Mexican architect Frida Escobedo will oversee the renovation of the $500 million modern and contemporary wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York museum announced on Sunday. Escobedo, who established her studio in Mexico City in 2006, will be the first woman to design a wing at the Met since the museum was founded in 1870. The restoration of what is currently known as the Modern Wing will see it expand to include 80,000 square feet of exhibit and public space.
The Met had sought to revamp its contemporary and modern art galleries for more than a decade and recently said it would be able to do so, thanks to a pledge, issued |Oscar%20L. Tang and HM Agnes Hsu-Tang Wing | late last year |, $125 million from collectors Oscar Tang and Agnes Hsu-Tang, for whom the wing is to be renamed. The pledged donation is the largest monetary donation in the history of the institution.
“The new wing will be a dynamic and exhilarating space that meets the current and future needs of the Met while promoting a vivid representation and reappraisal of 20th and 21st century art within the context of five thousand years of the history of the Met. art,” said Met director Max Hollein. “Frida Escobedo is an exceptional architect of our time. In her practice, she uses architecture as a means to create powerful spatial and community experiences, and she has demonstrated dexterity and sensitivity in her elegant use of materials while paying sincere attention to socio-economic and ecological issues. of today.
Escobedo, who teaches at Yale University, designed the 2018 Serpentine Pavilion, becoming the youngest architect to do so. His projects included the 2012 expansion of La Tallera Siqueiros in Cuernavaca (2012), the 2010 El Eco Pavilion for the Museo Experiemental El Eco in Mexico City, and the 2008 renovation of the Boca Chica Hotel in Acapulco. “The Met is one of the most culturally relevant sites globally, and it’s an honor to be selected for this historic architectural reimagining,” Escobedo said. “The Tang Wing offers an opportunity to breathe new life into the museum’s art of the 20th and 21st centuries; celebrating the dynamics we can find in art from different eras, geographies and ideologies; and discover new spaces for self-reflection and connection with others. I look forward to working with the Met teams on this remarkable project.