New York, NY – March 18, 2014 –Richard Meier & Partners is pleased to announce the opening of the new Richard Meier Model Museum at Mana Contemporary at 888 Newark Avenue in Jersey City, New Jersey. The new museum designed and curated by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier includes a large model exhibition area, a sculpture exhibition area, an archive and a library that is open to students and scholars.
The space occupies 15,000-square feet and features architectural projects from the 1960’s to the present, sculptures and collages by Richard Meier, and 1,000 books and magazines from Richard Meier’s personal library. Most prominent in the museum are large scale presentation models and study models of the Getty Center in Los Angeles, an institution widely regarded as Mr. Meier’s most ambitious project and one that required fifteen years to complete.
Some of the iconic projects exhibited on the space include the Smith House, the Neugebauer Residence and the High Museum of Art. Other projects on view are well-known architectural projects such as the Perry Street Towers, the Ara Pacis Museum, and the recently completed Arp Museum in Germany. In addition, some unbuilt competition proposals for the World Trade Center Memorial, the New York Avery Fisher Hall, and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.
Visitors to the space will have an opportunity to study Meier’s complex design process seeing prominent buildings and projects from his entire work history.
Richard Meier comments: “The new museum is part of a larger cultural complex in Jersey City, and we will have a library, space for exhibitions, and an archive. Eventually the library will be full of art and architecture books, and as the collection continues to grow with new projects it will become a resource and research center for students, scholars and the general public.
It is an honor to have my collages, sculptures and our Firm’s work on display at the new space, a museum that we designed and represents the design philosophy of Richard Meier & Partners. We are very pleased to exhibit the models, drawings and images that illustrate the ideas and principles that guide our work.”
Richard Meier has over the years developed his own distinctive and dynamic style of architecture to become one of America’s most influential and widely emulated architects. His work celebrates natural light and space in response to the environs in which it stands, thereby creating sublime spaces of aesthetic illumination and enlightened cultural values.
Visitors to the space are welcome beginning today and tours of the gallery are by appointment only. The museum is open from 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and appointments can be made through Richard Meier & Partners Architects: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notes to the Editor
Number of Models: 400 approximately
Architectural Drawings: 200 (Just a portion of the work of Richard Meier & Partners)
Collages: 50 (Just a portion of Richard Meier’s collection)
Books: 1,000 approximately (Selected from Richard Meier’s personal library)
Floor Area: 15,000 SM total
About Mana Contemporary
Mana Contemporary is a groundbreaking cultural institution with locations in Jersey City and Chicago. Based on an integrated philosophy, its facilities provide services, spaces and programming for artists, collectors, curators, performers, students, and the greater community within single locations. For more information about Mana Contemporary, please visit www.manacontemporary.com
About Richard Meier & Partners Architects
The work of Richard Meier & Partners is instantly recognizable and internationally respected. For over five decades, we have been appointed to create important public and private buildings. Our offices in New York and Los Angeles employ a multicultural staff of talented professionals practicing architecture, urbanism, product design and exhibition design. We aspire to thoughtful, elegant contemporary architecture that exceeds our clients’ expectations for beauty and elegance.
Recent work includes one of the most sustainable office and research buildings in Europe for Italcementi in Bergamo, Italy; the headquarters in Hamburg for the Neumann Kaffee Gruppe; the Jesolo Lido Condominium in Jesolo, Italy; the first office project in the Czech Republic built on a speculative basis to receive the highest LEED certification; and the United States Courthouse in San Diego, California. We currently have new projects in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.
Richard Meier & Partners is led by Richard Meier and six partners – Michael Palladino, James R. Crawford, Bernhard Karpf, Vivian Lee, Reynolds Logan, Dukho Yeon – and sustains an international practice with offices in New York and Los Angeles.