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Move That Painting Over 6 Inches…No, Move the Wall Instead

December 4, 2008

kub2 Installation at Art Institute of Chicago 

Considered one of the world’s preeminent art museums, the Art Institute of Chicago is putting finishing touches on a USD 280 million wing for its modern art collection which will open in May, 2009. The architect Renzo Piano , a world renowned Italian architect and recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, AIA Gold Medal, Kyoto Prize and the Sonning Prize is supplying the striking design. Noted previous and ongoing projects include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and New York Times Building.

The Austrian firm kub2 is the supplier for the project’s interior flexible wall systems. Their moveable, reusable walls are not easily distinguishable from the permanent structure. The walls can be easily reconfigured and repainted as exhibits and needs change, in contrast to traditional demolition and rebuilding. The walls were chosen for their aesthetic appeal, adaptability and environmental sustainability.

kub2, with headquarters in Vienna, Austria, provides modular walls for exhibits in museums and galleries. A key success factor of their adaptable and reusable wall systems is that they meet institutional design, technical and commercial challenges, all in an age where environmental concerns begin in the planning process.

More will follow after the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago opens!