Chazen Museum of Art

Building Expansion

About the Chazen Museum of Art Expansion

Photo: Anton Grassl / Esto

In October 2011, the museum celebrated the opening of a much-anticipated, much-needed expansion. Since 1970, the Chazen’s collection, acquired through the generosity of private individuals, has grown from approximately 1,500 to more than 20,000 artworks. Each object represents a remarkable creative achievement—inspiring wonder in visitors and, ideally, a better understanding of the artists’ time and place.

The new building, a beautiful work of art in its own right, gives the Chazen much-needed space to share these gifts with museum visitors and improved spaces to present enriching programs. With the expansion, works long in storage and new acquisitions will be put on view, along with donations and loans made in honor of the grand opening.

Simona and Jerome Chazen, UW–Madison alumni, donated a visionary gift of $25 million toward the museum expansion as part of the University of Wisconsin Foundation's "Create the Future: The Wisconsin Campaign." Formerly known as the Elvehjem Museum of Art, the institution was renamed in honor of the Chazens. The remainder of the capital campaign was completed with the support of more than 140 donors, including alumni and Madison community members. The entire $43 million cost of the building project has been met through gifts and grants from private sources.

Notable dates:
Groundbreaking – May 1, 2009
University Open House – Thursday, October 20, 2011
General public open houses – Saturday and Sunday, October 22–23, 2011

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