Cleveland Museum of Art (2)

The original building of the Cleveland Museum, designed by local architects, Hubbell and Benes, and opened 100 years ago, is the ultimate in the genre of museum as grand, neoclassical mausoleum:-

On the other hand, it has worn well, has finely proportioned top-lit galleries, and has recently been radically reinvented by Rafael Viñoly by the addition of a big, light and very effective open public courtyard:-

By the way, it’s free, for those who think that all American museums have to charge as a matter of ideology.


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