Whitney Museum by Renzo Piano

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

The Whitney Museum’s new Renzo Piano building was on my list of must-sees during a recent trip to New York, and it did not disappoint. The museum’s highly-anticipated opening took place this April and saw its big move from the Upper East Side downtown to the Meatpacking District at the base of the High Line. Its great to see visitors truly excited about the new Whitney – even a month after opening, there was a long queue lined up on a Thursday afternoon. The building has incredible high ceilings and natural light, a very clever system of external staircases and generous outdoor space facing the Hudson River. It is a pleasure to be in as a visitor because you can wind your way in and out of the galleries and escape to one of its four long terraces to ponder the Calders. The opening exhibition, ‘America is Hard to See,’ is the largest ever display of artworks from The Whitney’s vast permanent collection and it stretches over the entire building. Organised along various themes, it has iconic pieces by my favourites like Alex Katz and Ed Ruscha while also showing lesser known works from the collection.

The Whitney, 99 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014