Discover the Minneapolis Arts Explosion

MINNEAPOLIS, March 24 /PRNewswire/ — Internationally acclaimed architects are sculpting the arts scene in Minneapolis as five cultural institutions add more than a half-billion dollars of arts infrastructure. In the span of just 18 months these arts organizations will unveil expansions and a sixth will announce its expansion plans.

Called “one of the best contemporary art exhibition facilities in the world” by the New York Times, the Walker Art Center will open its expansion on April 17. The silvery cube-like structure is a design from Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, who recently completed the design for Tate Modern in London.

The Children’s Theatre Company, the only theater company for young people to ever win a Tony Award, will add 45,000 square feet including a second stage. The expansion, designed by Michael Graves & Associates, will open in October.

The expansion of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, home to one of nation’s largest collections of Chinese art and architecture, is designed by Michael Graves & Associates and will open in June 2006. When finished, gallery space will nearly double and state-of-the-art classrooms, research facilities and public spaces will open.

As the fourth-largest public library in the nation, the five-story new Minneapolis Public Library, designed by Cesar Pelli, will be a resource-rich destination when it opens in spring 2006. Relax in fireside reading dens, meet in the teen space, grab a bite in the new cafe, or do research in one of the computer labs.

The Tony Award-winning Guthrie Theater relocates to a new location on the banks of the Mississippi River in June 2006. The three-theater complex, which includes a purple iridescent exterior adorned with silk-screened production photos, is the first North American project for French architect Jean Nouvel.

Already a striking architectural work, the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, designed by Frank Gehry, will announce its expansion plans in the summer.

The Minneapolis arts scene is nationally recognized, yet still incredibly affordable. For under $150 a family of four could: have lunch at the Walker Art Center, visit the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, enjoy the children’s library and teen center at the Minneapolis Central Library and attend a Children’s Theatre Company performance.

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