The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston announced a $24 million renovation this past Thursday. The renovation will create a 22,000-square-foot Conservation Center and allow for 12,000 square feet of additional gallery space.
The $24 million is funded by grants, gifts and MFA funds, including funding from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation, anonymous funds and honorary trustee Rose-Marie Van Otterloo and her husband Eijk. The paintings conservation lab will be named the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Paintings Conservation Studio.
The renovation includes the creation of six laboratories that will provide “advanced technology and foster a more interdisciplinary and collaborative approach among conservators.” So far, the project is the largest fundraising effort for conservation in the MFA’s 146-year history.
“With this new Conservation Center, the MFA will be among a small family of leading international Museums with exceptional conservation labs, strengthening the MFA’s commitment to preserve our collections for future generations,” said Matthew Teitelbaum, Ann and Graham Gund, Director at the MFA, in a statement.
The new gallery space will be used to display Asian, European and Ancient World displays. The Conservation Center will have space for paintings, objects, frame and furniture conservation, mountmaking and exhibition preparation and scientific research.
The renovation is expected to begin next year and wrap up in 2019.