The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida, announced that collectors Howard and Judie Ganek have pledged to donate more than one hundred works of modern and contemporary art to the institution. Among the artworks are paintings by Damien Hirst, Anselm Kiefer, Sigmar Polke, Ed Ruscha, and Kara Walker; sculptures by Theaster Gates, Donald Judd, Anish Kapoor, Mario Merz, Juan Muñoz, and Kiki Smith; and photo-based works by Matthew Barney, Nan Goldin, Cindy Sherman, Lorna Simpson, and Pipilotti Rist.
The gift was made in advance of the institution’s reopening on February 19, 2019, and selected works from the donation will be included in its inaugural exhibition. Once its Foster + Partners–led expansion is completed, the museum will have 37 percent more room for exhibitions, double the amount of space for education initiatives, a new entrance, and new public gardens that will feature eleven sculptural works.
“Over the years, the Norton has benefitted from the generosity of many collectors who have given the Museum outstanding gifts of art,” executive director and CEO Hope Alswang said. “This commitment from the Ganeks is among the most important in the history of the museum, transforming our collection.”
Howard Ganek said that he and his wife decided to give because they were impressed by the direction the museum was headed in. “We took such joy in building the collection and delight in knowing that at its new home at the Norton it will be seen and enjoyed by all. We also believe that our gift can inspire others who can make a difference by sharing their art.”
The museum also released details of its inaugural exhibition program. It will present solo shows dedicated to the work of Nina Chanel Abney and Ralston Crawford, and the themed exhibitions “Out of the Box: Camera-less Photography,” “Going Public: Florida Collectors Celebrate the Norton,” “Modern Spontaneity: Ralph Norton’s Watercolors,” and “Good Fortune to All: A Chinese Lantern Festival in 16th-Century Nanjing.”