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Richard Meier Model Museum: 400 models and counting in Jersey City

October 27, 2014

Encompassing work from the 1960s to the present, the Richard Meier Model Museum offers scholars and others and opportunity to study the work of Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier through a collection of his architectural models, sculptures, collages, drawings and books. Most prominent in the gallery are the large-scale presentation models of the Getty Center in Los Angeles, but with 400 models representing projects around the world, the collection broadly illustrates the ideas and principles that guide the firm’s work.

The 15,000 sf. ft. museum is part of Mana Contemporary, a groundbreaking cultural institution in Jersey City, NJ, providing services, space and programming for artists, curators, performers, students and the greater community since 2011. In addition to the 400 models the museum houses 50 sculptures, 200 drawings and 50 collages selected from Meier’s much larger collection and archive and 1,000 books from his personal library. More than an archive, Meier plans to continually evolve the museum: “Eventually the library will be full of art and architecture books, and as the collection continues to grow with new projects it will become a resource and research center for students, scholars and the general public.”

Richard Meier Modern Museum at Mana Contemporary
888 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ
Open 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. by appointment only

Courtesy Richard Meier & Partners, photos: Steve Sze