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April 8, 2016
The New SFMOMA. Photo by Pei Ketron.

Why You Should Be Excited About the New SFMOMA

This year, there will be a new face to modern art in San Francisco, yet it will feel so familiar at the same time. In the midst of a complete transformation, the new SFMOMA is ready to pave the way for the city’s renewed arts and culture scene. Here are five reasons to mark your calendars and start planning a trip to San Francisco.

You’ll Need to Visit SFMOMA More Than Once
There will be much more to see. That even includes the building itself designed by Snohetta. Inspired by a combination of waves, the iconic San Francisco waterfront and our infamous fog, the building aptly reflects the cool, fog-laced climate of the city. With entrances on Third, Howard and Minna Streets, you’ll have plenty of ways to access the new street-level gallery with 25-foot high glass walls, that will be open to the public and free of charge. Once inside visitors will encounter three times the previous exhibition space, featuring 260 works from the Fisher Collection and a first showing of 600 artworks promised to the museum.

It Will be Home to the Largest Photography Center
The new SFMOMA will house the largest gallery, research and interpretive space devoted to photography of any art museum in the United States. Named the Pritzker Center for Photography, it will house the museum's impressive holdings of more than 17,800 works and occupy 15,000 square feet on Floor 3. 

The Fisher Collection Will be on Display
During the 1970s, Doris and Donald Fisher, the founders of Gap, began collecting art works for the offices of the company they founded. What started out as a hobby, blossomed into a full-blown collection that includes not only prints, but also paintings, sculpture, drawings, photographs and other media spanning different movements and time periods. The new SFMOMA is the only place you can see one of the greatest private art collections in the world, which is comprised of more than 1,100 pieces by more than 185 artists.

Eat the Best Meals from Around the World at In Situ
Opening along with the new SFMOMA is In Situ, a new restaurant from Michelin-three-starred chef, Corey Lee. Like the very museum it sits in, In Situ will “curate” a menu of dishes from recipes contributed by more than 80 chefs from around the world. Participants include René Redzepi, Alice Waters and Thomas Keller just to name a few.

Annually San Francisco is home to 23 film festivals; 15 art, architecture and design events; 12 comedy, literary and music festivals; nine dance festivals, and a myriad of theatre, ballet and opera productions. Built on a culturally rich history and pioneering artistic edge, there is something for everyone. Among the city’s most notable museums, art experiences and historically significant celebrations is the new San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), the Asian Art Museum, The David Ireland House, Carnaval San Francisco, Contemporary Jewish Museum, de Young Museum, Exploratorium, Illuminate San Francisco Festival of Light, Legion of Honor, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco International Film Festival, San Francisco Pride, San Francisco Symphony and The Walt Disney Family Museum.

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