New York City plans to gift $50 million to the Brooklyn Museum this year, a gift that could help the landmark make a $35 million renovation, the museum announced on Wednesday.
New York’s gift follows that of Los Angeles, which in 2015 gave $60 million to the Brooklyn Museum to expand its collection by more than 100,000 pieces, which was a huge boost for the museum as it reaches its goal of collecting 300,000 works. The Los Angeles gift went towards paying for the museum’s galleries for contemporary art, and the figure will go to expanding current collections like Ocean’s Eleven, as well as the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
“New York City and New York City’s art collectors have long been supporting the Brooklyn Museum’s innovative programming for artists and the community of artists and their audiences,” said Rafael F. Vinoly, director of the Brooklyn Museum, in a statement. “This pledge from New York City and other major art patrons in this culturally rich city is an exceptional support for the museum’s continued expansion and transformation.”
Vinoly said the museum hopes to raise a total of $100 million for its renovations and is looking at a future proposal with both private and public funds. The museum is in the process of holding a fundraising campaign called Remade, which ran for seven months, saw several sessions of online voting and ended on Nov. 1.
The Brooklyn Museum is currently located in the former Brooklyn Navy Yard, which was where British naval vessels were built. It first opened in 1883 as a children’s museum before it began acquiring significant artworks.