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Wisconsin’s Chazen Museum reopens this month

Sean Scully has opening show

MADISON, WISCONSIN. The Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin, Madison is set to re-open on 22 October with an 86,000 sq. ft expanded building. The $43m Machado and Silvetti-designed addition more than doubles the museum’s exhibition space. New galleries are dedicated to African, Asian, Midwest regional, modern, and contemporary art and replace smaller spaces in the museum’s current building, which opened in 1970.

The expansion was largely funded with a $25m gift from Simona and Jerome Chazen, themselves graduates of the university. The campaign spurred many donations that added more than 400 works to the museum’s permanent collection. Jerome Chazen was one of four founders of Liz Claiborne and is the chairman of Chazen Capital Partners, a private equity firm in New York City. He is the chairman emeritus of the board at New York’s Museum of Arts and Design, and oversaw its 2008 move to Columbus Circle. Specially commissioned large-scale paintings and previously unseen watercolours by artist Sean Scully will form the inaugural exhibition in the Chazen Museum’s Pleasant Rowland Galleries (until 22 October-January 15, 2012).

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