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Dia:Beacon, Beacon

Categories: Art Museums, Art Galleries, Museums
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4/5 based on 320+ reviews on the web
Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries is the museum for the Dia Art Foundation's collection of art from the 1960s to the present. The museum, which opened in 2003, is situated on the banks of the Hudson River in Beacon, New York. Dia:Beacon occupies a former Nabisco box-printing facility that was renovated by Dia with artist Robert Irwin and architects Alan Koch, Lyn Rice, Galia Solomonoff, and Linda Taalman, then of OpenOffice. Along with Dia's permanent collection, Dia:Beacon also presents temporary exhibitions, as well as public programs designed to complement the collection and exhibitions, including monthly Gallery Talks, Merce Cunningham Dance Company Events, Community Free Days for neighboring counties, and an education program that serves area students at all levels.OverviewDia pioneered the conversion of industrial buildings for the installation of contemporary art, a practice and aesthetic now widely adopted by museums and galleries internationally. Dia's most recent conversion, its museum in Beacon, is located in a former printing plant built in 1929 by Nabisco (National Biscuit Company). With 240000sqft of exhibition space, the museum is sited on thirty-one acres on the banks of the Hudson River, and is adjacent to ninety acres of riverfront parkland. It is a five-minute walk from the Metro-North train station in Beacon, 60 miles (80 minutes by train) north of New York City.
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  • If you like modern contemporary you will enjoy the Dia:Beacon Museum. If you do not like modern art, pass. Unsure or would like to learn more about art, then give it a try. When you enter the parking ...  read more »
  • Best tip: call and make a pre-opening (or end-of-day) appointment to see the Michael Heiser work from inside the railings. It takes a little pre-planning, but it is unique. Otherwise, don't miss the S...  read more »
  • This was my first time at Dia, Beacon: it was a truly memorable, if not wholly transcendent experience. The art on view represents a sampling of the very best conceptual, installation and large sculpt...  read more »
  • One of my favorite museums. The space and installations will be enjoyed by anyone who likes architecture, sculpture and a laid back museum atmosphere where you can enjoy yourself without crowds. I find the basement exhibition very weird so be aware of that. They did just open a new area that is enjoyable though. The grounds are nicely done but small. It's just a short walk from metro north and you can buy your museum and train ticket discounted at the MTA machine at the stations.
  • A great museum in a great location. The building by itself is something to behold as the amount of natural light that filters through creates a sense of drama. Conveniently located both to Main Street in Beacon and the Metro North Beacon train station, it makes for a day trip destination from NYC. As for the art itself, it is enjoyable to wander or to take one of the free guided tours which is more evocative than historical. All around a fantastic place to visit.
  • An absolute must-see museum with a great selection of artists. Amazing Agnes Martin, Sol LeWitt and Richard Serra pieces. The building gives such a unique home for the installations that you feel like you could easily spend a whole day wandering around the artworks. When travelling from New York by train, you can buy a discounted package deal. Even the train ride is a scenic journey along the Hudson.
  • Dia at Beacon is a fantastic gallery of some really incredible minimalist artists, of the likes of Judd, Naumann, Serra, lewitt and many more. They way the artists play with light sound and perspective allows you to enter their world for a small moment. This is a must visit for contemporary art and sculpture
  • Absolute rubbish. Most of the so-called work of arts have no well thought idea behind them or no effort put into making them. Simple execution of simple ideas. Edit: Probably the exhibits change in time. My review is about September 2016.
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