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“Art for art's sake - WOW!”
Review of Dia:Beacon

Dia:Beacon
Ranked #1 of 34 things to do in Beacon
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Founded in 1974, this modern art gallery is well-known for a highly unusual, permanent display by conceptual artist Walter De Maria. De Maria's work is a massive display of a 2 foot layer of dirt!
Reviewed May 15, 2013

Very different, very inspiring - for artists of every persuasion. Not to be missed. Wished there was more to see and experience.

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Reviewed May 9, 2013

Wonderful! Quality art, quality place especially that it's outside of New York City. Who would think Dutchess County had such a nice gem hiding here! It's very large too! Nicely laid out! Love it!

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

This museum is conveniently located near the train and offers amazing exhibits in this incredibly huge environment. Lovely location next the Hudson River. You can eat there in the cafe or walk up to restaurants in Beacon.

Thank Shelleyg77
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

Well, even though we don't really understand modern art at all, this spacious, light-filled museum was a pleasure to stroll through, giving us new persepctives and a different way of looking at things. Who knew flourescent tube lights could become glowing sculptures?? And you gotta respect that they took an old, decrepit Nabisco box-making factory and gave it new life. Lack of time prevented a visit to the cafe or bookstore, but they looked interesting. Kudos to Beacon for making a home for Dia...try it, you might like it!

Thank tazcat49
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

Disclaimer first. I am not an admirer of minimalist art. It seemed to me that they put all of their most "emperor has no clothes" exhibits right by the entrance. I am very glad that we did not turn around and decide to do something else with our afternoon (the entrance fee had something to do with that). As you progress through the building, the exhibits get more interesting, especially those in the basement and the loading dock. The building itself, sitting right on the river, was a factory where boxes were printed and is fascinating in its own right. We had a beautiful day to walk through the flowering cherry trees in the courtyard while trains go by.

Thank Rosa_Thorns
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