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Glass and metal frame for art

June 05, 2007|From the Associated Press

After eight years and $94 million, the expansive new addition to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo., opens to the public Saturday.

The Bloch Building, designed by New York architect Steven Holl, 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 165,000-square-foot addition, which houses the Nelson's collection of contemporary art, photography and a gallery containing the sculptures of Isamu Noguchi, represents the major part of a privately funded $200-million museum renovation.

Much of the building is underground but consists of five separate above-ground glass buildings.

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