MoMA to spend $1.5 billion on making room for blacks, women and Latinos

The expansion project was created by the same architects who designed the future MIS in Rio

Closed for renovation since June 15, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, better known as MoMA, is due to reopen on October 21 - but it will be a completely new museum. Its physical structure, for instance, will be radically different. The headquarters of the institution, on 53rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, will receive an additional 4,000 m² of exhibition space, at the cost of approximately US$ 400 million (about R$1.5 billion). Over the next four months, three new floors will be added to the existing exhibition galleries. These new areas are located in the exact spot where the American Folk Art Museum was located until its demolition in 2014.

The purpose of this expansion -- 15 years after the last major overhaul, which increased the building space from 35,000m2 to 58,500m2 -- is to adapt MoMA's identity to the new age of representativeness and multiple discourses. The idea is to use the new areas to shelter more works by women, blacks, Latinos, and other minorities.

"Both the museum and the rest of the world are acknowledging that the canon, even though it's useful, is not final. And it should always be tested, expanded and, when necessary, abandoned," says MoMA director Glenn D. Lowry. "In this sense, this project is a way of changing our ideas about what constitutes modern and contemporary art practices."

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