New galleries planned for National Gallery of Art

WASHINGTON (AP) – The National Gallery of Art is planning a $30 million renovation that will include new galleries housing modern art from the museum’s permanent collection.

The East Building renovations, scheduled to begin in January, are expected to result in 12,260 extra feet of exhibition space and a rooftop sculpture garden overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue.

The Washington Post reports ( ) that the renovation is being funded by National Gallery President Victoria Sant and her husband, Roger; board member Mitchell Rales and his wife, Emily; and David Rubenstein, co-chief executive of the Carlyle Group.

National Gallery spokeswoman Deborah Ziska says the two new interior Tower Galleries might include a room highlighting artist Mark Rothko and will house modern art from the permanent collection.

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