Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing Expansion

modern-wing-art-institute-chicago-2009-main1This Saturday, the Art Institute of Chicago will open the doors to its Modern Wing, the largest expansion in the museum’s history and probably the most expensive ($290 million = yikes). The new three-floor facility offers 65,000 feet of new galleries that will house both modern and contemporary works, photography, as well as architecture and design collections and will make AIC the second largest museum in the United States.

Pritzker Prize-winning Italian architect Renzo Piano enhanced the Modern Wing’s lighting (among other things), making it abstract and subtle enough to keep all eyes on the art. After viewing the images, we have to say that the Modern Wing and AIC fails to disappoint.

More images after the jump

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View more images from the NY Times slide show here



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