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Museo Reina Sofía plans another expansion

The director of Madrid’s Modern and contemporary art museum wants to add 3,000 sq. ft of additional exhibition space

The Museo Reina Sofía's Sabatini building

The director of the Museo Reina Sofía, Manuel Borja-Villel, has just announced that Madrid’s main Modern and contemporary art museum will expand its permanent exhibition space by a total of 3,000 sq. m by the end of 2015. In an interview with EFE news agency, Borja-Villel said the project will “finally” join the Francisco Sabatini-designed building, which fully opened as an art museum in 1992, with the extension by Jean Nouvel, completed in 2005.

“Everything is going to be relocated”, says Borja-Villel, with works to be moved into the space currently used for storage and offices, in order to finalise a rehang of the permanent collection. This will allow the museum to show its most recent acquisitions. The project will also include a redesign of Nouvel’s plaza, and is projected to be completed by the end of 2015. Borja-Villel says he would also like to redo the entrance plaza to the Sabatini building, which had been planned earlier but was stopped because of the financial crisis.

However, the director says that the museum is not in crisis-mode anymore. Although state funding has dropped considerably since 2011, self-financing and donations are at an all time high, he says. And Borja-Villel says he is starting to set his eyes on new acquisitions, which he refers to as his “unfinished business”.

The project will also include a redesign of Jean Nouvel’s plaza
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