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The Milwaukee Art Museum is an art museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin State, USA. Its collection contains nearly 25,000 works of art. It is one of the largest museums in the United States.

The Milwaukee Art Center (now the Milwaukee Art Museum) was formed when the Milwaukee Art Institute and Layton Art Gallery merged their collections in 1957 and moved into the newly built Eero Saarinen who also designed the Milwaukee County War Memorial.

Later the Quadracci pavilion was added designed by the well-known Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The Quadracci Pavilion consist of a movable dome that opens up over a wingspan of approximately 66 meters during the day and folding over the tall arched structure over the night or during inclement weather.

The pavilion features a spectacular kinetic structure, a brise-soleil with louvers that open and close like the wings of a great bird. When open the shape also becomes a sign, set against the backdrop of the lake, to herald the inauguration of new exhibitions. The pivot line for the slats is based on the axis of a linear mast, inclined at 47 degrees, as a parallel to the adjacent bridge mast.

Calatrava’s designs are often inspired by nature, featuring a combination of organic forms and technological innovation. The Milwaukee Art Museum expansion incorporates multiple elements inspired by the Museum’s lakefront location. Among the many maritime elements in Calatrava’s design are: Movable steel louvers inspired by the wings of a bird, cabled pedestrian bridge with a soaring mast inspired by the form of a sailboat and a curving single-story galleria reminiscent of a wave.

Calatrava’s architecture defies description, the location beautiful as heaven and the artefacts breathtakingly beautiful.

I have tried to capture the grandeur of the architecture, some of the exhibits and the environmental beauty of the place.

Enjoy the pictures.

Shankar Adisesh
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