The Whitney Museum of American Art will break ground on a new museum in downtown Manhattan in 2011.
Earlier this week, the museum’s board unanimously approved the construction of the Renzo Piano-designed building at the entrance to New York’s new High Line park. It said the six-story, asymmetrical, metal-clad museum will provide “essential new space” for the Whitney’s holdings, which could potentially offer new venues for meeting planners.
A potential hotspot for cultural-themed events and incentive travel groups, the museum’s current Madison Avenue location can display only 150 works at a time from its 18,000-piece permanent collection.
The museum has raised $372-million of the $680-million project. It’s expected to be completed in 2015.
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