Kimbell Art Museum Commences Construction on Piano-Designed Building

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FORT WORTH, TX.- On Monday, October 18, 2010, the Kimbell Art Museum begins site preparation for the construction of its much-anticipated additional building, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW). A separate structure located to the west of the existing building by Louis I. Kahn, the new facility will allow the Kimbell for the first time to exhibit most of its permanent collection while hosting major special exhibitions. It will also provide studios and classrooms to better serve the museum’s education programs, and feature an approximately 300-seat auditorium that will have excellent acoustics for music. “We are thrilled to get this project started,” commented Eric M. Lee, director of the Kimbell Art Museum. “It is an important moment in the history of the Museum and our community.” During this preparatory phase of the