After a thorough search, the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) has announced it has hired David Chipperfield Architects, the internationally renowned architectural firm, to create a master plan for the museum. The firm’s recent museum projects include St. Louis Art Museum; The Menil Collection, Houston; Neues Museum, Museum Island, Berlin; The Royal Academy of Arts, London; Museo Jumex, Mexico City; and Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.
This is the first step in Mia’s long-term strategy to enhance the visitor experience and to expand the community’s access to the museum as a community resource.
“We are thrilled to work with David Chipperfield,” said Kaywin Feldman, Nivin and Duncan MacMillan Director and President of the museum. “Mia has seen tremendous growth in recent years, with repeated record-setting visitor numbers. Our growing collections, innovative exhibitions, and accessible public programs have fueled this growth, and we want to ensure we have the facilities needed to provide inspiring visitor experiences as we embrace an ever-broadening, diverse audience. We are confident that David Chipperfield Architects’ impressive track record and clear understanding of our museum’s needs will help us achieve this goal.”
The master plan will function as a long-range plan for Mia’s future growth and development. In addition, it will provide a framework to address several pressing needs, including improved parking facilities, additional art storage, and public gathering spaces. The plan also will consider potential opportunities, such as enhancing visitor circulation through the galleries and updating the museum’s restaurant and auditorium.