This Saturday 9th of August was inaugurated the Art Museum of Aspen (Colorado), located at the corner of South Spring Street and East Hyman Avenue, on Aspen downtown, and a few blocks away from the main ski/snowboard mountain, Ajax Mountain.
It’s the first permanent museum that the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, awarded with the Pritzker award this year, builds in the United States.
The permeability of the building is manifested through its facade, a wooden woven leather allows the inside of the same people who walk down the street, inviting them to share the experience. The grand staircase that organizes the building is developed along three heights as transition element between the facade and the exhibition spaces. There will be a glass elevator called the "moving room" that connects the galleries in the northeast corner.
The glass floors will allow visitors to see between floors, while a sculpture garden located on the roof provide views of Ajax Mountain.
The galleries have a height of four meters, the skylights in the roof garden provide natural light to the galleries on the second floor, providing functionality and energy saving.
The four-story building has six separate galleries, more than triple the exhibition space in the old plant. The 3,000-square-foot museum houses galleries, artist residencies, educational spaces, library, conservation studies and art storage and a garden terrace on the roof.
Ban's vision for the new AAM is based on transparency and beauty intuited inviting those outside to enter the building from the inside providing the opportunity to see your outdoor environment as part of a unique experience.
Visitors will enter the new AAM through the main door on the north side of the building by the Hyman Avenue, here you will find the reception area and two rooms downstairs. From there, visitors can choose their route through the museum ascending to the spaces of higher levels, either through the glass elevator at the northeast corner of the new facility, or the grand staircase on the east side of the installation perpendicular to South Spring Street. The grand staircase intersects with a glass wall that divides it into one of three meters wide on the outside of the building and about two feet wide at the interior.
After ascending the grand staircase to the sculpture garden on the roof, visitors can enjoy unparalleled views, panoramic of the surroundings internationally known of Aspen. This is the only viewpoint open to public anywhere in the city to the iconic mountain of Ajax. The roof deck will also host temporary exhibitions and events, a cafe, a bar and a projection space outdoors.
Shigeru Ban provides visitors to tour the new AAM as navigating a mountain when skiing or snowboarding do (accessing the top of the building, then down from one floor to another).
The inaugural exhibition will feature the work of artists Yves Klein and David Hammons, but the museum also plans to host an exhibition dedicated to the humanitarian housing projects of Shigeru Ban.
The Aspen Art Museum will exhibit an installation by Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang called "Moving Ghost Town'
Another major exhibition that will showcase the new museum is a facility of the Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang called "Moving Ghost Town" (Ghost Town moving) on three species of African turtles.
The exhibition takes place from August 9 to October 5.
The turtles were rescued from a farm and carry electronic devices on a mount that attaches to the shells 'through noninvasive resin', similar to that used to install tracking systems, explained to AP the spokeswoman Sara Fitzmaurice.
The images of these ghosts’ areas can be seen on the iPads that this animal trio will carry on their backs, while walking through a garden suitable for the occasion is on the roof of the museum.
"The iPads have not interfered with their natural behavior," commented the veterinary Elizabeth Kremzier, which monitors regularly the health of reptiles.
Los defensores de los animales, por su parte, han manifestado su rechazo a la muestra de Cai Guo-Qiang y han pedido su cancelación por considerarla un «abuso», diciendo que las tortugas no están preparadas para soportar tanto peso, según la agencia de noticias, que cita al diario Aspen Daily News.