The Modern

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth was designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando as a new building for the city's growing collection of contemporary art. Located adjacent to the Kimbell Art Museum designed by Louis I. Kahn, and near the Amon Carter Museum, designed by Philip Johnson, the previous location for the collection was housed in a small nondescript building also nearby. The new arthouse contains over 2,600 works of art, with a wide range of artworks by artists such as Chuck Close, Anselm Kiefer, Gerhard Richter, Richard Serra, Andres Serrano, Cindy Sherman, and Andy Warhol.

The building was completed and opened to the public in 2002, and the facade is a mixture of aluminum and glass. Zahner was responsible for engineering, fabricating, and installing the aluminum facade. Thick plates of aluminum are a signature style of the architect Tadao Ando, and the surface is used throughout the building.

The facade design used was a Zahner patented Inverted Seam wall panel serving as a pressure equalized rainscreen. The natural aluminum surface was bead-blasted and clear anodized in a custom alloy designed for the architect by Zahner. The aluminum panels were specially cast to achieve a highly consistent anodized finish. The 5mm thick plates are five feet and width by as long as 25' in length.

Entrance for The Modern at Fort Worth

Entrance for The Modern at Fort Worth.

View of the Modern with Horse sculpture by Deborah Butterfield

View of the Modern with Horse sculpture by Deborah Butterfield.

Richard Serra permanent installation at the Fort Worth Modern entrance

Richard Serra permanent installation at the Fort Worth Modern entrance.

The reflected image of The Modern Art Museum at dusk

The reflected image of The Modern Art Museum at dusk.

Roxy Paine sculpture in front of the Fort Worth Modern

Roxy Paine sculpture in front of the Fort Worth Modern.

View of the aluminum panels reflected on the north face of the Modern

View of the aluminum panels reflected on the north face of the Modern.

Aluminum details at the Modern Art Museum's west entrance

Aluminum detail at the Modern Art Museum's west entrance.

Detail of the aluminum surface at the main entrance of the Modern

Detail of the aluminum surface at the main entrance of the Modern.

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