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Dia:Beacon, Beacon

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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. With 160000sqft, it is one of the largest exhibition spaces in the country for modern and contemporary art.
Dia 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). 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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  • The spaces are spectacular, and there is some wonderful art on display, but there's also a lot of ho-hum work made even less impactful by being displayed in huge rooms. Getting around, even with maps,...  more »
  • This enormous former factory makes a worthy setting for modern art of many types. We were lucky enough to be there for the last days before a major change in the displays. You can easily walk to the m...  more »
  • Firstly the train ride up from Grand central is very pretty. The gallery itself is very open, large, calm and relaxing. The works on display vary but found some incredible works there! The space and works as very photogenic too. Allow extra time to check out the town of Beacon as well! This would be a full day out from NYC.
  • Beautiful spacious museum. If you love minimalist art, this is the place to go. And not only minimalist. Artwork have plenty of space to breathe. Good cafe on the side. Beautiful landscaping with shade.
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