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Cleveland Museum reopens entrance after seven-year refit

Vast atrium designed to be city's new meeting space

The Cleveland Museum of Art's new 39,000 sq. ft Ames Family Atrium (Photo: Howard Agriesti)

Seven years after starting the project, the Cleveland Museum of Art officially opened its 39,000 sq. ft Ames Family Atrium on Sunday (29 October). The new space is part of a $350m expansion and modernisation, which is due to be completed in late 2013.

“The reason this has taken so long is that the entire campus was redone,” says David Franklin, the museum's director. “The 1916 building was retrofitted and made state of the art, and [architect] Rafael Viñoly cleared away everything except for the original building and the 1971 Marcel Breuer wing. It will be a brand new museum by the end of 2013," adding, "We’re right on budget.”

Around 40 local cultural groups took part in the opening, which highlighted the atrium as a civic space for discussion. The aim was to “symbolically return the museum to the city,” Franklin says. “We’re embracing as much as possible the full mosaic of cultural organisations in Cleveland. Each group will have its moment to shine”.

The festivities coincided with the opening of the show “Wari: Lords of the Ancient Andes” (until 6 January 2013) and the unveiling of “Provenance”, the museum’s new restaurant, as well as a new museum store.

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15 Aug 13
17:30 CET


closing it forthis long it will never be the same and the new design is not tasteful

8 Nov 12
20:28 CET


I believe this is an extraordinary news for the American people, specially for the citizens of Cleveland and moreover if the Museum reopens the entrance with such a magnific Art Exhibition as "Wari, Lords of the Ancient Andes".

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