October 17, 2018

New Tadao Ando-Designed Arts Sapce Opens in Chicago

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS—Wrightwood 659, a new exhibition space dedicated to architecture and socially engaged art, has opened in a former apartment building in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. The venue was designed by the Pritzker Prize–winning, self-taught architect Tadao Ando, who often works with reinforced concrete and is known for his mastery of light.

Founded by media entrepreneur and philanthropist Fred Eychaner, who is president of the Chicago-based grantmaking organization the Alphawood Foundation, and architectural historian Dan Whittaker, Wrightwood 659 will present two exhibitions a year. Lisa Cavanaugh, who was named director of the noncollecting institution, said in a statement: “We are delighted to be opening a new space for art in Chicago, one conducive to quiet reflection and thoughtful engagement, while also provoking activism on behalf of a more just society.”

The space’s inaugural exhibition, “Ando and Le Corbusier: Masters of Architecture,” features more than one hundred drawings, photographs, and models by Le Corbusier, which are on loan from institutions such as the Fondation Le Corbusier in Paris and the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as architectural models created by Ando’s students. It will be on view until December 15.

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