Rubin Museum of Art

Rubin Museum of Art

The Rubin Museum of Art (RMA) is a museum dedicated to the collection, display, and preservation of the art of the Himalayas and surrounding regions. It is located in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City,
New York, United States of America. The Rubin Museum originated from a private collection of Himalayan art, which Donald Rubin, the founder of the managed-health-care network MultiPlan, Inc., and his wife Shelley had been compiling since
1974. In 1998, the Rubins purchased the building of the former Barneys emporium in Chelsea, a former department store for designer fashion, which had filed for bankruptcy at the time, for $22 million. When the building was remodelled as a museum by preservation architects Beyer Blinder Belle, the original 6-story spiral staircase was left intact to become the center of the 25,000 square feet of exhibition space. The museum was opened in October 2004 and has been displaying a total of more than 1,000 objects including paintings, sculpture, textiles, as well as ritual objects from the 2nd to the 20th century. The new facade on 17th Street and the five floors of galleries take cues from Tibetan Art and were conceived by the New York-based museum architects, Celia Imrey and Tim Culbert. [ [ Imrey and Culbert] ] The graphic identity was conceived by the noted designer Milton Glaser. Besides exhibitions based on RMA's own permanent collection, the museum also serves as a venue for national and international traveling exhibitions. The museum is affiliated with two organizations - the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center [ [ Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center] ] and the Himalayan Art Website [ [ Himalayan Art Website] ] to advance the study of Himalayan arts and culture.


The museum's address is 150 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011, USA.

ee also

*List of museums and cultural institutions in New York City

References and external links

* [ RMA's official website]
* [ Washington Post article: 'In New York, Himalayan Art with a Lofty Mission' by Michael Powell. October 17, 2004]
* [ article in the New York Magazine by Mark Stevens, October 11, 2004 issue]
* [ New York Sun article: 'Paradise on Earth at the Rubin Museum' by Lance Esplund. June 19, 2008]
* [ New York Times article: 'He's Hauling in the Visitors by Livening Up the Events' by Celia McGee. March 12, 2008]
* [ New York Times article: 'Karma? Top Floor, Next To Shoes' by Kay Larson. July 25, 2004]
* [ New York Times article: 'In Bhutan, Sacred Sights Amid the Clouds' by Karen Rosenberg. December 21, 2007]
* [ Chelsea Now article: 'Dalai Lama Appears at the Rubin Museum, in Spirit and Acrylic' by Stephanie Murg. March 16-22, 2007]
* [ New York Magazine article: 'Stairway to Nirvana' by Mark Stevens. October 11, 2004]

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