On May 14, the newly reconfigured and expanded San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) will open the public. After three years of construction, the new 10-story addition designed by Snøhetta has be filled with the museums’ celebrated collection and provide a connection to Mario Botta’s original Postmodern building, which was completed in 1988. This expansion by the celebrated Oslo, Norway- and New York-based firm provides SFMOMA with an additional 170,000 square feet of new and renovated galleries, both indoor and outdoor. In doing so, it allows for the Bay Area museum to display more if its modern and contemporary pieces. To encourage the community to visit, the museum sanctioned free access to 45,000 square feet of the bottom two floors, and committed to free admission for visitors younger than 18.
To build anticipation for its opening day, the museum gave a preview to members of the press today.
See what visitors saw at the press preview below. To see more, follow #NewSFMOMA on Twitter.
By putting Sequence indoors, @SFMOMA assures that no one else will ever see it like this: pic.twitter.com/Osoxq8qHim— Jef Poskanzer (@jef_poskanzer) April 28, 2016
#SFMOMA now has the largest public living wall in the U.S, with over 19,000 plants. That's a lot of 🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱. #curbed pic.twitter.com/73b1wxuHUv— Curbed SF (@CurbedSF) April 28, 2016
There are 7 unique paint colors in the #NewSFMOMA, a different one for each floor's bathrooms. This one's our fav pic.twitter.com/Uuh9eM3wpT— Oakland Museum of CA (@oaklandmuseumca) April 28, 2016
Calder hangs beautifully above at @SFMOMA. #curbed #sfmoma pic.twitter.com/5PmYl2JKsn— Curbed SF (@CurbedSF) April 28, 2016
Portal to another world... #DanFlavin #NewSFMOMA pic.twitter.com/vz3UjxkoOj— Jolene Torr (@MisterMemories) April 28, 2016
Yesssss: All gender restrooms at @sfmoma. 👍 pic.twitter.com/UtlNQy8W4h— Curbed SF (@CurbedSF) April 28, 2016
Here's a preview of some of that public art space (on the second floor of the #newsfmoma) pic.twitter.com/6K6c1VbwZQ— Doctor Popular (@DocPop) April 28, 2016
Hungry? We are. For more Pop Art! (CHOMP ��) #NewSFMOMA @SFMOMA pic.twitter.com/Unuy1u2JcF— Asian Art Museum (@asianartmuseum) April 28, 2016
"Give us a museum with striking light" —@sfmoma ... @snohetta delivered with the #NewSFMOMA pic.twitter.com/cMB8bOQ6Du— Oakland Museum of CA (@oaklandmuseumca) April 28, 2016
First two floors of the #NewSFMOMA will be free of charge. @SFMOMA #contemporaryart. pic.twitter.com/8sBHKHrci9— Marin Magazine (@MarinMagazine) April 28, 2016