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Rose Art Museum to Close for Major Renovations


Now roughly two years removed from the high-profile controversy that almost saw it shut down for good, the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University is closing down. However, unlike last time, it isn’t because the school wants to stop paying its operating expenses and wants to sell off all of its art collection to pay bills. Instead, it’s just a temporary closure so the museum can undergo some major renovations as it prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary this fall. All of the rehab is being paid for by hotel tycoons and a pair of ARTnews‘ “top 200 art collectors in the world,” Sandra and Gerald S. Fineberg. The Rose is set to close at the end of April, with temporary exhibitions and openings planned during the work. Here’s the full list of what’s to be done:

  • Replacement of the front curtain wall with new, more energy-efficient glass
  • Creation of a vestibule area to better maintain stable interior temperatures
  • Relocation of the current reception desk and entryway wall so that, in Feldman’s words, “when you walk in you will really see the museum open before you.”
  • Installation of a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system
  • Removal of the shallow pond on the lower level of the building
  • New railing around the main staircase
  • Installation of new ceilings, floors and LED lighting systems
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