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Celebrating 20 years of the Quadracci Pavilion at the Milwaukee Art Museum

The original architect of the sculpture will be in town Wednesday for a news conference.
Posted at 10:31 AM, Sep 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-16 11:22:38-04

MILWAUKEE — The Quadracci Pavilion, the sculpture that is a part of the Milwaukee Art Museum, is celebrating 20 years since its opening and the original architect is in town to celebrate.

Santiago Calatrava was the Spanish architect behind the pavilion, which opened in 2001. On Wednesday, he attended a press conference recognizing the sculpture's significance to the city of Milwaukee.

Mayor Cavalier Johnson and Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley were be at the press conference, along with Calatrava and the art museum's director.

During the event, Mayor Johnson declared Friday Santiago Calatrava day in Milwaukee. Plus, to celebrate, you can get into the Milwaukee Art Museum for free all day Friday.

Speakers at the event recognized how the building has established the Milwaukee Art Museum as a "preeminent destination for art and architecture, an icon for the city of Milwaukee, and a touchstone of civic pride."

Since its opening, the museum has been ranked among Conde Nast Traveler's “New Wonders of the World." People magazine also called it one of the "New American Beauties."

Our Susan Kim got to sit down with Calatrava to talk about his amazing work, a design that has become a symbol of Milwaukee for art lovers and tourists around the world.

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