Mies and the National Gallery of Art in Washington

Tyler breaks the story that the National Gallery of Art seeks to expand into the nearby Federal Trade Commission headquarters.
That’s great, I hope it happens. The NGA needs more room and adding a public building to the mall would enliven the area. Since 9-11 and the new security measures around DC buildings, and more restricted access, the mall is less animated than it had been, near the government bureau buildings.

But did Tyler forget his own terrific idea?

Use Mies’ Martin Luther King library (4 blocks away) as a wing of the National Gallery in which to show contemporary art.

Tyler says contemporary, I say modern and contemporary, but wouldn’t it be great to see art in there?

The DC building needs to be saved, and restored. If not as a library, then why not a gallery? And I know who should do the restoration work.

One Response to “”

  1. cityofparis Says:

    I thought The MLK library has been saved from the wrecking ball. I recall reading that the petitions and other preservation efforts were successful.

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