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Germany’s Kunsthalle Mannheim Unveils $75 Million Expansion

The Kunsthalle Mannheim, the modern and contemporary art museum located in Mannheim, Germany, has completed a $75 million expansion project. Designed by the Hamburg-based architecture firm Gerkan, Marg and Partners, the new 140,000-square-foot extension connects to the existing Jugendstil building and boasts seven new exhibition halls and a glass-roofed atrium.

Billionaire Hans-Werner Hector, one of the cofounders of the German software company SAP, and his wife, Josephine, donated nearly $60 million to the project through the Hector Foundation II. The rest of the funding came from the city of Mannheim, as well as from public and private sponsors.

According to the Art Newspaper, when plans for the new structure were first announced they initially caused controversy. Critics of the building petitioned the regional parliament to halt the project. However, the tide has turned, and the public has since embraced the space.

The building will house a collection of works by Anselm Kiefer that are on loan long-term from the businessman Hans Grothe. An exhibition featuring the large-format photographs of Jeff Wall will inaugurate the space, which opens to the public on Friday, June 1.