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Modern Wing, A Guide

The completion of the $300-million Modern Wing by the starchitect Renzo Piano bumps the Art Institute of Chicago up a notch in the museum world. When the 264,000-square-foot addition opens on May 16th, the museum will display nine times as many contemporary art works as it did in the past and boast the title of the second-largest art institution in the United States (up a spot from third). Here, a primer

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The contemporary art curator, James Rondeau, weighs in with five must-see works from the new Modern Wing.

 

Photography: (staircase) James Iska; (necklace) courtesy of Haelo; Charles G. Young, Interactive Design Architects; (Mantuano) Oscar Linares; (Hinoki) © 2007 Charles Ray. Courtesy of Regen Projects, Los Angeles; (chair and artwork) courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago
Rendering: Renzo Piano Building Workshop; (artwork) courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago

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