Architect Frank Gehry — whose Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health appears in our fourth episode, Healing Spaces — has some audacious plans for a renovation of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. — including, apparently, cutting through the famed “Rocky Balboa steps.” For two months starting July 1, you can learn all about it at a featured exhibit in the museum:
Presented for the first time in this exhibition is the comprehensive design for the renewal and expansion of the Philadelphia Museum of Art by internationally celebrated architect Frank Gehry. Best known for the expressive sculptural forms of buildings such as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, Gehry’s approach to this project is dramatically different and virtually unique. It focuses on the transformation of the interior of our main building through the renovation of beloved spaces like the Great Stair Hall, dramatic improvements to how our visitors will enter and move through the Museum, and the creation of a substantial amount of new space for the display of more works of art and for a new Education Center.
Gehry’s design is the embodiment of creative stewardship. It reflects a deep sympathy for a much beloved architectural landmark and, at the same time, an understanding of how this facility needs to be changed to continue to serve the needs of our visitors and our community. It is, in sum, an inspiring blueprint for the future of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and one in which we believe everyone should have an interest.