For Art’s Sake

 

A new 20,000 square-foot wing at Saint Louis Art Museum is well under way—and museum curators are already giving some existing galleries a new look. The newly revamped galleries feature 12 new acquisitions and 45 works that have never been on view, or haven’t seen the light of day for a decade or more.

The modern art collection gets a boost with the reinstallation as well, emphasizing the strength and diversity of the museum’s holdings. The highlight of the reinstallation is a new gallery with 14 paintings and sculptures by German artist Max Beckmann. SLAM owns the world’s largest Beckmann collection, which museum officials say has helped it become a major player in the international art world. These works are finally displayed with the prominence they deserve in the grigg gallery.

The entire expansion project will open in mid-2013.

 

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Photo credit: Sarah Carmody, courtesy of Saint Louis Art Museum.

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