Bloch Foundation Commits $11.7 Million to Nelson-Atkins Museum

Bloch Foundation Commits $11.7 Million to Nelson-Atkins Museum

The Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation will finance a nearly two-year, $11.7 million renovation of the Impressionism and post-Impressionism galleries at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Kansas City Star reports.

Scheduled to be completed by the spring of 2017, the renovations will enable the museum to exhibit an additional twenty-nine works from the personal collection of Henry and Marion Bloch, more than doubling the number of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings it typically has on display. Those paintings are among the works that the foundation committed in connection with the museum's seventy-fifth anniversary in 2010 and are being transferred to the museum sooner than originally planned.

No total value has been put on the Bloch collection, which includes works by masters such as Bonnard, Boudin, Caillebotte Cézanne, Degas, Gaugin, Manet, Matisse, Monet, Morisot, Pissaro, Redon, Renoir, Seurat, Signac, Sisley, Toulouse-Lautrec, van Gogh, and Vuillard. 

"They'll be much happier in the museum, hanging among other paintings by the same artists," Henry Bloch told the Star. "I had originally imagined this gift in the future, but I am so happy to support it happening now….Planning this renovation project has given me and my family a great deal of joy."

Diane Stafford. "Bloch Family Foundation Will Finance Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Renovation." Kansas City Star 04/08/2015.