The Speed Art Museum set for March 12 reopening
After seven years of fundraising and three years of construction the Speed Art Museum is finally ready to open its doors to the public.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After seven years of fundraising and three years of construction the Speed Art Museum is finally ready to open its doors to the public.
In 2013, the museum closed for construction to expand and renovate the property. The total expansion added 75,000 square feet, doubling the size of the museum and tripling the gallery space.
The project cost $60 million, adding a state of the art north and south building, a cinema, an art park and a piazza.
"They will expect an extremely transparent and welcoming space, a space where everybody can come and really enjoy different types of art, activities and so on. It's really going to be a place for everyone in the community," said Ghislain d'Humières, the Director of the Speed Art Museum.
The director says the new building is extremely different from the main building that was built in 1927.
The architect wanted to showcase the difference in "time" between the two buildings, which is almost 90 years.
"He really understood the old building and made it connect to the new building, now everything has a beautiful flow," said d'Humières.
The new building holds modern and contemporary exhibits, whereas the old building houses the classics.
"As you transition between buildings, you see modern art mixed in with classical pieces, as if you're traveling back in time," said d'Humières.
The expansion and renovation adds to Louisville's already impressive and diverse art community.
"For a city the size of Louisville, to have the quality of Actors Theatre, which is internationally known, the Orchestra, the Louisville Ballet, the Kentucky Opera and us, these are five top institutions for a city of 1.2 million, I mean the quality of cultural activities is unbelievable," said d'Humières.
In less than a week, the public can experience the newest addition to Louisville's art scene.
"Now, we are building up for the excitement of the public opening on the 12th and 13th. It's going to be really, really exciting," said d'Humières.
The Museum will open to the public for 30 straight hours starting at 10:00 a.m. on March 12, 2016.
The museum director hopes to see 25,000 people visit opening weekend.
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