Museo Reina Sofía Gets (Even) Bigger


The Museo Reina Sofía continues to grow. According to The Art Newspaper a new building at Madrid’s much-loved institution will join the 2005 Jean-Nouvel-designed extension to the 1992 building, designed by Francisco Sabatini.

Slated for completion at the end of 2015, the expansion will add 3,000 sq of exhibition space and allow for a radical spatial reorganization of the museum. “Everything is going to be relocated,” director Manuel Barja-Villel tols EFE news agency. A redesign of Nouvel’s piazza is also in the works.

The director took the opportunity of the interview to claim that the financial crisis, which had crippled the museum since the state funding dwindled in 2011, was a thing of the past and that private donations had never been more generous. He hopes to resume the museum’s acquisition program shortly.

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