Frederick R. Weisman Museum, University of Minnesota--page 1 (of two pages)

Frank Gehry

All of the wonderful photographs on these two pages were taken by my brother, Douglas Miller, who generously photographed them for my website. He owns the copyright. If you have any interest in these images, please contact him directly: Doug Miller

The sculptural west side

This is the first art museuam designed by Gehry in its entirety. Named for a businessman, art collector, philanthropist, and University of Minnesota alumnus, this building is perched on a bank overlooking the Mississippi with a view as well of downtown Minneapolis. The jagged angles echo the rocky bluffs of the Mississippi below. The irregularly placed windows offer snapshot views from the inside of the river and the the city.

The faceted brushed stainless steel cladding

The panels of stainless steel, sometimes called "fish scales," remind one that Gehry's giant fish sculpture is in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

The sculptural west side

See also Gehry's Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao Spain for a similar sculptural building. The much larger art museum in Spain opened four years after this one.

South and east sides

These two sides are faced in terra cotta colored brick (with even the mortar carefully dyed to match). These flat planes contrast with the stainless steel sculptural form of the west side. These sides of the museum are contextual, relating more directly to the rest of the campus buildings, characteristically in brick.

South and east sides

Exhibition galleries are behind these walls. The interior (not shown on these pages) is praised for its functionality in displaying art and for its general serenity.

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