SFMOMA’s Reawakening


After a three-year, $305 million dollar renovation, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is here and it’s a force to be reckoned with. SFMOMA’s new addition—designed by Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta—is a ten story structure with a bold, sculptural feel. Inspired by the waters of the San Francisco Bay, the crisp white façade is made up of over 700 shaped fiberglass reinforced polymer panels that create a rippling horizontal effect. This colossal expansion, designed to house the renowned Fisher Collection, grants SFMOMA the title of the largest museum of modern art in the country.


Over the course of their lifetime, Gap Founders Donald and Doris Fisher amassed a collection of over 1,100 works, acquiring some of the world’s foremost modern and contemporary drawings, paintings, and sculptures without the aid of a curator or art advisor. The result is a rich collection of Alexander Calder, Gerhard Richter, Andy Warhol, Richard Serra, and Anselm Kiefer that captures the couple’s shared adoration of art.


With art world powerhouses Berggruen and Gagosian galleries moving across the street, there’s no doubt that San Francisco has finally become an international art destination—and one that’s right in my backyard. I can’t wait to explore what the new SFMOMA has to offer.

Image sources: SFMOMA exterior, interior architecture, and artwork

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