The Saint Louis Art Museum has announced that it will celebrate the grand opening of its new East Building with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, June 29.
Consistent with the inscription carved in stone above the Main Entrance – “Dedicated to Art and Free to All” – all grand opening events are presented without charge.
Designed by David Chipperfield Architects with technical assistance from St. Louis-based HOK, the East Building will increase gallery and public space by 30 percent and will house 21 new galleries for the collection and temporary exhibitions.
The inaugural exhibitions in the East Building will feature 230 works from the permanent collection, 55 of which have not been on view for at least 20 years. The installations, which are nearly complete, will illustrate the Museum’s strengths in postwar German art and showcase developments in postwar American art.
The expansion project also has enabled the renovation and reinstallation of the iconic 1904 building, designed by Cass Gilbert. More than 1,450 works of art have been reinstalled in 68 galleries; approximately one-third of these works have not been on view for at least 20 years.
Among the reinstalled galleries are new installations of Native American and Ancient American Art, African Art, Korean Art, Islamic Art, and a sequence of galleries for European painting and sculpture spanning from the Renaissance to the mid-20th century. Another highlight of the opening celebration will be the unveiling of Stone Sea, a major new outdoor sculpture by Andy Goldsworthy that symbolically bridges the past and future of the Museum.