I’m a big fan of contemporary art and when I’m travelling I have to visit at least one museum. A few years ago I went to Dia:Beacon in Beacon (New York State) and I’m still sorry that I didn’t take more pictures of the interior of the place, because I thought it wasn’t allowed. But I still can share those few shots I took…
You can find Dia:Beacon on the banks of the Hudson river. I drove up to the museum from Poughkeepsie, but you can easily take the train from New York. A trip by train along the Hudson is one of the most scenic train rides you can image (be sure to take a seat on the left side of the train when leaving New York). The train station is nearby the museum so you can just walk up there.
The museum is pretty interesting because it’s located in a former factory building (of Nabisco – National Biscuit Company). Natural light can easily enter the building thanks to the way the old factory was designed. The roof looks like a sequence of triangles that have a glass opening on one side and bricks on the other side. The glass opening welcomes the sunlight and the closed side is very useful to cool down the spaces.
The building is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places.
And of course the museum is not only worth a visit because of it’s architecture but also it’s art collection including works of Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol, Louise Bourgeois, Robert Irwin and many more.
Robert Irwin, in collaboration with OpenOffice, conceived the masterplan to turn the factory into a museum. He also designed the gardens ánd the parking lot “in which each car is matched with a flowering fruit tree” (source).
3 Beekman Street, Beacon, New York, United States