It is hard to believe that art museums are now the norm in most American cities.
But the phenomenon of the art museum has been slowly taking hold in some cities, with some places becoming magnets for art lovers.
This week, the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC will open its new gallery in an effort to expand its audience.
“I think the art community has grown a lot,” said National Gallery Director Roberta M. Higgs, who announced the opening in an interview with Smithsonian Magazine last week.
“We have a lot of work to do.
But this is really important to us.”
For now, though, the museum is offering admission to the public for free, as long as you’re willing to pay a $5 entrance fee.
“What we’re trying to do is take the money that the public is getting and give it back to the artist,” Higgs said.
“If we can’t do that, we can give the money to the artists.”
The gallery will have a selection of some 200 works, most of which are from internationally renowned contemporary artists such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Andy Warhol.
The new exhibition, which opens this spring, will feature works by artists including John Cage, Damien Hirst, and Richard Serra.
“The whole idea is to do something that’s different,” said Margo Schulze, a curator for the National Collection of Art and Museums, which oversees the National Museum of African American Art in Baltimore.
“It’s about exploring the whole spectrum of artists.
It’s a really great place to see things from all different angles.”