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Weisman Art Museum makes national list of 'amazing' college buildings

The Frank Gehry masterpiece sits on the U of M campus in Minneapolis.

One of the University of Minnesota's most distinctive landmarks has made a national list of outstanding college architecture. 

The Weisman Art Museum —which is on the U's Minneapolis campus — is among USA Today's "51 amazing university and college buildings across the USA," which was published this month.

As the paper notes, the building was designed by famed architect Frank Gehry, who is best known for the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

The museum, which has been part of the university in one form or another since 1934 (and originally housed in the Northrop Auditorium), moved into its present location in 1993, according to its website.

This was thanks in part to Frederick R. Weisman, a "California philanthropist, art patron, and entrepreneur" whose $3 million donation was instrumental in giving the museum "a new home" (hence its name).  

The unique, futuristic building bears all the hallmarks of Gehry's  deconstructivism — an architectural style which My Modern Met describes as "a movement in postmodern architecture where elements of the design appear to be fragmented; they are often described as chaotic or disjointed."

As USA Today points out, the museum's exhibits run the gamut of the art world, showing everything from "modernist American paintings to photography, ceramics, design and installations."

The Weisman is free, and open Tuesday through Sunday.

You can check its current exhibitions right here. 

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