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A birds-eye view of the refurbished Tate St. Ives.

Tate St. Ives Reopens March 31 After $25 Million Renovation

The Tate St. Ives reopens this Friday, March 31, after a $25 million renovation that took place over the course of eighteen months, writes Martin Bailey of the Art Newspaper. The museum’s exhibition space has been doubled and, this fall, will feature a semipermanent display of work by the artists who came to the seaside town during the middle of the twentieth century (in the past, the museum only had the space and resources to stage temporary exhibitions). The show will feature works from artists of the “St. Ives School,” and pieces by well-known modernists such as Naum Gabo and Barbara Hepworth. The second phase of the museum’s extension, built behind the original building, will open in October.

The museum’s director, Mark Osterfield, said the refurbishment will “re-present the story about why St. Ives is significant in the story of modern art, in an international context.” Eldred Evans and David Shalev, the venue’s original architects, oversaw its remodeling.

According to the museum’s records, the majority of its 200,000 yearly visitors are UK citizens; about 10 percent of them are from abroad. It is expected that 40,000 people more will be coming to St. Ives on an annual basis. Anne Barlow, the former director of New York’s Art in General, will take over as the institution’s artistic director next month.

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