The Modern Wing: A New Work of Art

This week is the one year anniversary of the Modern Wing of the venerable Chicago Art Institute.  By all accounts, the new addition has been an unquestionable success.  Almost two million visitors will pay homage to the likes of Picasso, Seurat, Monet, Manet, Renoir, and the Matisse exhibit that is currently in town.  Besides the refreshing openness of the main hall, the most surprising revelation is how wonderful the classic works of art appear in the sky lit top floor.  Works of art we have seen and loved for decades under tungsten light in gloomy galleries, now take on a new life as they are flooded with diffused sunlight.  Other more delectable works of art are available for purchase and consumption at the very popular Terzo Piano restaurant on the top floor.  A panoramic view of Millennium Park accompanies your Hudson Valley duck breast with polenta and hazelnut pesto.

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