The Rockefeller family has given to the MoMA one of the are the largest ever bequeathed to a museum. Abby Rockefeller had been at the initiative of the creation of the Museum of Modern Art in 1929, not contributing financially at the time. Its successors are today a gift of $ 200 million. Is half the cost of the expansion work, the last phase should be completed this fall. The museum will close its doors from June 15 until October 21.

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donations made in recent years have led to the MoMA for a makeover in anticipation of his 90th birthday. In the end, 3600 square meters will be added to the 12.500 surface already exploited. A contribution intended to be heard and to be seen, “more voices and perspectives to our galleries,” explains MoMA. “The true value of this expansion is not more space but the space to allow us to rethink the museum experience,” said Glenn D. Lowry, the director of the institution. The live performance and projections will make their entry into the museum through a new venue called The Studio. To reconnect the institution with its urban environment, the galleries are accessible free of charge will be open during the day to the ground floor.

The MoMA, used donations colossal

failure To obtain funds on the part of the city, of the State of New York or the federal government, the museum find its funding elsewhere. In addition to the $ 200 million coming from appearing on his account, the museum has been the subject of a series of donations to the titanic in recent years, coming in particular from the Rockefeller family. In may last on the occasion of a historic sale of the collection of David and Peggy Rockefeller, a portion of the proceeds is paid to the new york institution. More than 820 million dollars were collected during the event.

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In 2005, David Rockefeller, who died in 2017 had already given $ 100 million, and several paintings of the great masters from his personal collection, including Gauguin, Matisse, Picasso, and Cézanne. In 2016, the american producer David Geffen had also made a donation of $ 100 million.