Atlanta’s High Museum Taps Selldorf Architects for Collection Reinstallation

The High Museum of Art in Atlanta, which was designed by Richard Meier and opened in 1983.


The work just keeps flowing in for Selldorf Architects, the New York-based firm behind not a few major recent gallery and museum designs. Its latest get is a contract to complete a reinstallation of the collection galleries at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

The first such redesign at the High since 2005 (when it opened a Renzo Piano-authored expansion to its Richard Meier-designed building), the project will look at lighting, accessibility, way finding, signage, and other design aspects of the collection galleries, which will close in May for work and reopen, refreshed, in the fall.

Selldorf Architects, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, is run by Annabelle Selldorf, whom Architectural Digest India has termed “the art world’s favorite architect.” Her firm has designed spaces for David Zwirner, Hauser & Wirth, and Gladstone Gallery, handled the renovation of the building that is now the Neue Galerie in New York, and is at work on expansions for the nearby Frick Collection and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

The company has also done quite a bit of exhibition design—for a recent Alexander Calder show at Pace Gallery and Frank Stella’s retrospective at the Whitney Museum as well as shows at Gagosian and the Corning Museum of Glass in New York. It also worked on the central exhibition of the 2013 Venice Biennale, “The Encyclopedic Palace,” which was organized by Massimiliano Gioni.

“The reinstallation of the collection is an opportunity to create a more coherent and unified experience throughout the High,” Selldorf said in a statement released to press. “We are very excited to be working with a collection of such depth and quality in buildings by two architects”—Meier and Piano—”whose work I hold in the highest regard.”

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