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Wednesday, 12 March 2014 12:32

Harvard’s Art Museums to Reopen in November

On November 16, 2014, the Harvard Art Museums -- including the Busch-Reisinger Museum, the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, and the Fogg Museum of Art -- will reopen to the public under one state-of-the art roof. The project, which began in 2008, has entailed a complete renovation and expansion of Harvard’s museum system. The endeavor has increased gallery space by 40 percent, for a total of approximately 43,000 square feet.

Harvard tapped renowned architect Renzo Piano to transform 32 Quincy Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the landmark building that previously housed the Fogg and Busch-Reisinger Museum, into the university’s artistic hub. The new facility combines the 32 Quincy Street building, which was constructed in 1927, with a new addition and a striking glass rooftop structure that will allow controlled natural light into the facility’s conservation lab, study centers, and galleries. The overhaul also includes a theater for lectures and public programming.

The Busch-Reisinger Museum, which was founded in 1903, is the only museum in North America dedicated to the art of the German-speaking countries of Central and Northern Europe. The Fogg Art Museum, which opened to the public in 1896, boasts extensive holdings of American and European art from the Middle Ages to the present. The Arthur M. Sackler Museum, which holds a remarkable Asian art collection, was established in 1985 in a separate building from the Fogg and Busch-Reisinger. The museum has been closed since June to prepare for its relocation to the new facility.  

Thomas W. Lentz, the Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard Art Museums, said, “We knew that we had an opportunity to redefine the Harvard Art Museums as an accessible and connected 21st-century facility for teaching and learning, so we engaged Renzo Piano to design a building to implement that vision. We asked him to design it from the inside out—to create a new kind of laboratory for the fine arts that would support our mission of teaching across disciplines, conducting research, and training museum professionals. We also wanted to strengthen the museums’ role as an integral part of Cambridge and Boston’s cultural ecosystem. We look forward to welcoming students, faculty, and staff at Harvard, our Cambridge friends and neighbors, the entire Greater Boston community, and travelers from afar into our new home this November.”

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Malcolm Rogers, the Ann and Graham Gund Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), announced to the museum’s board of trustees that he will retire as soon as a successor is hired to fill the position. Rogers has been with the MFA for nearly 20 years and spearheaded the museum’s various expansions and renovations and oversaw a number of acclaimed exhibitions. Rogers said, “My 20 years have been such an invigorating time at the MFA, as we worked to reinforce the Museum’s position as a vital community resource and transform it into a global destination for arts and culture. I would like to thank the Museum’s Board of Trustees, staff, members and volunteers, as well as the millions of people from Boston and around the world who consider the MFA a special part of their lives and have visited during my two decades here.”

Since his appointment in 1994, Rogers has grown the MFA’s comprehensive collection, enhanced arts education programs, and beautified the museum’s campus. In 2008, Rogers reopened the MFA’s historic Fenway entrance, which had been closed for nearly 30 years. In 2010, the new Art of the Americas Wing opened at the museum -- a milestone achievement for Rogers, the MFA and Boston. Rogers spearheaded a campaign that raised $504 million, of which $345 million funded new galleries and conservation labs. In 2011, a wing of the museum was renovated and reopened as the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, which features 10 new galleries, classrooms, and a variety of public spaces. Currently, gallery renovations are underway in the MFA’s George D. and Margo Behrakis Wing for Art of the Ancient World. Works acquired during Rogers’ tenure include Edgar Degas' “Duchessa di Montejasi with Her Daughters, Elena and Camilla,” Piet Mondrian’s “Composition with Blue, Yellow, and Red,” and Ellsworth Kelly’s “Blue Green Yellow Orange Red.”

The MFA will celebrate Rogers’ 20th anniversary this fall with a series of events including lectures, community programs, and a gala, which will be held on September 6.

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Thursday, 20 February 2014 10:51

Picasso Museum Wraps Up Major Renovation

This June, the Picasso Museum in Paris will reopen following a five-year renovation. The institution, which holds one of the most comprehensive collections of Pablo Picasso's work, initially closed for a two-year refurbishment, but once underway, the scope of the project expanded. The renovation cost around $71 million to complete.

Prior to the renovation, the Picasso Museum could only display a fraction of its 5,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, photographs, and documents. The project nearly doubled its exhibition space, allowing the institution to exhibit more of its illustrious collection.  The museum will also be able to accommodate more guests than ever before and annual admission figures are expected to rise from 450,000 to 850,000.

The museum, which is located in a 17th-century Baroque mansion in Paris' historic Marais quarter, first opened to the public in 1985. Most of its collection was left to the French state upon Picasso's death in 1973. A number of works were also donated by the artist's family, including his widow Jacqueline.

In mid-2015, The Picasso Museum will begin holding one major exhibition each year. The first annual show will be in collaboration with New York's Museum of Modern Art and will focus on Picasso's sculpture.

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Friday, 14 February 2014 15:03

The Frick will Loan Major Works to Dutch Museum

Next year, the Frick Collection in New York will loan a significant group of paintings, sculptures and decorative objects to the Mauritshuis in The Hague. It will be the first time that the Frick has lent such a substantial portion of its collection to a fellow institution. The Frick recently welcomed a number of masterpieces from the Mauritshuis, including Johannes Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring,’ that were presented in the exhibition ‘Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis,’ which attracted record crowds.

‘A Country House in New York: Highlights From the Frick Collection’ will present works acquired by the museum after founder Henry Clay Frick’s death in 1919. In his will, Frick stated that none of the artworks that he acquired, which make up about two-thirds of the Frick Collection, can be lent to another institution. The exhibition will include works by Jan van Eyck, Thomas Gainsborough, John Constable and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. ‘A Country House in New York’ will remain on view through May 10, 2015.

