News Press Release

SFMOMA Hosts Tenth Anniversary Celebration: A Milestone For The Museum's Botta Building

Release date: November 3, 2004

January 18, 2005 marks the tenth anniversary of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's (SFMOMA)'s Mario Botta–designed building on Third Street. An instant architectural landmark from its opening in 1995, the building has dramatically enhanced the San Francisco skyline and anchors the South of Market neighborhood as a burgeoning arts center. Its grand scale has allowed the Museum to mount more exhibitions, hold more education programs, host more visitors, and welcome more members than previously possible in the old location on Van Ness Avenue.

The Botta building also allows the Museum to highlight its own collection that has been growing over the past decade—a collection that is equally as extraordinary as the building itself. "The grandeur of our new building inspired the institution to acquire extensively and impressively over the past decade," commented SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra. "Since the opening we've developed one of the nation's leading collections of modern and contemporary art. We've acquired several landmark works such as Robert Rauschenberg's Erased De Kooning Drawing, 1953; Les Valeurs personnelles (Personal Values), 1952, by René Magritte; Louise Bourgeois's The Nest, 1994; and Splitting: Four Corners, 1974, by Gordon Matta-Clark, among many others."

SFMOMA opens its doors to the public to celebrate the tenth anniversary with a special community day on Saturday, January 22.

Community Day
Saturday January, 22, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
FREE (all exhibitions and activities, all day long)

Families are invited to celebrate the last ten years in the Mario Botta building with music, performances, and hands-on art projects focusing on the architecture of the SFMOMA building.

For more information, call the Education Programs Information Line at 415.947.1292.

Media Contacts

  • Sandra Farish Sloan, 415.357.4174,
  • Robyn Wise, 415.357.4172,
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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Founded in 1935 as the first West Coast museum devoted to modern and contemporary art, SFMOMA is currently undergoing a major expansion project that will significantly enhance gallery, education, and public spaces, enabling the museum to better showcase more of its expanded permanent collection. While the museum is temporarily closed for construction,  through 2016, SFMOMA is “on the go” with an extensive array of off-site programming across the Bay Area, including collaborative and traveling museum exhibitions, major outdoor projects and commissioned installations, and new education initiatives.

Visit or call 415.357.4000 for more information.