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Weisman Art Museum
Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum
Weisman Art Museum.jpg
West facade as viewed from the Washington Avenue Bridge
Established1934 (1934)
Location333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Coordinates44°58?22?N 93°14?17?W / 44.97278°N 93.23806°W / 44.97278; -93.23806Coordinates: 44°58?22?N 93°14?17?W / 44.97278°N 93.23806°W / 44.97278; -93.23806
TypeArt museum
Collection size20,000+
DirectorLyndel King
ArchitectFrank Gehry

The Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum is an art museum located on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis. A teaching museum for the university since 1934, the museum is named in honor of art collector Frederick R. Weisman. Originally based in Northrop Auditorium, the museum moved into its current building (designed by Frank Gehry) in 1993. Widely known as a "modern art museum," the 25,000+ image collection has large collections of Marsden Hartley, Alfred Maurer, Charles Biederman, Native American Mimbres pottery, and traditional Korean furniture.

Frederick R. Weisman

Frederick R. Weisman (April 27, 1912 - September 11, 1994) was a Minneapolis native who became well known as an art collector in Los Angeles. In 1982 Weisman purchased an estate in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles that would serve as a showcase for his personal collection of 20th-century art. When he opened the art collection to the public, he wanted to share the experience of living with art, rather than the usual, more formal protocol of seeing art in a gallery or museum. The estate remains the home of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation to this day.

The Weisman Foundation estate is a two-story Mediterranean Revival house designed in the late 1920s by Los Angeles architect Gordon B. Kaufmann. The Weisman home exhibits the fine craftsmanship characteristic of the period, including custom decorative treatments on the walls and ceilings. Today the Foundation estate, annex, and surrounding gardens is made accessible to the public by appointment only.[1]

Another museum bearing Weisman's name, the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, is located on the campus of Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

Museum building

The current museum building was designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry and completed in November 1993.[2] It is one of the major landmarks on campus, situated on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River at the east end of the Washington Avenue Bridge. The abstract structure is considered highly significant because it was built prior to the widespread use of computer aided design in architecture.

The building presents two faces, depending on which side it is viewed from. From the east, it presents a brick facade that blends with the historic buildings along Northrop Mall. On the opposite side, is an abstraction of a waterfall and a fish in curving and angular brushed steel sheets.[2] The stainless steel skin was fabricated and installed by the A. Zahner Company, a frequent collaborator with Gehry's office.[3]

The museum received a major addition, also designed by Frank Ghery, in 2011. HGA Architects and Engineers served as local consultants for the project.



  1. ^ Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation Collection, 2007
  2. ^ a b "University of Minnesota Art Museum". Progressive Architecture. 73 (1): 74-5. January 1992.
  3. ^ Stafford, Margaret (November 7, 2004). "Kansas City-based metals company builds international reputation". LJWorld. Retrieved 2018.

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