The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Saturday, July 20, 2019

Albright-Knox Selects OMA/Shohei Shigematsu for museum's AK360 expansion
The OMA Team and Dr. Janne Sirén at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Photograph by Tom Loonan.

BUFFALO, NY.- The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has selected the award-winning firm OMA to expand and refurbish the museum’s historic campus. The decision was approved today by the Albright-Knox Board of Directors following a rigorous international search for an architectural partner to collaborate on the museum’s first expansion in more than half a century. The project, entitled AK360, will be OMA’s first art museum project in the United States. It will enlarge and enhance the Albright-Knox, enabling the institution to better serve diverse audiences and to flourish in the twenty-first century.

As design architect, OMA Principal Shohei Shigematsu will spend the next year in partnership with the museum and in consultation with the community to develop a vision for a renewed and revitalized Albright-Knox. The $80 million project—the largest ever undertaken by a cultural organization in Western New York—will significantly transform the museum, enrich Buffalo’s distinguished architectural legacy, and bolster the resurgent cultural and economic life of Buffalo and the entire region.

“Our selection process sought creative approaches to the challenges of expanding and refurbishing the Albright-Knox,” said Albright-Knox Board President Tom Hyde. “At the top of our list, we were looking for genuine sensitivity to our historic buildings and Olmsted campus, which anchor the increasingly vibrant Elmwood Avenue Cultural District. OMA/Shohei Shigematsu have demonstrated their creative approaches to building in complex sites, most recently at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, which also connects parkland and urban landscape.”

“OMA/Shohei Shigematsu are fully committed to an organic design-development process that will unfold in partnership with the Albright-Knox and the broader Western New York community,” said Albright-Knox Peggy Pierce Elfvin Director Dr. Janne Sirén. “Over the next year, we will work together to imagine a renewed Albright-Knox for the twenty-first century, one that includes state-of-the-art spaces for special exhibitions and the display of our world-renowned collection. Educational and social environments will be at the front and center of our project. Through our architectural vision we will aspire to set new standards for how a twenty-first century art museum can activate the transformative power of art and become a place of community engagement—a town green for all.”

“Our project requires an architectural partner with extensive experience in a diversity of contexts,” continued Sirén. “Shohei’s team brings a unique set of credentials in museum and environmental design. We could not have a better partner,” he said, adding, “I am grateful to our Campus Development Committee and Board of Directors for their expert stewardship of the process that has led us to this historic moment and for their extraordinary dedication to this museum and this community.”

Shohei Shigematsu commented, “We are thrilled to be part of this project, which will be important for many reasons including the convergence of historically significant architecture in Buffalo, fostering a more intimate dialogue with the Olmsted landscape setting, answering the need for new exhibition space to display the Albright-Knox’s renowned collection, and positioning the museum to take a leading role in the city’s broader resurgence.”

The Albright-Knox's partner selection process was conducted in partnership with Andrew Bast and Susan Wallace of Zubatkin Owner Representation, LLC. The Albright-Knox and OMA/Shohei Shigematsu will embark upon the next phase of the envisioning process in September of 2016.

Today's News

June 11, 2016

Italian artist Giuseppe Penone installs new sculptures in Rijksmuseum gardens

Athens to hide sculptures after busts go missing

Alex Rotter, former Sotheby's co-chairman of contemporary art, has joined Christie's

The Menil to receive major gifts of drawings from trustees Janie C. Lee and Louisa Stude Sarofim

"American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood" on view this summer at Milwaukee Art Museum

Albright-Knox Selects OMA/Shohei Shigematsu for museum's AK360 expansion

Getty Museum displays ancient Greek and Roman sculptures From The Santa Barbara Museum Of Art

Exhibition of rare early works by the American sculptor Keith Sonnier opens at the Whitechapel Gallery

Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung is the new major supporter of Haus der Kunst

First compehensive U.S. survey of Martin Creed's multidisciplinary practice animates Armory

Exhibition at Huis Marseille offers a photographic road trip through small-town America

First comprehensive retrospective of the Swiss artist Olaf Breuning opens at NRW-Forum Düsseldorf

37 large-format photographs by Thomas Struth on view at Martin Gropius Bau

Winner of the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 2016 Young Architects Program now on view

First comprehensive survey of Gülsün Karamustafa's art opens at Hamburger Bahnhof

Emotionally charged, tongue-in-cheek samplers by Bren Ahearn at Bellevue Arts Museum

Santa Ana Museum displays museum's most cherished California paintings

Lessons by Monet & Munnings used by young picture restorer from Battersea in his own first exhibition

Sir Peter Blake creaates an artwork to mark the Queen's 90th birthday for Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair

Cecily Brown exhibits for the first time at Thomas Dane Gallery

Exhibition at Tensta konsthall reveals Viet Nam Discourse's complex production history

Kunstverein München presents Hamburger Eyes's 'the continuing story of life on earth'

National Gallery of Victoria opens exhibition of Tongan barkcloth paintings

National Museum of Women in the Arts exhibits work by artist Alison Saar

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Original 'Star Wars' creators lift lid on special effects challenges

2.- Lost '$170 million Caravaggio' snapped up before French auction

3.- Mansell's 'Red Five' on pole for Bonhams sale

4.- Impressionism's 'forgotten woman' shines in new Paris show

5.- Sotheby's to auction the best-surviving NASA videotape recordings of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

6.- Exhibition explores Dutch and Spanish painting of the 16th and 17th centuries

7.- Cyprus discovers 'first undisturbed Roman shipwreck'

8.- Sotheby's unveils 'Treasures from Chatsworth' with Leonardo Da Vinci drawing, Lucian Freud portraits, and more

9.- Infamous botched art restoration in Spain gets makeover

10.- 1958 Gibson Flying V Korina played by Dave Davies to grab center stage in Heritage Auctions' sale

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, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful