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 spring 2016.

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    Model of proposed gallery expansion and new sculpture terrace, with wall facing Pennsylvania Avenue removed to show interior spaces at all levels
    Photo by P.
    Y. Chin

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    Rendering (aerial view) of the new sculpture terrace, connecting the newly renovated towers
    Image by Hartman-Cox Architects

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    Rendering of the new sculpture terrace
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    Rendering of the East Building with new sculpture terrace
    Image by Hartman-Cox Architects

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    Rendering of the interior of the new tower gallery, featuring works by Mark Rothko from the permanent collection
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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).

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    Henry Moore, British, 1898-1986, Knife Edge Mirror Two Piece, 1976-1978, bronze, Gift of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation 1978.43.1

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    Leo Villareal, American, born 1967, Multiverse, 2008, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), Mac mini, and electronic circuitry, Gift of Victoria and Roger Sant and Sharon P. and Jay Rockefeller 2009.115.1

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    Richard Serra, American, born 1939, Five Plates, Two Poles, 1971, hot-rolled steel, Gift of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation © 2001 Richard Serra 2001.27.1

     

     

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    Hans Haacke, German, born 1936, Condensation Wall, conceived 1963/1966, fabricated 2013, Plexiglas and distilled water, Gift of the Collectors Committee, © Hans Haacke / Artist Rights Society (ARS) 2013.44.1

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    Robert Morris, American, born 1931, Untitled, 1967/1986, steel and steel mesh, Gift of Edward R. Broida 2005.142.28

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    Alexander Calder, American, 1898-1976, Untitled, 1976, aluminum and steel, Gift of the Collectors Committee 1977.76.1

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    David Smith, American, 1906-1965, Voltri VII, 1962, iron, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund 1977.60.4

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    Isamu Noguchi, American, 1904-1988, Great Rock of Inner Seeking, 1974, basalt, Gift of Arthur M. Sackler, M.D., and Mortimer D. Sackler, M.D. 1976.58.1

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    Max Ernst, German, 1891-1976, Capricorn, model 1948, cast 1975, bronze, Gift of the Collectors Committee 1979.30.1

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    Andy Goldsworthy, British, born 1956, Roof, 2004-2005, Buckingham Virginia slate, Patrons' Permanent Fund 2005.86.1

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    Tony Smith, American, 1912-1980, Die, model 1962, fabricated 1968, steel with oiled finish, Gift of the Collectors Committee 2003.77.1

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    Jim Dine, American, born 1935, The Gate, Goodbye Vermont, 1985, steel, tools, wood, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Donald G. Fisher, in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art 1991.61.1

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    Richard Long, British, born 1945, Whitechapel Slate Circle, 1981, slate, Gift of the Collectors Committee 1994.76.1

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    Alberto Giacometti, Swiss, 1901-1966, Walking Man II, 1960, bronze, Gift of Enid A. Haupt 1977.47.7

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    Scott Burton, American, 1939-1989, Rock Settee, 1988, granite, Gift of the Collectors Committee ©2013 Estate of Scott Burton/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 1988.68.1

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    Harry Bertoia, American, 1915-1978, Tonal Sculpture, 1977, beryllium copper with bronze weights, Gift of Bernard and Audrey Berman ©2013 Estate of Harry Bertoia/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 1984.103.1

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    Anthony Caro, British, 1924-2013, National Gallery Ledge Piece, 1978, welded steel, Gift of the Collectors Committee 1978.21.1

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    Paul Manship, American, 1885 - 1966, Diana and a Hound, 1925, bronze, Gift of Mrs. Houghton P. Metcalf 1977.48.2

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    Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, French, 1891 - 1915, Hieratic Head of Ezra Pound, 1914, marble, Gift from the Collection of Raymond and Patsy Nasher 2009.72.1

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    Alberto Giacometti, Swiss, 1901 - 1966,The Invisible Object (Hands Holding the Void), 1935, bronze, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund 1973.27.1

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    Allan McCollum, American, born 1944, Collection of Four Hundred and Eighty Plaster Surrogates, 1982/1989, enamel on cast Hydro-Stone, Gift of the Collectors Committee © 2014 Allan McCollum 2013.93.1.1-480

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    David Smith, American, 1906 - 1965, Sentinel I, 1956, steel, Gift of the Collectors Committee 1979.51.1

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    Ursula von Rydingsvard, American, born Germany, 1942, Five Cones, 1990-1992, cedar and graphite, Gift of Sherry and Joel Mallin 2011.154.1

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).

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    Claes Oldenburg, American, born Sweden, 1929, and Coosje van Bruggen, American, 1942-2009, Typewriter Eraser, Scale X, model 1998, fabricated 1999, painted stainless steel and fiberglass, Gift of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation 1998.150.1

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    Louise Bourgeois, American, born France, 1911-2010, Spider, 1996, cast 1997, bronze with silver nitrate patina, Gift of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation 1997.136.1

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    Joan Miró, Spanish, 1893-1983, Personnage Gothique, Oiseau-Eclair (Gothic Personage, Bird-Flash), model 1974, cast 1977, bronze, Gift of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Copyright © 1998 Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington 1992.53.1

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    Magdalena Abakanowicz, Polish, born 1930, Puellae (Girls), 1992, bronze, Gift of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation 1998.148.1

