Wrightwood 659, a new exhibition space in Chicago’s Lincoln Park, opened earlier this month. Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando transformed a 1920s building with his signature concrete forms and poetic treatment of natural light. According to their website, Wrightwood 659 will be devoted to exhibitions of architecture and socially engaged art. Lisa Cavanaugh, Director of Wrightwood 659, states
“We are delighted to be opening a new space for art in Chicago, one conducive to quiet reflection and thoughtful engagement, while also provoking activism on behalf of a more just society. We look forward to welcoming visitors to Wrightwood 659.”
The inaugural exhibition, Ando and Le Corbusier: Masters of Architecture, on view October 12–December 15, 2018, will explore French architect Le Corbusier’s important influence on Ando. Curbed Chicago covered the opening of the new space and their story includes several wonderful photographs by Esto Photography’s Jeff Goldberg.
In a city filled with many internationally regarded art institutions, Wrightwood 659 aims for more “intimate experiences of art and architecture,” the venue said in a statement. Wrightwood won’t own a collection, but it plans to host exhibitions that focus on socially engaged art and explorations in architecture and design.