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Weisman Art Museum

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Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum

As viewed from the west, from the Washington Avenue Bridge

Established 1934

Location East Bank, University of

Minnesota,Minneapolis, Minnesota

445822N 931417WCoordinates:
445822N 931417W

Type Art museum

Collection 20,000+

Director Lyndel King

Public transit Coffman Memorial Union, Metro

access Transit/SouthWest Transit


The Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum is an art museum located on the University of
Minnesota campus in Minneapolis. A teachingmuseum for the university since 1934, the
museum is named for Frederick R. Weisman, and was designed by the
renowned architect Frank Gehry. Often called a "modern art museum," the 20,000+ image
collection has large collections of Marsden Hartley, Alfred Maurer, Charles Biederman,
Native American Mimbres pottery, and Korean furniture.


1 Building
2 Frederick R. Weisman
3 References
4 External links

The museum's current building, designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry,[1] was
completed in 1993. The stainless steel skin was fabricated and installed by the A. Zahner
Company, a frequent collaborator with Gehry's office.[2]

It is one of the major landmarks on campus, situated on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi
River at the east end of theWashington Avenue Bridge. The building presents two faces,
depending on which side it is viewed from. From the campus side, it presents a brick facade
that blends with the existing brick and sandstone buildings. On the opposite side, the
museum is a playground of curving and angular brushed steel sheets.[1] This side is an
abstraction of a waterfall and a fish.

Frederick R. Weisman[edit]
Frederick R. Weisman was a Minneapolis native who became well known as an art collector
in Los Angeles, and died in 1994. There is another Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art on
the campus of Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Additionally, there is the Frederick
R. Weisman Art Foundation, the Los Angeles estate designed to serve as a showcase for
his personal collection of 20th-century art. When he opened the art collection at his Los
Angeles estate to the public, he wanted to share the experience of living with art rather
than the usual, more formal protocol of seeing art in a gallery or museum. The Weisman
Foundation estate, located in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles, is a two-
story Mediterranean Revival house designed in the late 1920s by Los Angeles
architectGordon B. Kaufmann. The Weisman home exhibits the fine craftsmanship
characteristic of the period, including custom decorative treatments on the walls and ceilings.
Today the Foundation estate, annex, and surrounding gardens is made accessible to the
public by appointment only on guided tours.[3]


1. ^ Jump up to:a b "University of Minnesota Art Museum". Progressive Architecture 73 (1): 74

5. January 1992.
2. Jump up^ Stafford, Margaret (November 7, 2004). "Kansas City-based metals company
builds international reputation". LJWorld. Retrieved 2012-06-06.
3. Jump up^ Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation Collection, 2007

External links[edit]

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media related to Frederick R.
Weisman Art Museum.

official Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum website

Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation - Los Angeles (collection tours by appointment)
Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art - Malibu, California

Frank Gehry
Location Minneapolis, Minnesota
Date 1993 timeline
Building Type museum
Construction System Subscribers - login to skip ads
metal roofs
Climate temperate
Context university campus
Style Expressionist Modern
Notes Abstract assemblage of cuboid and

Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum

University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Housed in a striking stainless steel and brick building designed by architect Frank
Gehry, the Weisman Art Museum offers an educational and friendly museum
experience. The museums collection features early twentieth-century American
artists, such as Georgia OKeeffe and Marsden Hartley, as well as a diverse selection
of ceramics and contemporary art. A teaching museum for the University of
Minnesota and the community, the Weisman provides a fresh, engaging arts
experience through an array of programs and a changing schedule of exhibitions.
Theres always something interesting to see and do at WAM.