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    Mark di Suvero, American, born 1933, Aurora, 1992-1993, steel, Gift of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation 1996.72.1

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    Scott Burton, American, 1939-1989, Six-Part Seating, conceived 1985, fabricated 1998, polished granite, Gift of the Collectors Committee 1998.146.1

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    Joel Shapiro, American, born 1941, Untitled, 1989, bronze, Gift of the Collectors Committee 1990.29.1

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    Ellsworth Kelly, American, born 1923, Stele II, 1973, one-inch weathering steel, Gift of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation 1999.15.2

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    Barry Flanagan, British, 1941-2009, Thinker on a Rock, 1997, bronze, Gift of John and Mary Pappajohn, Des Moines, Iowa 1999.30.1

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    Sol LeWitt, American, 1928-2007, Four-Sided Pyramid, first installation 1997, fabricated 1999, concrete blocks and mortar, Gift of the Donald Fisher Family 1998.149.1

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    Lucas Samaras, American, born Greece, 1936, Chair Transformation Number 20B, 1996, patinated bronze, The Nancy Lee and Perry Bass Fund 1998.99.1

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    Tony Smith, American, 1912-1980, Moondog, model 1964, fabricated 1998-1999, painted aluminum, Gift of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation 1997.137.1

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    David Smith, American, 1906-1965, Cubi XXVI, 1965, steel, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund 1978.14.1

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    Alexander Calder, Cheval Rouge (Red Horse), 1974, Courtesy Calder Foundation, New York © 2002 Estate of Alexander Calder/Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

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    Roy Lichtenstein, American, 1923-1997, House I, model 1996, fabricated 1998, fabricated and painted aluminum, Gift of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation 1998.147.1

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    Hector Guimard, French, 1867-1942, An Entrance to the Paris Métropolitain, conceived 1902, fabricated 1902/1913, painted cast iron and bronze, Gift of Robert P. and Arlene R. Kogod 2000.2.1

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    Marc Chagall, Russian, 1887-1985, Orphée, 1969, stone and glass mosaic, The John U. and Evelyn S. Nef Collection 2011.60.104.1-10

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    Tony Smith, American, 1912-1980, Wandering Rocks, 1967, painted steel, Gift of the Collectors Committee 1981.53.1

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    Robert Indiana, American, born 1928, AMOR, conceived 1998, executed 2006, polychrome aluminium, Gift of Simon and Gillian Salama-Caro in memory of Ruth Klausner ©2013 Morgan Art Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 2012.27.1

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    Roxy Paine, American, born 1966, Graft, 2008-2009, stainless steel and concrete, Gift of Victoria and Roger Sant 2009.109.1

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 Mark Rothko's Untitled (1955) and Bridget Riley's Balm (1964).

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    Mark Rothko, American, born Russia, 1903 - 1970, Untitled, 1955, oil on canvas, Collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon, in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art Copyright © 1997 Christopher Rothko and Kate Rothko Prizel 1992.51.14

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    Robert Ryman, American, born 1930, Untitled, 1965-1966, oil on linen, Patrons' Permanent Fund 2001.61.2

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    Bridget Riley, British, born 1931, Balm, 1964, oil on canvas, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Burton Tremaine 1970.37.2

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    Henri Matisse, French, 1869 - 1954, Figure Décorative, 1908, bronze, Gift of Victoria and Roger Sant 2011.9.1

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    Piet Mondrian, Dutch, 1872 - 1944, Tableau No. IV; Lozenge Composition with Red, Gray, Blue, Yellow, and Black, c. 1924/1925, oil on canvas, Gift of Herbert and Nannette Rothschild 1971.51.1

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    Pablo Picasso, Spanish, 1881 - 1973, Nude Woman, 1910, oil on canvas, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund © 2012 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 1972.46.1

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    Pablo Picasso, Spanish, 1881 - 1973, Guitar, 1926, collage of wallpaper, carpet tacks, nail, paper, string, and charcoal on wood, Chester Dale Fund © 2012 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 1982.8.1

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    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, German, 1880 - 1938, Two Nudes [obverse], 1907, oil on canvas, Gift of Wilhelmina and Wallace F. Holladay and Ruth and Jacob Kainen 1979.66.1.a

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    Amedeo Modigliani, Italian, 1884 - 1920, Head of a Woman, 1910/1911, limestone, Chester Dale Collection 1963.10.241

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    Raymond Duchamp-Villon, French, 1876 - 1918, Torso of a Young Man, 1910, bronze, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund 1971.66.12

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    Pablo Picasso, Spanish, 1881 - 1973, Head of a Woman (Fernande), model 1909, cast before 1932, bronze, Patrons' Permanent Fund and Gift of Mitchell P. Rales © 2012 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 2002.1.1

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    Joan Miró, Spanish, 1893 - 1983, Head of a Catalan Peasant, 1924, oil and crayon on canvas, Gift of the Collectors Committee 1981.9.1

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    Maurice de Vlaminck, French, 1876 - 1958, Chestnut Trees in Bloom, c. 1905/1906, oil on canvas, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris 2014.18.60

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    Pablo Picasso, Spanish, 1881 - 1973, Pedro Mañach, 1901, oil on canvas, Chester Dale Collection © 2012 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 1963.10.53

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    Henri Matisse, French, 1869 - 1954, Pot of Geraniums, 1912, oil on linen, Chester Dale Collection 1963.10.41

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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