Dia:Beacon presents Dia Art Foundation’s collection from the 1960s to the present as well as special exhibitions, new commissions, and public and education programs.
Located on the banks of the Hudson River, in a former Nabisco box printing factory that is a model of early twentieth century industrial architecture, and is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places. In keeping with Dia’s history of single-artist site-related presentations, each gallery within the space was designed specifically for the presentation of one artist’s work.
Dia offers free admission at its permanent artist sites throughout New York City, including Walter De Maria’s renowned The New York Earth Room (1977) and The Broken Kilometer (1979) in SoHo; Joseph Beuys’s 7000 Eichen (7000 Oaks), inaugurated at Documenta in 1982 and now on view in Chelsea; and Max Neuhaus’s sound installation Times Square (1977) in Midtown, all of which have been free to the public since their inception.
Whether you go or not, the museum guide, Dia, the Collection in Beacon, was published to commemorate the opening of the Dia Art Foundation's museum Dia:Beacon Riggio Galleries in 2003. Artists in the collection include Bernd and Hilla Becher, Joseph Beuys, Louise Bourgeois, John Chamberlain, Walter De Maria, Dan Flavin, Michael Heizer, Robert Irwin, Sol LeWitt, Bruce Nauman, Gerhard Richter, Richard Serra, Robert Smithson, and others. The large format, 336page book has 216 illustrations.