Clark Art Institute opens new Ando building

NEW YORK. The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is set to open the first part of its expansion project on 22 June. The Stone Hill Center, a new wood and glass building designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando with landscape architects Reed Hilderbrand Associates, is located south of the institute’s main campus. The 32,000-square-foot space will mainly house the Williamstown Art Conservation Center, which handles conservation and preservation for 55 member museums and historical societies as well as individuals and corporations. Small galleries will display works of art from periods and cultures not usually shown at the Clark, which has a collection dedicated almost exclusively to European and American art from the Renaissance to the early 20th century. For example, the inaugural show, “Through the Seasons: Japanese Art in Nature”, presents 17th- and 18th-century Japanese painted screens and hanging scroll paintings alongside contemporary Japanese ceramics. The second phase of the expansion, a major renovation and interior expansion of the institute’s main campus and exhibition spaces also designed by Ando and Hilderbrand, is scheduled to be completed in 2013. Meanwhile, the Clark announced last month that it has received a three-year grant of $414,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support research and academic collaboration with an institute or university in Eastern or Central Europe. H.S.

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