The Weisman Art Museum is a striking art museum located on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus in Minneapolis. The current art museum was established in 1934 and has been run as a teaching museum for the University since its inception. It is quite a unique building and museum both in terms of its design as well as what the museum offers.
Weisman Art Museum Profile
The Weisman Art Museum was established in 1934. Its current building was designed by Frank Gehry that opened on November 21,1993. It was named after noted philanthropist Frederick R. Weisman who provided the initial monetary support as well as in other means to give the art museum a new home. It is currently undergoing important renovations that will continue until January of 2011.
Weisman Art Museum Design
The Weisman Art Museum is a low-rise building composed of 4 floors above ground. It was designed by noted architect Frank Gehry, who first used his now famous organic stainless steel facade that has since been used on other projects. The museum follows an architectural style that can be associated with deconstructivism.
The Weisman Art Museum is made up partly of a composite structure using stainless steel and brick as primary materials. This striking structure presents two different faces depending on which side it is being viewed from. The museum presents a brick facade for those who come from the campus side of the building, designed so that it blends with the other existing brick and sandstone structures on campus. It is on the opposite side that the striking curved and angular brushed steel sheeting facade of the building can be seen.