Bloch Family Foundation will finance Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art renovation

The Bloch Family Foundation will finance a nearly two-year, $11.7 million renovation at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art designed to house an expanded impressionist and post-impressionist collection.

The new space will bring into public view 29 works from the personal collection of Henry and Marion Bloch, a gift of paintings promised by the family in 2010 in connection with the museum’s 75th anniversary.

Work will begin this summer to reconfigure the museum’s impressionism and post-impressionism galleries in the original Nelson-Atkins building. The Bloch’s world-class collection will be integrated into the museum’s existing collection on the main floor northeast of Kirkwood Hall.

The Bloch foundation will announce today that it will pay for the redesign as well as give the artwork earlier than once expected.

“It’s a case of two plus two equals five,” said Philippe de Montebello, former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, who has consulted on the

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