Modern Art on View During Construction

East Building Renovation

The National Gallery of Art's renovation program includes a major addition within the current footprint of the East Building: a sky-lit, fourth level in two tower galleries that will be linked by an outdoor sculpture terrace overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue. The new galleries and terrace will add exhibition space, primarily intended for modern art from the permanent collection. The East Building is expected to fully reopen by Fall 2016.

Where is the Modern Art?

During construction East Building galleries that usually display art to the public are closed. Modern art is on display in the following locations:

East Building Atrium and Concourse Walkway
Selected sculptures are being installed throughout the East Building Atrium. Among those works now on view are Richard Long’s Whitechapel Slate Circle (1981), which has not been seen since 1998, and Ursula von Rydingsvard’s Five Cones (1990–1992), a recent gift to the Gallery. Alexander Calder's renowned mobile Untitled (1976) and Andy Goldsworthy's Roof (2004–2005) remain on view. Visitors may also access the walkway to the West Building and enjoy Leo Villareal's Multiverse (2008).

Sculpture Garden
An oasis in the city, the 6.1-acre Sculpture Garden is home to modern large-scale sculptures, including the newly installed mosaic Orphée (1969) by Marc Chagall, Robert Indiana's AMOR (conceived 1998, executed 2006), and Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen's Typewriter Eraser, Scale X (model 1998, fabricated 1999).

West Building
A select group of modern paintings and sculptures is being installed in the West Building throughout the coming months. Now on view in Gallery 39 are Jackson Pollock's Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist),  and Mark Rothko's No. 1 (1961). Pablo Picasso's Nude Woman (1910) and  Piet Mondrian's Tableau No. IV (c. 1924/1925) and are among the works now on view in Gallery G41.

Visiting during Construction

While East Building galleries are closed for renovation through the spring of 2016, the atrium remains open and visitors may access the Gallery Shops, Cascade Café, and Espresso & Gelato Bar, as well as the library and its focus exhibitions. Programs in the East Building Auditorium may move to other locations. Check the calendar for the latest information.

Learn more about the renovation at the National Gallery of Art.


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