Davenport Figge Art Museum
Figge Art Museum is one of the newest and most memorable buildings to
ever be built in the Quad Cities. It is located in downtown Davenport
on River Drive, next to the new Sky Bridge.
new, modern addition to the landscape had its foundation laid in 1925
as the Davenport Municipal Art Gallery. This made Davenport the first
city to house a municipal art gallery in all of Iowa. The museum has
grown considerably since its opening in 1925. In fact, the collection
now consists of more than 3,500 works of art from many cultures
throughout the world and periods of history.
huge growth of the collection, which multiplied over ten-fold, created
the need for a new, larger location. The new building, which renames
the museum, the “Figge Art Museum” is a 70,000 square foot building
designed by the well known London architect, David Chipperfield.
move to this larger facility will allow the Museum to continue to
collect and exhibit an ever growing collection of art. It will also
house several teaching and studio areas to promote art at a local
level. People of all ages and ability levels will be able to take
studio art classes in a variety of mediums. Area teachers will
incorporate Figge art exhibitions and collections into their school
curriculum. Businesses will have the opportunity to conduct
videoconferences in the state of the art auditorium. An exciting new
feature is that people from all over the world will be able to take a
video tour of the galleries via the Internet.
View From the Sky Bridge
Figge Museum has already become a focal point for the downtown. The
design of the building, which reflects everything around it,
immediately draws your attention. It is also one of few Museums in the
world that will be able to use natural light to illuminate exhibits.
The Glass walls that the building is made of have special filters in
the glass as well as shades built into them to filter out harmful sun
rays to prevent damaging the delicate artwork. This means you will be
able to see the art in its most natural setting. The floor to ceiling
glass also provides sweeping views of the Mississippi River.
Mark of the Quad Cities has greatly stimulated development in Moline,
and the Figge Art Museum is expected to do the same for downtown
Davenport. The museum will house a large gift shop and full service
restaurant. Also available is a 180 seat auditorium that can be used
for meetings, performances and a media center.
new Museum facilities will greatly increase the ability to draw
blockbuster exhibitions, which will provide a chance to learn about
other world cultures, history, new technology and more. This is an
exciting time for the Quad Cities and the addition of the Figge Art
Museum in Davenport is a major addition to the new growth taking over
the Quad Cities.
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