Unveiled at Design Center

SMU Featuring "Mexico: Books from the Stanley Marcus Collection"

SHOW OFF: Parisian Art Fair with an International Presence Opens in October

New Photographic Works by Israeli Artist Inbal Abergil at Miyako Yoshinaga art prospects

National World War II Museum Features Loyal Forces: Animals in WWII

Group Video Installation Created for the United Nations Pavilion at World Expo 2010

American Institute of Architects New York Chapter Announces 2nd Annual Subway Exhibition

National Museum of the American Indian to Host the Living Earth Festival 2010

July 19, 2010

Exhibition Offers Unprecedented Reassessment of Pivotal Moment in Henri Matisse's Career

Exhibition Provides a Glimpse into Studios and Minds of Miami's Art Community

DeCordova Announces Installation of Roy Lichtenstein's Five Brushstrokes

Michelle Obama Celebrates Design Awards with White House Ceremony

Tel Aviv Museum of Art Shows Works by Photographer David LaChapelle

Modern Views: A Project To Benefit The Farnsworth House And Glass House

Photographs by Group f/64 on View this Fall at the Portland Museum of Art

The Beatles' Abbey Road Piano in New 'Pioneers of Popular Culture' Sale

Country Club's Ongoing Project Series Presents Kori Newkirk

Agnew's to Open New Premises at Albemarle Street in Early September

Group Show "Coincidental Opposites" Opens at Causey Contemporary

California Design Biennial: Action/Reaction Opens in Pasadena

Three-Person Exhibition Opens at Thierry Goldberg Projects

Third Installment of Systema Naturae - Aeris Opens at Gallery Nucleus

Auctioneer: Daughter will Get Lucille Ball Awards

The Phantasmagorical World of Photographer Marco Sanges at Hay Hill Gallery

LeRoy and Janet Neiman Donate $1 Million to Establish Scholarship Fund at Ox-Bow

Internationally Renowned French Artists to Re-Imagine Penrith as a City of the Future

Exhibition of Norman Rockwell Study Photographs and Paintings Announced at Brooklyn Museum

July 18, 2010

Archeologists in Guatemala Discover King's Well-Sealed Tomb that Yields Mayan Secrets

Lights! Camera! Action! The Tate Movie Project Launches

L'Osservatore Romano Says New Caravaggio May Have Been Found

Zhang Huan's Hope Tunnel Opens at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art

Federal Judge Upholds NYC Art Vendor Crackdown Rules

Cosima von Bonin's The Fatigue Empire Opens at Kunsthaus Bregenz

Manuscript Exhibition Examines Aspects of Play in Medieval Society

Cincinnati Art Museum Announces Thomas Gainsborough Exhibition

Roman Cieslewicz Retrospective Opens at Royal College of Art

The Parrish Art Museum Announces Groundbreaking of New Building

New Work by Argentinean Artist and Architect Tomßs Saraceno at Baltic

Churches and a Gallery in Rome to Honor Caravaggio with Rare Night Visits

Guggenheim Museum Launches YouTube Play: A Biennial of Creative Video Blog

Sackler Gallery to Present First Major U.S. Exhibition of Contemporary Artist Fiona Tan

Natural History Museum Invites to ID Your Trees in the Urban Tree Survey

First Temporary Exhibition in New Sculpture Garden Features Colossal Sculpture by Jun Kaneko

Ichnites Site in Coahuila Undergo Maintenance Thanks to Temporary Employment Program

Minister for Culture Unveils Portrait of Brian Friel at National Gallery

Yevtushenko Gives House, Art to Russia

July 17, 2010

Quantitative Chemical Analysis Sheds New Light on Leonardo Da Vinci's Faces

Ice Age Baby Mammoth on Display at Museum in Southeast France

You Can Cut Us But Don't Kill Us Say The UK's Cultural Leaders

Rem Koolhaas Awarded Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement

Museum of Science and Industry Searching for Live-In Roommate

Italian Police Show Latest Recovery of Looted Art at the Colosseum

Exhibition of Power and Propaganda of Maps at British Library

Hammer Appoints Brooke Hodge as Director of Exhibition Management

Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland Releases Design for New Building

The American Dream, Warhol-Style, on View at the Hood This Summer

NYS State Museum Scientist Selected to Investigate Climate Change in Spain

New Playhouse Planned for William Shakespeare Theater Site

Aruna D'Souza Named Associate Director of Research at the Clark

Indianapolis Museum of Art Announces Public Art Installation by Artist Mary Miss

Work by Maine Artist Anna Hepler on View at the Portland Museum of Art

Luca Bray's Muted Color Palette on View at Gallery Nine 5

Maja Hoffman Appointed Tate Trustee

Menil Names Toby Kamps New Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Announces the Naming of Three Curatorships

Smithsonian Names Directors of Consortia for the Four Grand Challenges of the Strategic Plan

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Colossal statue of Amenhotep III unveiled on the west bank of the Nile in Egypt

2.- British royals crown New York visit with gala dinner

3.- Missing artwork rediscovered in "Stuart Little" sells for over 200,000 euros at auction

4.- Rossetti's Venus Verticordia soars at Sotheby's in London to sell for £2.88 million

5.- Russian magnate buys, then returns Nobel prize to American geneticist James Watson

6.- Egyptian Museum unveils four newly renovated halls of the famed Tutankhamun gallery

7.- 'The Secret of Dresden: From Rembrandt to Canaletto' on view at the Groninger Museum

8.- Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum reopens after three-year renovation

9.- More than 200 queries about works by possible heirs received on Nazi-era art hoard

10.- Attorney, artist and filmmaker reflects on the seven lessons learned at 2014 Art Basel Miami Beach

Related Stories



SFMOMA announces 2012 SECA Art Award winners

SFMOMA Appoints Robert W. Lasher as New Deputy Museum Director, External Relations

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Announces Finalists for Design

SFMOMA Museum Store Announces New Series of Artist-Designed Products

SFMOMA Acquires Conceptual Art Collection with Works by Bruce Nauman

SFMOMA to Offer a Fresh Look at Seminal 1975 Photography Exhibition



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site