In Brief: Lenbachhaus Reopens, SFMOMA Campaign Boost, Refreshed Euro Galleries

• Munich’s Lenbachhaus museum reopened Wednesday with a Norman Foster-designed extension to the original building, a villa that once belonged to the artist Franz von Lenbach. The €59.4 million ($77.7 million) renovation includes a new room for the world’s largest collection of Blaue Reiter works as well as a new Ólafur Elíasson installation in the lobby.

• With the help of Christian Marclay‘s “The Clock,” the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is counting down the days until it closes its doors to the public on June 2 to prepare for construction on its major expansion. Now comes word that the museum has raised its fundraising goal to to $610 million from $555 million. The additional funds will allow SFMOMA to pursue three goals: to become a national leader in digital engagement, to pursue an expanded art commissioning program in the museum’s public spaces, and to increase accessibility to the museum, according to a statement issued Wednesday.

• Wondering how SFMOMA’s expansion will be reflected in its new visual identity? Get the scoop from the museum’s design director, Jennifer Sonderby, who is speaking at HOW Design Live, which gets underway on June 22 in San Francisco.

• ‘Tis the season for refreshed European galleries. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has just opened a sumptuous suite of five galleries, including the newly renovated Art of the Netherlands in the 17th Century Gallery and the Alan and Simone Hartman Galleries, which showcase art from Great Britain. New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art follows suit later this month, with the May 23 reopening of its renovated and reinstalled collection of European Old Master paintings from the 13th through the early 19th century.

• Can 24-hours-a-day museumgoing be far behind? Starting this month, the Museum of Modern Art is open seven days a week. The Met begins its own seven-days-a-week schedule on July 1.

• Also moving right along on its expansion campaign is Louisville’s Speed Art Museum, which has exceeded its $50 million fundraising goal. The success of the campaign allows for the completion of Phase I and II of the museum’s master plan, which includes a new North Building, a central utilities building, and an art park and piazza.

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