NEW RICHARD MEIER MODEL MUSEUM OPENS IN NEW JERSEY! – Design Museum

NEW RICHARD MEIER MODEL MUSEUM OPENS IN NEW JERSEY!

Richard Meier & Partners is pleased to announce the opening of the new Richard Meier Model Museum at Mana Contemporary at 888 Newark Avenue in Jersey City, New Jersey.  The new museum designed and curated by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier includes a large model exhibition area, a sculpture exhibition area, an archive and a library that is open to students and scholars.

The exhibition space and archive occupies 15,000 square feet. Photo courtesy of Steven Sze, Richard Meier & Partners.
The exhibition space and archive occupies 15,000 square feet. Photo courtesy of Steven Sze, Richard Meier & Partners.

The space occupies 15,000-square feet and features architectural projects from the 1960’s to the present, about 400 handamade architectural models, sculptures and collages – by Richard Meier, and 1,000 books and magazines from Richard Meier’s personal library. Most prominent in the museum are large scale presentation models and study models of the Getty Center in Los Angeles, an institution widely regarded as Mr. Meier’s most ambitious project and one that required fifteen years to complete.

One of the large-scale studies for the Getty Center in Los Angeles. Meier's most ambitious project, the Getty Center took 15 years to complete. Photo courtesy of Steven Sze, Richard Meier & Partners.
One of the large-scale studies for the Getty Center in Los Angeles. Meier’s most ambitious project, the Getty Center took 15 years to complete. Photo courtesy of Steven Sze, Richard Meier & Partners.

Some of the iconic projects exhibited on the space include the Getty Center, Smith House, the Neugebauer Residence and the High Museum of Art. Other projects on view are well-known architectural projects such as the Perry Street Towers, the Ara Pacis Museum, and the recently completed Arp Museum in Germany. In addition, some unbuilt competition proposals for the World Trade Center Memorial, the New York Avery Fisher Hall, and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Visitors to the space will have an opportunity to study Meier’s complex design process seeing prominent buildings and projects from his entire work history.

About 400 handmade models are on display at the museum. Additional models are stored at the Richard Meier & Partners offices in Manhattan. Photo courtesy of Steven Sze, Richard Meier & Partners..
About 400 handmade models are on display at the museum. Additional models are stored at the Richard Meier & Partners offices in Manhattan. Photo courtesy of Steven Sze, Richard Meier & Partners..

Richard Meier has over the years developed his own distinctive and dynamic style of architecture to become one of America’s most influential and widely emulated architects. His work celebrates natural light and space in response to the environs in which it stands, thereby creating sublime spaces of aesthetic illumination and enlightened cultural values.

Richard Meier Model Museum - Courtesy Steven Sze
Richard Meier Model Museum – Courtesy Steven Sze

Visitors to the space are welcome beginning today and tours of the gallery are by appointment only. The museum is open from 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and appointments can be made through Richard Meier & Partners Architects: m.museum@richardmeier.com.

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