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Minneapolis Institute of Art hires David Chipperfield Architects for master plan

Minneapolis Institute of Art

To enhance the visitor experience, Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) has brought on board award-winning architects David Chipperfield.

Recent museum projects worked on by the company include St. Louis Art Museum; The Menil Collection, Houston; Neues Museum, Museum Island, Berlin; The Royal Academy of Arts, London; Museo Jumex, Mexico City; and Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Centre.

“We are thrilled to work with David Chipperfield,” said Kaywin Feldman, Nivin and Duncan MacMillan, director and president of the Minneapolis Institute of Art. “Mia has seen tremendous growth in recent years, with repeated record-setting visitor numbers.

“Our growing collections, innovative exhibitions, and accessible public programs have fueled this growth, and we want to ensure we have the facilities needed to provide inspiring visitor experiences as we embrace an ever-broadening, diverse audience. We are confident that David Chipperfield Architects’ impressive track record and clear understanding of our museum’s needs will help us achieve this goal.”

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One of the aims is to broaden the public’s access to the museum as a community resource.

“The master plan is going to function as a blueprint and strategy for the future,” Michaela Baltasar-Feyen, head of strategic communications and converged media at Mia, told the Star Tribune.

“It’s exciting that we are working with this architecture firm because they have a wonderful resume and have done a lot with museums, and are very experienced in understanding what a museum’s needs are.”

Apart from the long-term growth and development of the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Other improvements include public gathering spaces, extra storage space for art and additional parking facilities, said a spokesperson for David Chipperfield Architects.

The museum’s restaurant and auditorium will also be renovated and also looking at making better the visitor circulation around the art galleries.

David Chipperfield Architects has won over 100 awards and citations for design excellence, including  from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Royal Fine Art Commission (RFAC), and American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Images: Minneapolis Institute of Art

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