The de Young in the 21st Century: A Museum by Herzog & de Meuron
Diana Ketcham, Michael Corbett, Mitchell SchwarzerISBN: 0500342156; 9780500342152;
A fascinating architectural study in museum design and urban planning. Designed by the internationally renowned Swiss firm of Herzog & de Meuron, winners of the 2001 Pritzker Prize, the new de Young Museum in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park is a stunning architectural tour de force. This book documents the complex five-year process that resulted in an outstanding contribution to contemporary museum architecture. Founded by San Francisco Chronicle publisher Michael de Young, the museum originated in the Midwinter International Exposition of 1894 and grew to become the city's largest art museum. Its superb permanent collection includes the arts of Africa, Oceania, and traditional cultures of the Americas; American painting and sculpture from the colonial period to the present; and both Western and non-Western textiles. After the de Young was damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, the museum's fate?and the decision to replace the old building...