On June 27, 2014, the Mauritshuis will reopen following a two-year renovation and expansion.

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Thursday, 06 February 2014 16:58

Cooper-Hewitt Museum Receives $10 Million Gift

The Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York has received a $10 million gift from the Morton and Barbara Mandel Family Foundation. It is the largest donation in the institution’s history. The generous bequest follows a $5 million donation from the city of New York to help fund the museum’s $79 million renovation. When the Cooper-Hewitt reopens in the fall of 2014, it will have a new third-floor gallery, which will bear the Mandel family name, and 60% more exhibition space, enabling it to present a more significant portion of its collection as well as major design exhibitions.   

The Cooper-Hewitt is the only museum in the United States devoted to historical and contemporary design. Located in the former home of steel tycoon, Andrew Carnegie, the museum has been closed since 2011 while the building and its surrounding gardens are expanded and restored.

Barbara Mandel joined Cooper-Hewitt’s board in 1997 and she has been a member of the museum’s executive committee since 1998.

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Monday, 27 January 2014 15:11

Wadsworth Atheneum Receives Major Gift

The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT has received a $9.6 million gift from the estate of Charles H. Schwartz, a former museum member. The generous donation, which is the largest bequest in the Atheneum’s history, will help the museum establish an endowment to develop its collection of English and European art from the 18th century and earlier.

The Wadsworth Atheneum is the oldest public art museum in the United States and boasts one of the most extensive European art collections in the country, with exceptionally strong Old Master and Impressionist holdings. The museum is in the midst of a $33 million renovation project and plans to reinstall its collection of European paintings, sculpture and decorative arts before the restoration wraps up in September 2015.  

Schwartz, who joined the museum in 1987, was a member of the Society of Daniel Wadsworth -- the Atheneum’s premier membership program -- until he passed away in 1995. Schwartz was an avid collector of Old Master paintings as well as European decorative arts. David W. Dangremond, the President of the museum’s Board of Trustees, said, “It is an honor to receive such a transformative gift from a man who was a visionary in his own collecting endeavors, and who was a dear friend to many in the Wadsworth family. Museums thrive on the generosity and foresight of donors like Charles Schwartz.”

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The Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, VA is leaving the curation an upcoming exhibition up to the public. The museum is asking community members to vote for the works they would like to see on view in its new Waitzer Community Gallery upon the institution’s reopening on May 10. It is currently closed for a major expansion.

‘Popular by Demand’ will featured works pulled from the Chrysler Museum’s archives a a complement to the other collections exhibited through the institution. Voters can select up to 10 works through the museum’s website. Voting ends on February 26.

The Chrysler Museum of Art was founded in 1933 as the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences. In 1971, the automotive heir, Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., donated most of his art collection to the museum, greatly expanding its holdings. The Chrysler Museum’s collection is comprised of over 30,000 works and spans over 5,000 years. Its holdings include works by Tintoretto, Peter Paul Rubens, Diego Velazquez, Edouard Manet, Paul Cezanne, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Edward Hopper, Jackson Pollock, and Andy Warhol. 

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Friday, 10 January 2014 18:10

Renwick Gallery Begins Major Renovation

The Renwick Gallery, the Smithsonian museum dedicated to American craft and decorative arts, has embarked on a $30-million, two-year renovation project. The museum shuttered its 154-year-old building last month for its first renovation in 40 years. The Renwick will restore parts of its building, refurbish historic features and make technological updates to its Grand Salon.

The project is being helmed by the Cleveland-based architecture firm Westlake Reed Leskosky. Applied Minds, an interdisciplinary company based in Los Angeles, will be responsible for transforming the Renwick’s Grand Salon into a high-tech, interactive art space.

The project is a 50-50 public-private partnership. So far the Renwick has raised $10 million from private donors.

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Thursday, 09 January 2014 17:55

MoMA Trustees Okay Expansion

The Museum of Modern Art’s Board of Trustees has approved the initial plans for an expansion project that will add 40,000 square feet of public space and galleries to the museum. The addition will allow the institution to reconceive how its collection and exhibitions are presented. New York-based architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro will spearhead the project.

In order to make way for the new galleries and spaces, MoMA will raze the former home of the American Folk Art Museum, which it acquired in 2011 after the Folk Art Museum defaulted on more than $30 million in bond debt. Designed by New York architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, the American Folk Art Museum’s former building sits adjacent to MoMA and earned praise from architecture critics when it opened in 2001.

Glen D. Lowry, MoMA’s director, released a statement saying, “The plans approved today are the result of a recommendation from [DS+R] after a diligent and thoughtful six-month study and design process that explored all options for the site. The analysis that we undertook was lengthy and rigorous, and ultimately led us to the determination that creating a new building on the site of the former American Folk Art Museum is the only way to achieve a fully integrated campus.”

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After eight years, the Cleveland Museum of Art’s  $350-million expansion and renovation project has come to a close. The museum’s west wing opened to the public last week, revealing new galleries adorned with statues, sculptures, and other works from China, India and southeast Asia.

The Cleveland Museum of Art’s expansion project began in 2005 and new galleries for Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and African art opened in 2010. Last year, the museum opened a glass-enclosed atrium, which connects the old museum buildings to the new structures. The project has created significantly more exhibition space and room for educational programs and events at the museum. 

The Cleveland Museum of Art was established in 1913 and is celebrated for its substantial collections of Asian and Egyptian art. 

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