Ice That Doesn’t Melt: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Seventy million bucks never looked so good or so incredibly cool. The Walker Art Center has been absolutely and positively transformed from a non-descript brick exterior to a 50-foot high shimmering cube of crinkled aluminum mesh reflecting the ever-changing sky. Some days, it’s like grey concrete; other days, it’s ice or cellophane.

The Walker was created by noted Swiss architects Pierre de Meuron and Jacques Herzog. Re-opened on April 15, it features unusual spaces, weird windows, and 40% more space in its downtown Minneapolis location.

There are now 11 total galleries focusing on works from the 1960s to the present, three of which are new and one where the old brick building connects to the addition. And to top it all off, there’s a Wolfgang Puck restaurant called 20.21, because the nearby art is from the 20th and 21st centuries. More info: http://www.walkerart.org/index.wac.

Posted by Gil Zeimer on May 02, 2005 in Travel

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