Visitors to the Meadows Museum will now be greeted by a new entry plaza, replete with green spaces and a new sculpture, thanks to the generosity of many donors. The renovated plaza also features pathways and display areas for its collection of modern sculpture, as well as a new terrace overlooking Wave, the iconic kinetic sculpture by Spanish artist and architect Santiago Calatrava. The project was generously funded by several donors, including Nancy and Jake Hamon, the Eugene McDermott Foundation, The Meadows Foundation, the Pollock Foundation, the family of Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Pollock, the family of Mr. Lawrence S. Pollock, III, and Gwen and Richard Irwin. Thomas Krähenbühl, from the Dallas firm TKTR Architects, conceived the design with input from Calatrava.

“We wanted to create an inviting space for SMU students and the community, while providing a fitting site to showcase the museum’s important collection of monumental sculpture,” says Mark Roglán, the museum’s director.

The new entrance features many improvements, including new access stairs from Bishop Boulevard and 9,000 square feet of lawn area, interspersed with crushed granite pathways, stone paving areas and benches for viewing the sculptures. Other additions include new stairs and overlooks.

The new sculpture by Barcelona native Jaume Plensa is titled Sho and represents a human head. The sculpture is characteristic of the artist’s portrayals of the human form on a large scale. The Plensa sculpture is the first Meadows Museum acquisition to be obtained through a combination of gifts and matching funds from The Meadows Foundation, which made a commitment to match dollar-for-dollar new gifts for acquisitions.

The renovation employed carefully chosen materials and natural finishes, emphasizing longevity as well as harmony with the materials of the existing museum building. A dedication for the new entry plaza was held October 7. The museum’s sculptures will be showcased this fall in a new exhibition, Face and Form: Modern and Contemporary Sculpture in the Meadows Collection.

The Meadows Museum opened in 1965 through a gift of both art and an endowment from founder Algur H. Meadows. The paintings that comprise the largest part of the collection range from early Renaissance works, painted at the end of the 15th century, to modern works by Picasso and Juan Gris. The collection contains masterworks by Velázquez, Murillo, Ribera and many others working during the Spanish “Golden Age.”

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