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Rendering of MassArt’s new museum.
Rendering of MassArt’s new museum.

MassArt to Open New Contemporary Art Museum in 2020

The Massachusetts College of Art and Design, also known as MassArt, announced today that it is transforming its Bakalar & Paine Galleries into a new free contemporary art museum that will open in February 2020. The institution will fund the project with the more than $12 million it had raised from a capital campaign that began in 2017.

The new museum will supplant the galleries, which are currently housed in a 1906 building on Huntington Street in Boston. The MassArt Art Museum (MAAM) will have a new brand, an expanded mission, and a revamped facility that will be more flexible for programming, allowing the institution to show works ranging from large-scale installations to works on paper.

The overhaul will include the creation of a new outdoor space that will be known as the Arne and Milly Glimcher Plaza, rooms for educational initiatives, curatorial offices, and a preparatory workshop. Led by designLAB Architects, the redesign will also add climate control systems and a new front entrance.

“MAAM offers us an opportunity to introduce contemporary art to some members of our community for the first time,” said MassArt president David Nelson. “I am deeply grateful to our generous donors who have shared our vision and helped us to create the Commonwealth’s free contemporary art museum. In this space we will be able to inspire the next generation of MassArt students and art enthusiasts, and encourage longtime art lovers to consider new artistic perspectives and practices.”