FRIDA ESCOBEDO WILL BE THE FIRST WOMAN OF ARCHITECTS TO DESIGN A WING IN MET
Exit for the new wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which was scheduled to be completed in 2020 but financial problems froze the project: investor Oscar L. Tang and his wife, Agnes Hsu-Tang, made a generous donation $ 125 million at the museum and the Met selected Mexican architect Frida Escobedo to design the wing, which had previously been commissioned by David Chipperfield Architects, according to the APE-MPE.
The 43-year-old architect founded her eponymous office in 2006 and was the youngest architect to be commissioned to design the Serpentine Pavillion in London; the 2018 Serpentine Pavillion had impressed. The new wing at the Met – to be named after Oscar L. Tang and HM Agnes Hsu-Tang Wing – will be 7,400 square meters of exhibition space and public space and will be home to the museum’s collection of modern art (from the 20th and in the 21st century) as well as a collection of Cubist works donated to the Met.
“Frida Escobedo is an outstanding architect of our time,” said Max Hollein, Met director, in a statement. “She practices architecture as a method to create intense experiences of space and community and has shown dexterity and sensitivity to her noble use of materials while, at the same time, she draws particular attention to the socio-economic and ecological issues of today.” “The very generous gift of the Tangs has enabled us to take this step forward,” said Daniel H. Weiss, president and CEO of the Met. “Frida Escobedo’s impressive and inspiring project portfolio and her creative involvement with our team has given us great excitement for this important chapter in the Met. In a statement to the New York Times, he estimated that the project would be completed in about seven years. “The Tang Wing gives an opportunity to give new life to art from the 20th and 21st century of the museum; to praise the dynamics we can find in art of different eras, geographical areas and ideologies; others, “Frida Escobedo said in a statement.