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February 06, 2015

Taking on Corcoran Collection Transforms National Gallery

The New York Times and The Washington Post report on the National Gallery of Art's absorption of the now-closed Corcoran Gallery of Art's collection, an unprecedented transfer that could dramatically remake the National Gallery.

The Smithsonian-affiliated museum said Thursday that it has taken 6,430 works from among more than 17,000 it inherited under last year's controversial, court-approved agreement to dissolve the Corcoran, one of the nation's oldest privately supported art museums. The National Gallery will distribute the remaining works among other institutions, giving precedence to keeping them in the Washington area. Two exhibitions of items from the Corcoran collection open at the National Gallery on Friday.