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Hamburg's world-renowned Kunsthalle reopens after renovations

Located in the heart of Hamburg, the Kunsthalle, one of Germany's most important art museums, will reopen its doors on April 30, after months of renovations.

Hamburg's major art museum, the Kunsthalle, reopens after a nearly 17-month long renovation on Saturday (30.04.2016).

"An impressive new definition of Hamburg and what art can and should be has been created by this dignified institution: modern, sophisticated and approachable," said Olaf Scholz, the current mayor of Hamburg, at a presentation of the modernized museum on Thursday (28.4.2016).

The renovation concentrated on the historical entryway to the building, originally completed in 1869 and likewise includes an expansion of the exhibition area by around 500 square meters (over 5,000 square feet).

That will leave more room to display artwork from the museum's extensive collection. As one of the most internationally renowned art museums, the Kunsthalle counts important works from the Old Masters as well as Casper Friedrich, Franz Marc and Gerhard Richter, among others, as part of its permanent collection.

A new events hall has also been added, thanks in part to a 15-million-euro ($17-million) donation by the Dorit & Alexander Otto foundation, which said the renovation in the 150 year-old building was akin to the restoration of a masterpiece.

With increased energy efficiency and a more visitor-friendly atmosphere, the museum located in the heart of Hamburg hopes to attract more visitors to the city.

For the occasion, the Kunsthalle is offering free admission to visitors throughout the month of May.

ct/eg (dpa, epd)

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