Major new contemporary art centre, Ruby City, opens in San Antonio
The most recent cultural landmark in the Alamo city’s burgeoning creative scene establishes it as a must-visit destination for art lovers.
Opening October 13 in San Antonio, art museum Ruby City is the city’s latest major cultural development, coming on the heels of a $100 million expansion of The Witte Museum, a multi-million-dollar transformation of the McNay Art Museum and a $40 million expansion of the San Antonio Botanical Garden. The explosion of cultural institutions and art programs in San Antonio, including a number of remarkable exhibitions, places it firmly in the art world’s spotlight this autumn.
The exterior design of the new museum was completed by distinguished architect Sir David Adjaye OBE to reflect the influence of San Antonio’s 16th century Spanish Missions, most especially the ruby red glow of the concrete outer walls. Ruby City is the dream made reality of the late philanthropist Linda Pace, who envisioned a dedicated space for contemporary works by both local and internationally acclaimed artists. It is part of a larger campus including Chris Park, a public green space named in memory of Pace’s son, and Studio, an exhibition space presenting curated shows throughout the year.
Building on the Linda Pace Foundation Collection of more than 900 works, the inaugural exhibition is presented in three parts, entitled ‘Waking Dream’, ‘Isaac Julien: Playtime’ and ‘Jewels in the Concrete’. San Antonio visitors can also look forward to a celebration of Mexican artist Sebastián, in the exclusive city-wide exhibit “Sebastian in San Antonio: 50+ Years/20+ sites/100+ works.” Sebastián is best known for his monumental sculptures displayed permanently in over 20 countries including Germany, Brazil and Japan, but San Antonio holds special significance with his iconic “La Antorcha de la Amistad” sculpture a notable part of the city’s skyline. More than 100 Sebastián works will be on display from September 2019 to May 2020.