Museum Matters


Chicago's Terra Museum of American Art plans to transfer its collection to the Art Institute of Chicago and close its Michigan Avenue facility by October 2004. The arrangement is designed to allow the Terra Foundation, which still has assets of about $200 million, to develop new research and education programs, said museum director Elizabeth Glassman. The Terra has not attracted optimal attendance, counting a mere 85,000 visitors last year, as opposed to 1.35 million at the nearby Art Institute. Before the Terra shuts down, the museum plans a 16-month-long series of six exhibitions, called "Modern Matters."

Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, or national gallery, is getting a makeover. The $230 million renovation, scheduled to run from 2004 to 2008, will be the most extensive since the original four-towered building by Pierre Cuyper opened in 1885. It was then the southern entrance to the city and accommodated only a tenth of the 1.2 million visitors it now receives each year. …

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