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Southern façade of the Hammer Museum on Wilshire Boulevard.

Hammer Museum Announces Major Renovation and Expansion Project

The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles announced today that it plans to undergo a renovation and open 40,000 square feet of newly acquired space in an adjoining building. Led by architect Michael Maltzan, the multiyear project aims to completely reimagine the museum’s existing building.

“After years of continuous growth, the Hammer is in need of a physical expansion and upgrade to provide more art for our audiences, more places to study, and more places to gather,” director Ann Philbin said. “This transformation will provide 60 percent more exhibition space, including collection galleries and a works-on-paper gallery to highlight our growing collection of photographs and drawings. We invite all of Los Angeles to enjoy the first stage in our transformation as we open major exhibitions by Jimmie Durham and Jean Dubuffet—this is just the beginning.”

The transformation will include constructing two new galleries, increasing the visibility of the museum on Wilshire Boulevard, updating 20,000 square feet of community spaces, and completing a two-story expansion that will create additional workspace.

“The Hammer has become an essential destination in Los Angeles. This transformation will make it dramatically more visible and inviting, more connected, more immersive. It will mark a major new chapter for what the Hammer is, and what it can be,” Maltzan said. The architect has a longstanding relationship with the museum. He was commissioned to create a master plan for the Hammer in 2000 and since then has designed the institution’s Billy Walder Theater, courtyard, and John V. Tunney Bridge.

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