The N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh has completed a three-year expansion and reopens Saturday. The new, 127,000-square-foot, single-story structure showcases the museum's wide-ranging collection, including dozens of recent acquisitions.
The new building, whose architecture has drawn national attention, has 360 skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows and is surrounded by gardens and courtyards. A stainless-steel, tree-like sculpture by Roxy Paine sits on the lawn.
The museum's impressive collection of 29 Rodin sculptures triggered more than 100 gifts of art for the expansion, including a Pablo Picasso, a trio of lighted human sculptures by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa for the foyer, and many mid- to late 20th-century works.
The lobby has a gift shop and a restaurant, which will open at a later date. The collection includes Egyptian art (including a newly acquired false door from a tomb), ancient Greek and Roman sculpture, and 18th-century American art.
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The Rodin Court is filled with works of the famous sculptor. You can see "The Thinker" and "The Kiss" and then go outside to see more Rodin pieces in natural light.
Visitors to the festival are encouraged to bring a set of markers, colored pencils or pastels to donate to schoolchildren across the state.