Out-Louvering the Louvre

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Andy Warhol immortalized the patron of the namesake Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat Art Collection in one of his colorfully iconic silk-screen portraits, but don’t expect only pop art at Ms. Fortabat’s one-year-old Puerto Madero-based, fine arts museum. Housed in a tubular steel, glass, and concrete edifice fronting River de la Plata, the collection reflects every style, from Van Gogh to Gauguin — whose 1891 “Tahitian Women Near the Palms” was obtained by Fortabat from Sotheby’s in 1980 for the winning bid of $18 million. The same Argentine philanthropist was equally discerning about how her art is viewed, as evidenced by more than a dozen louvered panels mounted on the glass building’s exterior. This allows custom-controlled lighting in the interior to display each and every piece to its best advantage all day, every day. Thank you, Uruguayan-Argentine architect Rafael Vinoly.

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