Art Institute of Chicago
S Michigan at Adams, next to Grant Park
Chicago IL 60603-6488 USA
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The two bronze lions that flank the Michigan Avenue entrance were made for the Art Institute's opening at its current location in 1893. They were a gift from Mrs. Henry Field. They have unofficial 'names,' given to them by their sculptor, Edward Kemeys, that are more like designations. You'll notice that the lions are not identical and thus are named for their poses: The south lion 'stands in an attitude of defiance,' while the north lion is 'on the prowl.'
The Modern Wing of the Art Institute was designed by architect Renzo Piano, director of the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Piano is considered one of the foremost museum architects of our time and is known for his projects around the world. Read more »