The Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) has announced that it has hired London-based David Chipperfield Architects to create a master plan for the future of the museum. The long-term project is aimed at expanding “the community’s access to the museum as a community resource.”
The need for a master plan was brought on by the museum’s growing attendance and collection. Chipperfield’s office will take on expanding art storage and public gathering spaces, as well as improving parking facilities. The interior of the museum will also be affected by a reassessment of the visitor circulation and an update to the museum’s restaurant and auditorium.
“We are thrilled to work with David Chipperfield,” said museum director and president Kaywin Feldman in a press release. “Mia has seen tremendous growth in recent years, with repeated record-setting visitor numbers. Our growing collections, innovative exhibitions, and accessible public programs have fueled this growth, and we want to ensure we have the facilities needed to provide inspiring visitor experiences as we embrace an ever-broadening, diverse audience.”
Mia’s collection spans 5,000 years and over 89,000 works. The museum was established in 1883 in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is one of the largest fine arts museums in the United States. As a government-funded public museum, no admission is charged for entry, except for special exhibitions.
The selection of David Chipperfield Architects comes on the heels of a handful of other major museum project announcements in North America, including the St. Louis Art Museum, the master plan for the Menil Collection in Houston, Museo Jumex in Mexico City, and the Anchorage Museum in Alaska.