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SFMOMA says it is more than halfway home in $480-million expansion campaign

February 4, 2010 |  5:39 pm

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art says it has raised $250 million toward a $480-million campaign to expand the museum, including a new wing that will be the primary home to the prized, 1,100-work  Fisher Collection (including Andy Warhol's "Elvis, 1963," pictured) that the museum will receive as a long-term, renewable loan for 100 years.

Of the money raised so far, $100 million is being funneled into the museum’s endowment, which will double as a result, officials announced Thursday.

The museum's timetable calls for choosing an architect for the new wing this fall and completing the project in 2016. The museum envisions adding 100,000 square feet of public spaces and 40,000 for back-shop offices, conservation and an expanded library. The current building is 225,000 square feet, 65,000 of it open to the public. Moving offices to the new wing will free up an additional 13,000 square feet of exhibition space in the existing building.

The Fisher Collection would be mainly concentrated in the new wing, although the museum’s announcement says that some pieces will be “interwoven throughout the museum,” and “select works” from MOMA’s own collection will be on display in the new wing. The Fisher Collection, amassed by GAP clothing founders Doris Fisher and her late husband, Donald, includes works by 185 artists  — more than a dozen each by Richard Serra, Anselm Kiefer, Ellsworth Kelly, Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein and Alexander Calder.

Museum director Neal Benezra said that instead of the 25-year loan period originally agreed upon last year, the Fisher Collection is now guaranteed to have at least a century-long stay at SFMOMA.

-- Mike Boehm


San Francisco's modern art cache: the Fisher Collection

Donald G. Fisher; co-founded the Gap chain

Photo: Andy Warhol's "Triple Elvis," 1963, from the Fisher Collection. Credit: Fisher Family.