Foundation to pay for Kansas City museum renovation

3 years 1 month 1 week ago Wednesday, April 08 2015 Apr 8, 2015 Wednesday, April 08, 2015 10:38:00 AM CDT April 08, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) - A foundation set up by the H&R Block Inc. co-founder and his wife will pay for a nearly two-year, $11.7 million renovation at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

The Kansas City Star reports that the Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation gift will bring into view 29 impressionist and post-impressionist works from the couple's personal collection. As part of the museums 75th anniversary in 2010, the family promised to donate the paintings from artists such as Manet, Monet, Gaugin, Cézanne, Degas and van Gogh.

Work will begin this summer to reconfigure the museum's impressionism and post-impressionism galleries in the original Nelson-Atkins building. When renovations wrap up in spring 2017, the new works will be integrated into the museum's existing collection on the main floor.

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