- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Smithsonian plans to reopen the Renwick Gallery in November after a $30 million renovation of the nation’s first structure built to be an art museum.

Smithsonian officials announced Tuesday that the Renwick Gallery will reopen Nov. 13. The museum across from the White House is part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. It closed in 2013.

Congress provided half the renovation funds, and the Smithsonian raised the rest.

Museum officials say the opening exhibition, entitled “Wonder,” will feature installations by contemporary artists, including Maya Lin.

The Renwick is a National Historic Landmark built in 1859 to house the Corcoran art collection. It was called the “American Louvre” to symbolize the nation’s aspirations. Congress proposed razing it in 1956, but first lady Jacqueline Kennedy led a campaign to save it.


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