Josef P. Kleihues
(1933-2004) has achieved international recognition with his work
as planning director of the "Internationale Bauausstellung"
in Berlin (International Building Exhibition, IBA 1984/87) and as
architect for a large number of remarkable buildings and projects.
of Contemporary Art in Chicago, completed in 1996, was his first
building in the USA. It is sited near the "Magnificent Mile", between
the Water Tower and Lake Michigan, and houses the MCA's prestigious
collection of contemporary art, also offering a great deal of space
for temporary exhibitions and other activities. The particular quality
of the new building lies in the fact that it appears closed from
the outside but inside turns out to be generous and open.
The Chicago museum places Kleihues in the long line
of German architects who have planned and built in this important
architectural metropolis. His particular concern here was to examine
the different architectural traditions of Europe and America.