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Expanded San Francisco MoMA will be the largest modern art museum in the US


As the San Francisco Chronicle reports (h/t to Artforum), when the SF MoMA, which has been under renovation for three years, reopens in May 2016, it will be the largest modern art museum in the US, edging out MoMA in New York by 20,000 square feet. To fill all the new space, SF MoMA has recently gone on an acquisition spree, according to the Chronicle:

SFMOMA has recently acquired or been promised 3,000 works from 200 donors for its permanent collection. Six hundred of these will be introduced when the museum reopens, including works by Pablo Picasso, Jasper Johns, Ed Ruscha, Diane Arbus and Robert Rauschenberg.

And that’s not counting the 1,100 works on 100-year loan from the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection, which were the incentive for the new building in the first place. Some 260 of these, by 68 artists, will open the new museum. It will take four galleries just to show the Fisher holding of paintings by Ellsworth Kelly. Then there are the 24 works by Sol LeWitt, 23 by Gerhard Richter and 21 by Andy Warhol.