New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) is the recipient of a pretty hefty donation. Music mogul David Geffen gifted the MOMA with $100 million to be used for renovation and expansion. The museum plans on using the money to build another 50,000 square feet of gallery space.
Naturally, Geffen’s generous gift will not go unrewarded: this spring the MOMA’s fourth floor gallery will be renamed the David Geffen Galleries, and when construction finishes, patrons of the museum will get will get to experience The David Geffen Wing.
This is not Geffen’s first time donating to museums. The avowed art lover and collector has given money to various artistic institutions on both coasts, due to his love and passion for visual and performing arts. Regarding his MOMA donation, Geffen had this to say (via press release):
“My passion for art began while visiting The Museum of Modern Art as a young man. Art has been an important part of my life ever since, so I am delighted to lend my support to this exciting effort to celebrate the museum’s history and contribute to its future.”
Last year Geffen donated $100 million to the Lincoln Center, which now boasts the newly named David Geffen Hall.
As one of New York City’s most visited and esteemed tourist attractions (not to mention a beloved staple to NYC residents), the expansion to the Museum of Modern Art will bring a whole new world of art and exploration to New York, giving enthusiasts something to look forward to for years to come.
Construction for the MOMA’s new wing is expected to be finished by 2020.