Rubin Museum of Art

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The Rubin Museum of Art (RMA) is a museum dedicated to the collection, display, and preservation of the art of the Himalayas and surrounding regions, especially that of Tibet. Rubin Museum of Art is located in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City.
The Rubin Museum of Art originated from a private collection of Himalayan art, which Donald Rubin, the founder of the managed-health-care network MultiPlan, Inc., and his wife Shelley had been compiling since 1974. In 1998, the Rubins purchased the building of the former Barneys emporium in Chelsea, a former department store for designer fashion, which had filed for bankruptcy at the time, for $22 million. The building was remodelled as a museum by preservation architects Beyer Blinder Belle. The original 6-story spiral staircase was left intact to become the center of the 25,000 square feet (2,300 m2) of exhibition space. The Rubin Museum of Art was opened in October 2004 and has been displaying a total of more than 1,000 objects including paintings, sculpture, textiles, as well as ritual objects from the 2nd to the 20th century. The new Rubin Museum of Art facade on 17th Street and the five floors of galleries take cues from Tibetan art and were conceived by the New York-based museum architects, Celia Imrey and Tim Culbert The graphic identity was conceived by the noted designer Milton Glaser.