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November 17, 2014

$55-Million Project to Double Size of Mass. Art Museum

The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art will formally unveil expansion plans Monday that will make it the country's largest contemporary-art museum in terms of exhibition space, reports The Boston Globe. The institution in North Adams, in the northwestern corner of the state, has raised $13.5-million of a $30-million goal for private donations as well as a $25.4-million state grant.

Mass MoCA, as the museum is known, recycles old textile buildings into cavernous galleries that house works on loan from artists or foundations for up to 25 years. The expansion, scheduled for completion in 2017, will double exhibition space to 250,000 square feet—eclipsing the 240,000-square-foot Dia: Beacon in Upstate New York—and create areas for large-scale installations by Robert Rauschenberg, Jenny Holzer, Louise Bourgeois, and other major modern artists.