The Chazen Museum of Art (formerly the Elvehjem) at the University of Wisconsin in Madison opened its new 86,000-square-foot addition on Oct. 22. A show of new paintings and watercolors by Sean Scully is among the inaugural exhibitions. With a price tag of $43 million, the low-lying building bears a striking resemblance to the existing museum. The two straddle a pedestrian mall and are connected by a third-floor bridge. The new structure doubles the museum’s gallery space, adding 22,500 square feet, 16,000 of which is for the permanent collection.
Designed by the Boston-based firm Machado and Silvetti Associates, the addition will house new galleries for African, Asian, Midwest regional, and modern and contemporary art. Among the 400 works donated to the museum in conjunction with the expansion are Alvin and Terese Lane’s gift of 70 sculptures and 250 preparatory drawings by such artists as Jean Arp, Alexander Calder, Louise Nevelson, Pablo Picasso and David Smith.