Nelson Addition

1 decade 11 months 3 weeks ago Friday, June 01 2007 Jun 1, 2007 Friday, June 01, 2007 8:19:02 PM CDT June 01, 2007 in News
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KANSAS CITY (AP) - After eight years, $94 million and a fair amount of criticism, the expansive new addition to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art opens later in June. The Bloch Building was designed by New York architect Steven Holl. It flanks the venerable Nelson-Atkins on its east side, spilling glass and metal next to the museum's original 74-year-old main hall. The project represents the most expensive and controversial part of a privately funded $200 million museum renovation. Some have called the building grotesque, a metal box. Lately, however, reviews have been more favorable. Writing in The New Yorker, Paul Goldberger said the building was "one of the best museums of the last generation." During a media preview today, Holl said very strong piece of architecture will receive criticism. If not, he says the work is probably banal.

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