With buildings from Frank Gehry, collections from pretigious named like the Fondazione Prada, and many peopled by extraordinary philanthropists, the Huffington Post’s collection of Top 5 New Contemporary Museums boasts an impressive list:
From HuffPo, on The New Whitney:
Located at the starting point of the High Line, on Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District, the new building for the Whitney, designed by Italian-architect Renzo Piano, is a gleaming, stacked mass of glass and metal that looks out over the Hudson River. Replacing the Whitney’s former home on the Upper East Side, in an iconic building designed by Marcel Breuer, the new structure responds to the institution’s need for larger galleries to show more ambitious exhibitions, as well as its unmatched — and ever expanding — permanent collection of 20th and 21st century art. With a cantilevered entrance that serves as a public space not only for visitors of the museum, but also for the heavy foot traffic that traverses the neighborhood, the building expands beyond the cloistered 50,000 square feet of indoor galleries, and out into the city. The sense that it is part of the action as opposed to a fortress from it is heightened by 13,000 square feet of outdoor exhibition spaces and terraces, which are connected by exterior staircases.