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Deconstructing MOMA

SFMOMA’s soon-to-begin, three-year-long, $610 million metamorphosis has 280,000 moving parts—and that’s just the stuff in the trucks.

Mark Rothko, No. 14, 1960
Where it usually hangs: SFMOMA’s second-floor galleries.
Where it’s going: The Contemporary Jewish Museum and the Asian Art Museum.
Getting it there: ”It’s actually light for its size,” says art handler Brandon Larson of the 9.5-foot by 8-foot piece. ”The only tricky thing is that the painting extends around the sides, and you don’t want to mar that. Also, it’s very tall, so you have to have good balance."