The Groningen Museum will relocate to its former location for six months, when the current building will undergo a major renovation between May and December this year, announced Museum Managing Director Kees van Twist recently.
A selection of the works of art will go to the building where the Groningen Museum was housed until 1994. The ‘Nu in het Oude Groninger Museum, 1000 jaar verzamelen’ (Now in the Old Groningen Museum; 1000 years of collecting) exhibition will be on display here from 30 May through 5 September.
According to Van Twist, the 15-year old museum building requires a thorough facelift. ‘The floors are worn and affected by recent flooding and the huge numbers of visitors,’ he explains. The exterior of the architectonically striking building will also be done up. ‘It is to regain the shine it had,’ says Van Twist.
According to Van Twist, the museum is not geared to the huge numbers of visitors that turn up annually. The renovation will therefore also provide in an increase in the number of lavatories, a new information centre and an expanded museum shop. Renovation costs exceed five million euros, part of which will be paid by the local authority of Groningen and the museum.