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MoMA reborn with newly expanded building

Taniguchi's addition to the institution has substantially increased the floor space - and the admission prices

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On 20 November, the Museum of Modern Art opens its newly expanded building in Manhattan. Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi has added acres of gallery space, restaurants, shops, a huge new lobby as well as a 110-foot high atrium which pierces six storeys. Skylit galleries on the top floor house temporary shows; the painting and sculpture collection fills the fourth and fifth floors; architecture and design, drawings, and photography are on the third floor, and the double-height second floor will display art since 1970 and installations of contemporary art.

Trustees contributed more than $500 million to the $858-million expansion project, and a $300-million bond issue helped fund the rest. Visitors will have to up the ante as well, paying the world’s highest price for museum admission: $20 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $12 for students.

o For commentary by John Elderfield, chief curator of painting and sculpture, see p. 21; for a Feature on the museum, see pp. 24,26.

Originally appeared in The Art Newspaper as 'MoMA reborn'

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