Donations fund National Gallery of Art renovation
March 14, 2013
After receiving donations from a variety of private citizens and individuals associated with keeping the arts alive in Washington, D.C., the National Gallery of Art is now ready to start renovations on the East Building.
Art aficionados will soon be treated to a wing of 12,260 additional square feet, as well as a sculpture garden on the roof of the building after a $30 million renovation funded by the donors. Philanthropists including National Gallery president Victoria Sant, Roger Sant, board member Mitchell Rales and his wife Emily and Carlyle Group co-chief executive David Rubenstein made the project possible.
The East Building will be closed in January 2014 for three years as construction gets underway.
"This gift to the nation by these generous donors will enable us to exhibit more art from our ever-growing modern collection in spaces that will be at once more spacious, airy and contemplative,"said National Gallery director Earl Powell.
The Philanthropy News Digest also suggested that these donations and subsequent renovation project might spark collaboration between the National Gallery and Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art, exposing individuals to still more pieces.
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