Denmark museum undergoes expansion

COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Denmark's largest art museum will reopen Nov. 5 after a major expansion.

Closed for 18 months, the 100-year-old Statens Museum for Kunst will double its size with a new building of 20th century art.

A glass-covered arcade, filled with the museum's sculpture collection, will connect the original red-brick building to a two-story limestone addition.

Floor-to-ceiling windows on the addition's first level will overlook Kongens Have park.

"The idea is big rooms, open spaces," Allis Helleland, the museum's director, said.

The project is adding a restaurant with a view of the park, a bookshop and a Children's Art Museum. It also is restoring the original building, which houses art from the 14th to 20th centuries.

The museum will host a Matisse exhibition from Jan. 22 through May 25.

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