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Phase 1: Packing Up

You think moving houses is hard? Try boxing up a sprawling collection of priceless masterworks, gigantic sculptures, weird ephemera, and everything in between.

Hey, what’s that LOVE painting doing next to that Matisse? This isn’t some radical, genre-squashing exhibition: It’s a behind-the-scenes peek at SFMOMA’s fifth-floor staging area and temporary storage tank (with a cameo by museum director Neal Benezra). "It ’s like a painting library," says installation manager Brandon Larson, who likes to stop in and check out all the bizarre juxtapositions. "There’s something very interesting about seeing a grouping of artworks that would never normally go together." 

Read more about making the new MOMA:
Introduction: Deconstructing MOMA
Phase One: Packing Up
Phase One: By the Numbers
Phase One: Movers and Shakers
Phase One: Hard Cases
Phase Two: The Road Show
Phase Two: Can I Play With Your Pollock?
Phase Two: Meanwhile, Back At The Fischer Collection
Phase Three: The Reboot
Phase Three: There Goes The Neighborhood


Originally published in the June 2013 issue of San Francisco

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