National Gallery East Wing

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Just opened in September after three years of work, the new I.M. Pei East Wing is spectacular. The National’s modern art collection has a wonderful new home. Great open spaces for a hanging Calder, spacious galleries for the Picassos and Matisses (a special room just for Modigliani), a coherent presentation of modernism, cubism, Fauvism, German Expressionism, Dada and surrealism, abstract expressionism and pop art. We didn’t get to see the new roof gallery (in December!). A huge elevator for people – and art. Welcoming staircases to move from floor to floor. And lots of space to take in the art – including works from the Corcoran, a Meyerhoff-Becker photography exhibition, the Dwan Gallery, and more. Even the trip through the underground passageway to the West Building – to see the 100-plus works of Stuart Davis, was a thrill. A brilliant light installation by Leo Villareal made the people mover an adventure.

Ken Roman

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