East Building – National Gallery of Art

east building national gallery of art, i.m. pei
The next museum stop was the National Gallery of Art. Definitely my favorite museum of the trip, both for the art and the architecture. The East Building, in particular, designed by I.M. Pei, was fantastic. Full of modern art and a design equally as artful. We’ll start with a few ceiling details.
east building national gallery of art, i.m. pei
east building national gallery of art, i.m. pei
This next area reminds me so much of a portion of the Louvre, under the pyramids, that he designed.
east building national gallery of art, i.m. pei
Next, a detail of the staircase in the main entrance of the East Building. Very reminiscent of the JFK Presidential Library in Boston.
east building national gallery of art, i.m. pei
Then, while wandering through the impressive art collection here, I stumbled across this staircase. The first few groupings are a good reminder to look down and look up from the same space. Similar, yet different. Do you have a preference?




east building national gallery of art, i.m. pei
east building national gallery of art, i.m. pei
east building national gallery of art, i.m. pei
Though the few days I was in DC were quite cloudy, I lucked out with a bit of sun once leaving the interiors of this space. Perfect for focusing my attention on the pyramids in the outdoor courtyard. Again, reminiscent of the Louvre pyramids in Paris, though on a much smaller scale.
east building national gallery of art, i.m. pei
east building national gallery of art, i.m. pei
east building national gallery of art, i.m. pei
Looking back toward the East Building, I captured these few shots of the building’s exterior.
east building national gallery of art, i.m. pei
east building national gallery of art, i.m. pei
east building national gallery of art, i.m. pei
I’m sure you can tell how much I loved this building. Had I not been there so close to the closing time I’m sure there would be even more 😉
I mean, there are more, and you can see them here.

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