The Cleveland Museum of Art

Art Spaces

Gregory M. Donley

ISBN: 978 1 85759 836 0
Size: 110 x 165 mm / 6.5 x 4.3 in.
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 64
Images: 70

UK £4.95 / US $7.95


  • The only book available on the newly redesigned museum


For years, the Cleveland Museum of Art presented three architectural styles: the original 1916 neoclassical building, subdued modernist galleries from 1958 and 1984, and a 1971 striped granite addition by Marcel Breuer. In 2001, architect Rafael Vilñoy was selected to create a plan that would add more gallery space, address facilities needs, and harmonise the whole. This fully illustrated and accessibly written book presents this new architectural masterpiece. The scheme creates mini-museums within the larger structure, united by a soaring glass-roofed atrium. The two floors of the 1916 building now house ancient, African, and European and American art from medieval times to the 18th century; the east wing’s focus is the 19th century to the art of today; the west wing presents Asian art; and a museum of the Americas resides in the north galleries. The new design allows visitors to choose whether to follow chronology from room to room or chart their own paths between galleries and the bright, naturally lit atrium.

Other titles published by Scala for the Cleveland Museum of Art include: The Cleveland Museum of Art: Director's Choice, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of ArtTreasures from the Cleveland Museum of Art


Gregory M. Donley is a writer, photographer and editor at the Cleveland Museum of Art.