After three years of closure, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art reopened over the weekend and we’re so glad it’s back. The museum is now the largest modern art museum in the country in terms of square footage. The new building has almost triple the gallery space of the old Mario Botta building, completed in 1995. The museum’s permanent collection has grown to 33,000 works of art.
Many of the new works are from the Donald and Doris Fisher collection. The founders of The Gap clothing chain abandoned a plan to build their own museum in The Presidio, and made a long term loan to SFMOMA of 1100 paintings and sculptures.
SFMOMA director Neal Benezra says the museum’s collection is as good as any in the world. “Not just the numbers of works, but also the quality of works and the depth of our holdings.”
If you weren’t lucky enough to make it inside the museum this past weekend, we suggest you get over there soon!