McNay Art Museum

McNay Art Museum

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6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., San Antonio, TX 78209, United States

Despite its Spanish Colonial belfries and arches, the museum's strong suit is Impressionist and modern art (Van Gogh, Picasso, O'Keeffe, Pollock). Fittingly, Parisian architect Jean-Paul Viguier's spare expansion of the San Antonio museum puts a modern twist on the original 1920's buildings with a sleek, 45,000-square-foot glass box. The newly christened Jane and Arthur Stieren Center for Exhibitions nearly doubles the institutions overall space. Transparency defines the new structure: adjustable louvers atop the skylit roof and retractable silkscreened glass beneath it modulate the daylight with such refinement and the shadow of a passing cloud is perceptable. Gardens extend from the glass-walled galleries down to the McNay's lush grounds and outdoor sculptures, including large works by Barbara Hepworth and Anthony Caro.

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