The city of Reims have a new Museum of Fine Arts in 2018 to replace the old,deemed too small and dilapidated.
Carried by the architectural firm David Chipperfield, best known for designing the "Neues Museum" in Berlin, the new museum
The building, which will take place between a Gallo-Roman monumental doorand a covered market listed building will consist of three ships of 38 metershigh, covered with marble panels and translucent cast glass recycled, for a floor space of more than 11,000 m2 distributed over three floors.
In addition, an open hall on the public space should highlight the numerousarchaeological site. The funds of the current Museum of Fine Arts since 1913 located in the former Abbey ofSaint-Denis is full of nearly 50,000 works, paintings, sculptures, furniture and art objects dating from the15th to the 20th century, including 27 paintings by Jean-Baptiste Corot.
The museum's current space, easily scalable, does expose about 8% of the works, according to the mayor of Reims.Le construction project and relocation mobilizes Euro 55 million, funded by the city associated with the state and the Champagne-Ardenne, under the project contract 2007-2013 State-Region.
The new Museum of Fine Arts of Reims should open in early 2018 after a period of archaeological excavations, tenders and two years of work.
Source: AFP batirama.com