Baltimore Museum of Art Center for Works on Paper
Baltimore, Maryland
Culture
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A new home for the Center for Prints, Drawings and Photographs and Center for Matisse Studies triples the size of the Baltimore Museum of Art’s education wing. This relocation of the museum’s works on paper emphasizes the importance of the collection by providing highly visible research and curatorial spaces, along with cutting-edge collections spaces. Among the museum’s holdings of over 67,000 prints, drawings, and photographs is the largest collection of artwork by French artist Henri Matisse. The new 20,000-square-foot layout showcases the study, conservation, storage, and exhibitions of these important works and re-establishes original architect John Russell Pope’s carefully proportioned spaces and axial connections. Transparent openings allow the public to glimpse areas exclusively used by curators and scholars, while dedicated adjacent galleries provide flexible areas for changing exhibits. As a design focal point, a formerly bricked-in opening has been re-opened while conserving and showcasing Baltimore’s only surviving wall sculpture by Italian artist Guisseppe Franzoni.

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"It is the unwavering vision of the BMA to be the most relevant civic museum in the United States and a dynamic model for all others. Not only did QE understand this core vision –the need to elevate the collection and make it more accessible to all visitors –but they also embodied it in every level of their design work."

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