Building a Masterpiece: Santiago Calatrava and the Milwaukee Art Museum


September 8, 2011–February 12, 2012
Baumgartner Galleria

Feature image for the Calatrava exhibition It has been named the sexiest building in the world, featured in TV ads and shows and Hollywood movies, and it has transformed the city of Milwaukee. In September, the Milwaukee Art Museum celebrates the 10th anniversary of its iconic building, the Quadracci Pavilion, with the exhibition Building a Masterpiece: Santiago Calatrava and the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Designed by internationally renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, the Quadracci Pavilion was the Spaniard’s first completed commission in the United States. In 2001, it was named Time Magazine’s “Best Design of 2001.”

The exhibition will highlight the construction of the entirely custom-made project, a testament to Milwaukee’s tradition of precision manufacturing and craftsmanship. Watercolors, models, and photographs will trace the evolution of the design, including the architectural wonder of the Burke Brise Soleil, perched high above the Quadracci Pavilion. Museum visitors will also be invited to submit their personal photographs of the Calatrava-designed addition, demonstrating how significantly the building has brought a sense of pride in, as well as international attention, to our city. To submit photographs, join the Milwaukee Art Museum: Calatrava’s Quadracci Pavilion Flickr group. For more details see Building a Masterpiece Photo Contest.

Sponsored by Donald and Donna Baumgartner and Eileen and Barry Mandel