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Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

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Kleihues + Kleihues
location Illinois, Chicago
function museum
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The MCA was the first project in the United States by architect Josef Paul Kleihues, and the first building made specifically for the MCA's use since the institution's founding in 1967. With almost seven times the square footage of the museum's previous facility, the MCA has space to install temporary exhibitions and works from the collection simultaneously. The principles of logic and simplicity guided his decisions. His design was meant not to interfere with the visitor's ability to concentrate on the art. This is apparent in his minimal use of ornamentation or decorative elements. He also considered the area in which the building would be located. Kleihues chose to integrate the look of the MCA with the neighborhood by selecting Indiana limestone as the material for the exterior base of the building, which is meant to resemble the color of the historic water tower, located just west of the MCA. (text from museum website)


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Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
E Chicago Ave 220
United States
Project is public!
Opening hours Monday: Closed Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. FREE ADMISSION Wednesday to Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
How to get there? The MCA is located four blocks east of the Chicago Avenue rail stop on the CTA Red Line. It is easily accessible by the #10 Museum and #66 Chicago Avenue buses, as well as several Michigan Avenue bus routes.
Completion 1997
ArchitectKleihues + Kleihues
Project ID 3234
Latitude/Longitude 41°53'50N 87°37'16W
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