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Brooks Museum of Art in Overton Park
Brooks Museum of Art officials are looking for design architects to begin work on “Brooks on the Bluff,” the proposed riverfront art museum, projected to cost $105 million and to open in 2024.
Nearly a year ago, Brooks officials announced interest in building a new museum at Monroe and Front. The move would take the Brooks from its Overton Park location where it’s been for more than 100 years. That facility, officials have said, “can no longer serve the needs of and requirements of a 21st-century accredited art museum.”
On Thursday, leaders released requests for qualifications from design architects for the new building.
Here’s how Brooks officials described the new museum Thursday morning:
“The new art museum will be a larger and more efficient facility that will elevate the Brooks nationally and internationally with an art museum as unique as its location, in which the challenging and uplifting elements of its identity are considered in its design; will play a major civic role in the city-wide reclaiming of the Mississippi River as one of the city’s greatest resources; further enhance Memphis’ reputation as a center for arts and culture; and will provide visitors with experiences unlike any other available in the region through the presentation of art from around the world, including new art forms, as well as art that tells the story of art-making in Tennessee and the tri-state Delta region, along with other objectives.”
Responses to the request are due on November 2nd. The Brooks plans to announce its selection in the spring of 2019.