Bellevue Art Museum - architect Steven Holl
When the new Tacoma Art Museum opens it doors in 2003, it will mark end of an art museum building boom that transformed virtually every museum in the region, including the Frye, the Henry, and SAM. The most recent museum to hold its grand reopening is the Bellevue Art Museum, which moved into its new quarters in downtown Bellevue last month. KUOW art critic, Gary Faigin, has visited several times since, and here are his thoughts.
The opening of the new Bellevue Art Museum, across the street from its charmless original location atop the Bellevue Square mall, is an occasion for general celebration. Few moments in the cultural life of a region seem as rich with potential as the unveiling of a major new space.