ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- The much anticipated east wing of the St. Louis Art Museum opens Saturday. Work on the 200,000 square foot expansion began in 2010 and was designed by award winning British architect David Chipperfield.
The very modern building features a dark polished concrete facade, floor to ceiling windows and skylights in the galleries. It's a stark contrast to the main building built in 1904 for the World’s Fair.
"An architectural building which is completely of the moment and plays very nicely with the main building," says museum's Contemporary Art Curator Simon Kelly.
The east building will house all of the museum's contemporary art and its temporary exhibitions. It will allow the museum to showcase its vast modern collection, displaying artwork that hasn't been seen in more than a decade.
"I think people are going to be surprised by the depth of our collection and they'll just see things they have not seen for a long time," said Kelly.
The east wing also features a posh restaurant and a parking garage that can hold up to 300 vehicles.
To find out ribbon cutting activities and museum times this weekend go to the St. Louis Art Museum website www.slam.org